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The best of Northaven goes on display for home tour that aids tornado relief

7140 Baxtershire, Northaven Home Tour
Photo by GM Real Estate Photography
11575 East Ricks Circle, Northaven Home tour
Photo courtesy of -Charles Davis Smith FAIA
11575 East Ricks Circle, Northaven Home tour
Photo courtesy of Charles Davis Smith FAIA
7225 North Janmar Drive, Northaven Home Tour
Photo courtesy of Dror Baldinger FAIA
7225 North Janmar Drive, Northaven home tour
Photo courtesy of Dror Baldinger FAIA
11112 Eastview Circle, Northaven Home tour
Photo by GM Real Estate Photography
7807 Midbury Drive, Northaven home tour
Photo by GM Real Estate Photography

For fans of significant architecture and home design, the Northaven Home Tour has become one of the must-attend showcases of spring. This year offers even more incentive to attend: a portion of proceeds will be given to the Dallas Education Foundation to aid those affected by the October 2019 tornado, which hit schools, homes, and business owners in the area hard. Northaven is the vicinity of Northaven Road from Central Expressway to just beyond the North Dallas Tollway.

The self-guided tour — hosted by and benefiting the Kramer Elementary PTA — takes place from 10 am to 3 pm Saturday, April 18. Tickets are $25. More information and tickets are available on the tour's website. Here's a quick look at the five homes on tour, with descriptions provided by the tour organizers:

7140 Baxtershire
With a nod to neighboring homes on the on the street, combined with the desire to keep the vertical scale, the owners engaged Madrid-born architect Antonio de la Carrera. The result is a truly modern home that sits comfortably within the vernacular of the streetscape. The use of black exterior paint with blueish undertones gives the home an almost Asian feel, reminiscent of a Japanese charred wood dwelling. A beautifully trimmed tree, a life-size bonsai, in the front yard adds to this feel. The interior showcases the owner’s knowledge of various materials based on their extensive experience of renovating multiple homes. This is a home designed for comfortable living with practical yet elegant choices for materials and details.

11575 East Ricks Cir.
Entertaining family and friends was an important element in the design of this home. Materials were chosen, both inside and out, that were durable and had a comfortable aesthetic. A special collections room was also designed for the owners' extensive array of artifacts, including arrowheads (collected over many years), dinosaur bones and beautiful gems and minerals. This new construction was designed by Bernbaum/Magadini Architects with extensive garden by Bonick Landscaping.

11575 East Ricks Cir. (con't)
A large, one-acre lot gave this active family plenty of room. The home is 6,500 square feet, with a 1,000-square foot pool cabana-guest house, large pool, half-court basketball court, and small soccer field. 

7225 North Janmar Dr.
Most of the footprint of the original home from 1960s was kept during this extensive rebuild, but the resulting home was complete transformation. The Finnish residence of Alvar Aalto, Villa Mairea, serves as the inspiration. Design elements include red glazed tile flooring, a suspended staircase, ceiling treatments, and fenestration that can be tied directly to Aalto. 

7225 North Janmar Dr. (con't)
The owners engaged Malone Maxwell Borson Architects to design the home and Bonick Landscaping to complete the exterior garden design. The home is furnished with a sophisticated mix of modern furniture, providing a serene environment for the owners. One of the most rewarding things for the owners is how the project all came together.

11112 Eastview Cir.
The midcentury-styled exterior is the perfect introduction to an interior filled with an extensive collection of modern furniture and artwork. This home was completely renovated to enhance the midcentury bones, adding new features that appear as if they are original. The couple engaged the firm of Bernbaum/Magadini Architects to assist with designing enhancements to the original structure and a new addition. A clever use of built-ins that look like furniture can be seen throughout the home. The use of color, wallpaper, and materials complement the extensive inherited art collection.

7807 Midbury Dr.
The original one-story structure has received a complete renovation, along with an addition that includes a state-of-the-art golf simulator. The owners incorporated what they like best of modern living, working directly with Sardone Construction in creating custom affects. The result is a livable "smart" home that reflects the creativity of the owners and their active lifestyle.