Extracted from http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/home-and-gardening/headlines/20140418-white-rock-home-tour-features-5-houses.ece.
Heidi Brunet’s house is not a shed. Although it was designed and prefabricated by Modern-Shed of Seattle and then shipped to Dallas for assembly and finish out, it is decidedly not a shed.
With more than 2,000 square feet and lots of windows, the house basks in natural light and a view of White Rock Lake.
“There are no houses between me and the lake,” Burnet says. She has relatively little backyard, but a 1,000-square-foot-deck in front of the house provides splendid views.
The unusual house on E. Lake Highlands Drive is one of five included on the White Rock Home Tour, April 26 and 27. Proceeds benefit the neighborhood’s Hexter Elementary School.
Brunet, who has lived in the structure about a year, says it has several advantages. Since the frame was constructed in panels in Seattle and shipped here ready to be installed on the site, walls went up quickly.
“It was walk-in tight within five days,” she says. That meant building materials were not exposed to the elements before being installed.
There also was little construction waste, which pleased her. The house is ecologically friendly inside as well, says Brunet, 44, with high-end finishing materials.
While the home’s construction is a little unusual, Brunet, a coomercial mortgage banker, believes it will serve her well in the future with low maintenance and upkeep.
Brunet does have a true backyard shed, in terms of size. But it is another modern, clean-lined pre-fab number also designed by Modern-Shed. It’s her 100-square-foot office.
Not all homeowners are thrilled when they are asked to open their home for a tour, says David Goltl, a designer who has been involved with the White Rock tour for several years. They worry the rooms might not be up to magazine display standards or that the patio has not yet been furnished.
Goltl, studio proprietor at Design Within Reach, an event sponsor, says he has helped owners out by staging less-than-perfect rooms for tour weekend.
“We tell them everything is fine. We’ll add a piece to this room and a piece to that room so there won’t be any big holes,” he says.
For a couple of years, he also has styled outdoor rooms with borrowed accessories to give them a more complete look. This year he’s helping with the tour stop on Wildgrove Avenue.
“Everyone’s home is a work in progress,” he says.
Karel Holloway is a Terrell freelance writer.
The ninth annual White Rock Home Tour is from noon to 5 p.m. April 26-27.
Homes on the tour include:
8643 Groveland Drive
9211 E. Lake Highlands Drive
6558 Avalon Ave.
8712 Rolling Rock Lane
7151 Wildgrove Ave.
Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at tour houses. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Children 11 and younger are free.
Advance tickets are available by cash or check at:
White Rock Coffee, 10105 E. Northwest Highway and 4216 Abrams Road
Green Spot Market & Fuels, 702 N. Buckner Blvd.
Tom Thumb stores, 6333 E. Mockingbird Lane, 8698 Skillman St. and 7700 Northwest Highway
Hypnotic Donuts, 9007 Garland Road
For more information, see whiterockhometour.org.
To learn about Modern-Shed designs, see modern-shed.com.