The moderns of White Rock Home Tour

The tour is in its sixth year, and it focuses on modern homes in our neighborhood. It includes the brand-new home of the Powells on Edgepine.
The Powells designed and built a mid-centrury modern-inspired home north of White Rock Lake. Even though it’s new, it fits seamlessly into the neighborhood. Photos by Can Türkyilmaz

The White Rock Home Tour is in its sixth year, and it focuses on modern homes in our neighborhood. This year’s tour includes a 1960s home from bygone Dallas architecture firm Ju-Nel Homes Inc. And it includes the brand-new home of Scott and Melissa Powell, on Edgepine (see photos of their home in the slideshow below).

Scott Powell owns New Leaf Inc., a homebuilder that specializes in the modern esthetic. He grew up in Lake Highlands, and the couple lived in Preston Hollow for a while. They chose to return to our neighborhood because of its proximity to White Rock Lake and to raise their three children in the Richardson school district. They also love the mature trees in their subdivision, which was built in the 1950s.

Even though their house is new, it seems as if it’s been there forever.

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“We built it to blend into the neighborhood,” Scott Powell says.

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The original house was in the mid-century modern style, but it was in bad shape and had to be torn down. In creating the new house, the Powells kept the original footprint and elevation. So the new house has much the same scope as the original.

Even though it’s a five-bedroom, five-bath home, it only comprises about 3,300 square feet. An enormous kitchen and great room are the focus of the ground floor, which also includes master and guest suites.

The Powells added a second floor, which features a playroom and the children’s bedrooms. The home is centered on a courtyard with a water feature, and a wall of windows invites the backyard into the great room.

“It really brings the outdoors in,” Powell says.

The White Rock Home Tour is from noon-5 p.m. April 21-22, benefits Hexter Elementary School. Tickets cost $10 through April 22 at White Rock Coffee, Green Spot or Tom Thumb. On the tour days, purchase tickets for $15 at any tour house. whiterockhometour.org.

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  • md

    They did a nice job with this. It does blend in with the neighborhood though it’s thoroughly modern on the inside, looking out.