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Hot Property: A 2022 Modern Ranch with Secret Rooms 

Built by 2023 D Home best builder Richland Builds, the North Dallas home mixes warm and sleek finishes throughout.
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“What I love about this home is how subtle it is,” listing agent Jenny Kellogg says. “You don't realize how big it is from the street.” Shoot2Sell

Hot Property: A 2022 Modern Ranch with Secret Rooms 

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When the October 2019 tornado swept through North Dallas, Idlewood Lane got lucky—the sleepy street of mostly ranches kept many of its old trees, listing agent Jenny Kellogg says. D Home 2023 Best Builder Richland Builds, which was founded by Derek Kellogg, Jenny’s husband, liked that about the neighborhood. Its proximity to U.S. 75 and I-635 didn’t hurt, either. When Derek had the opportunity to buy a lot at 7835 Idlewood Ln. a few years ago, he took it. 

Thanks to the pandemic, it took a while to get permits and a little over a year to build the bucolic, yet modern spec home. It was completed last year. The floor plan took some finagling—the neighborhood’s zoning only allowed for single-story homes. 

The resulting ranch is huge at 5,112 square feet, but Jenny argues that it is unassuming. “From the street it just looks like an amazing ranch,” she says. “And then you get in, and it’s like, ‘wow, this thing has every possible thing that you would need.’”

Derek worked with Richland Builds interior designer Samantha Mack on the overall design. They had a specific vision, Jenny says. “They didn’t want to be the typical white home that every house is right now.” 

So, they infused the home with a blend of warm and sleek finishes, from the outside in. The front of the home mixes Austin stone with metal accents and Sherman Williams iron ore-painted siding and gutters. That color is carried through the moody game room and back patio. 

Inside, they installed wide-planked white oak floors. The ceiling beams and paneling, plus some of the cabinetry, feature a darker-stained wood. There’s a little bit of shiplap, too, in the foyer, primary bedroom, and game room, giving the house the country feel of a traditional ranch. But the rustic wood stains and shiplap are contrasted by contemporary details, like gold hardware, industrial open cabinetry, black metal chandeliers and accents, and several types of quartz and quartzite in the kitchen and bathrooms.

“They tried to really make it warm and rich,” Jenny says. 

The home features a large foyer to display art and an open-concept living-kitchen-dining space. The primary suite is off the living room, with a little hall at its entrance to add privacy. There are two bedrooms with en-suites at the front of the house. The “guest wing” includes the game room, a powder bath, and two bedrooms with a jack-and-jill en-suite.

The home has several hidden rooms, too, including a walk-in pantry and a flex space off the game room. The oversized two-car garage has an electric car charging port, and there’s more parking in the driveway. The back porch is basically another living room, Jenny says, and there’s plenty of space for a pool in the yard. 

All these features are what make the house so special, she says. “It is really difficult to find this size home in a one-story in Dallas and still have an amazing front yard and amazing backyard.” 

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Catherine Wendlandt

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