See the 1924 Airplane Bungalow-style home in Oak Cliff that made family proximity a priority

The recently remodeled Winnetka Heights house at 319 N. Edgefield Ave. in Oak Cliff was redesigned with one thing in mind: family.

This 1924 “Airplane Bungalow” style house — so named for its pop-up second floor — was completely remodeled in 2016 by Barry French and his family. It was also included in the 2019 Oak Cliff Heritage Home Tour.

Barry French, Nokia’s chief marketing officer, said the renovation was inspired by the family’s time spent living in Finland and other European countries.

“We knew that we wanted to live in a place that had a bit of an accessible neighborhood feel,” French said. “Somewhere that was diverse and was also more European in scale and not the kind of gigantic houses that people get lost in.”

Listing agent Michael Mahon of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s said the house reflects the Scandinavian style in its neutral color palette with white walls and wide plank floors.

“It’s something that you don’t really see anywhere else around Oak Cliff,” Mahon said.

The 2,121-square-foot home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, including a full bathroom that connects the house’s study or optional third bedroom to its kitchen. Mahon said that is uncommon in houses of its age.

In the open-concept house, the kitchen flows directly into the living area and out onto a screened-in porch. Mahon said the kitchen is the heart of this home, and it includes custom millwork, a coffee bar, waterfall marble counters, a built-in desk, a walk-in pantry, and stainless-steel KitchenAid appliances.

French said the house’s bathrooms and several of its other features were designed by Peters-Cates Design with his son, Charlie French, in mind. The French’s son is an artist with Down syndrome, so special care was taken to ensure he feels comfortable and inspired in his home.

The house’s walk-in showers, including the one in Charlie French’s upstairs bedroom, are large enough that a second person can assist with bathing, if need be.

The house is also designed to bring in lots of natural light all year, helping combat any seasonal depression, while maintaining close proximity between members of the French family.

“Everybody’s got their own preference, but I think some of the homes in Texas are not done at human scale,” French said. ”If you want to have close family engagement, and you have a child like Charlie, that physical proximity does matter.”

Behind the house is a screened-in porch, a pool, a hot tub and an art studio where Charlie spends his days.

The studio is built in a former carriage house and comes complete with a sink, storage area and striking paint-splattered concrete floors. Above the studio is a guest space with a full bedroom, storage and plenty of space for overnight visitors.

This Winnetka Heights home is listed for $995,000.