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We look at houses all day long. And it’s not often that a new build delights us the way this modern farmhouse by Patten Custom Homes does. It is detail-oriented, with endless built-ins, fixtures, and flow designed specifically for family living. For partner Natalie Patten, 9215 Royalpine Dr. was a labor of love.

“I designed this home with a family in mind,” Patten said. “I put a lot of effort and love into making this home set up the way I’d want to live.”

We think that effort shows. Come, have a look!

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I’ve got a total scoop for you today, a gorgeous transitional spec house in Midway Hills that just listed. This property is swoon-worthy, with rich, open spaces, high-end amenities, and beautiful conveniences. This is a Preston Hollow-esque home, but with a lot smaller price tag.

Located at 4046 Northview Ln., it’s the work of CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Michael Turner, owner of Classic Urban Homes. Turner builds in great Dallas neighborhoods, and he currently has eight luxury homes in various stages of construction. His creations are in demand, to say the least, and it’s easy to see why.

This home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, three living areas, a three-car garage, and 5,638 square feet on two stories. It sits on just over a third of an acre near Northaven and Midway roads. It has a smooth, clean, uncluttered design with big windows, rich hardwoods, and high-end extras that make for exceptional living.

“I like the neighborhood because you can get the same amenities as the Preston Hollow area, but this house is about $500,000 less expensive that what you would pay there [because of the lot prices],” Turner said. “It’s still a Preston Hollow-style house and finish-out with all the bells and whistles.”

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The Dallas Builders Association’s annual ARC awards sent me north to the Westin Galleria on Saturday night.  Amazingly, our recent rains didn’t hamper any glamorous (and dry) entrances and exits. It’s my second year attending this fab ‘do and I try not to take their “no jeans, khakis, shorts” admonition personally.

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Before we jump to the winners (suspense?) I’ll say that homeowners looking to either remodel or build from scratch should check out the DBA website for resources and education.  They hold regular seminars on a variety of building topics, such as the Sept. 7 course titled the “Basics of Building.” It sounds like a great test-the-waters course that at eight hours will either mesmerize or scare the bejesus out of you. There’s also the Oct. 12 course on “New Home Technology” that lasts three hours and includes lunch. There is a charge for courses and they’re aimed at professionals, but as a consumer, learning a little before you begin ain’t half bad.

Anyway…

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Its’ tricky to pull off a build that looks like it fits into an established neighborhood but that’s exactly what architect Guy Vance Brown did with 6832 Avalon Ave. David Bush has the $1.7 million listing and is calling this four-bedroom, three-full- and-one-half-bath home an “Alpine Tudor.” We think that’s an apt moniker for the just-listed Lakewood lovely. It’s like a cross between a Swiss chalet and grandma’s cottage in the woods, if grandma is Lynn Wyatt. Brick has been used judiciously to enhance rather than overpower the 4,241-square-foot home. The front balcony seals the deal on exterior charm. Can’t you just imagine waving to the neighbors at sunset, cocktail in hand?

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H&M Interior Design

Residential interior design by Hugh Scarbrough and Marissa Marmolejos, owners of H & M Interior Design in Dallas. All photos: Courtesy of the designers, except where noted

Great ideas flourish with creative collaboration. One dynamic partnership between two Dallas-based interior designers is fostering a fresh and inspired approach to design.

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Hugh Scarbrough, ASID, RID, and Marissa Marmolejos, ASID, RID, owners of H & M Interior Design. Photo: Gordon Ball

Marissa Marmolejos and Hugh Scarbrough just celebrated their first anniversary together as H & M Interior Design. They were brought together by a shared love of design, a love for others, and an honest desire to make a difference in their clients’ lives.

Marmolejos and Scarbrough specialize in high-end residential design, new construction, and remodels. The firm’s projects span diverse designs, approaches, and styles because of their steady focus on client lifestyle.

“Lot of designers have a particular style and you can walk in and know exactly who did it,” Marmolejos said. “Hugh and I feel it’s important to listen to the client and design for the client in their space and their home. Residential design is so personal—we put an emphasis on our client’s lifestyle and how they live with their family.”

This approach resonates with clients and H&M Interior Design is thriving. Marmolejos and Scarbrough have completed design jobs around the country, including a nursery in New York City, a highrise condo in Denver, and a contemporary desert home in Palm Desert, California. In North Texas, they’re engaged in both commercial and residential projects, doing everything from a Richardson remodel to helping a client downsize to a new home in Preston Hollow.

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The time of roasting marshmallows is almost upon us. We got a little sampling of fire pit weather this weekend, and it really made it hit home that fall is almost here. Heck, pumpkin spice everything is hitting the shelves, and the Arboretum is about to open their annual autumn showcase with pumpkins galore, so it’s time to think about bundling up, boots, and making s’mores!

That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the wonderful outdoor entertaining area at 6009 Royal Crest Dr. This home has one fireplace inside, one outside on the loggia, and a fire pit, too! There’s no shortage of places to get cozy in this home, which has four bedrooms, five full and one half bath, and 6,146 square feet. It’s listed with Dave Perry-Miller agent Karen Fry for $2.2 million.

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Les Owens

Interestingly enough, it’s not only move-in-ready homes that are flying off the market at unprecedented prices, but builders are hitting even more hurdles in this insanely hot North Texas market.

We asked Les Owens of LRO Residential, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, just what are buyers looking for, and what should they look out for? As it turns out, one of the biggest hurdles buyers who want to build will find is the place all home start: dirt.

“We are finding dirt at reasonable levels off the open market, but we are seeing all types of buyers — investors, end users, Realtors, first-time would-be builders — all competing for lots, and most are not experienced enough to know what they are doing and have driven land to all-time highs in most markets,” Owens said. “Not much room to keep going up, what goes up will come down, usually faster than it went up, so land speculators beware.”

Owens, whose homes have classic lines and multi-purpose rooms with some truly stunning kitchens, is noticing an uptick in empty nesters building their post-kids dream homes.

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“This is great for my business as lots of empty nesters are coming into the custom home market, and that is the group my homes fit perfect for,” Owens said. “We have had great luck with downsizing clients from a 6,000- to 9,000-square-foot home to a new, more energy efficient, trendy, lock-and-leave type home, and they love it. I have tons of experience working with this demographic and my style really fits well with this group.”

Owens says that some other higher end clients want custom homes that are timeless, though “clean lines are still a bit hit whether in a more traditional home” or a more modern one.

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“Contemporary is, of course, cool, but some people are already turning from it,” Owens added. “We are seeing clients who liked the idea, but have gone away from it.”

And clients are asking for more earth-friendly and energy efficient choices, which Owens recommends as long as they make financial sense.

“Most of our clients are self-made, and they understand the value of money,” Owens said. “Paying for outrageous green features just to say they have it is not what got them where they are. They want Green features, but only ones that make good sense from a pay-back perspective and/or they can see an immediate benefit for use in their daily lives.”

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Still, Owens is focused on providing the highest quality of materials and workmanship that his brand is known for, as well as the innovation that homebuyers expect. To see more of Owens’ work, stay tuned to CandysDirt.com!

Les Owens

Interestingly enough, it’s not only move-in-ready homes that are flying off the market at unprecedented prices, but builders are hitting even more hurdles in this insanely hot North Texas market.

We asked Les Owens of LRO Residential, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, just what are buyers looking for, and what should they look out for? As it turns out, one of the biggest hurdles buyers who want to build will find is the place all home start: dirt.

“We are finding dirt at reasonable levels off the open market, but we are seeing all types of buyers — investors, end users, Realtors, first-time would-be builders — all competing for lots, and most are not experienced enough to know what they are doing and have driven land to all-time highs in most markets,” Owens said. “Not much room to keep going up, what goes up will come down, usually faster than it went up, so land speculators beware.”

Owens, whose homes have classic lines and multi-purpose rooms with some truly stunning kitchens, is noticing an uptick in empty nesters building their post-kids dream homes.

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“This is great for my business as lots of empty nesters are coming into the custom home market, and that is the group my homes fit perfect for,” Owens said. “We have had great luck with downsizing clients from a 6,000- to 9,000-square-foot home to a new, more energy efficient, trendy, lock-and-leave type home, and they love it. I have tons of experience working with this demographic and my style really fits well with this group.”

Owens says that some other higher end clients want custom homes that are timeless, though “clean lines are still a bit hit whether in a more traditional home” or a more modern one.

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“Contemporary is, of course, cool, but some people are already turning from it,” Owens added. “We are seeing clients who liked the idea, but have gone away from it.”

And clients are asking for more earth-friendly and energy efficient choices, which Owens recommends as long as they make financial sense.

“Most of our clients are self-made, and they understand the value of money,” Owens said. “Paying for outrageous green features just to say they have it is not what got them where they are. They want Green features, but only ones that make good sense from a pay-back perspective and/or they can see an immediate benefit for use in their daily lives.”

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Still, Owens is focused on providing the highest quality of materials and workmanship that his brand is known for, as well as the innovation that homebuyers expect. To see more of Owens’ work, stay tuned to CandysDirt.com!