UNT Team

Michael Garza, Jacob Flores, Esther Valero, Bobbie M. Daniels, Dawson Guerrettaz, and Juan Lopez will represent the University of North Texas at the Race to Zero competition.

Green building and design is one of the fastest growing segments of today’s homebuilding market as more and more homebuyers looking to avoid the high energy bills summer’s blazing temperatures often bring.

To train and encourage the green building professionals of tomorrow, the U.S. Department of Energy is hosting 40 teams from 34 schools across the United states, Canada, Norway, and China for its Race to Zero Student Design Competition. And with the guidance and encouragement of the Dallas Builders Association, the University of North Texas’ Association of Construction Engineering Technology will send its very own team to the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo., this weekend.

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5802 Anita FrontEver dreamed of the walkable life? Did you think it was impossible to have a brand new home and still be able to eschew your gas guzzler? Well I have some news for you: You don’t have to flee to the suburbs to have a gorgeous, new build with great schools, wonderful community, and fabulous shopping. In fact, you can get all of that in this wonderful JLD Custom Homes design in Stonewall Terrace.

Not only does it have everything you want in a new home — easy-to-love floorplan and transitional interiors — it’s constructed by a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder. This gorgeous property marketed by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty’s Gia Marshello is definitely a high-caliber home. As with any house with fabulous finish-out, you don’t want to take any chances with financing. Call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today to snag the home of your dreams in one of Dallas’ most sought after elementary attendance areas!

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Jeff Dworkin 2012With inventory short and getting shorter, many home buyers are looking for land or teardowns and building up from there, making their dream home vertical rather than bidding again and again after properties and coming up short.

What is new and exciting, though, is the buyer who knows what they want and demands quality construction. They are everywhere these days, with buying power galore thanks to the resurgent North Texas economy.

So we asked Jeff Dworkin, founder of JLD Custom Homes, a CandysDirt.com approved builder, what buyers are asking for this year. Dworkin has several completed projects in East Dallas, some of which are amazing homes in Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, and Lakewood enclaves that buyer’s snatch up before the dust settles. Dworkin’s company is known for building homes that blend with existing architecture, and are cost-effective and green to boot!

“We are seeing folks wanting some clean lines — squares, rectangles, etc. — in tile and flooring,” Dworkin said. “We are also seeing folks ask a lot more questions about energy efficiency and what their utility bills will be.”

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Dworkin’s company has worked hard on its designs, several of which are certified by Green Built Texas. These homes meet stringent standards of energy efficiency that make them attractive to those who wish to conserve resources and lower their electric bills.

Dworkin says clients are also asking for open floor plans, with kitchens open to large, much more casual family rooms that serve several purposes. “A lot of folks do not even want a dining room anymore, especially those under 40,” Dworkin added, saying that large eat-in kitchen islands are preferred.

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While some owners want upscale or luxury stainless steel appliances in their homes, demanding brands such as Wolf, SubZero, Miele, and Viking, Dworkin isn’t seeing much of that yet.

“In the under $750K price point, we are not seeing the request for Viking/ Wolf as of yet, but outdoor built-in grills, spots for wine fridges and the ‘professional looking’ appliances,” he said.

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Jeff Dworkin 2012With inventory short and getting shorter, many home buyers are looking for land or teardowns and building up from there, making their dream home vertical rather than bidding again and again after properties and coming up short.

What is new and exciting, though, is the buyer who knows what they want and demands quality construction. They are everywhere these days, with buying power galore thanks to the resurgent North Texas economy.

So we asked Jeff Dworkin, founder of JLD Custom Homes, a CandysDirt.com approved builder, what buyers are asking for this year. Dworkin has several completed projects in East Dallas, some of which are amazing homes in Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, and Lakewood enclaves that buyer’s snatch up before the dust settles. Dworkin’s company is known for building homes that blend with existing architecture, and are cost-effective and green to boot!

“We are seeing folks wanting some clean lines — squares, rectangles, etc. — in tile and flooring,” Dworkin said. “We are also seeing folks ask a lot more questions about energy efficiency and what their utility bills will be.”

Steam Shower1

 

Dworkin’s company has worked hard on its designs, several of which are certified by Green Built Texas. These homes meet stringent standards of energy efficiency that make them attractive to those who wish to conserve resources and lower their electric bills.

Dworkin says clients are also asking for open floor plans, with kitchens open to large, much more casual family rooms that serve several purposes. “A lot of folks do not even want a dining room anymore, especially those under 40,” Dworkin added, saying that large eat-in kitchen islands are preferred.

IMG_3189

While some owners want upscale or luxury stainless steel appliances in their homes, demanding brands such as Wolf, SubZero, Miele, and Viking, Dworkin isn’t seeing much of that yet.

“In the under $750K price point, we are not seeing the request for Viking/ Wolf as of yet, but outdoor built-in grills, spots for wine fridges and the ‘professional looking’ appliances,” he said.

Built-in Grill

We have so many things to be happy about this great Monday morning! The Cowboys won — beat San Francisco YES — it rained so much I’ve turned off the sprinklers, and this amazing Bluffview/Devonshire new home is our million dollar sale of the week. 

But guess what? The seller is so motivated, the home is NOW EVEN LESS THAN A MILLION! Try $ 899,999. Slash more than two hundred thousand dollars off that original 2008 price on 4615 Elsby.

This is a home that was listed for $1.1 million in 2008, then leased for a few years. The tenants went bye-bye because their lease was up and now the sellers are S.E.R.I.O.U.S. Probably have never been more serious in their life to sell. The design is Italian Mediterranean, a very California feel,  custom home built by Alexander Hunt Distinct Homes. 4432 square feet with four bedrooms, four and a half baths. Love the  hand-carved front door with security camera — don’t be naughty out here! This home has a ton of extras that will just tear out your heart: wood-paneled ceiling in living, wood-paneled library with shelves — I hate walking into a room called the library that has no shelves, don’t you? 

The kitchen has, amazingly, three hand- battered copper sinks & all Thermador Pro SS appliances. Perfect time to buy for the great outdoor living this home:  fireplace & built-in kitchen right outside. The home is also a technological as well as ecological genius: A built-in LCD screen in living room (so cool) monitors house status like the dash on a McLaren. Imported stone façade, Marvin wood windows — MARVIN! —  custom millwork everywhere, gameroom with wetbar and fridge, media room, Monier LifeTile roof, insulated plumbing pipes, wine closet, 14 seer HVAC, energy star rated. Even this past August the total electric/water/gas bills average d$250. I kid you not!

P.S. The vacant lot next door is for sale as well. Can be added to this sale, making the new lot much bigger — a 100 by 150 total, certainly not too big for this neighborhood.

Great house, and I’m loving that price!