Building with the Boys: Tim and Justin Are Building, AGAIN, This Time, Brand Spanking New

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The boys are back, this time I think they are just stalking me.

You may recall Tim Loecker and Justin Kettler when I wrote for D Home Mag, when I lauded them for saving North Dallas ranches one house at a time. It seems these two can never be satisfied with their home, which is why I love them.

It all began with a 2,400-square-foot cottage on Cromwell Drive, just a couple of blocks from our 3550 Ainsworth, which was our very first Dallas dirt. They flipped Cromwell and followed it up with three more projects, including a 2,500-square foot rancher near Forest and Midway, and a 4,000-square-foot fairy tale on Princess Lane that had, when they bought it, ADA-approved wide doorways and handlebars in all showers. Seriously: the place was a halfway home for people recovering from who knows what. After selling Princess, the two bought and renovated an original owner mid-century modern on Bobbitt Drive. This is where it got a little freaky for me: we also had lived about half a block away, at 4307 Melissa Lane. They lived on Bobbitt a couple of years, sold it, and now — you’ve got it — the boys are moving CTC: Closer to Candy! But this time, they have ditched the remodel and are building from scratch. As in, they scraped a post-WWII mini rancher on Azalea built in 1949 and are in the process of building a new home. And they are going to share the entire experience with you right here on CandysDirt.com.

It must have been hard for the guys to scrape that ranch, because I know how much they love them. Ranches have good bones, they once told me. They were built with an infrastructure of slow-grown, sturdy wood and easy-to-open floor plans. Well, so was I but someday we all gotta go, right?  Both guys always participated in their too-many-now-to count renovations, digging in with sledgehammers, getting knee-deep in sawdust, changing the floor plan, and staying hands-on with every last detail from designing cabinetry to choosing outlet covers.  Despite the bruises, gashes, black toenails, and occasional (or frequent) difference of opinion, the guys consider this a side hobby.  Loecker is a senior vice president for a global public relations firm. Kettler is a regional manager for a financial services company.  Building new has a whole new spin as they are no longer going to be managing the project, though no doubt they will be hands on.

“Now we are letting our builder do the contracting while we can focus on researching design and materials, giving input, and documenting the process in pictures.” says Justin.  “This approach is a much better fit with our day job demands, and better for our sanity.”

“All of our friends seem to be getting married and having babies,” says Tim. “We’d rather just do another house together.  It’s our version of renewing our vows and giving birth…every couple of years!”

Stay tuned for Building with the Boys. First episode: The big decision: Choosing a builder to create your next home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Candy Evans

Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters, bloggers and consultants. She reports on Dallas real estate for WFAA-TV’s Daybreak with Ron Corning, and is frequently called as a real estate expert by other Dallas media. She is also a real-estate editor for CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Katy Trail Weekly and the White Rock Weekly. She even has her own web-based Real Estate show called, The Party Line. Candy has written for AOL Real Estate, and is a guest blogger for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News plus a host of national sites. Candy was a longtime contributing editor to Dallas’ D Magazine and sister pubs, and in 2007 founded the wildly successful Dallas real estate blog, DallasDirt. That’s where she broke the news on where former president George W. Bush bought his Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of an exciting platform of Dallas-based real estate sites including SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature CandysDirt.com, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, CandysDirt.com was named Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations, and the only association for journalists covering real estate, home and urban design. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

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  1. Crystal says

    Great guys! Love their amazing work. My best friend in elementary lived on Azalea! Can’t wait to watch the build:)

  2. Crystal says

    Great guys! Love their amazing work. My best friend in elementary lived on Azalea! Can’t wait to watch the build:)

  3. Kirk says

    These guys are really talented. I drive by and stalk the lot on Azalea at least once a week on my way home just to see the progress. I cant wait to see the finished product!

  4. Kirk says

    These guys are really talented. I drive by and stalk the lot on Azalea at least once a week on my way home just to see the progress. I cant wait to see the finished product!

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