There’s something about the Modern Design Brothers spec located on Groveland Drive that makes you want to move in. Instantly.
Maybe it’s the intrinsically cool vibe. Or the way it feels sleek and modern but at the same time warm and welcoming. Wide-open spaces provide an inviting common area, floor-to-ceiling windows optimize natural light, and sliding glass doors open up to an expansive backyard, which is ideal for entertaining.
According to Adam Hamghalam, one-half of the design duo in the business he shares with his brother, Amir, the property showcases the 5-year-old company’s strength in modern architecture and design.
“We recognized a need for this style of home,” Adam said. “The reaction has been great.”
A location in vibrant Little Forest Hills — a sought-after neighborhood within walking distance to White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum — ups the 2,950-square-foot abode’s desirability factor. Well-designed features can be found at every turn: think Douglas fir beams, Italian Corso brick, and Porcelanosa cabinetry and tile. Product quality is paramount.
“Every element is hand-picked —a reflection of our personal taste and aesthetic,” says Adam. Take the bi-fold cabinets in the kitchen, for example. “We not only loved the look, but their innate functionality. You won’t hit your head when you open them.”
That same thoughtfulness permeates every Modern Design Brothers project. Though trained in industrial engineering, the pair’s passion for building stems back to childhood.
“Dad was in the air force. We’d help him with his hobby — making furniture in the basement,” says Adam. Their inaugural project? Building themselves a single-guy-friendly condo in that downstairs space. Tops on their list: making it acoustically sound. “We’d play guitar — loud — with our buddies and didn’t want the neighbors to hear.”
Originally from the Middle East, the Hamghalams singled out Dallas for its growth and business potential. They built their first home in East Texas — a lake house in Cypress Springs — as a weekend getaway. Still in finance at the time, Adam says the project triggered their desire to totally change career paths.
“We could get out of our boring daytime jobs and instead, build homes we wanted to live in.” He also remembers receiving tons of advice at the outset. “But instead of listening to all the don’ts, we decided to go rogue; to stay true to our original vision.”
The bet paid off. According to Adam, the initial spec (inspired by Dallas architect Charles Bobo) quickly sold to a design-centric couple, appreciative of the home’s modern aesthetic. Two more sales followed organically. And while modern is their forte, the brothers say they’re not tied to any one specific style.
“Our background has given us to opportunity to experience some of the world’s coolest architecture,” says Adam. “While specs allow us to unleash our own vision and desires, we’re open to doing whatever the customer wants.”
This stunning spec at 9026 Groveland has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and is listed by Compass Dallas agent Jacob Moss for $1.095 million. Custom build-to-suit lots are located at 8814 Dayotonia Avenue and 8714 San Benito Way.