This warm modern design by Richard Miller Custom Homes is one of five luxury homes showcased in the Dallas Builders Association’s April 7 Parade of Homes presented by STELLAR and benefiting Operation FINALLY HOME. 

In its ranks, the Dallas Builders Association has some truly great minds creating some of the most forward-thinking custom homes. These builders are hired to build some of the most beautiful houses, but rarely do you get the chance to tour them, as they are often built for particular, private, and particularly private clients. So we’re thrilled that the DBA is bringing back one of their most popular events, the Parade of Homes!

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From left to right, Alan Hoffmann of Hoffmann Homes, Chris Dauwe of Rosewood Custom Builders, Candy Evans, Todd Handwerk of Calais Custom Homes, and Matt Mitchell with James Andrews Custom Homes discuss disruption and innovation in homebuilding (photo courtesy Elissa Genova).

On the heels of a very popular panel discussion on disruption in the real estate world hosted by the Dallas Builders Association last month, CandysDirt found a way to continue that conversation thanks to our hosts at Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Showroom in Dallas.

Panelists included Matt Mitchell with James Andrews Custom Homes, Chris Dauwe of Rosewood Custom Builders, Todd Handwerk of Calais Custom Homes, and Alan Hoffmann of Hoffmann Homes, all who brought their unique perspective to what has changed in homebuilding, how they’ve innovated, and what is coming down the pike.

Who told us about the home with the submarine in the garage and no kitchen? Who told us about the over the top outdoor kitchen they installed? Who said that building codes (which update every three years) are the ultimate disruptor in homebuilding because builders are forced to build stronger, more energy-efficient buildings constantly?

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CandysDirt.com and Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove will host a panel discussion on innovation and disruption in the home building industry on March 26.

We talk a lot about disruption and innovation here at CandysDirt.com, largely in the realm of the real estate business. But we also know that the same dynamic takes place in the building and design world as well. Who are the disruptors and innovators in the building world? How do you build change into your business plan? What has changed in the past five years when it comes to energy efficiency and even what customers desire?

We’ll delve into all that and more in a forward-looking panel with some phenomenal builder experts on March 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The folks at Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove partnered with CandysDirt to talk about innovation, as well as how their showroom can be an asset for builders, realtors, and designers who want to train staff about the latest appliances, or help clients visualize what their dream kitchen looks like.

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Arterra’s David Hensley presented plans to the Casa View Haven Neighborhood Association on Feb. 26, 2019. Arterra wants to build an 18-unit, single-family development for the vacant lot at Millmar and Lingo, just behind St. Mark’s Presbyterian on Ferguson Road. (Photo: Joanna England)

At last week’s regularly scheduled Casa View Haven Neighborhood Association meeting, about 50 neighbors assembled at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church on Ferguson Road, armed with questions about Arterra Development’s plans for the lot at Millmar and Lingo, just across the street from DISD’s Bryan Adams High School. 

Arterra’s architect and managing director, David Hensley, was on hand at the Feb. 26 meeting with digital renderings and few details on the proposed 18-unit, single-family home development. Hensley, who is also a principal HLR Inc., said that the homes would be sold on a lot-by-lot basis, with construction completed in phases depending on sales.

Prices are projected to land at around $400,000 per “cottage-style” home, all of which would connect to communal greenbelts and additional street-facing landscapes. The homes would have three bedrooms, three baths, and a two-car garage. Hensley said that the finished product would be comparable to a project the firm completed in The Colony, which featured a multi-family component, greenbelts, and single-family homes with shared amenities.

The design presented at the meeting is reminiscent of popular coastal vacation home communities that dot Florida’s coastal highway, 30-A, where several single-family homes abut or adjoin shared outdoor space. The development will have an HOA for managing common space and maintenance. Plans at this time did not show whether the community will have a gate.

Neighbors expressed some concerns with the development, which places two of the two-story units on the alley-facing border of the lot, calling the zero-lot-line homes invasive. Additionally, the proposed development’s phased construction could present a problem if sales stall, leaving a semi-vacant, half-done project that neighbors called a potential eyesore.

Hensley admitted that “financing is a huge hurdle” for this particular project. Of course, neighbors were concerned that prices for the new homes could adversely affect property values in the still up-and-coming bedroom community.

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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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Outgoing President Alan Hoffmann, left, presents the official symbol of office to 2019 President Matt Robinson of Walton Global Holdings. (Courtesy Photo)

From Staff Reports

Matt Robinson of Walton Global Holdings was installed Sept. 28 as the 76th president of the Dallas Builders Association during ceremonies held at Noah’s of Fairview. The Installation was presented in partnership with StrucSure Home Warranty.

Tim Jackson, past president of both the Texas Association of Builders and the Dallas BA, served as the installing officer. Other officers installed were Justin Webb of Altura Homes as first vice president; Matt Mitchell of James Andrews Custom Homes, as vice president/secretary; Greg Paschall of Intex Electrical Contractors as associate vice president; and Stephen Puckett of LegacyTexas Bank, as treasurer.

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Less than half of Dallas-Fort Worth residents can afford new homes in the region, according to the Dallas Builders Association.

Recent data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University paints a pretty bleak picture for housing affordability in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. More than 100,000 new jobs regionwide netted just 30,000 new homes by the end of last year, according to stats from Meyers Research and the Dallas Builders Association. The median home price, thanks to the scarcity of new builds, jumped from $149,900 in 2011 to $232,000 in 2016. 

The end of the affordable new home is nigh, it seems. 

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Want to see this super cute home on Santa Monica? Enter to win! Photo: Kim Leeson

Guys, we have a surprise for you, our loyal readers. I found out yesterday that for today’s ticket giveaway for the Hollywood Home Tour this weekend we have— get this — FIVE PAIRS OF TICKETS!

I am just beside myself because this is just one of my absolute favorite home tours, and this year the Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association is doing it up big for their 25th anniversary. I mean, they have some really cute homes, including Kelly and Tom Hoffmann’s cerulean cottage on Santa Monica that we featured last week.

Of course, not only are there amazing and adorable homes on the tour, but there’s also an auction party on Friday night at the Dallas Arboretum, a candlelight home tour on Friday, and some really fantastic artists vending at Lindsley Park this weekend for Hollywood Art in The Park. The home tour is slated for Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and features five gorgeous historic properties.

Jump to find out how you can win one of our FIVE PAIRS OF TICKETS to the Hollywood Home Tour this weekend, April 30 to May 1!

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