What makes a house a home? To some, it’s simply space to entertain. To others, it’s about showcasing a collection or having a room for hobbies and doing what they love. With this week’s Builder’s Beauty, the customer got all this and so much more!

Scott Homebuilders, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, is no stranger to custom craftsmanship. From design to build, Scott Homebuilders brings your dreams to life! And they are the very team responsible for this week’s Builder’s Beauty. In fact, the warm and inviting lodge-style home at 289 Pine Drive in Southlake is the very essence of what Scott Homebuilders stands for – making the process of owning a new home efficient, enjoyable, and rewarding.

“We’re proud to have completed design-build construction of this lodge-style home with a transitional interior on one-acre, with a private well in Southlake, for Chris and Heather,” says John Scott, Managing Partner at Scott Homebuilders.

The 8,770-square-foot (under roof) home was meticulously crafted. The builders used only the finest materials, all while taking special care to not only meet but exceed the owners’ wishes, according to Nancy Scott – wife and managing partner alongside husband John, at Scott Homebuilders.

And the result is nothing short of extraordinary! From its use of natural materials on the façade, to its fresh transitional interior of buyer’s selections, you’re going to love what’s in 289 Pine Drive. But be ready to take notes. This Builder’s Beauty is one for the books!

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Scott Homebuilders

Fresh off their 10-year anniversary celebration this spring, CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Scott Homebuilders has brought another high-end beauty to market. This one is a four-bed, four-and-a-half bath Midcentury Modern steps away from Midway Manor Park and an easy walk to Shorecrest Park.

The solar-ready home comes with a three-car garage wired for electric charging and is energy-efficient from top to bottom. Located at 4020 Adrian Drive in Dallas and with an asking price of $1,225,00 the 4,000-square-foot home has so much to offer.  You can see the Scott Homebuilders listing website here, but take a spin through some of the photos we have for you. (more…)

Scott Homebuilders, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, will have eight new custom homes on the market.

 
By Amy Rose Dobson
Special Contributor
 
The high-end developer Scott Homebuilders is in the process of delivering eight custom homes that meet the dual purpose of providing a luxurious place to live all while staying within affordable price guidelines. We’re excited to show you one of the first ones to deliver and give you a peek inside to see how Scott Homebuilders were able to create such a masterpiece. 
 

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home builders Bella Vita

When the homebuilders whose signs you’ve seen around your neighborhood suddenly declare bankruptcy, it can give you pause. But when news of those bankruptcies opens a floodgate of customers with unhappy experiences, prospective homebuyers begin to worry even more.

After Bella Vita Custom Homes and M. Christopher Custom Home Builder filed for bankruptcy last month, we’ve been hearing from worried folks that have been considering building a new home.

The questions were consistent: “How do I know this won’t happen to me?” and “How do I avoid choosing a bad builder?”

With that in mind, I reached out to Phil Crone, executive officer of the Dallas Builders Association, to get some advice.  I’ll also share an extra step I take when choosing a contractor that can also be applied to choosing a home builder.

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Concho Front

John and Nancy Scott know their niche. They’ve been building in Stonewall Terrace and East Dallas for years, building custom homes with exceptional details and thoughtful, family friendly floor plans. The design aesthetic is at home in older areas of Dallas, with lines and shapes that complement the Tudors and traditionals for which the M Streets, Lakewood, and Park Cities are known. One by one, they’ve established Scott Homebuilders as the go-to builder for families in East Dallas who want better form and function over outdated midcentury traditionals. Families who want energy efficient, well-designed homes.

We caught up with the Scotts at 4212 Concho yesterday during their open house. The home, a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath Tudor in Stonewall Terrace, was buzzing with Realtors, brokers, and real estate industry professionals from all over Dallas. While the main attraction was the home, it didn’t hurt that the Scotts brought in a bevy of barbecued goodness from Pecan Lodge Catering as well as a NorthPark Gold giveaway. Keep reading to find out who won! (Spoiler alert: It wasn’t me.)

Concho Kitchen

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Dallas rain is causing major delays at homebuilding sites, like 5802 Anita St. in East Dallas, a JLD Custom Homes site. Photo: Joanna England

Thanks to nearly two months of non-stop rain, DFW homebuilders are experiencing major delays and expect months of playing catch-up even though it has stopped.

Based on weather forecasts, that break might finally be here!

More than 26 inches of rain have fallen at DFW International Airport so far this year, including a record-setting 3.3 inches a week ago Sunday. This is now the wettest May on the books.

“The rain has been a killer on schedules—we currently have three homes under construction and have taken them as far as we can go in the inside, and are now at a dead standstill until we can finish the driveways and walkways on the exterior, not to mention fence, sprinklers, and landscaping,” said Michael Turner, owner of Classic Urban Homes. “We are telling potential new clients we are six-to-eight months out from being to take on any additional work.”

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“I always keep a pair of old mud shoes in the truck, these days, I’ve got two pairs,” said JLD Custom Homes President Jeff Dworkin. Photo: Joanna England

Other custom builders are in the same boat. Jeff Dworkin points to his house at 5802 Anita St. in East Dallas, pictured above.

“We’ve finished the inside, but the yard is a mud pit!,” said Dworkin, who is President of JLD Custom Homes and Past President of the Dallas Builders Association. “We can’t get fence in, irrigation, or landscape. It’s hard to make it look pretty when your ‘drive-up’ is just dirt. We have also been trying to get another one started at 5731 Vickery Blvd.—got the permit a week ago, but we are just stuck in the mud for now.”

Homebuilders are able to get work done up to a certain point inside new houses, but the risk of tracking in mud onto new carpets or hardwoods means even that part of the process is delayed. And every part of completing the homes’ exterior is delayed. A Prosper developer tells me one of his largest volume builders is 90 days delayed, the longest delay in the history of the company.

“We can sell homes, design homes, and permit homes while it’s raining—we just can’t start them. We have five queued up and all in the holding pattern until the weather breaks,” Turner said. “No sense in selling a new home and then not being able to start for six months without telling clients upfront. For the most part, people are willing to wait, as builders are all in the same boat.”

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CandysDirt.com founder and publisher, Candy Evans, with Zach and Aaron Ipour, brothers and founders of Megatel Homes.

Megatel Homes, one of North Texas’ most prolific homebuilders, is suing even more prolific Centurion American Development Group and Grapevine-based United Development Group, charging that the firms “conspired to take advantage of Megatel,” mostly by selling development properties to competing homebuilders. Megatel is seeking $100 million in damages.

If the names of these companies sound vaguely familiar, let me refresh: Megatel Homes builds houses, townhomes, and apartments, in 100 subdivisions or more all over North Texas. It is the same firm that entertained a tentful of agents with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Kevin O’Leary last May at an amazing and expensive promotional bash at Mercer Crossing, up near Cypress Waters and LBJ/635. And Mehrdad Moayedi was there, sitting with Megatel’s two co-founders and the celebrity guests.

 2500 real estate professionals, with full bar service and seated dinner. There was a huge white tent with a/c. Even the bathrooms were tip-top, those nice white trailers just like the ones at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. There was a smattering of tip top producers, too, from Dave Perry-Miller’s Ryan Streif and Charles Gregory, who has already sold two homes in Mercer Crossing, ReMax Premiere’s Von Truong, Bryan Poche, Dallas City Center’s Lisa Marie Dyess-Richardson, the ubiquitous Jeff Lindigrin, and more. Donations were also raised for Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas.

Steve Brown wrote a nice two-brothers-from-Cypress profile on the firms’ brother-founders, Zach and Aaron Ipour. He pointed out that competitors criticize Megatel, saying it pays too much for some of its land, and question the firm’s long-term funding strength. The company, Steve reported, also builds more speculative homes than many of its competitors. (more…)

Trendmaker

Trendmaker Homes named Bruce French vice president of land acquisition and development in its newest homebuilding division in Dallas-Fort Worth, the company announced.

Trendmaker is a member of the TRI Pointe Group family of regional homebuilders. French joined the company on May 6 and brings nearly four decades of experience to the job. (more…)