Elaine Raffel

Having left the corporate world to launch her own freelance creative business, Elaine Raffel is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the mega-talented Dallas homebuilding community. She credits her work with top fashion and design brands for teaching her one inarguably valuable lesson: that truly great work is always a collaboration.

Neighborhood Knock-Outs: These Midway Hollow Specs Exemplify Contemporary Cool

By Elaine Raffel / November 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

It’s impossible not to notice the plethora of exceptional contemporaries in Midway Hollow — and the Iconic Real Estate signs in front of them. Each exemplifies the CandysDirt.com-approved builder’s trademark style: homes that are sleek and modern, yet at the same time, warm and inviting. “Our aesthetic leans toward minimalism and a mix of materials,” […]

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Living Large in Desco’s Preston Hollow Stunner

By Elaine Raffel / November 7, 2019 / 0 Comments

Desco Fine Homes founder and president David Goettsche loves his work. For the CandysDirt.com-approved builder, homebuilding is not only a profession — it’s his passion. “I’ve been building houses for 42 years,” Goettsche said. “It’s been a great business for me.”  The commonality of a Desco? TLC, according to Goettsche. Peers call him a “builder’s […]

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Diversity Is Key for this Award-Winning Dallas Builder

By Elaine Raffel / October 14, 2019 / 1 Comment

Listening to owner Kevin Key talk about his eponymous company, the term that comes to mind is “renaissance man.” With over 25 years of experience in the homebuilding/remodeling business, the portfolio of this CandysDirt.com Approved Builder encompasses multiple genres. From traditional to contemporary, rustic to transitional, the one factor that unites them all is Key’s […]

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Double Duty: Twins Elliott and Alex Perry Live, Breathe, And Build Real Estate 

By Elaine Raffel / September 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

Give Elliott Perry, president of Hudson Construction, a call. Anytime. If he doesn’t get back to you within five minutes, he’s either on a plane or something is seriously wrong. “We’re not only client-focused—we’re client-obsessive. This business isn’t rocket science. It’s customer service and hard work.” According to the CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, attention to detail […]

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New Leaf’s Custom Design Studio Eliminates the Builder’s Bermuda Triangle

By Elaine Raffel / September 11, 2019 / 0 Comments

Melissa Powell will be the first to admit building a custom home can be a mind-boggling experience. The New Leaf Custom Homes co-founder who runs the business with her husband, Scott, understands the challenges: You get the design you want, but it can’t be built within budget. Or the lot you’ve chosen doesn’t mesh with […]

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Quality Defines This Platinum Series Modern Farmhouse

By Elaine Raffel / August 23, 2019 / 1 Comment

Modern farmhouse design reaches a new level of luxury with this exquisitely crafted Platinum Series Home by Mark Molthan. Mixing traditional features (think gable roof, shiplap walls, and open porch) with contemporary elements, this unique new build located at 5520 Caladium Dr. in North Dallas offers buyers the best of all worlds: style, space, comfort, […]

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