A home in the Greenland Hills Conservation District usually has such strict architectural protections around it that owners aren’t allowed to tear down any existing dwellings. However, the house at 5240 Mercedes Avenue was a rare exception.

Since the existing home didn’t have the same Tudor style as the rest of the neighborhood, it was given the coveted status of being teardown-worthy, which led to the perfect combination of two worlds. Thanks to CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Patten Custom Homes we now have a new-build Tudor that is consistent with the nearby properties and has all the construction amenities of a modern home. Foam encapsulation, security camera wiring, a high-end kitchen, beautiful hardwood floors, and a contemporary open-plan layout are just some of the features.

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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…)

This gorgeous, just-completed modern farmhouse is another beautiful, energy-efficient build from CandysDirt.com Approved Builder JLD Custom Homes.

Immediately, when I hear the words “modern farmhouse,” my ears perk up. Sometimes, though, the term is used so broadly and incorrectly that it’s been used to describe Tudors sporting a coat of white paint, Craftsman homes built in the 1920s and recently updated, and the random ranch fixed up by Fixer Upper fans. 

This home, however, gets modern farmhouse exactly right. That’s what you’d expect from CandysDirt.com Approved Builder JLD Custom Homes. And it’s crazy energy efficient, too!

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I know this house and floor plan, and I know The Avant Group: quality construction with a unique, contemporary sleekness that preens with transitional elegance. Their “look” is what everyone wants, but their interiors are downright amazing. Come tonight and look for the many extra thoughtful touches in the kitchens, using every nook and cranny for space storage. Look for a secret storm room in some Avant homes. Look for the usual, the extra thoughtful. And look at how much living space they put on each and every lot. Look for me tonight, and I’ll show you around! Here are the floorplans… (more…)

We’re thrilled to get a close-up look at the latest completed home from small-batch custom builder The Avant Group. These stunning contemporary homes from this CandysDirt.com Approved Builder have so many great touches and luxe upgrades that you’ll quickly see why this builder has made a name for himself. 

Co-hosted by star agent Matt Scobee with Clay Stapp + Co., you won’t want to miss this reveal party tomorrow, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Click on the invitation to RSVP now!

Building a home is not hard at all. But for many, it can be overwhelming to think of getting it all structurally sound, then pulling it all together for a flawless, coordinated finish. 

That’s one reason why we are so selective with our CandysDirt.com Preferred Home Builders: they are screened and curated, and on our site by invitation only. Most have been building homes for years, and these are the same people we would use if we ourselves were building a house. One of our favorites: Bella Custom Homes.

Kevin Bradshaw knows the difficulty of finding a good home builder. Fortunately, he found a great one: Tony Visconti of Bella Custom Homes, who is celebrating 25 years of custom build-to-suit homes this year. 

Like most successful businessmen, Kevin is a discriminating client. The senior vice president of the western division of FM Global, a commercial property insurance company, Kevin has a background in engineering and knows a lot about home building from the beginning. We caught up with him to see how he decided on Bella to build his home in the McKinney community of Craig Ranch Estates: (more…)

When homeowners bought a remodeled home, it came with an old pool house that definitely hadn’t seen any modern updates in quite a while. That’s where Key Residential, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, came in and worked some magic. They tore down what was there and started from scratch to create a backyard haven that is so versatile it can host a party for 50, a dinner for two, or an afternoon pool party for a rambunctious group of kids. When you’re building an outdoor space that has a full working kitchen, a pool, outdoor fireplace, and space for a huge television then practical considerations become just as important as the aesthetics. 

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When you enter an Avant Group custom home, there’s a certain atmosphere of sleek sophistication and glamour that you can expect. That’s not a coincidence, says Heaven Porteous, who oversees this small-batch builder’s design and finish-out. Their latest spec home on the market in Northwest Dallas’ Ridgecrest Village neighborhood (north of Northwest Highway and west of Midway Road) perfectly shows off the ease-of-living and contemporary aesthetic that has attracted families to the brand in droves. 

Sure, this soft contemporary with modern influences has some trendy fixtures and finishes. Take the roofline and the stained wooden siding, easily visible from the curb of 3889 Cortez Drive — it’s easy on the eyes and offers clean lines and the brand’s midcentury modern-influenced elevations. But what you don’t see from the curb is the glorious, glamorous details just behind that contemporary front door.

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