This custom build for a commercial architect took plenty of skill and finesse, says Kevin Key of Key Residential.

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 commitment to quality — a time-tested mix of craftmanship, purpose, and style.

“We don’t want to get pigeon-holed into one specific type of house. Our point of difference is that we can do any type of project.” Another plus is the opportunity to work with Dallas’ top architects, trade partners, and interior designers. From beginning to end, it’s a collaborative effort. “The ultimate goal is to make our homeowners’ vision come to life.”

 

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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 is key. So is hiring the very best talent for each project, from architect to designer to project manager.  “New construction is a team approach. You have to take every piece and figure out how to make it all work together.”

Twin brother Alex, a senior vice president with Allie Beth Allman, plays an integral role.  The pair have a special alliance, offering up a unique blend of insight and experience.

“We’re two young hungry guys — one specializing in building and construction; the other, laser-focused on managing people and servicing clients,” says Alex.  “We both live and breathe real estate.”

They credit their strong work ethic to a lifetime talking business at family dinners. (Dad, David Perry, was a top producer in Los Angeles; the pair also have two older brothers.)

“With four boys, you had to fight to get a word in edgewise. While you’re competitive growing up, as you get older, they become assets,” says Elliott.

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This New Leaf build at 7015 Pasadena in Lakewood is the perfect testament to their in-house design services.

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 the architectural plan.

The good news is, this CandysDirt.com Approved Builder has found a better way. With the recent launch of its full-service New Leaf Design Studio, everything a client needs is now under a single roof.

“It’s how we avoid what we call the Builder’s Bermuda Triangle,” says Melissa. “Bringing everything in-house makes it a seamless process for the customer.”

With construction and architecture services already in place, adding interior design completed the trifecta. “It eliminates the go-betweens, so nothing is left to chance.“

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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, and, of course, Molthan’s meticulous attention to detail.

Those familiar with Platinum Series Homes, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, have come to expect this unprecedented standard of perfection. Everything from hardware to lighting to the type of paint used is carefully curated, according to the builder, “By collaborating with talented professionals and using the very best materials available, it’s the quality of our homes that defines us.”

Take the soaring, top-of-the-line Lincoln windows. Rimmed in black, these floor-to-ceiling stunners not only provide an abundance of natural light—they’re a direct contrast to the 4,871-square-foot home’s bright white exterior. Horizontal wood siding adds even more texture and interest, says listing agent Katie Schortman. “White isn’t cookie-cutter anymore.” A standing seam metal roof further complements the monochromatic palette.

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Few homes excite us more than a new build that knocks it out of the park. This one by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Patten Custom Homes does just that. Not only is it outfitted with a bevy of custom touches, but according to the listing, it “goes above and beyond your average new build, starting with the floorplan.” And we couldn’t agree more.

Situated on a generous corner lot in sought-after Lakewood, the four-bedroom, three-full-and-one-half-bathroom home combines Modern Farmhouse styling with the sophistication of a trained eye. Something that is quite obvious the minute you step inside. 

We think it’s beyond what you typically see in a new build for sale,” says Natalie Patten, designer-builder and integral part of the Patten Custom Homes magic. “It’s very much a house of little details and a lot of thought, starting with the floorplan.”

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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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Builder Stephan Sardone recently put his Lake Highlands home up for sale. The 3,700-square-foot home at 10219 Linkwood Drive features five bedrooms, four baths, and countless unique amenities.

“As builders, we tend to go overboard on our own homes,” Sardone said. “I don’t think there’s much like it anywhere else in Lake Highlands.”

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The Dallas Builders Association held its annual ARC Awards gala on Aug. 18 at the Westin Galleria Dallas, and we’re pleased to see so many wonderful builders and firms get recognized for their hard work! The awards, presented in partnership with Centricity this year, are held each summer to recognize building excellence by associate members, remodelers, and custom builder members of the DBA.

Winners were named in approximately 75 categories including Best New Home, Best Conceptual Design, Best Outdoor Living Space, Remodeler of the Year and Custom Builder of the Year.

Classic Urban Homes was named Custom Builder of the Year, CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Key Residential was honored as the Remodeler of the Year, and Greg Paschall of Intex Electrical Contractors is the Associate of the Year. Jenny Anchondo of Morning Dose served as the mistress of ceremonies.

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