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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Stacy Brotemarkle comes by her passion for homebuilding through a deep family history. Her grandfather and father were builders, her grandmother in real estate, and her uncle an architect.

“My mom has a picture of me at two years old sitting on a stack of plywood on one of my dad’s job sites,” Brotemarkle laughs. “I was 12 when I told my family I wanted to be an interior designer and I stuck with that desire and got my BFA degree from the University of North Texas, along with a minor in engineering technology.”

Stacy Brotemarkle

As vice president and lead interior designer for Bella Custom Homes, Brotemarkle offers a winning combination of knowledge, experience, and perspective to designing, building, and serving her clients. She has worked on over 200 custom luxury homes in the North Texas market, collaborating with future homeowners from day one. 

“It’s so beneficial for interior designers to be at the planning stages because we can think far down the line and ask the kind of questions that will avoid future headache — where is furniture going to go? Will the door swing into the wall? Where are those drapery panel going to stack?” she said. “The earlier in the process that you start thinking about these things, the easier the whole process is because we use a building block process and all selections are in a chronological process for our clients.” 

Bella Custom Homes’ clients get the benefit of working with a licensed interior designer to assist them throughout the whole process, from designing to building their new dream home. The designer works with the clients from designing the house plans to “specing” the project.

Once construction starts, the real fun begins. The designer is at all the on-site design meetings, takes clients to the showrooms to make decorative selections, and visits the site to make sure everything gets implemented in a way that translates the clients’ vision to reality. The results speak for themselves.

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When I first saw The Avant Group‘s latest completed Midway Hollow home, I was fascinated. The small-batch builder does a fantastic job of building homes that feel so much more expensive than their sub-$1 million prices, with fantastic finish-out and smart home packages that add so much value to their contemporary aesthetic. But this new build at 3758 Bolivar is somewhat of a departure from the massing and shape of their other builds. And I’m smitten. 

Of course, we’d expect nothing less than a home that’s easy to fall for and, of course, easy to live in, from The Avant Group, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder. But this house? It’s something of a departure for The Avant Group, who listened to buyers about what they wanted. The results speak for themselves.

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We have more proof that CandysDirt.com Approved Builder S & R Development Inc. can build and sell a home faster than we can write about them. This Preston Hollow house went on the market and was under contract in under ten days.

“There were several on the market at the same time. But this was the only one that sold right away,” said Saad Chehabi, principal at S&R Development.

The 4,800-square-foot home comes with two master bedrooms downstairs, three bedrooms upstairs, a separate gym room, elevator, and storage on both the upstairs and downstairs levels. Priced just under $2 million, it had everything a buyer could want. Even though the home now has residents living in it, we managed to wrangle a few photographs so you can see some of the impressive work the builders did.

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Key Residential took on a full remodel of a 90-year-old home and the results are fabulous!

We’re back with another look at the creative problem-solving that Candy’s Dirt Approved Builder Key Residential put in to practice for a home built in 1929. The old brick colonial had undergone multiple renovations during its lifetime and had too much of a piecemeal layout after all the disparate projects.

The goal? To create a cohesive living space with modern upgrades on the interior and upgrade the exterior so it meets the same standards as the revamped interior.

The result? A sophisticated airy plan with vintage finishes that honor the 1920s era of the original home.

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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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