Area high school students enrolled in construction trade vocational programs were able to network with contractors, builders, and vendors at the Dallas Builders’ Show, held last week in Plano. (Photo: Bethany Erickson)

Area builders and contractors who attended the Dallas Builders’ Show last week didn’t just get the lowdown on the latest in engineered wood or backsplashes – they also had the opportunity to meet the students that will be their future workforce.

The Dallas Builders Association has made good on its desire to help local high school programs by providing networking and internship opportunities to students learning construction trades.

Last spring, the group hosted a group of students from Skyline High School’s construction program at one of Classic Urban Homes job sites.

Last Thursday, the DBA hosted more than 100 students from several area high schools at its annual trade show event in Plano. Students from Arlington, Dallas, Garland, and Grand Prairie mingled with builders and vendors, snagging business cards and making connections. (more…)

This regal home at 3005 Shadow Drive in Arlington is so full of luxury goodies I do not quite know where to begin. What you cannot see from the photos is the vistas it overlooks, the lush landscaping, the proximity to both Cowboys and Rangers stadium. No more game traffic on I-30! What you can see is the intricate detailing and “blow the budget” finish out. Blow the budget they did, and really give all of Arlington a new definition of Georgian luxury.

So you have your dramatic entrance, formals, huge kitchen open to the family room and the breakfast eating area. Oh I have also nicknamed this “Juliet” house because there are so many dang balconies. I think they exist for you to call your husband in from the garage. First floor master suite has gold leaf detailing around the fireplace, built-in cabinetry, a mammoth spa bathroom — do you see all that marble?—  and abundant closet space. Also downstairs: a media room, where it should be so as to not disturb sleepers. This one is wisely placed at the back of the house. Three bedrooms up, all en suite baths, a landing area common room, and a room I think I’d kill for: a craft room/artists’ studio.

All in all, 6405 square feet built in 1995, newly plastered pool, 15 foot tall courtyard wall, hidden doggie run. Oh and you are in Arlington: Tarrant County taxes yeah, Arlington ISD, maybe not so yeah. Asking: $1,425,000. Folks, that’s $222 a square foot.

Let me whet your appetite with one example of the detailing: intricate ceiling in the living room was inspired by the Paris Opera House, no kidding. And talk about cars, Beverly should beam this house over at Park Place: a four-bay garage with ample storage and an adjoining room — ready to be a wine cellar or a gym — and a separate one-car garage with attached bath. Are you getting my drift here? Wine cellar out by the garage, five parking spots, I’d put a bed out there too and loose the husband for days, maybe weeks.

Ah, but he will still bug you for food. “Honey, can you make me a sandwich?” All you have to do is make the damn thing, then go into the pantry in the kitchen broom closet which converts into a dumbwaiter leading into the garage.

I am not kidding.

Worried about hanky-panky out there while you drink wine with the girls? There is surround sound and four security cameras are present along the home’s perimeter. Me, I’d write a fifth and sixth and maybe a few bugs  into the contract– where?

You’ve got it! In those garages!