(Photos courtesy Ashton Woods)

It won’t surprise anyone who looks at a lot of renovated homes and new construction — among the splurges DFW homebuyers are willing to make, the kitchen reigns supreme, a survey of homebuyers revealed.

Ashton Woods, one of the nation’s largest private homebuilders, commissioned a national survey of homebuyers, and while Dallas-Fort Worth buyers tended to fall in line with national trends in some places, they bucked the trends in others.

For instance, those surveyed indicated they would prioritize luxury features — like high-end appliances and pricier finishes — over other areas in the house.

“We like we like to entertain, we like to have people over, and the kitchen is the heart of the home,” said Nikki James, who is the studio manager for the Ashton Woods Dallas Studio. “And they’re putting money into that space with things like luxury appliances like Jenair, and putting in quartz countertops, and spending a little bit more money on your light fixtures in your kitchen, where you know it’s more eye-catching and appealing whenever guests are coming in your home.”


Drees Custom Homes nabbed Builder of Year honors

Drees Custom Homes nabbed Builder of Year honors

I have to thank the Dallas Builders Association (DBA) for a very good “last meal” before a business trip to Orlando last week.  With 63 categories, it certainly wasn’t a small, small world that packed the Westin Galleria.  This year’s festivities were kept on track by former Good Morning Texas host Amy Vanderoef who did an enviable job of moving the crowd through its paces.

MC Amy Vanderoef amused by an appreciative audience

Emcee Amy Vanderoef amused by an appreciative audience

It was also a different kind of awards from our usual DBA coverage.  The ARC awards in the summer honor single-family homes and renovations.  The McSAM awards are for developers who build communities and their associated services.

Here are a smattering of the winners: