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Previously, I wrote about the winners of the Dallas Builders Association’s annual ARC awards in the kitchen categories.  Now that we’ve had a little nosh, let’s see the winners in the rest of the house. Missed part 1?  Click here!

While there were nine categories dedicated to kitchens, bathrooms didn’t fare so generously with just four categories.  But no fear, that leaves us some space to highlight other winners!

Award Winning $35,000 - $50,000 Bathroom from Kasper Custom Remodeling

Award-winning $35,000 – $50,000 Bathroom from Kasper Custom Remodeling

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Barbara Gilbert Interiors. Photo: Michael Hunter Photography

Barbara Gilbert Interiors. Photo: Michael Hunter Photography

The emergence of the open floorplan as a home design standard means more eyes than ever are on our kitchens. Design and function evolve every year, and we’ve asked some of the top Dallas interior designers to dish on 2016 kitchen trends for us.

They say the overall vibe for this year is crisp and uncluttered, with the warmth of wood floors and accents. They’ve also given us some gorgeous photos to show these trends in action. It’s going to be a beautiful year!

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2016 homebuilding trends

“Barnitecture” is one of the big 2016 homebuilding trends, with elements like rough-hewn ceiling beams mixed with more contemporary elements. This home is by LRO Residential. Photo: Shoot2Sell Photography

The 2015 real estate market in Dallas-Fort Worth went down in the books as the best in three decades, and year-end housing construction numbers placed Dallas as one of the country’s top building markets.

North Texas is headquarters to some enormously talented (and busy!) builders. We’ve asked the best and brightest among them to tell us their predictions for 2016 homebuilding trends. They’ve also given us some gorgeous photos that illustrate how those trends are showing up in their work. You won’t want to miss this!

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Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

The homebuilding market in DFW is super hot, and with a new year comes new trends. Candy already mentioned the emergence of the skullery, but there’s more!



We’ve asked the best and brightest North Texas homebuilders to look into their crystal balls and make predictions about homebuilding trends for 2015. They’ve also given us some sublime photos that illustrate those trends in action in their own work. You won’t want to miss this—jump to read the whole story!

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Bauhaus Custom Homes are built on the premise of making energy efficiency stylish and modern. So when Icemaggedon came around earlier this month, folks with Bauhaus homes stayed cozy and warm in their homes despite electricity outages, while the rest of us without power froze our butts off.

I asked Marc Kleinmann, founder of Bauhaus Custom Homes — A CandysDirt.com Approved Builder — what materials and strategies homeowners can use when building and renovating their homes to prepare before the next freeze hits Dallas. Should they invest in radiant barriers? New windows? Kleinmann gives us the low-down on energy efficiency after the jump!

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The best way to combat heating or cooling loss in any house is to eliminate draft and build a very tight building envelope. In layman’s terms: Design and build a good and airtight exterior wall structure and roof. Radiant barriers won’t do anything for you, in fact, while its better than just plain roof decking, it is a much over-hyped product and the benefits are way overstated.

All building penetrations such as plumbing pipes, vent pipes, electrical lines should be well sealed with tape and silicone. Wall to roof connections should be sealed and tight with no gaps or openings. Rule of thumb: if you can see the light shine through somewhere, air will leak.

Now that we have the rough envelope covered we can move on to the insulating part. We only use spray foam insulation. We seal all exterior walls and we foam the underside of the roof deck. This is very important. A lot of times, the majority of the air conditioning ducts run in the attic. Your traditional build would insulate the attic ceiling instead of the roof deck. So now — in winter — you are pumping 90-degree air through a duct that runs in a 35-degree attic. By the time it gets from the air heating unit to the supply grill it has already lost 40 percent of its energy. To combat that we insulate the underside of the roof deck. So now the air ducts are enclosed, and we call this “conditioned space.” Now there is mostly just a 7- to 10-degree temperature difference between the home and attic temperature.

Now we have the efficient building completed and the heat goes out. Not such a big deal because we have:

1) A well insulated house with enough thermal storage to keep the heat longer …

2) and a very tight house. Since there are no holes and penetrations in the building envelope, cold air doesn’t leak in and warm air doesn’t leak out. We recently completed a project that did not have any electricity when the last cold spell hit. After three days of temperatures in the teens and 20s, the inside temperature of the building was still 61 degrees with no heat at all.

Bauhaus ModernExisting homes are tricky, because there’s only so much you can do to eliminate draft unless you take all the sheetrock down and get full access to the walls. I think the biggest mistake people make is first investing in windows. While better windows help and certainly contribute to reducing draft, I would not recommend this as a first step.

Designing, building, and renovating homes is a mix between art, craft, and science  and technology (the pillars of the Bauhaus movement). The first thing we do in an existing home is test it to find out where the house leaks the most and where the duct system leaks.

Then, once we know where the house leaks, we can come up with an improvement strategy. When doing a whole house remodel it is always best to take the house all the way back to the studs. That way we have access to the wall cavity and can seal the envelope as best as possible and the install good insulation.

In closing I would like to mention the most important fact when looking for a house that performs well when it gets hot or cold is installation. Installation is everything. Period. And people should focus less on new windows or new HVAC systems and more on their building envelope. That’s where you get the best bang for your buck.

Marc-Kleinmann-Portrait-182x217-2012-150x150Marc Kleinmann is founder of design/build powerhouse Bauhaus Custom Homes, which was recently named “Best of Houzz.com 2013” as well as a perennial “Best Builder” list maker as well as a “CandysDirt.com Approved Builder.” If you demand modern luxury with sustainability, appreciate incredible design and aesthetics, then Bauhaus Luxury Dallas custom home builder are the team for you.

Marc-Kleinmann-Portrait-182x217-2012-150x150Somedays we here at CandysDirt.com just have to pinch ourselves because we can’t believe how lucky we are to know some of the most talented builders in North Texas. One builder who continually pushes the envelope is Bauhaus Custom Homes. The pioneering company headed by Marc Kleinmann recently put together an amazing service for their clients — a design library that features the best of their work to take the anxiety and and uncertainty of building the perfect home off of their shoulders.

The Bauhaus Design Library gives clients two options — shopping Bauhaus’ portfolio of designs in the Bauhaus Collection, or a fully custom home designed by a cadre of experienced architects, managers, and contractors to mix and match what works.

Kleinmann, who is just disarming and kind, took time out of his busy summer to give us the rundown on Bauhaus’ new design library and how it takes the stress out of the homebuilding process. Read on for more!

CandysDirt.com: So, how does the design library work?

Marc Kleinmann: We have created the design library as a visual guidance for visitors to our website. It shows them the range of architectural styles we build, the size of the homes and pricing. If someone is interested further, they can sign up to gain access to our “extended” design library, with more designs and floor plans.

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CD: Can a client design their dream home a la carte?

Kleinmann: Yes. Most clients end up designing their home from scratch — or a la carte as you put it — as that’s why they go to a custom builder in the first place.

CD: What inspired you to offer this service?

Kleinmann: The design/build process can seem overwhelming for people in the beginning. The thought of buying a lot, lot size, the design process, how to finance it and the the build process is a lot to think about. People are visual and they make purchasing decisions based on emotions that we can only communicate with 3D renderings and plans. We wanted to make it easy for visitors to our website to get a good idea what how the whole process works, how we design and build, the price range we build in and the lot size they need for each individual plan. In essence it’s an additional free service we hope will help clients make the decision to build with us.

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CD: We are constantly impressed with Bauhaus and your firm’s approach to innovation. Tell us, what is next in luxury home building?

Kleinmann: We see a lot of movement currently in the area of home automation. There are a lot of small startups that have innovated in a field that has previously been neglected. In the past, home automation was only affordable in the super high-end price range and there were very few manufacturers that offered solutions. This is changing rapidly and the advances in wireless technology will allow us to implement home automation solutions in other price ranges.

Find out more about the amazing designs from award-winning builder Bauhaus Custom Homes at bauhaus.co and on CandysDirt.com’s Hot Builders page.