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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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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Pierre and Marie Curie, Bill and Melinda Gates, John Lennon and Yoko Ono — these are a few groundbreaking, pioneering husband-and-wife teams with which Jason and Liz Haynsworth could be compared. Though their humble nature and great attitude would keep them from making the comparisons, we’re absolutely thrilled to highlight the dream team that has made Haynsworth Custom Homes the company it is today. 

With 10 years in custom homebuilding under their tool belts, we’re more than happy to give our readers an inside look into what makes the Haynsworth Custom Homes team tick in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Jason and Liz as the CandysDirt.com highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

To learn more about Haynsworth Custom Homes, keep reading!

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Richard Miller Custom Homes delivers a contemporary, livable product. (Courtesy Photos)

Richard Miller is a builder that just gets it — at least that’s what the architects that work with him say. The eponymous principal of Richard Miller Custom Homes looks for innovative ways to achieve dramatic modern architecture using the right materials for the job — not just the most expensive ones. It’s a bit of know-how he picked up after decades working for big-name, Fortune 500 homebuilding brands and being one of the 10 NAHB Graduate Master Builders in Dallas.

The more we learn about Miller and the way he serves clients, the more we like him! All the more reason we’re thrilled to have him in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight. 

The team at CandysDirt.com will highlight some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

Get to know Richard Miller of Richard Miller Custom Homes after the jump!

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You probably already know, but David Goettsche of Desco Fine Homes doesn’t really have former clients. Goettsche has a fan club.  (Spoiler alert: I’m practically the president of Goettsche’s fan club!)

It’s easy to see why Goettsche and his brand have amassed such an ardent following during his 31 years in business, as the Dallas-based builder has won awards for his work and has been recognized for his business practices. Who better to kick off our newest feature in partnership with the Dallas Builders Association — the Member Spotlight. 

The team at CandysDirt.com will highlight some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Assocation.

To learn more about Goettsche and his brand, Desco Fine Homes, keep reading!

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A custom-made home in Dallas is an architectural dream to behold. This four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home with game room and pool was built by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Desco Fine Homes at the request of some private clients who wanted a house that followed feng shui design principles while also incorporating their own unique style. Everything from the flow of the stairway to the design elements that stay consistent throughout the home to gradient of the yard from front to back was designed with feng shui in mind.

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Tim Jackson Custom Homes' Maison d'Etoile won first place in the "Best Architectural Design - Traditional" category.

Tim Jackson Custom Homes’ Maison d’Etoile won first place in the “Best Architectural Design – Traditional” category.

As we told you last week, the Dallas Builders Association each year honors the work of its members, some of North Texas’ top building and remodeling talent, with an Oscars-like celebration of glamorous dress and beverage. They put on the Ritz for the annual ARC Awards ceremony.

And of course, half of those winners are my CandysDirt Best Builders! All CandysDirt.com-approved home builders are curated from a select group of home builders. Click here to see what they told us about the top building trends for 2015.

There are 50 categories, and the judges are top builders and designers from way outside of Texas. Well, except for Oklahoma.

The celebration, held this year at The Westin Galleria, was a blast. Tim Lansford of Luxury Homes of Texas was the emcee, and teased the heck out of  Tom Greico of Greico Modern Homes, (“BOOOO!”)  But not moi — Tom is another CandysDirt.com fave.

Turns out Tim is not just a home builder, he has his own radio show!

As we mentioned, for the second year in a row, Classic Urban Homes snagged Custom Builder of the Year title. Not too far behind was my man Tim Jackson Custom Homes, also nominated for best, who snagged Best Architectural Design $1 to $2 million. One of his entries was a palace he built called Maison d’Etoile for former Cowboys linebacker Bradie James. Bradie and his wife, Star, slipped in and dined with Tim and Leslie Jackson and watched the show. Other home builders extraordinaire who needed U-Hauls for their prize booty besides the aforementioned: Alford Homes, Desco Fine Homes, Cresswell Builders, our very own JLD Custom Homes, LRO Residential, Bauhaus Custom Homes and of course, Greico Modern Homes.

Desco Fine Homes won the award for "Best 'Other' Room" with their stunning beauty salon.

Desco Fine Homes won the award for “Best ‘Other’ Room” with their stunning beauty salon.

Now a little inside dirt on the photo above: this was a remodel, in Preston Hollow, by Desco Fine Homes. Took two years to complete. The lady of the house wanted a home beauty salon — they are all the rage, by the way — so Desco fashioned one above her master bathroom. Can you imagine waltzing up the stairs to get blown out? I am loving this new trend, and mind you we will be posting more on it!

Here are all the winners in all categories… and the photos. Drool away…

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Hardware and appliances with clean lines are used throughout S & R homes. (Photo credit: Saad Chehabi)

Hardware and appliances with clean lines are used throughout S & R homes. (Photo credit: Saad Chehabi)

Saad Chehabi has been a businessman for more than three decades. He started his own mosaic tile company and was the supplier for many hotels in Las Vegas in addition to many celebrities’ homes. He parlayed his design knowledge and business acumen to found his own residential construction company, S & R Development, in Dallas in 2002.

“We started out building custom homes in Highland Park and Preston Hollow and have expanded to other areas,” he says. S & R prides itself in giving customers high-quality homes showcasing the company’s attention to detail and style.

“I’m very hands on. I don’t leave a project,” says the SMU graduate and native of Syria. “I run each one personally and cannot spend time away from what I’m working on so I limit the number of projects I take and try to keep them close together.” Currently he has four projects going in the Preston Hollow area, three of which are over 8,000 square feet. His company recently completed a large home in Plano and the homes in PH should be completed by the end of this year and the beginning of next.

“I’m seeing customers wanting less traditional homes these days,” says Chehabi. “New home construction is more about cleaner lines overall.”

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