This spec home by Avant Group at 3759 Juniper in Midway Hollow is already pending.

It’s impossible not to notice the plethora of exceptional contemporaries in Midway Hollow — and the Iconic Real Estate signs in front of them. Each exemplifies the CandysDirt.com-approved builder’s trademark style: homes that are sleek and modern, yet at the same time, warm and inviting.

Heaven Porteous

“Our aesthetic leans toward minimalism and a mix of materials,” says designer Heaven Porteous. “The Avant Group specializes at blending functionality with high design. We let the houses speak for themselves.”

It’s clear the strategy is working. Since launching in 2015 with just three spec homes, custom builds now represent a majority of the group’s business. 

“Our profile is to make modern houses affordable,” says Porteous. According to the company’s 2019 Custom Home Pricing guide, construction costs range from $165 to $185 per square foot (based on home size with standard equipment and finishes). “Our cost-to-build beats all our competitors.”

How do they do it? Solid contractor and vendor relationships are key. So is offering a full-service in-house team that includes Porteous; big-picture visionary Chris Jent; award-winning custom builder and Certified Green Professional Louis Howell; and Iconic Real Estate owner and company founder Matthew Scobee.

“The feedback we get is how much smoother the process is when we walk through the entire design/build with clients,” says the Avant Group designer. 

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Elegance never goes out of style, but it’s always nice to give a home a modern refresh. This Mediterranean masterpiece in Preston Hollow was just updated by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Hudson Construction Group and awaits you with fresh finishes, gracious open rooms, and luxurious amenities you never knew you needed. Soon, you won’t be able to live without things like the master suite’s private coffee bar, which can transport you to Tanzania or Brazil every morning with just one sip. Fully remodeled and move-in ready, this listing is already the center of attention on the market. 

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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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What makes a house a home? To some, it’s simply space to entertain. To others, it’s about showcasing a collection or having a room for hobbies and doing what they love. With this week’s Builder’s Beauty, the customer got all this and so much more!

Scott Homebuilders, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, is no stranger to custom craftsmanship. From design to build, Scott Homebuilders brings your dreams to life! And they are the very team responsible for this week’s Builder’s Beauty. In fact, the warm and inviting lodge-style home at 289 Pine Drive in Southlake is the very essence of what Scott Homebuilders stands for – making the process of owning a new home efficient, enjoyable, and rewarding.

“We’re proud to have completed design-build construction of this lodge-style home with a transitional interior on one-acre, with a private well in Southlake, for Chris and Heather,” says John Scott, Managing Partner at Scott Homebuilders.

The 8,770-square-foot (under roof) home was meticulously crafted. The builders used only the finest materials, all while taking special care to not only meet but exceed the owners’ wishes, according to Nancy Scott – wife and managing partner alongside husband John, at Scott Homebuilders.

And the result is nothing short of extraordinary! From its use of natural materials on the façade, to its fresh transitional interior of buyer’s selections, you’re going to love what’s in 289 Pine Drive. But be ready to take notes. This Builder’s Beauty is one for the books!

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Quality craftsmanship, comfortable luxury, and a coveted location come together in one Lakewood custom home by one of North Texas’ top homebuilders.

David Goettsche, founder of Desco Fine Homes

The Craftsman eclectic at 6225 McCommas Blvd. is new construction from CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Desco Fine Homes and it impresses with its transitional style, thoughtful spaces, and high-end features. 

“We love the Wilshire Heights/Lakewood area of Dallas and this house fits in beautifully there, with a handsome design and impressive curb appeal,” said David Goettsche, founder of Desco Fine Homes, a company that prides itself on being a true boutique builder. Each talented craftsman is hand-chosen by Goettsche and many of them have worked with him for decades. Goettsche has been building for more than 40 years and many have been with him almost that long. 

This house has four oversized bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, an office, large upstairs flex space, and 4,100 square feet. There is an open house this Sunday, Oct. 7, from 1-5 p.m. Would you like a sneak peek? 

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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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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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