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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Key Residential took on a full remodel of a 90-year-old home and the results are fabulous!

We’re back with another look at the creative problem-solving that Candy’s Dirt Approved Builder Key Residential put in to practice for a home built in 1929. The old brick colonial had undergone multiple renovations during its lifetime and had too much of a piecemeal layout after all the disparate projects.

The goal? To create a cohesive living space with modern upgrades on the interior and upgrade the exterior so it meets the same standards as the revamped interior.

The result? A sophisticated airy plan with vintage finishes that honor the 1920s era of the original home.

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A home in the Greenland Hills Conservation District usually has such strict architectural protections around it that owners aren’t allowed to tear down any existing dwellings. However, the house at 5240 Mercedes Avenue was a rare exception.

Since the existing home didn’t have the same Tudor style as the rest of the neighborhood, it was given the coveted status of being teardown-worthy, which led to the perfect combination of two worlds. Thanks to CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Patten Custom Homes we now have a new-build Tudor that is consistent with the nearby properties and has all the construction amenities of a modern home. Foam encapsulation, security camera wiring, a high-end kitchen, beautiful hardwood floors, and a contemporary open-plan layout are just some of the features.

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We’re thrilled to get a close-up look at the latest completed home from small-batch custom builder The Avant Group. These stunning contemporary homes from this CandysDirt.com Approved Builder have so many great touches and luxe upgrades that you’ll quickly see why this builder has made a name for himself. 

Co-hosted by star agent Matt Scobee with Clay Stapp + Co., you won’t want to miss this reveal party tomorrow, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Click on the invitation to RSVP now!

Building a home is not hard at all. But for many, it can be overwhelming to think of getting it all structurally sound, then pulling it all together for a flawless, coordinated finish. 

That’s one reason why we are so selective with our CandysDirt.com Preferred Home Builders: they are screened and curated, and on our site by invitation only. Most have been building homes for years, and these are the same people we would use if we ourselves were building a house. One of our favorites: Bella Custom Homes.

Kevin Bradshaw knows the difficulty of finding a good home builder. Fortunately, he found a great one: Tony Visconti of Bella Custom Homes, who is celebrating 25 years of custom build-to-suit homes this year. 

Like most successful businessmen, Kevin is a discriminating client. The senior vice president of the western division of FM Global, a commercial property insurance company, Kevin has a background in engineering and knows a lot about home building from the beginning. We caught up with him to see how he decided on Bella to build his home in the McKinney community of Craig Ranch Estates: (more…)

When you enter an Avant Group custom home, there’s a certain atmosphere of sleek sophistication and glamour that you can expect. That’s not a coincidence, says Heaven Porteous, who oversees this small-batch builder’s design and finish-out. Their latest spec home on the market in Northwest Dallas’ Ridgecrest Village neighborhood (north of Northwest Highway and west of Midway Road) perfectly shows off the ease-of-living and contemporary aesthetic that has attracted families to the brand in droves. 

Sure, this soft contemporary with modern influences has some trendy fixtures and finishes. Take the roofline and the stained wooden siding, easily visible from the curb of 3889 Cortez Drive — it’s easy on the eyes and offers clean lines and the brand’s midcentury modern-influenced elevations. But what you don’t see from the curb is the glorious, glamorous details just behind that contemporary front door.

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