No nightmares here

5149 Byers Avenue is one of the “3-Sisters” on Byers Avenue from Ferrier Custom Homes (photos: Mark Perry)

What gives you nightmares? I’m not referring to the nightmares you had as an 11-year-old from watching The Shining at Jason Gorden’s birthday party in 1985. I’m talking about real nightmares … the ones related to your home!

For many Texan homeowners, a nightmare can be in high energy bills, the cost of replacing a roof after a ghoulish hail storm, or breathing unclean air as it circulates through the home.

With local Fort Worth builder Don Ferrrier, home-related nightmares are replaced by pleasant dreams for happy homeowners.

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Stacy Brotemarkle comes by her passion for homebuilding through a deep family history. Her grandfather and father were builders, her grandmother in real estate, and her uncle an architect.

“My mom has a picture of me at two years old sitting on a stack of plywood on one of my dad’s job sites,” Brotemarkle laughs. “I was 12 when I told my family I wanted to be an interior designer and I stuck with that desire and got my BFA degree from the University of North Texas, along with a minor in engineering technology.”

Stacy Brotemarkle

As vice president and lead interior designer for Bella Custom Homes, Brotemarkle offers a winning combination of knowledge, experience, and perspective to designing, building, and serving her clients. She has worked on over 200 custom luxury homes in the North Texas market, collaborating with future homeowners from day one. 

“It’s so beneficial for interior designers to be at the planning stages because we can think far down the line and ask the kind of questions that will avoid future headache — where is furniture going to go? Will the door swing into the wall? Where are those drapery panel going to stack?” she said. “The earlier in the process that you start thinking about these things, the easier the whole process is because we use a building block process and all selections are in a chronological process for our clients.” 

Bella Custom Homes’ clients get the benefit of working with a licensed interior designer to assist them throughout the whole process, from designing to building their new dream home. The designer works with the clients from designing the house plans to “specing” the project.

Once construction starts, the real fun begins. The designer is at all the on-site design meetings, takes clients to the showrooms to make decorative selections, and visits the site to make sure everything gets implemented in a way that translates the clients’ vision to reality. The results speak for themselves.

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Key Residential

The decision to renovate is a big one. So many choices — it feels like hundreds every week — not to mention the time, effort, and expense. I’ve done my fair share of renovating and let me tell you, the remodeling contractor you choose is a big deal. You need to have confidence in who they are, what they do, and the craftsmanship they can bring to your home. 

Our newest CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Key Residential impresses me for a lot of reasons, including extensive experience and personalized approach to their projects. They are a high-end remodeling contractor and custom homebuilder specializing in custom kitchens, bath remodels, whole house renovations, additions, and custom designed home construction.

“Our goal is for our clients to know who we are, like what we do, and trust us with their homes,” said owner Kevin Key. “For us, it’s a partnership that starts with the development of close personal relationships with each client in order to fully communicate and understand their ideas and long-term goals for the project.”

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Scott Homebuilders, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, will have eight new custom homes on the market.

 
By Amy Rose Dobson
Special Contributor
 
The high-end developer Scott Homebuilders is in the process of delivering eight custom homes that meet the dual purpose of providing a luxurious place to live all while staying within affordable price guidelines. We’re excited to show you one of the first ones to deliver and give you a peek inside to see how Scott Homebuilders were able to create such a masterpiece. 
 

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Highland Park Custom

What does a custom builder do when he wants to create a home for himself and his family? The beautiful Highland Park home at 3400 Harvard Ave. is the answer.

This inspiring property sits on nearly a 70-foot corner lot in Highland Park. It was built in 2005 by Richard Means of RAM Custom Homes for his family, and it’s really something! He included every amenity for modern-day living. Plus, he picked a fantastic location, near Abbott Avenue — you can walk to Katy Trail, Armstrong Elementary, parks, shopping, and restaurants.

“This beautiful home is great for a large family and entertaining,” said listing agent Eve Sullivan with Allie Beth Allman & Associates. “Richard is a third-generation builder in the Park Cities and he created a thoughtful family home with large rooms, a circular flow floorplan, and outdoor living with a swimming pool.”

With five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half baths, and 6,963 square feet on two stories, there’s room to spread out. And that’s not even considering the 38-foot, “L” shaped outdoor covered patio with an entertainment area! I’d love to give you a tour.

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Bella Vita Custom Homes set up offices all over Austin, but failed to deliver on their promises to clients according to an investigation by KXAN.

Bella Vita Custom Homes set up offices all over Austin, but failed to deliver on their promises to clients according to an investigation by KXAN. (Photo: KXAN)

According to a brand new investigative report from KXAN in Austin, Dallas-based Bella Vita Custom Homes has declared bankruptcy. The builder, after failing to pay subcontractors and losing vast sums of client money, has permanently closed and remains a target in lawsuits.

Bella Vita was founded in Dallas in 2010, with its trademark white crest on a navy blue background popping up on lots all over Dallas and the Park Cities. But just after Tracey and Joel Lackovich selected Bella Vita to build their custom home in the gated community of Spanish Oaks just outside of Austin in Bee Cave, construction slowed and problems began to crop up. That was in 2015, and since then, the Lackovich family has dealt with one nightmare after another.

But what can be done to protect a homeowner from a less-than-honest builder? Not much, the story alleges.

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Bella Custom Homes

Bella Custom Homes has seven amazing and rare lots in Frisco for built-to-suits. This is a custom home available in Frisco.

Frisco real estate is some of the hottest in the nation, with the big influx of new residents who are looking to live close to their work along the $5-billion mile and nearby.

But this huge influx of new residents to the Frisco area means it’s harder to find available lots for true custom homes.

“There’s a shortage of lots—it’s very difficult to get your hands on lots because there’s such a high demand and most of the production builders have locked up future sites,” said Tony Visconti, President of Bella Custom Homes. “There are all these jobs coming to this area, like with Toyota and Liberty Mutual, and these people are looking to build, but there are very few custom neighborhoods.”

Bella Custom Homes, in business since 1993, currently has seven available Frisco lots in two amazing subdivisions, the Hills of Kingwood and Starwood. Both are gated communities with guards at the entrance, and luxe, family-friendly amenities.

“These seven lots offer buyers a chance to own coveted land in Frisco and these are two of the best communities in the city—most of these lots have incredible topography and gorgeous views and this is a rare opportunity,” Visconti said. “We also work very well with Realtors and unlike many custom builders, we pay their commission at the time we pour the foundation. They don’t have to wait 18 or 24 months.”

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Let’s face it, Barrow Durrett knows what appeals to Dallas buyers. Their latest custom home at 6335 Pemberton Drive, designed by Fusch Architects, ticks every box and then some. They consistently build properties that hit the mark, not only in construction and style, but also in finish-out and amenities.

Any builder that has the foresight to install an elevator has certainly captured our hearts. (more…)