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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Builder Stephan Sardone recently put his Lake Highlands home up for sale. The 3,700-square-foot home at 10219 Linkwood Drive features five bedrooms, four baths, and countless unique amenities.

“As builders, we tend to go overboard on our own homes,” Sardone said. “I don’t think there’s much like it anywhere else in Lake Highlands.”

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We love it when we see a builder truly find their niche, and that’s just what JLD Custom Homes has done in East Dallas. This CandysDirt.com Approved Builder has constructed several new homes throughout the M Streets and beyond, using classic architecural styles and green-building philosophy to bring new homes that work with a neighborhood’s character.

“This home sits on a corner lot with a electric gated driveway and is just two blocks from Trader Joe’s and all the great restaurants on lower Greenville,” said Jeff Dworkin, president of JLD. “This is the third home that JLD Custom Homes has built on this corner.”

It just hit the market, too, and Gia Marshello of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has this adorable prairie-style home at 5900 Prospect listed for $774,900. For brand new construction in the thick of it all in East Dallas, that’s a pretty decent price!

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Replacing solid walls with glass separates while unifying

There’s a new design term percolating over from Europe called “broken concept.”  I think of it as open concept 2.0.

If the point of open concept is to remove all dividing walls to combine multiple rooms, Broken Concept is about achieving openness while retaining some separation. Think of it as a halfway point between individual rooms and complete open concept.

Some homeowners are realizing that open concept is OK when there are few people in a home but the more residents added, the more privacy decreases as intrusion increases.  There is a reason we all don’t live in wall-less communal studio spaces.  Maybe you’ve just had a spat and you need some physical separation to cool off. Or the more typical reader facing off against the sports fan.

But as we know, open concept does some things really well.  It’s great for entertaining groups.  It’s great for connecting the kitchen to the rest of the house.  It’s great for increasing light transmission.  It’s great for improving sight lines.  It’s great for making several poky rooms feel much larger and grander.

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We knew it the first time we saw it: there was just something very special, warm and inviting about the Welcome Center at Windsong Ranch. We didn’t feel as if we were looking at a sales office, or event a home development marketing center.

We felt like we were arriving at a Kimpton Hotel and the refreshments were just around the corner! Come on in, put your feet up.

So it comes as no surprise that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC) recently named Windsong Ranch’s Welcome Center the best in the country. That’s right, BEST IN THE COUNTRY! The National Sales and Marketing Council’s new home sales and marketing awards salute and honor the best in the building industry for their determination, integrity, creativity and endurance.

More than 1,300 entries were received for this year’s awards.

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“We knew our Welcome Center had to stand out,” said Craig Martin, Founding Partner of Terra Verde Group, the developer of Windsong Ranch.  “Along with all of the great amenities, what really gives us an edge is the Windsong Café where residents can get a cup of coffee or fresh food cooked with locally sourced ingredients.”

Like we said, refreshments just around the corner, locally sourced be they vegetables from a Windsong Ranch garden, or fresh honey from a ranch hive.

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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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M/I Homes has promoted Gary Rae as the director of operations within the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

When it comes to new inventory, some builders have been rather tentative, testing the water with only the tip of their toes. However, M/I Homes is taking a more bold, aggressive stance when it comes to building. The firm, a CandysDirt.com Hot Builder, is planning a rapid expansion in the North Texas area after building 17 homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth market last year.

Today M/I Homes is offering custom builds in Garland, Plano, Grand Prairie, Lewisville, and McKinney. Additional communities in Colleyville, Prosper, and Keller will open later this year, officials inside the company say. The goal is to sell 170 new homes in 2015, a 900 percent increase over last year, 300 homes in 2016, and around 400 homes in 2017.

This kind of rapid expansion has necessitated new leadership in this quickly changing market, and M/I Homes just announced the promotion of Gary Rae as president of Dallas-Fort Worth operations.

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Another exquisite project recently completed by Bauhaus Custom Homes. (Photo credit: Bauhaus Custom Homes)

Another exquisite project recently completed by Bauhaus Custom Homes. (Photo: Bauhaus Custom Homes)

German native and President of Bauhaus Custom Homes, Marc Kleinmann, moved to the United States in 1996. His father was a real estate developer so the industry has been in his blood for quite a while.

Kleinmann took a hiatus from the housing/real estate industry, working in advertising for the first few years after immigrating to the US. He slowly returned by flipping a few houses at a time and eventually building spec houses. In 2007, during the economic downturn, he started Bauhaus Custom Homes.

“Downturns are good for any industry. It forces people to rethink and retool how they do things; they learn to do them more efficiently,” says Kleinmann. “Building a house is a team sport,” he continues. Bauhaus started out small but as the economy improved, it has taken on more projects and more staff to collaborate on home building projects from start to finish.

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