Relatively new to the industry, Lingenfelter Custom Homes has only three years under its belt, but you’d never know by looking at their work. The reason, as Adam Lingenfelter says of his eponymous company, is in the attention to detail. That’s why we’re excited to share even more about Adam and Lingenfelter Custom Homes in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Find out more about Lingenfelter Custom Homes as the CandysDirt.com staff 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.

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Dallas

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

By Phil Crone
Executive Officer, Dallas Builders Association

Dallas and surrounding areas have obviously experienced remarkable growth over the last few years, especially with commercial construction and multifamily. Residential development struggles to keep pace with builders primarily focusing on infill lots and small-scale, shared access projects. Dallas permitted just over 2,000 homes last year and is on track for a similar figure in 2019.  

Dallas is also not exempt from the impact of rising housing costs. It is well documented that the city needs 20,000 affordable housing units. In the single-family context, new affordable housing needs to be priced around $250,000 to $350,000. Getting there is especially difficult in Dallas, with land prices and, in some cases, neighborhood opposition to new affordable homes. 

While some factors are out of our control, we need to take ownership of what we can. The stakes are too high not to. Homeownership remains the number one path to wealth creation for the American family, and the attainability of that dream here in D/FW remains a primary impetus to job creation. However, for too many people, homeownership is becoming less attainable, the drive to work is getting longer, and the options for safe, quality homes at a reasonable price are getting fewer. 

A major barrier to affordable housing in Dallas is the city itself. Development processes are not operating as efficiently and effectively as they should. Attempts to build attainable housing suffer disproportionately from these unforced errors. 

This is not a new issue. Builders, developers, and small business owners have bemoaned Dallas’s lack of transparency and predictability for years, yet Dallas has succeeded in spite of itself. 

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If the name sounds familiar, it should. We’ve covered the beautiful, award-winning work of JLD Custom Homes and its owner, Jeff Dworkin, on these pages many times. And for good reason: Dworkin invests time and personal attention into every project his skilled team takes on, which has earned his brand a spot among our CandysDirt.com Approved Builders. With quality you can count on for 14 years running, earning accolades, leading the industry, and serving customers day in and day out, we’re excited to share even more about Dworkin and JLD Custom Homes in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Find out more about JLD Custom Homes as the CandysDirt.com staff 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.

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In some areas of North Texas, beautiful custom homes like this one from Classic Urban Homes would not be allowed due to their stucco exteriors. Thanks to HB 2439, that will change come Sept. 1. (Courtesy Photo)

Staff Reports

Area homebuyers grappling with affordability challenges and lack of diversity in housing choices will soon see significant relief thanks to the Texas Legislature. HB 2439, which passed by overwhelming majorities in the House (133 to 9) and Senate (26 to 5), was signed into law by the governor and becomes effective on Sept. 1. 

The new law prevents local governments from enforcing regulations that artificially make housing less attainable for working families by forcing them to choose more expensive products in the design and construction of their home. The law also helps local material suppliers and contractors who were previously limited or prohibited from doing business in some of the area’s fastest-growing cities. 

In the hearings that preceded the bill’s passage, much of the opposing testimony came from suppliers and contractors who contended their business depended on local product mandates. Testimony in favor of the bill came from those whose business was correspondingly crippled by them. 

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Brian Miller of Northern Kentucky, who was named Executive Officer of the Year for 2017, congratulates Dallas Builders Association Executive Officer Phil Crone. (Courtesy Photo)

From Staff Reports

It’s been a pretty big year for Phil Crone, the executive officer of the Dallas Builders Association, and getting recognized by your industry has to be the icing on the cake for him. The Dallas Builders Association relaunched their Parade of Homes, hosted a City Council debate, and worked to get more trade education in public schools — all initiatives that deserve recognition. 

And that’s exactly what Crone received on July 24 with the National Association of Home Builders named him Executive Officer of the Year. The award was presented at the annual Association Management Conference in Baltimore and honors a dedicated executive officer whose actions, commitments, and accomplishments in a single year has been truly exceptional. In addition, Crone was recognized for promotion of the national Executive Officer’s Council and for assisting in the advancement of his peers. The award is in memory of Gary Komarow, former chief legal counsel of NAHB.

In 2014, Crone received the New Executive Officer Award, which is presented to an EO who has served no more than three years in an association management position, but who is judged to have made major contributions to the profession during that time. Crone has served as the Association’s executive officer since January 2013.

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For the past eight years, Neil Blanchard’s Northfield Development has been working closely with clients to build incredible contemporary and modern homes in sought-after Dallas neighborhoods. With clean lines, bold shapes, and uncompromising details, Blanchard has earned quite the following. 

That’s why we want our readers to get to know Northfield Development a little better with our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Find out more about Blanchard and Northfield Development as the CandysDirt.com staff 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.

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Susan Newell Custom Homes delivers dramatic modern and contemporary designs in some of our favorite neighborhoods.

Susan Newell Custom Homes has been bringing iconic luxury to Dallas’ best neighborhoods for 28 years. Considering her incredible taste and impeccable work, we hope to see Newell doing business for at least 28 more years. Her style adds the kind of character to North Texas’ stable of luxury homes that we’re constantly amazed and entranced by. 

All the more reason we’re thrilled to give our readers an introduction to Susan Newell Custom Homes in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Susan Newell Custom Homes as the CandysDirt.com staff 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.

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With 33 years of building and renovating homes in Dallas, Riseman Development Company has become a trusted name. But even more than that, Riseman Development has made giving back a priority, with a portion of each project’s proceeds donated to the Children’s Medical Center, Gill Center AYA Program for Cancer and Blood Disorders. It’s that kind of dedication to the community that has made Riseman Development a success throughout Dallas. 

All the more reason we’re thrilled to give our readers an introduction to Riseman Development Company in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Riseman Development Company as the CandysDirt.com staff 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.

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