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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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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This kitchen boasts a built in coffee maker (Photo Credit: Tatum Brown Custom Homes)

This kitchen boasts plenty of sleek built-ins. (Photo: Tatum Brown Custom Homes)

Would you ever consider using unique, fun colored cabinets in your kitchen? If you’re a trendsetter and a client of Tatum Brown Custom Homes, you might.

“People are getting away from doing the all-white kitchens,” says Mark Danuser, President of Tatum Brown. “They are actually starting to use a lot more fun colors, like shades of taupe, champagne and grey.”

People are willing to use more non-traditional decor and finishes than in previous years, and Danuser attributes this to social media and the popularity of home improvement shows. He says his clients can now visualize things they might not have otherwise been able to imagine themselves, and because they can see what these ideas actually look like, they are more willing to go for it in their own homes, he said.

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Gross' first Dallas project on Lindhurst Ave. (Photo courtesy of David Gross Fine Homes)

Gross’ first Dallas project on Lindhurst Ave. was featured in AIA Dallas 2012 Tour of Homes. (Photo courtesy of David Gross Fine Homes)

David Gross, President of David Gross Fine Homes, got his humble beginnings in Pennsylvania, going into rundown neighborhoods with his father and grandfather and seeing a need for restoration. This led to him to becoming interested in historic preservation in Philadelphia at a young age.

Upon moving to Colorado years later, he pursued his passion for construction by working for a general contractor, then venturing out on his own as a builder. From there, the sky has been the limit for David Gross and his eponymous brand of luxury custom homes, which has earned a spot as a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder.
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Chrome is in... the bathroom!

Chrome is back, especially in the bathroom, along with oversized tile. (Photo credit: Shoot2Sell)

“Chrome is back in,” says Jeff Dworkin, president of JLD Custom Homes, a CandysDirt.com approved builder. In the past, people wanted polished nickel fixtures and accents in their custom homes, but the trend in 2014 is something shiny and easy to clean – chrome. Custom home buyers these days are looking for homes that are energy efficient and “green,” too. Jeff says JLD builds all their homes to very high standards – Energy Star 3.0 and Green Built Texas, to be specific.

Buyers are also looking for well-laid-out homes, meaning a home that makes the best use of all square footage. “We try to design our homes with as little wasted space as possible,” he says. President of the Dallas Builders Association, Dworkin says buyers are currently looking for custom homes that are transitional — something that bridges the gap between traditional Texas-style brick and the more modern home. There’s no better example than JLD’s newest custom home inside The Enclave on Tucker Street, pictured here.

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Jeff Dworkin 2012With inventory short and getting shorter, many home buyers are looking for land or teardowns and building up from there, making their dream home vertical rather than bidding again and again after properties and coming up short.

What is new and exciting, though, is the buyer who knows what they want and demands quality construction. They are everywhere these days, with buying power galore thanks to the resurgent North Texas economy.

So we asked Jeff Dworkin, founder of JLD Custom Homes, a CandysDirt.com approved builder, what buyers are asking for this year. Dworkin has several completed projects in East Dallas, some of which are amazing homes in Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, and Lakewood enclaves that buyer’s snatch up before the dust settles. Dworkin’s company is known for building homes that blend with existing architecture, and are cost-effective and green to boot!

“We are seeing folks wanting some clean lines — squares, rectangles, etc. — in tile and flooring,” Dworkin said. “We are also seeing folks ask a lot more questions about energy efficiency and what their utility bills will be.”

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Dworkin’s company has worked hard on its designs, several of which are certified by Green Built Texas. These homes meet stringent standards of energy efficiency that make them attractive to those who wish to conserve resources and lower their electric bills.

Dworkin says clients are also asking for open floor plans, with kitchens open to large, much more casual family rooms that serve several purposes. “A lot of folks do not even want a dining room anymore, especially those under 40,” Dworkin added, saying that large eat-in kitchen islands are preferred.

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While some owners want upscale or luxury stainless steel appliances in their homes, demanding brands such as Wolf, SubZero, Miele, and Viking, Dworkin isn’t seeing much of that yet.

“In the under $750K price point, we are not seeing the request for Viking/ Wolf as of yet, but outdoor built-in grills, spots for wine fridges and the ‘professional looking’ appliances,” he said.

Built-in Grill

Jeff Dworkin 2012With inventory short and getting shorter, many home buyers are looking for land or teardowns and building up from there, making their dream home vertical rather than bidding again and again after properties and coming up short.

What is new and exciting, though, is the buyer who knows what they want and demands quality construction. They are everywhere these days, with buying power galore thanks to the resurgent North Texas economy.

So we asked Jeff Dworkin, founder of JLD Custom Homes, a CandysDirt.com approved builder, what buyers are asking for this year. Dworkin has several completed projects in East Dallas, some of which are amazing homes in Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, and Lakewood enclaves that buyer’s snatch up before the dust settles. Dworkin’s company is known for building homes that blend with existing architecture, and are cost-effective and green to boot!

“We are seeing folks wanting some clean lines — squares, rectangles, etc. — in tile and flooring,” Dworkin said. “We are also seeing folks ask a lot more questions about energy efficiency and what their utility bills will be.”

Steam Shower1

 

Dworkin’s company has worked hard on its designs, several of which are certified by Green Built Texas. These homes meet stringent standards of energy efficiency that make them attractive to those who wish to conserve resources and lower their electric bills.

Dworkin says clients are also asking for open floor plans, with kitchens open to large, much more casual family rooms that serve several purposes. “A lot of folks do not even want a dining room anymore, especially those under 40,” Dworkin added, saying that large eat-in kitchen islands are preferred.

IMG_3189

While some owners want upscale or luxury stainless steel appliances in their homes, demanding brands such as Wolf, SubZero, Miele, and Viking, Dworkin isn’t seeing much of that yet.

“In the under $750K price point, we are not seeing the request for Viking/ Wolf as of yet, but outdoor built-in grills, spots for wine fridges and the ‘professional looking’ appliances,” he said.

Built-in Grill

Devonshire Home Rendering

A dear friend and Realtor and I were talking over the weekend about how many more young families are moving inside 635. It seems like every home that goes on the market is snapped up by a family with children or with one on the way. It’s truly amazing, especially considering that most families were taking off for the burbs just a decade or so ago.

And while there is no shortage of fabulous family homes inside 635, wouldn’t you love to have a house that was distinctly yours? One where you could decide where the mudroom is, the orientation of the master bath, and where the WC is placed (never near the kitchen!). This is a great opportunity to do just that! For close to $1.2 million you can design your dream home with Creekview Construction.

The luxury builder is offering a gorgeous design and floorplan the site at 5620 Southwestern in highly sought-after Devonshire where you can choose the finish out and fine-tune the room sizes and locations. The neighborhood is amazing, with shops, dining, and great private schools all within a short drive from downtown Dallas.

And, as the listing from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Shelle Carrig states, “This is your chance to create your own, or sit back and let a dream home be designed and built for you.” Who can resist that? The floorplan features 4,300 square feet with four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and plenty of room for you to use your imagination.

Want to check out the lot? It’s on the MLS tour tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.