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The economic climate in Dallas and in the nation has shone a light on the challenges our region faces: labor shortages, tight housing supply, and steadily increasing home prices. What does the future look like considering the conditions today?

Find out that and more during the Dallas Builders Association “State of the Industry” Summit from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 13 at the Crowne Plaza in Addison. Registration, which is open now on the DBA website, includes breakfast compliments of StrucSure Home Warranty. The event — a general meeting for DBA members — will include a panel discussion from top industry professionals led by Meyers Research. You’ll find the answers to the burning questions coursing through the industry’s minds:

  • When will the labor shortage ease up?
  • What role will millennials play in the Dallas market?
  • How has President Trump’s first 100 days impacted housing?
  • How will the rising interest rates, land prices and material cost impact housing affordability?

Jump to find out more about the esteemed panel of experts:


The Dallas Builders Association would like to address the dire shortage of skilled workers by a potential innovative partnership with Dallas ISD.

The Dallas Builders Association would like to address the dire shortage of skilled workers by a potential innovative partnership with Dallas ISD.

If you’re building a new home, or are a builder, this will come as no shock to you: It’s taking longer to get the job done, and it’s more expensive.

In fact, at a recent annual meeting, National Association of Home Builders economist Robert Dietz said this shortage was actually holding home construction growth back.


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I’ve got a total scoop for you today, a gorgeous transitional spec house in Midway Hills that just listed. This property is swoon-worthy, with rich, open spaces, high-end amenities, and beautiful conveniences. This is a Preston Hollow-esque home, but with a lot smaller price tag.

Located at 4046 Northview Ln., it’s the work of Approved Builder Michael Turner, owner of Classic Urban Homes. Turner builds in great Dallas neighborhoods, and he currently has eight luxury homes in various stages of construction. His creations are in demand, to say the least, and it’s easy to see why.

This home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, three living areas, a three-car garage, and 5,638 square feet on two stories. It sits on just over a third of an acre near Northaven and Midway roads. It has a smooth, clean, uncluttered design with big windows, rich hardwoods, and high-end extras that make for exceptional living.

“I like the neighborhood because you can get the same amenities as the Preston Hollow area, but this house is about $500,000 less expensive that what you would pay there [because of the lot prices],” Turner said. “It’s still a Preston Hollow-style house and finish-out with all the bells and whistles.”


Dallas Modern Mile Home Tour |

Home tour season is upon us, and we couldn’t be happier. We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s sneak peek from the Dallas Modern Mile Home Tour. Today, we’re bringing you a second one.

“The Y House” at 10209 Rosser Rd. in Northwest Dallas has an unusual shape—thus its nickname. Designed and built by architect Gordon Nichols in 1954, the house is marvelously midcentury, with a low-slung roof, vaulted ceilings with light coves that repeat in a specific 5/5 module, and an inner courtyard and back garden. Visitors on Saturday’s Dallas Modern Mile Home Tour will appreciate the pops of retro color, and organic expansion, which brought the home to 2,435 square feet, but retained the integrity of the original design and overall style.

We sat down with owner Brandon Emanuel to talk about the home’s distinguishing characteristics, renovations, design schemes, and his family’s plans for the home’s future.


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Dallas rain is causing major delays at homebuilding sites, like 5802 Anita St. in East Dallas, a JLD Custom Homes site. Photo: Joanna England

Thanks to nearly two months of non-stop rain, DFW homebuilders are experiencing major delays and expect months of playing catch-up even though it has stopped.

Based on weather forecasts, that break might finally be here!

More than 26 inches of rain have fallen at DFW International Airport so far this year, including a record-setting 3.3 inches a week ago Sunday. This is now the wettest May on the books.

“The rain has been a killer on schedules—we currently have three homes under construction and have taken them as far as we can go in the inside, and are now at a dead standstill until we can finish the driveways and walkways on the exterior, not to mention fence, sprinklers, and landscaping,” said Michael Turner, owner of Classic Urban Homes. “We are telling potential new clients we are six-to-eight months out from being to take on any additional work.”

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“I always keep a pair of old mud shoes in the truck, these days, I’ve got two pairs,” said JLD Custom Homes President Jeff Dworkin. Photo: Joanna England

Other custom builders are in the same boat. Jeff Dworkin points to his house at 5802 Anita St. in East Dallas, pictured above.

“We’ve finished the inside, but the yard is a mud pit!,” said Dworkin, who is President of JLD Custom Homes and Past President of the Dallas Builders Association. “We can’t get fence in, irrigation, or landscape. It’s hard to make it look pretty when your ‘drive-up’ is just dirt. We have also been trying to get another one started at 5731 Vickery Blvd.—got the permit a week ago, but we are just stuck in the mud for now.”

Homebuilders are able to get work done up to a certain point inside new houses, but the risk of tracking in mud onto new carpets or hardwoods means even that part of the process is delayed. And every part of completing the homes’ exterior is delayed. A Prosper developer tells me one of his largest volume builders is 90 days delayed, the longest delay in the history of the company.

“We can sell homes, design homes, and permit homes while it’s raining—we just can’t start them. We have five queued up and all in the holding pattern until the weather breaks,” Turner said. “No sense in selling a new home and then not being able to start for six months without telling clients upfront. For the most part, people are willing to wait, as builders are all in the same boat.”


Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

The homebuilding market in DFW is super hot, and with a new year comes new trends. Candy already mentioned the emergence of the skullery, but there’s more!

We’ve asked the best and brightest North Texas homebuilders to look into their crystal balls and make predictions about homebuilding trends for 2015. They’ve also given us some sublime photos that illustrate those trends in action in their own work. You won’t want to miss this—jump to read the whole story!


Michael Turner 2013

Sure, when a builder or architect wants to show off their skills, you can sometimes end up with a structure that is beautiful but not very practical. For Michael Turner and his firm, Classic Urban Homes, they stay true to their motto: “Building for the way people really live.”

You can see that in his work, which has won numerous awards. Find out more about Turner and his firm, a Approved Builder, after the jump! Where are you from?
Michael Turner: I grew up in Arlington.

CD: How did you get into custom home construction?
Turner: Started working for a builder in high school and it just stuck.

CD: What project are you most proud of?
Turner: The “Serenity House” at 6720 Greenwich, a 4,238-square-foot modern home that won 8 ARC awards including best overall architecture and interior design. Designed in collaboration with WARE Architecture Studio, it was featured in the 2013 Dallas Modern Home Tour.

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CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?
Turner: I live near the Midway/Forest area.

CD: What’s your favorite neighborhood in Dallas to build in and why?
Turner: Bluffview, because it is an eclectic neighborhood and lends itself to more variety and not cookie-cutter homes.

CD: What materials or shapes evoke your signature style?
Turner: Clean lines, linear design, functional, uncluttered, liveable. Our tag line is: “Building for the way people really live.”™

CD: What was your most challenging/memorable project?
Turner: 6720 Greenwich, because of the amount of glass in the design and the steel substructure that was required.

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CD: From concept to completion, what is the fastest you have completed a project?
Turner: Six months (Editor’s Note: WOW!!!)

CD: How many projects reached completion last year?
Turner: Six.

CD: What have you learned about building that makes you so successful?
Turner: Always be responsive, respectful, and be there to answer any questions from clients to subcontractors. Having a good team in place to make things run smoothly.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…
Turner: Work in the medical field since it is recession proof.

6720 Greenwich extThere are too many wonderful homes on the market to dazzle us this week, so we shall just beat the heat with all of them!

First up, if this home is still available after I hit “publish”, well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. It is beautiful, it is a bargain. You have heard me wax on and on about Michael Turner’s “Serenity House” at 6720 Greenwich Lane in Dallas north of Forest. Michael is, of course, one of our highly selective Candy’s Approved Home Builders: we INVITE them to be on the blog after we have talked to homeowners who have worked with them. 6720 is an award winning property built for Steve and Terri Woodward, Steve being a marketing executive at Fossil. I believe the home has won 7 ARC awards, an industry award to recognize building excellence for Associates, Remodelers and Custom Builders. Both Steve and Terri had great input on the home from start to finish, the blueprints evolving from a single napkin drawing one cold night. The home-passionate couple personally selected Michael to build their 4050 square foot masterpiece of brick and glass, reinforced with steel. The floor plan is basically three sides of a rectangle: the first floor master and a jewelry studio create the east wing, the guest bedroom and a built-in bar create the west — what a nice treat for guests, eh? In front facing north are the formal living room, dining room and kitchen. There is even a modern-style front porch to invite neighborly chats. The home is one of the warmest examples of modern design I have seen in a long time.6720 Greenwich rear


6720 Greenwich FR 6720 Greenwich DR 6720 Greenwich TV 6720 Greenwich kit6720 Greenwich has three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a lot of glass, eliminating the boundaries between indoors and exteriors. It’s as if there are no, or very few, walls in the house. The only thing that divides the formals is a brick column with see-through fire place. The brick theme is brought into the living room, creating a seamless line from the exterior front of house to courtyard — as if it is floating in.6720 Greenwich master 6720 Greenwich master bath 6720 Greenwich patio 6720 Greenwich deck

Most of the walls to the exterior are floor-to-ceiling glass, including more than 10 doors around the back perimeter that simply slide open. For a party, guests would almost not know where the house ended and the exteriors begin!

Michael says the designer, architect Billy Ware of Ware Architecture, designed with a concept of two solid bars connected by a floating plane. The floating plane comprises the public spaces, the bar encompasses private. Yet, even when they shut the windows and doors completely, one still has a feeling of being outdoors. The Woodwords choose a large, leafy lot north of Forest lane in an area where older homes are being scraped to make way for new, reasonably-sized home. It has what every empty nester needs and not a minute more: three bedrooms, three and a half baths, a custom jewelry-making studio for Terry (one of the bedrooms), upstairs patio deck for the visiting son, huge walk-in closets each for Terry and Steve, eco conscious materials such as Eco Stone countertops of crushed granite, marble and mirror. There are three fireplaces, hot tub, fancy pants custom bar and a flat TOP roof with a 13-foot overhang to shade from the sun.

Here’s the best part, which I really shouldn’t tell you. Oh well: Michael Turner pulled this off for $200 a square foot. In fact, this property did not break the one million mark (excluding land costs), and finished on time, a hallmark of Classic Urban home projects. Of course, it was built in 2011 when prices were way down on everything. Now it’s listed for $1,695,000 with our favorite Alex Perry. PEANUTS!

I think Steve and Terri just had such a wonderful time building with Michael, they are wanting to do it all over again. And I can hardly wait to chronicle the whole project!