This New Leaf build at 7015 Pasadena in Lakewood is the perfect testament to their in-house design services.

Melissa Powell will be the first to admit building a custom home can be a mind-boggling experience. The New Leaf Custom Homes co-founder who runs the business with her husband, Scott, understands the challenges: You get the design you want, but it can’t be built within budget. Or the lot you’ve chosen doesn’t mesh with the architectural plan.

The good news is, this CandysDirt.com Approved Builder has found a better way. With the recent launch of its full-service New Leaf Design Studio, everything a client needs is now under a single roof.

“It’s how we avoid what we call the Builder’s Bermuda Triangle,” says Melissa. “Bringing everything in-house makes it a seamless process for the customer.”

With construction and architecture services already in place, adding interior design completed the trifecta. “It eliminates the go-betweens, so nothing is left to chance.“

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Every time they do a custom home, for Melissa and Scott Powell — the power couple behind New Leaf Custom Homes — it’s a chance to make someone’s dream a reality. 

“With custom home building, almost everybody has a learning curve,” Melissa said as we enjoyed the early spring sunlight pouring through the wall of windows in her family’s modern home. “A lot of it is accommodating ideas from clients, and then finding the right craftsman or subcontractor to do those creative, edgy things.” 

That’s a common theme for New Leaf Custom Homes — a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder — and the Powells. The brand is so client-focused that each home is a completely new vision and the results are a category by themselves. 

But the family’s personal home, which is definitely worth the shuttle ride during this weekend’s White Rock Home Tour, was an exercise in stepping out of their comfort zone.

Not only did Scott and Melissa build their dream home, but they did it in a way that was easy on the environment without sacrificing style. It’s definitely an inspiration, from the suspended-slab foundation to the floor-to-ceiling windows to the reclaimed wood siding to the solar panel array. 

You can still score your tickets for this weekend’s tour, which not only features the Powells’ personal home on Forest Trail, but another beautiful build from New Leaf on the same street. 

The 14th annual White Rock Home Tour is this weekend, April 27-28, and tour-goers will get a close-up look at two Midcentury Modern homes and five new modern homes, each of which offers can’t miss details and design. Discounted early bird tickets are on sale now for $15 each at whiterockhometour.org. During tour weekend, tickets are $20 each and will be on sale at Hexter Elementary (9720 Waterview Rd.) starting at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., as well as each tour home from noon to 4:45 p.m. (tour closes at 5 p.m. sharp). All proceeds from the 14th annual White Rock Home Tour benefit DISD’s Hexter Elementary. The 2018 WRHT raised $61,400 for students and teachers.

You can also try your luck to win a pair of tickets from CandysDirt.com — the official media sponsor of this year’s tour. Keep reading for more!

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This unique modern home on Loving Avenue in Lakewood is one of the seven incredible homes on the 14th annual White Rock Home Tour. (Photos: Angela Flournoy)

The 14th annual White Rock Home Tour is one for the record books, and CandysDirt.com — the official media sponsor of this year’s tour — is giving you an exclusive first look at the seven incredible modern homes selected for the annual event. Slated for the weekend of April 27-28, tour-goers a close-up look at two Midcentury Modern homes and five new modern homes, each of which offers can’t miss details and design. Discounted early bird tickets are on sale now for $15 each at whiterockhometour.org.  

For the first time in the tour’s history, ticket holders will get a gander at a work-in-progress — specifically, a delicious modern design by architect Cliff Welch in Old Lake Highlands. Patrons will be able to walk through the large home before construction is complete. Welch, as well as builder Clay Robinson, will be on hand to talk about the home. Two of the newer builds on this year’s home tour are designs by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder New Leaf Custom Homes, both of which are located on Forest Trail just behind Flagpole Hill. A sexy design from A. GRUPPO architect Thad Reeves is worth the modest ticket price, too.

“Each of our tour homes offers something unique for our guests,” said White Rock Home Tour chair Alyson Black. We couldn’t agree more! 

New Leaf Custom Homes will have two of their builds on this year’s White Rock Home Tour, both of which are on Forest Trail in the White Rock Valley neighborhood.

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This bright and sophisticated modern farmhouse at 9161 Vintage Oaks was built by New Leaf Homes and is just one of five beautiful custom builds on the May 12 home tour. (Courtesy Photos)

Since 2006, Scott and Melissa Powell have been bringing their own brand of high-quality, long-lasting homes to the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. What’s amazing is that in a short 12 years, New Leaf Custom Homes has developed a loyal following and large customer base. The company now boasts a team of 14 knowledgeable and experienced professionals with expertise in all design styles, ready to help clients make their vision of a perfect home into reality.

This CandysDirt.com Approved Builder has gorgeous designs clustered throughout the most coveted neighborhoods in Dallas, with several in Lake Highlands and Bluffview. Naturally, this presented an opportunity to give residents a peek behind the literal curtains of their designs, so they practically had to put on a home tour.

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We have a gorgeous custom build by Candy’s Dirt Approved Builder New Leaf Custom Homes to show you in the Maplewood neighborhood of Lakewood. It’s a 4,363-square-foot home with five beds and five baths that has one of the most forward-thinking designs when it comes to incorporating the way the outdoors works with the rest of the house.

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Now here is a home that could teach a few thousand builders some new tricks. A new home with smooth, clean lines, no turrets (clutching heart), no 10,000 foot ceilings, and even no “dust bunny graveyards” fake crowns. Let’s call it the “anti-McMansion”.

Indeed, I hope you are sitting down when you hear this: there is actually a front porch to encourage neighborhood conversation!

Still, 10136 Robin Hill Lane is brand spanking new construction in Lake Highlands, a huge Millennials hang out. Instead of the usual circa 1957 brick ranch, we have a farmhouse feel with a touch of Hollywood glam by one of the area’s hottest home builders, New Leaf Custom Homes.

Boasting more than 4200 square feet of family-friendly living, this home will hold it all: kids, dogs, even a mother-in-law or two! You get five bedrooms (one for each set of parents), four full baths, an office, both a media AND game room, formals and a knock out kitchen that spaciously flows from the living room.

The finish out is phenomenal, too: high (but not too high) ceilings, custom cabinetry, gorgeous contemporary light fixtures, beautiful hardwoods, and hardware.

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The White Rock North home at 10136 Robin Hill Ln. is sophisticated and stylish, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you the CandysDirt.com Open House Roundup. It’s your insider view into that weekend’s open houses and the ones you shouldn’t miss.

This week, we’re looking at a marvelous contemporary new construction in White Rock North, a State Thomas condo, a cute cottage near Bishop Arts, and more. They range in price from $340K to $799,900.

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