Stephan SardoneParting is such sweet sorrow. At least it is for us at CandysDirt when one of our favorite homebuilders puts his sensational reno on the market.

Stephan Sardone, owner of Sardone Construction, took the L-Streets house at 10229 Linkwood Dr. in Lake Highlands to the studs and reimagined the space entirely. What emerged is extraordinary—we’ve written about it twice, here and here.

“We essentially demolished its entire insides and redesigned it into an open concept that maximized every inch of the home,” he said. “We were able to fit three full bedrooms and two full bathrooms—and the master bath is really large—as well as an incredible open living space and nice-sized kitchen.”

Stephan SardoneTo make this house happen, Sardone partnered with Larry Paschall of HPD Architecture in Oak Lawn. Together, they totally overhauled the 1,320-square-foot interior. They moved all interior walls, changed the layout of the space, and created a vaulted ceiling with wood beams by pushing out a gable on the roof.

Sardone’s abode served both as a home for him and his wife, and as a contractor showcase to show potential clients just how to create a smart, efficient design. It was a no-brainer to choose it as today’s Thursday Three Hundred. It was listed Friday by Michael Cassell at Gilchrist & Company Real Estate for $379,900.


All photos: Sardone Construction

All photos: Sardone Construction

Stephan Sardone did not arrive at his career in home renovation by direct route.

The Flower Mound native headed to graduate school with the intention of earning his masters, then traveling to Papua, New Guinea, to work with indigenous tribes and translate their native languages, as well as aid with microfinance projects and community development.

Now, with two masters degrees in hand, he performs a different kind of community work: helping Dallas homeowners translate their vision for a home remodel into reality.

The transition started with a side business during his undergrad days. Sardone was an eager student with an entrepreneurial spirit and a knack for laying tile. It lasted into his graduate school days, and he drove around in a minivan, filled to the brim with tiles, and took on clients under the name Tile Fast.

“Tile Fast was never supposed to go anywhere, it was just supposed to teach me business and such, but then it turned into kitchen remodeling, then into full-scale remodeling,” he said. “It took about six months after I graduated to realize I was going to stay in the business because I really liked it.”

Stephan Sardone portrait

He changed the name of his company to Sardone Construction in 2010 and has earned accolades as his reputation has grown for creating smart and efficient designs that maximize space in a truly beautiful way.

The most important thing is to do really high quality work, have high standards, and give our clients a good experience,” he said.


Photo: Dallas ReStore

All photos: Dallas ReStore

If you’re DIY aficionado or planning a home renovation project on a budget, then you’ve got to be jazzed about the Feb. 21 grand opening of the newest Habitat for Humanity ReStore Resale Outlet in DFW. The store will be located in Lake Highlands at the southeast corner of Skillman Street and Abrams Road in the space formerly occupied by Big Lots, which closed last year.

This location is the eleventh in the DFW area, all of which are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers selling new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at steep discounts (like 20 to 70 percent off retail prices). Each store is operated by local Habitat chapters, and proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity homebuilding efforts around the world.

The range of items at a ReStore is always surprising and it varies tremendously by location: I’ve seen everything from front doors to front-loading washing machines. And for the creatively inclined, this place is a mecca. The Dallas area ReStore knows what’s up: they’ve got their own Pinterest page with 25 boards featuring everything from Dallas ReStore sales and fab finds to inspiration for specific rooms around the house and upcycling ideas. I’ve already repinned a thrift store lamp makeover, projects using pallets, and a DIY furniture re-do from their pages. Jump to read more!


7125 haverford front

I love the quirky and personal, which sometimes gets obliterated when people stage homes for sale. You lose a lot of the fun details that went into a house, features that really made it a home for someone.

There are tons of those lovely little Easter eggs inside this house. Of course, the first thing you’ll notice when you walk inside 7125 Haverford is the unique flooring. It’s made from repurposed gymnasium courts, a cool, colorful, and sustainable way to score an eye-catching hardwood floor. I absolutely love it, and it extends throughout the home. Of course, the seller has thought of everything, and if you love everything about this home except the floor, they’ll include a $3,500 allowance for refinishing the floor to your tastes.

7125 haverford living

The home, which is marketed by Ebby Halliday agent McKenzie Schimming for $298,500, has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 2,100 square feet and is inside the Lakewood Elementary attendance area. There are tons of built-ins, great neutral paint, and really buckets of fun finishes in this lovely home.

7125 Haverford Dining or Living

There are two living areas, an updated kitchen, a wood-burning fireplace, and a super cool, fully insulated two-car garage that could double as a studio or workshop. The kitchen is super sleek and gorgeous, and insanely open, thanks to the lack of upper cabinets. It’s a fabulous kitchen for entertaining, that’s for sure. You’ll also adore the reclaimed wood countertops, farmhouse sink, and understated mosaic backsplash. The hardware is simple and modern, really echoing the kitchen’s overall style.

7125 Haverford kitchen

Another great feature is the master bath, which has such a cool double vanity made from a reclaimed sideboard. That’s where the fun ends, though, because you’ll find a very beige and boring shower (no tub) in there. I was really hoping for something more fun that fit with the rest of the home’s personality. Still, it’s not a bad effort.

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The backyard is a good size, and there’s a great pergola above the porch to shade it from the hot summer sun. Overall, this is a fabulous house with tons of personality! What do you love about it?

7125 haverford backyard