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We’ve been playing a rousing game of “Is This an Ultra-Modern House or a Correctional Facility” over here today, if you’d like to join in.

But spoiler alert, it is indeed a home — an ultra-modern that could use a landscaping budget. We have all the details (including a link to landscaping suggestions) over on MidlandDirt.com.  You’re going to want to check it out, because this bad boy also has a separate, self-contained guest quarters that would be a great spot for grandparents or even a live-in nanny.

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.

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The ice plant is popular in West Texas landscaping. All photos: Texas Tech Horticultural Garden

The ice plant is popular in West Texas landscaping. All photos: Texas Tech Horticultural Garden

The semi-arid climate in Midland and Odessa mean the sun burns bright and water is scarce. So how’s a homeowner to keep their West Texas landscaping from looking like a dry wasteland?

By making smart choices about the plants and trees they put there. Those that are well acclimated to places like Ector and Midland counties can thrive, even in difficult conditions.

Over on MidlandDirt.com, we’ve got a roundup of perennials, groundcovers, shrubs, shade trees, ornamental grasses, and ornamental trees that will look beautiful year-round. Click here to read the full story!

Pam C. Daniel Featured Realtor

With all of the hubbub going on in Travis and Hays County in Central Texas, our state is finally learning the true worth of water. Now that we’ve had day after day after day of rain, and our lakes are rising once again, we have to remember that conservation is key when it comes to accommodating the growth of our region. That’s a gospel that Ebby Halliday Realtor Pam Daniel preaches to classes and clients all over North Texas with her EcoBroker certification and her Master Gardner Chops. If you’ve wanted to learn the ways of rainwater harvesting, having a more energy efficient home, or balked at the idea of xeriscaping, Daniel can show you the ropes.

Her patience and expertise reminds us a lot of Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans. He takes the time to understand his clients needs to find the best solution for their home loan issues. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by calling Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump to learn more about Pam Daniel and how going green can make a big difference in your home!

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After not mentioning the Claremont neighborhood for a while, we’re suddenly seeing gem after gem go on the market there. It’s one of my favorite residential areas in East Dallas, with Midcentury personality, mature trees, and memorable style.

The 1962 ranch-style house at 8526 Sweetwood Drive just came on the market Oct. 31 after an extensive renovation, and it’s got loads of charm packed into its 1,773 square feet. Marketed by Ben Fluno of Chris Arnold Premier Realty for $242,500 (it dropped $2,500 today), I’m actually surprised it’s still on the market. Take a look and I think you’ll agree.

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Good news for homeowners fed up with maintaining lawns and the high water bills that come with it.

If you live in an HOA and couldn’t install a water-friendly landscape because of restrictive covenants, now you can. According to a new law passed by the Texas Legislature, HOAs can no longer forbid homeowners from installing native and drought-resistant landscaping.

The new law, first proposed by state. Sen. Kirk Watson and state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, both Austin Democrats, prevents HOAs from prohibiting xeriscaping, the process of installing drought-resistant landscaping or other native, water-conserving natural turf.

The passed legislation likely will result in many HOAs creating uniform xeriscape standards for the first time. Associations can still require preliminary approval of any xeriscaping plans, but their control is limited and must be “reasonable,” said Gregory S. Cagle, an Austin attorney and author of the book “Texas Homeowners Association Law.”

This is especially great news for the growing Dallas/Fort Worth metro area and our dwindling water supplies. I’m waiting to hear back from officials from the city of Dallas to find out if this new law affects homeowners in conservation districts such as Burton Knight, who, if you recall, installed a gorgeous native and xeriscaped front yard in Junius Heights only to receive a citation from the city. Apparently, conservation-oriented landscaping is against historic standards for the conservation district. As of our last report, Mr. Knight is still trying to find a compromise with City Hall.