Hardware and appliances with clean lines are used throughout S & R homes. (Photo credit: Saad Chehabi)

Hardware and appliances with clean lines are used throughout S & R homes. (Photo credit: Saad Chehabi)

Saad Chehabi has been a businessman for more than three decades. He started his own mosaic tile company and was the supplier for many hotels in Las Vegas in addition to many celebrities’ homes. He parlayed his design knowledge and business acumen to found his own residential construction company, S & R Development, in Dallas in 2002.

“We started out building custom homes in Highland Park and Preston Hollow and have expanded to other areas,” he says. S & R prides itself in giving customers high-quality homes showcasing the company’s attention to detail and style.

“I’m very hands on. I don’t leave a project,” says the SMU graduate and native of Syria. “I run each one personally and cannot spend time away from what I’m working on so I limit the number of projects I take and try to keep them close together.” Currently he has four projects going in the Preston Hollow area, three of which are over 8,000 square feet. His company recently completed a large home in Plano and the homes in PH should be completed by the end of this year and the beginning of next.

“I’m seeing customers wanting less traditional homes these days,” says Chehabi. “New home construction is more about cleaner lines overall.”

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Tom Greico’s project on Easton Road is a modern home that takes full advantage of the long lot and canopy of trees.

He’s passionate about building custom homes that evoke the clean lines and accessible floorplans for which he’s known. Forward-thinking, open, and bright, Tom Greico’s brand of modern has developed a loyal following.

“They go on the internet and they see me on Facebook and they follow me. People will come up to me and say, ‘We saw your house on Such-and-such Road,'” Greico says with a laugh. And after that, they often ask when Greico Modern Homes be available to build the home of their dreams. With eight projects right now, he says it’ll be about a year or so before he can start something new, but it’s great to be in-demand, Greico said.

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Chrome is Back! Jeff Dworkin of JLD Custom Homes Shares Trends and Market News

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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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By Sam Graham
Director of Operations and Marketing

Veranda Fine Homes, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder

Sam Graham HeadshotEvery home construction project is unique, as are the homeowners; however, no matter the project or people involved, there is one universal question we are always asked: “What will this project cost?”  Your budget is one of the things that keep us up at night.  We would love nothing more than to give you a number that comes in below your “budget” and move forward, but unfortunately, this is almost never the case for a variety of reasons.

When starting this process, we know you have a budget.  We know you have a finite amount of cash allocated towards your home and going above this amount will put you in a less than desirable place financially.  You will communicate this number to us repeatedly and express that we stay within this number.  We truly don’t want or mean to go above this number, however, there are several factors that serve to increase the “budget.”  Jump for six tips to think about that will help you stay within budget.

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The team at Veranda Fine Homes has been building non-stop, it seems. From traditional, to Mediterranean, to Hill Country-inspired, Veranda is putting out fresh, new takes on architecture and filling their homes with high-end finishes and clean lines. With outstanding customer reviews and loyalty, it’s no wonder that Kyle Belew and his team have earned a spot as a CandysDirt.com-Approved Builder.

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With a standout modern style with clean lines and green sensibilities, Bauhaus Custom Homes is in demand as more clients look to ad cost-effective and energy efficient design to their homes. Kleinmann offers designs that make the most of a site and its natural resources, using passive solar for heat and light, as well as a host of other features that keep a home’s ecological footprint low without sacrificing high style. (more…)

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Constantly at the top of the region’s best builders list, and a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, Tatum Brown Custom Homes are known for their quality and longevity. Founder Mark Danuser works hard to bring great design, excellent materials, and top-notch workmanship to his customers, which are some of the most fiercely loyal in the industry.

Danuser, who has built homes for the creme de la creme of North Texas, knows how to build a home that will capitalize on the latest technology while still producing the timeless structures for which his brand is known. We asked Mark to tell us what prospective custom home clients will see as emerging home building trends in 2014.

“Clients are moving toward a fully functional home – one that works for the way they live every day and for how they entertain,” Danuser said. “Formal living rooms are still on floor plans, but they’re becoming a useable space – often more open to other areas of the home.”

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Besides creating multi-functional spaces, decor will have to become more flexible, too, and perhaps even more casual to allow for spaces that serve as hubs for guests.

“We’ve seen a lot of clients move away from the traditional home theater rooms as well, preferring to have multi-use spaces suitable for entertaining and televisions in all common areas, including outdoors,” Danuser added.

While we were seeing the grand double-staircase foyer as a huge trend just a few years ago, Danuser believes homeowners will forego these impact-making additions and choosing to focus space and resources toward the living and entertaining areas.

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“Recently, we’ve done several homes with staircases located away from the front entry or homes with a single staircase,” Danuser said. “Our clients are getting more creative with the stair railings as well – cantilevered stairs, mixtures of materials like glass and iron, interesting railing designs, etc.”

And more homeowners are choosing to simplify when it comes to design, too. Danuser says that clean, simple lines continue to dominate. “We’ve seen a big push for all things natural and lighter – from raw beams on the ceiling to sealed-only wood floors with no stain,” he said.

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And homes that are easy to care for are a big trend, too, as low-maintenance materials and finishes are coming back in a big way. “Where the trend was all marble for many years, our clients are now asking for materials like quartz that don’t require constant upkeep,” Danuser said. “This is especially true in kitchens.”

That’s excellent news, especially as homebuyers are looking for well-constructed homes that will look brand new for years to come.

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We swear that Mark Danuser’s brain never takes a break, the wheels are constantly spinning for this incredible builder behind the Tatum Brown Custom Homes brand. Sure he’s incredibly smart and has more energy than a toddler high on Halloween candy, but he’s down-to-earth, too.

You’ll know Danuser best by his portfolio of amazing, award-winning homes, which has earned him a spot as a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder. Find out more about the man behind the brand after the jump!

 

CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?
Mark Danuser: I was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. I arrived in Dallas by way of New York and Los Angeles.

CD: How did you get into custom home construction?
Danuser: My summer jobs growing up were always in construction — roofing, installing kitchen cabinets, selling plumbing fixtures, etc. When we relocated to Dallas, it was the perfect opportunity to jump in with both feet.

CD: What project are you most proud of?
Danuser: There are so many projects we’re proud of, but the home we built at 11310 Crestbrook stands out. Not only did it win numerous ARC awards, but D Home Magazine named it as one of the 10 Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas. As an added bonus, the clients became some of our closest friends and we just finished a new home for them, as well.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?
Danuser: University Park

CD: What’s your favorite neighborhood in Dallas to build in and why?
Danuser: We’ve done some incredible projects in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. And, Bluffview holds a special place in my heart because the topography reminds me of my hometown in Missouri.

CD: What materials or shapes evoke your signature style?
Danuser: The key Tatum Brown signature is high-quality construction. We’ve worked with a number of architects that have brought a different perspective to home concepts – from traditional estate projects to a more modern flair. From an interiors perspective, our design team signature is creating unique homes with clean lines.

CD: What was your most memorable project?
Danuser: The most memorable project for me wasn’t actually a house – it was the entry gate for President Bush’s neighborhood when he moved back to Dallas. It was such an honor to work with the President and Mrs. Bush.

CD: How many projects reached completion last year?
Danuser: 11

CD: What have you learned about building that makes you so successful?
Danuser: We are laser focused on providing a great experience for our clients during the building process. And we don’t compromise on quality. It’s important to us that a Tatum Brown home stands the test of time.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…
Danuser: Right now I’m enjoying this too much to think about an encore, but I would definitely do something entrepreneurial.