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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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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Les Owens

Interestingly enough, it’s not only move-in-ready homes that are flying off the market at unprecedented prices, but builders are hitting even more hurdles in this insanely hot North Texas market.

We asked Les Owens of LRO Residential, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, just what are buyers looking for, and what should they look out for? As it turns out, one of the biggest hurdles buyers who want to build will find is the place all home start: dirt.

“We are finding dirt at reasonable levels off the open market, but we are seeing all types of buyers — investors, end users, Realtors, first-time would-be builders — all competing for lots, and most are not experienced enough to know what they are doing and have driven land to all-time highs in most markets,” Owens said. “Not much room to keep going up, what goes up will come down, usually faster than it went up, so land speculators beware.”

Owens, whose homes have classic lines and multi-purpose rooms with some truly stunning kitchens, is noticing an uptick in empty nesters building their post-kids dream homes.

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“This is great for my business as lots of empty nesters are coming into the custom home market, and that is the group my homes fit perfect for,” Owens said. “We have had great luck with downsizing clients from a 6,000- to 9,000-square-foot home to a new, more energy efficient, trendy, lock-and-leave type home, and they love it. I have tons of experience working with this demographic and my style really fits well with this group.”

Owens says that some other higher end clients want custom homes that are timeless, though “clean lines are still a bit hit whether in a more traditional home” or a more modern one.

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“Contemporary is, of course, cool, but some people are already turning from it,” Owens added. “We are seeing clients who liked the idea, but have gone away from it.”

And clients are asking for more earth-friendly and energy efficient choices, which Owens recommends as long as they make financial sense.

“Most of our clients are self-made, and they understand the value of money,” Owens said. “Paying for outrageous green features just to say they have it is not what got them where they are. They want Green features, but only ones that make good sense from a pay-back perspective and/or they can see an immediate benefit for use in their daily lives.”

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Still, Owens is focused on providing the highest quality of materials and workmanship that his brand is known for, as well as the innovation that homebuyers expect. To see more of Owens’ work, stay tuned to CandysDirt.com!

Les Owens

Interestingly enough, it’s not only move-in-ready homes that are flying off the market at unprecedented prices, but builders are hitting even more hurdles in this insanely hot North Texas market.

We asked Les Owens of LRO Residential, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, just what are buyers looking for, and what should they look out for? As it turns out, one of the biggest hurdles buyers who want to build will find is the place all home start: dirt.

“We are finding dirt at reasonable levels off the open market, but we are seeing all types of buyers — investors, end users, Realtors, first-time would-be builders — all competing for lots, and most are not experienced enough to know what they are doing and have driven land to all-time highs in most markets,” Owens said. “Not much room to keep going up, what goes up will come down, usually faster than it went up, so land speculators beware.”

Owens, whose homes have classic lines and multi-purpose rooms with some truly stunning kitchens, is noticing an uptick in empty nesters building their post-kids dream homes.

5518Southwestern-HighRes-22-2916150238-O

 

“This is great for my business as lots of empty nesters are coming into the custom home market, and that is the group my homes fit perfect for,” Owens said. “We have had great luck with downsizing clients from a 6,000- to 9,000-square-foot home to a new, more energy efficient, trendy, lock-and-leave type home, and they love it. I have tons of experience working with this demographic and my style really fits well with this group.”

Owens says that some other higher end clients want custom homes that are timeless, though “clean lines are still a bit hit whether in a more traditional home” or a more modern one.

5518Southwestern-HighRes-20-2916144371-O

“Contemporary is, of course, cool, but some people are already turning from it,” Owens added. “We are seeing clients who liked the idea, but have gone away from it.”

And clients are asking for more earth-friendly and energy efficient choices, which Owens recommends as long as they make financial sense.

“Most of our clients are self-made, and they understand the value of money,” Owens said. “Paying for outrageous green features just to say they have it is not what got them where they are. They want Green features, but only ones that make good sense from a pay-back perspective and/or they can see an immediate benefit for use in their daily lives.”

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Still, Owens is focused on providing the highest quality of materials and workmanship that his brand is known for, as well as the innovation that homebuyers expect. To see more of Owens’ work, stay tuned to CandysDirt.com!

Do you have your coffee yet? Good, because this house is like a beignet from Cafe Du Monde. This house, it just makes me want to say “Ahhhhhhhh!” It’s 3625 Bryn Mawr, marketed by the gorgeous and talented Kari Schlegel Kloewer of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, and it was just completed by the experts at Tatum Brown Custom Homes.

If you want high-end finish-out and tons of extras, Tatum Brown is the go-to builder. In fact, this company is on our short list of Hot Builders!

Just from glancing around, you can see why we love Tatum Brown, too! I mean, look at the thoughtful entrance that keeps with the elegant and modern Santa Barbara style. It’s beautiful, but not too ostentatious. This home, desiged by Stocker, Hoestry, Montenegro Architects, is like a hot brunette in a little black dress!

This University Park home has all of the upgrades and add-ons you want inside its 6,651 square feet. You get impeccable hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, luxury light fixtures with some really killer chandeliers, marble, granite, and a wet bar. WHEW. That’s a lot!

There are five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, along with three living spaces, two dining rooms, a game or media room, a mud room, and some of the best schools in the state.

I love a kitchen that is open and accessible, and this one is just that! The huge island is perfect for entertaining. Imagine the marble expanse covered in cheese boards and fruit plates, with a bucket of chilled champagne and orange juice just waiting for brunch guests to arrive!

Of course, there’s tons of stainless in the kitchen, and there’s some really beautiful tile in the backsplash, too!

From what I hear, it’s almost impossible to buy new construction in the Park Cities without buying a teardown first, razing the structure, and starting fresh from there. If you get exhausted just thinking about all that work, well, this lovely home is for you!

It’s on the market at a great price, too. I think $2.95 million is a fair asking for such a spacious, modern, and well-thought-out home. What do you think?