Dallas area home buyers are turning to residential design-build firms to ensure each detail of their home is designed to suit their family’s needs. The area’s home builders are creating energy-efficient, luxury, modern touches in homes inspired by classic architectural styles. The following firms have homes featured in local and national publications and are consistently listed among D Magazine’s Best Builders. They are teaming up with the area’s top master-planned communities, building on spec in up-and-coming neighborhoods, and often collaborate with the area’s top architectural firms to create the best custom homes in the Dallas area.
Top Home Builders
JLD Custom Homes
About JLD Custom Homes
JLD specializes in energy-efficient homes that fulfill the latest Energy Star requirements. They received an Excellence in Energy Award in 2011, an award for builders in the Oncor ENERGY STAR Homes Program. They design custom homes in a variety of styles in order to blend in with the neighborhood. Landscaping services are also available. The company was started by Jeff Dworkin, who has been building new homes for over 25 years. Each home is backed by a comprehensive one-year warranty, a two-year mechanical warranty, and a 10-year structural warranty. The firm has been named one of D Magazine’s Best Home Builders every year since 2011.
JLD has designed several homes within East Dallas, including a prairie-style home on Prospect Street. Sotheby’s listed the four-bedroom home for $774,900. The home includes an eat-in kitchen with a quartz-topped oversized island. The upstairs master bedroom runs along one side of the home with a walk-in closet, as well as a walk-in shower and whirlpool tub. The energy-efficient home was designed with a 16 SEER variable speed A/C unit, R-16 insulated walls, a radiant barrier, and LED lights. Another four-bedroom home uses an open floor plan to encourage natural light flow from the backyard. Highlights include the home’s 22-foot ceilings, a built-in fireplace, and a floating staircase. The home was set back an additional 10 feet on the lot to minimize damage to a massive oak tree in the front yard.
Avant Luxury Homes
About Avant Luxury Homes
Avant creates homes in a wide variety of styles, from French Plantation to English Tudor and Rustic Traditional. They’ve partnered with such businesses as the Container Store and Magnolia — a high-end entertainment systems provider owned by Best Buy — to offer the latest and greatest amenities for their clients. Avant is a small-batch builder that creates homes on spec for luxury master-planned communities like Highland Oaks and The Legacy in Colleyville. Their homes are then given customized finishing touches for their buyers.
One spec home in Midway Hollow contains a two-story living room that opens up to a large, covered deck and spacious and private backyard. The large space contains folding glass doors, as well as higher windows to let in maximum natural light. A first-level master suite contains a walk-in shower and vessel tub with large windows looking out into the backyard. The latest smart home technology can be found throughout the home. The firm’s 3,484-square-foot Dunhaven house has a very modern feel. An industrial rail guard bordering an open entertainment space looks down on the open first floor below. Two bedrooms and a study top off the second floor, with the master bedroom on the first level. The kitchen comes with Bertazzoni appliances and high gloss, laser-cut cabinetry and quartz countertops. This house is just as smart, offering amenities like motorized shades and smart system climate control.
Booth Brothers Homes
About Booth Brothers Homes
Founded by Jonathan Booth, Booth Brothers Homes is a full-service design-build firm specializing in luxury designs. The firm works from existing plans or starts from scratch with their clients, and they have custom spec homes available in Park Cities, Wyndsor Pointe, and the Newman Village community in Frisco. They work closely with their clients, educating them on current design trends and the building process. One of their signature styles are extra-wide hallways offering a grand spaciousness. The firm has been featured in D Homes and was named one of the Best Home Builders in Dallas in 2016 and 2017.
“At Booth Brothers Homes, our customers are the reason we exist, and their happiness with our product is our central focus as a team. We approach our projects with empathy; understanding that building a home is often a family’s largest and most important purchase, and we appreciate the responsibility of building vision to reality. Our family and our team are deeply driven to better everything we do, and we work hard to accomplish each new goal to improve. Early in my career, I was deeply influenced by my mentor, Bill Darling, of Darling Homes. I wanted to inspire and lead the way Bill did through his incredible company, and I knew to do that I would need to start my own. It is the goal of the Booth family that Booth Brothers Homes gives every employee the opportunity to love their work, advance their careers, and go to and from work with the excitement and energy to live fully. Customer satisfaction, award-winning homes, and a great team are proof that we are on the right track.” – Jonathan Booth
A new American-style, two-story home in Frisco boasts 7,575 square feet for under $3M. The home was designed by Fusch Architects and built by Booth Brothers Homes. It was the model home for the Newman Village gated community, which contains only 12 homes. There are five bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths, along with two offices, a first-floor media room, and a second-floor game room. A second-story balcony ledge overlooks the two-story living area below. It’s connected to a rich kitchen with a massive four-stool island. Fusch Architects and Booth Brothers teamed up again on a French-inspired transitional home in University Park. Highlights include 300-year-old beams from the oldest tobacco plantation in North Carolina, and a Butler’s Pantry connecting the dining room and kitchen, including a wine cellar, ice maker, and lots of storage space. Three living areas comprised of a great room, a keeping room, and media room, providing three separate but interconnected social hubs.
Desco Fine Homes
About Desco Fine Homes
Desco Fine Homes, owned by David Goettsche, is known to be a highly accessible company, easily available via phone or text and a consistent presence on the home site during construction. Some of Goettsche’s team has been with the company for over 20 years. The firm is also known for their spacious, energy efficient homes with comfortable outdoor living areas. They design and build custom homes, as well as work on extensive remodeling projects. Desco has been named one of the Best Builders by D Home magazine every year since 2005 and has won an ARC award presented by the Dallas Builders Association.
A Desco home found in Preston Hollow was Mediterranean inspired with unique and rich features, such as a six-foot-wide stone fireplace found in the two-story living room. The 4,700-square foot home contains four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. A large covered patio has its own outdoor kitchen, just feet away from an outdoor pool with a jacuzzi. Desco is working on a 4,100-square-foot, two-story home in Lakewood that will be available in the spring of 2018. The four-bedroom home features a guest bedroom on the first floor that opens to its own patio. An open kitchen is nestled between the great room and a cozy breakfast nook. Desco’s customary outdoor living area contains an outdoor fireplace. Upstairs, there’s a game room and media space, in addition to three bedrooms, three baths, and a massive 12 x 10 walk-in closet off the master bath.
About Coats Homes
Founded by Ben Coats, in partnership with a 50-year-old home building company, Coats Homes went on to become its own full-service design-build firm. The founder is inspired by traditional Texas architects like John Staub, Charles Dilbeck and Henry B. Thompson, and he strives to create classic luxury homes with the highest quality craftsmanship in the Dallas area. The firm was recognized in The Dallas 100 Entrepreneur Awards, given by the SMU Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship to the 100 fastest-growing private companies in Dallas. The company has been named one of the Best Builders in Dallas by D Magazine multiple years in a row. Their homes make frequent appearance in The Scout Guide magazine and blog, Luxe, D Home, and other publications.
A couple wanted to bring the California architecture they’d grown to love to their new home in Dallas and found a Wilson Fuqua property that Coats was remodeling in University Park. It offered pieces of the California style they were looking for: a spacious open floor plan and large windows. The wife was looking for comfortable over formal living spaces. Coats used exposed brick in the kitchen, a signature he feels adds an element of Southern history to his homes. The residence was featured in D Home Magazine in fall 2016. Coats teamed up with architect Paul Turney on a classic Southern home with a modern twist. White-painted brick with stone headers gives the three-story house a classic feel, while details like a gas lantern over the front door gives it personality. The home is nestled between the property’s two oak trees, with a third-floor guest suite visible only from the back. A luxurious and modern kitchen features Calacatta marble counters and backsplashes, back-painted glass walls, and an industrial-style vent hood.
Veranda Fine Homes
About Veranda Fine Homes
Veranda Fine Homes features custom residences specializing in European styles such as Mediterranean or Provincial, as well as modern contemporary and Texas Hill Country homes. The company also offers renovation and interior design services. Veranda was established in 2004 by Kyle Belew, who has built over 1,000 single-family homes. The company only builds two to three homes a year to create the best possible residence for each client.
Amherst is a two-story stucco residence. It has lots of connections to nature, including an inner courtyard, a covered patio, and a deck with an outdoor fireplace. The master bedroom is found on the first floor and has its own fireplace and french doors leading to the backyard. The space features wide-paneled red oak floors, stained with a mix of ebony and antique brown. The kitchen countertops are Mombasa granite, and Jura grey limestone can be found in the game room, baths, and laundry room. A Bluffview estate was designed like a Spanish villa with steep, sloped roofs of varying heights. This massive property has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, and a three-car garage. The main living room takes up two levels. The open stairway is complete with a intricate custom ironwork staircase and guardrail. Other luxury highlights include multiple safe rooms, an outdoor kitchen, and a dog shower just off the laundry room.
Greico Modern Homes
About Greico Modern Homes
Greico Modern Homes builds houses in the mid-20th century style, but with a modern sensibility. Tom Greico started his own company in 1983 after graduating from the School of Architecture at the University of Texas in Arlington. He has served on the board of directors for the Dallas Home Builders Association and was president of the North Dallas Builders Division. Several of Greico’s designs have won ARC awards from the Dallas Builders Association. The firm has been named one of D Magazine’s Best Home Builders every year since 2011. Greico Modern Homes primarily builds in the North Dallas, Park Cities, and Lakewood areas.
A Greico-designed home in East Dallas was featured on the White Rock Home Tour in 2016. The clients wanted the bedrooms to capture the feeling of camping in a treehouse. The firm made this happen by placing the bedroom on top of the garage, with large corner windows. The great room features glass walls that show off the property’s wealth of trees and large back deck. A luxury detail is the central vacuum system. A Lakewood Heights home was designed in Greico’s signature Mid-century style. The team pushed the front door back away from the busy street while allowing the rest of the home to sit up against it. The entrance, as well as the formal dining room, looks out into a cozy front courtyard. The open kitchen is split off from the main living area with a four-bench island featuring a sink.
Robert Elliott Custom Homes
About Robert Elliott Custom Homes
Elliott is committed to producing every client’s dream home in any style of architecture they require. They rely on a collaborative process with their clients to best customize each home. The firm builds homes in University Park, Highland Park, Preston Hollow, and the surrounding areas. They were named one of D Magazine’s Best Home Builders from 2014 through 2016.
Robert Elliott teamed up with architect Brent Slocum from B.K. Design Studio to assist with the interior architecture for a new home in the University Park neighborhood. Traditional and modern architectural elements help blend the client’s wishes for an elegant but casual and functional home. Traditional, arched windows with steel frames are an example of the home’s classic touches. As for casual, the clients wanted the front door to open up into a room, rather than use a traditional entryway. A large foyer features black and white limestone floors, but is softened by playful wall murals and upholstered chairs. The home’s main stairwell is positioned off to the side rather than front and center. With three young children, the family wanted a home with lots of outdoor space. A covered patio leads out to a pool area lined with magnolia trees. Elliott built another University Park home in fall 2017. The firm built the 6,485-square-foot property on an extra wide lot and listed it for sale at $3.295M. The home has three floors totaling five bedrooms, six baths, and a two-car garage. The third floor, with a single bedroom and bathroom, offers an entire floor of privacy. The home was built in a transitional style with large arched windows and a covered arched front porch. The home also features a front balcony.
Sharif & Munir Uncustomary Custom Homes
About Sharif & Munir Uncustomary Custom Homes
Sharif & Munir offer an all-inclusive set of services, including home site selection and feasibility, architectural drawings, structural engineering, interior design, landscape, and pool design and installation. They use a “look before you leap” program, working out each detail of a client’s needs before making a financial commitment. Mickey Munir, member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), GMB, founded the firm in 1978. Besides being a licensed architect and interior designer, he is also a certified graduate builder and graduate master builder through the Home Builders Institute. He was joined by his son, Michael Munir, member of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), GMB, who acts as COO and corporate president. The firm has been named one of D Magazine’s Best Home Builders every year since 2003. You can find their homes in Luxe Interiors and Design and Patron magazine.
Sharif & Munir designed the Dallas home of residential designer Robert Trown. The limestone clad home with a triple-stacked, red-tile roof blends the influences of California, France, Portugal, and Spain. It sports ceiling beams and oak floors made from reclaimed wood and an antique stone mantel from Pittet Architecturals. Designed in a U-shape, the home’s large, steel-framed windows look out onto an interior courtyard. The home builders creatively produced double-thick walls by mixing paint into plaster as it was being applied. The end result is a textured, mottled wall. The firm worked with architect Vernon Berry to create a contemporary home in Preston Hollow. Designed for art collectors, the home uses indirect light and frosted glass to best display their artwork on museum-finish walls. The 5,620-square-foot, three-bedroom home sits on a .372 acre lot with a downstairs master suite, a living room on both levels, and two dining rooms. Rift-cut white oak pillars separate the kitchen from the living room, which has matching built-in white oak cabinets. The home features a modern floating staircase that leads to a split-level sitting room.
Tatum Brown Custom Homes
About Tatum Brown Custom Homes
Traditional Home Magazine noted one Tatum Brown home’s nod to the late architect A. Hays Town with exposed wood rafters on a standing-seam metal roof. The designers wanted the home to match its more traditional neighborhood, while still offering the conveniences of a more contemporary design. The home’s C-shape offers plenty of opportunities for natural light pulled in with extra long, steel-framed windows. The home maintains its contemporary vibe with its simple millwork, bluestone tiled floors, and wood plank accent walls and ceilings. Danuser collaborated with architect Mark David Hoesterey on a home found in University Park. In keeping with the neighborhood tradition, the home features brick and roof pitches with minimal ornamentation. The house features limestone headers and sills from Dallas Limestone, and a custom door from Arte de Arquitectura de Mexico. Large, divided-light windows of different dimensions offer a deeper connection to the outdoors, while giving the house a sense of complexity. Another Tudor home by Tatum Brown sits on Beverly Drive in Highland Park. The three-story home has five bedrooms and seven full- and four half-baths, totaling in at 11,117 square feet. The home features Tudor-esque leaded glass and nine foot ceilings, but also offers more modern amenities like a grand walk-in master closet and a climate-controlled, four-car garage.
Tatum Brown designs and builds high-end, luxury homes, especially focused on the Park Cities and Preston Hollow areas. Tatum Brown is a Dallas favorite, named one of the Best Builders by D Home magazine from 2007 through 2016. The firm is owned by Mark Danuser. D Home Magazine called one Tatum Brown home of the “10 Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas.” The home also received multiple ARC awards presented by the Dallas Builders Association.