Workers were busily setting the roof tile and taping and bedding the sheetrock in May as the 2014 Fort Worth, Texas magazine Dream Home was rapidly taking its final shape.
The home sits on a 16,000-square-foot lot at 4800 Estonia Court in Montserrat, the elegant subdivision off Team Ranch Road in southwest Fort Worth. The architect, interior designer and builder is HGC Real Estate Services.
Tickets for the tour benefit a Wish with Wings, which makes wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. It is the second Dream Home benefiting the charity.
It will be some time before Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery’s contribution to the home will be installed. The company is supplying plumbing and lighting fixtures and appliances. Ferguson is a consistent participant in the magazine’s Dream Homes.
Part of the reason for that involvement is to display the company’s product line, of course, but the charitable aspects also fit with Ferguson’s core mission, says Missy West, who handles outside builder sales for the company.
“Through the Dream Home, we are able to display a sampling of the beautiful products that can be purchased at our showrooms. We are excited to lend a helping hand and support a local builder,” she says. But a Wish with Wings is also a major reason.
“Ferguson is committed to being a good corporate citizen. We’re passionate about what we do, but we’re also passionate about our community,” West said. “Our corporate social responsibility mission is to strengthen the communities in which we live and work, and the Dream Home project always benefits a great cause and supports this mission.”
Ajax Glass & Mirror Co. has been involved with Dream Homes for so long that Arthur Moses says he’s lost count of the times. “We have an extremely talented crew of installers and often get asked to do jobs — or finish jobs — other firms did not have the expertise for,” he said. Ajax does residential work for individuals and builders from simple broken glass replacement to custom installation of mirrors and shower doors.
“We have worked with HGC from their beginning many years ago,” Moses said. “Many times in construction, it is about building a relationship with your trades. They know the quality and commitment of our work, which gives them peace of mind knowing that we add value to their homes, which in turn, makes them look better and that’s the final winning goal.”
Moses says that he’s fortunate not to have known anyone who needed the “uplifting special help” the benefiting charity offers. “I know of the great work that Wish with Wings does,” he said. “They are highly respected and trusted.”
Sometimes overlooked by the people who tour a Dream Home is the paint on the walls and trim. But the paint is more than just ordinary cover. The Sherwin-Williams Co. is supplying the paint, and Steven Clements, the company’s Fort Worth manager, says the paint has been selected for the quality of the finish and longevity.
“It is important to choose coatings that require minimal maintenance and will withstand the normal everyday abuse in every home,” he said. “For this home, we have chosen to use the following coatings: Cashmere, for walls throughout the home; Emerald Interior, for kitchen and bathrooms; ProClassic, for trim and doors; Eminence, for ceilings; and Emerald Exterior, for exterior areas of the home.”
The finish of that exterior look extends to the guttering for the house, supplied by Loveless Modern Gutters Inc., a consistent Dream Home participant. Dannie Loveless says he considers his company’s special expertise as “anything to do with a rain gutter, no matter what shape or material.” He’s involved to show the public and the building trades what he can do and also because of a Wish with Wings.
His job is to supply “the most gutter, downspout and collector boxes I can do and keep within budget. And also to give home curb appeal.”
2014 Fort Worth, Texas Dream Home
4800 Estonia Court, Montserrat, Fort Worth
Benefiting a Wish with Wings
Tour Dates: Sept. 24 - Oct. 26
Wed.-Sat.: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun.: noon-5 p.m.
Admission: $10; Free with a $20 subscription ($10 goes to the charity)
2014 DREAM HOME PARTNERS
Aaron Ornamental Iron Works
Advanced Architectural Stone
Ajax Glass & Mirror
DWR Contractors Inc.
Durango Doors of Fort Worth
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
HGC Residential Development
Interceramic Marble Collection
Interceramic Tile & Stone
J & S Air Inc.
New Leaf Foam
Overhead Garage Doors
Pierce Decorative Hardware and Plumbing
Sweeney Lumber Co.
Texas Custom Windows and Doors
Texas Designer Flooring of Fort Worth
Texas Tile Roofing
The Kitchen Source
The Sherwin Williams Co.