2017 Fall Dream Home Update

The drywall is up, and a Hill Country contemporary springs up on a westside hill.


Our Fall 2017 Dream Home, in west Fort Worth’s gated La Cantera, is quickly taking shape on a hillside overlooking the city. Plumbing, electrical and the big array of JELD-WEN windows that help define this home’s profile are in place. Juan Solorzano of Masonry Custom Designs is putting up the exterior stonework and preparing to install a stucco finish on some parts of the Dream Home. Ernest Partin of Partin Drywall has spent three weeks installing the drywall. Working initially with a crew of as many as eight in the home, Partin is having two of his crew apply the light texture to the drywall to ensure consistency.

“It’s a hand-trowel, with just slight imperfections,” Partin says. “Two men will do the hand-trowel because we’re that particular about it.”

The 5,300-square-foot Hill Country contemporary, on Estribo Circle in the fast-growing La Cantera development, is the 15th in the magazine’s long-running series of Dream Homes. We team with builders, designers, decorators, and vendors to present the latest trends. The home will be open for tours in October to benefit a Wish with Wings.

The interior is taking shape. A second-floor bridge connects the two ends of the upstairs, accents 22-foot ceilings, and overlooks the great room, kitchen, dining room and double-glass door entry. Light floods the home through the windows and entry. The kitchen opens into the great room across an island. A floating staircase, being built by Aaron Iron Works, will lead to the second floor from the great room. It’s to be tapered, wider at the bottom, with the illusion of floating treads. “It’s fantastic,” says Dale Grandmaison, of Grand Home Design, the home's designer.

The intimate master suite is also shaping up. The master bath will have his-and-her vanities and water closets built on either side of a double-entry, two-person, wainscot-topped glass-walled shower, fronted by a stand-alone tub. The master bath also sports a big walk-in closet.

The home is U-shaped at the rear, with the great room and master suite opening onto patios that connect to the rectangular pool, being built by Claffey Pools to come up to the home's eaves. The focal point is a raised hot tub with infinity edges.

Grandmaison, who founded his company in 2000, specializes in high-end custom homes. “We do all the conceptual work with the client,” ensuring full communication, he says.

For the Fall Dream Home, his clients wanted a home that entertains well; makes use of the sloping backyard and views; and has a contemporary feel with warm rustic accents; functional kitchen; unique upstairs bedroom with a captain’s ladder to a loft for the family's school-age daughter; upstairs game room with built-in display space for memorabilia; storage; bathroom in every room; and outdoor kitchen and bar, fire pit, outdoor living, and the pool and tub. “And, certainly, everybody wants a house that flows well,” Grandmaison says.

2017 Fall Dream Home Vendors
Fort Worth Magazine has contracted with the following companies to date for the 2017 Fall Dream Home, scheduled to tour in October.
Builder: Braswell Homes
Home designer: Grand Mason Design, Inc.
Interior designer: Grandeur Designs
Air and heat, wine air-conditioning: J&S Air
Appliances: Expressions Home Gallery
Cabinets: Chip’s Cabinets
Cameras: Ideal Partners
Carpet, wood and tile insulation: Vintage Floors
Concrete: Ideal Partners
Countertops material: KLZ Stone
Doors, exterior master and rear, exterior back great room swinging: Texas Custom Window
Door, exterior front: Durango Doors
Electric labor: C&B
Exterior low voltage lighting: Passion Lighting
Fireplace: Nix Windows and Fireplace
Foundation materials and piers: Ideal Partners
Garage doors and openers: Open Up Garage Doors
Gutters: Loveless Gutters
Home entertainment: Universal Systems
Insulation: Red Oak Insulation
Kitchen cabinets: The Kitchen Source
Lighting and plumbing hardware and fixtures: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
Lumber and trusses: BMC
Paint labor: J&V Painting
Paint materials: Sherwin Williams
Plumbing labor: ProServe Plumbing
Pool: Claffey Pools
Roofing, metal: Texas Tile Roofing
Sheetrock, drywall: Partin Drywall
Windows, wood: Texas Custom Window