By: Scott Nishimura
By: Courtney Dabney
By: Beth Maya
Our 2017 Fall Dream Home, a 5,300-square-foot Hill Country contemporary, is well underway in southwest Fort Worth’s La Cantera at Team Ranch gated community. Fort Worth builder Bryan Braswell, of Braswell Homes, is building the home on a .93-acre lot, with views of the downtown skyline from one of the highest points in the city. Dale Grandmason, of Grand Home Design Inc., is the architect. Grandeur Design & Interiors, headed by Brenda Blaylock and Susan Semmelmann, is handling the interior design and decoration.
This is Fort Worth Magazine’s 15th Dream Home since its initial Dream Home built in 1999, in which the magazine teams up with a builder and vendors to bring their best work into a show home. The home, already sold, will be open for tours in October to benefit a Wish with Wings, a Fort Worth charity that grants wishes to terminally ill children in the North Texas area.
Local architects and builders have been resisting using the word “modern” to define their designs, instead highlighting the transitional movement between Old World styles and modern that defines the North Texas’ luxury homebuilding scene today. But Braswell, who’s been building homes for 25 years, characterizes the Fall Dream Home as modern.
The modern exterior of the Fall Dream Home.
“It’s pretty cool,” he says.
Braswell is building the Dream Home in La Cantera’s phase one, which features up to 1.2-acre lots, many offering scenic views of downtown. “It’s got a lot of topography,” Braswell says.
The development’s second phase, featuring half-acre lots, is 70 percent sold. The third phase is almost sold out.
The Fall Dream Home sweeps into a dramatic functional open floor plan, with 22-foot ceilings in the entry, formal dining room and great room. The adjoining gourmet kitchen, with a 10-foot ceiling, will feature Wood-Mode cabinets by The Kitchen Source and Thermador appliances by Expression’s. The kitchen will also house a spacious 427-bottle, climate-controlled wine closet with butt-jointed glass doors.
A 10-foot wall of Jeldwen windows and glass doors opens onto the oversized outdoor patio that surrounds, on three sides, a rectangular pool that comes all the way to the eaves of the house, making the pool a main feature of the backyard. The left side of the patio includes a kitchen and outdoor dining area and the right side, a heated and cooled veranda with mechanical shades, that is just off the master bedroom. Just across from the master suite is a guest room with full bath. “It’s very functional for a family,” Braswell says.
The staircase to the second floor is designed with free-floating stairs with suspended treads that lead to a catwalk overlooking the entry and dining room on one side and the great room and kitchen on the other. The TCU-themed game room, with 72-inch TV, pool table and full bar, includes a balcony with an unobstructed view of downtown and staircase that leads down to the pool. Kisabeth Furniture is providing the furniture for the game room and the cabinets that will include a display wall for liquor and sports memorabilia. The upstairs also features a guest bedroom and a children’s room that includes a loft playroom.
The staircase to the second floor is designed with free-floating stairs.
Of the home’s amenities, “It’s everything you’d expect in a Dream Home and more,” Braswell says.
The home’s exterior will be clad in stucco and stone, with a standing seam metal roof, and “a lot of glass, a lot of wide open spaces,” Braswell says.
The Dream Home is the latest home in La Cantera for Braswell, who began building in the development four years ago and whose personal home is across the street in La Cantera.
His construction career began in his youth, when he did roofs and remodels and started a small roofing company with friends. He built his first home at age 20. After building his first four homes, Braswell says, “I really didn’t know what I was doing.”
He went to work for David Weekly, then moved to Village Homes, where he worked for six years before going out on his own.
Braswell estimates he’s built 100 homes since going out on his own. Today, besides La Cantera, he’s building in Monserrat, Mira Vista, Aledo, Rivercrest and Colonial, all custom luxury homes. He also does high-end remodel jobs. His niche: “I’m pretty good at transitional. About 70 percent of my homes are transitional.”
Braswell says he’s been recruited to join the roster of custom builders for the Walsh development in far west Fort Worth but hasn’t decided yet, because of the substantial cash commitment that’s required. “I’m debating whether I want to be there,” he says. “I’ve been invited to be there.”
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
Architect: Grand Mason Design, Inc.
Interior designer: Grandeur Designs
Air and heat: J&S Air
Appliances: Expressions Home Gallery
Cabinets: Chip’s Cabinets
Cameras: Universal Systems
Concrete: Ideal Partners
Countertops material: KLZ Stone
Doors, exterior master and rear: Texas Custom Window
Door, exterior front: Durango Doors
Doors, exterior back great room swinging: Texas Custom Window
Electric labor: C&B
Exterior low voltage lighting: Passion Lighting
Fireplace: Nix Windows and Fireplace
Flooring, carpet, wood and tile insulation: Vintage Floors
Foundation materials and piers: Ideal Partners
Garage doors and openers: Open Up Garage Doors
Gutters: Loveless Gutters
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 and patches: Partin Drywall
Windows, wood: Texas Custom Window
Wine air-conditioning: J&S Air
By: Scott Nishimura
By: Courtney Dabney
By: Beth Maya