Dream Home 2017: Westlake

Stonework on the $2.495 million Fort Worth, Texas magazine Dream Home, a Spanish transitional in Westlake, gets underway in September.

The 2017 Fort Worth, Texas magazine Dream Home is starting to take shape.

Builder Vesta Homes has poured the foundation and built the frame of the 6,700-square-foot transitional Spanish Mediterranean in Westlake’s luxury Granada development. Drywall is in, and the roof, electrical, HVAC, and audio-visual wiring are underway. Exterior stonework will begin in September.

The five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home is scheduled to be complete this winter and will be open for tours in February. Proceeds from ticket sales to tours will benefit a Wish With Wings, which grants wishes to sick children.

Vesta is building the home on spec with a passel of vendors who aim to show off their best work with the highest amenities the homebuilding industry offers. The home is for sale, listed at $2.495 million by Dona Robinson Associates at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, the official Realtor of the magazine’s Dream Home and Home of Dreams projects.

At Passion Lighting, one of the Dream Home vendors, founder Bruce Paul is celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary. He recently expanded his Grapevine showroom to 13,000 square feet, from 9,000.

“We literally started from scratch,” says Paul, a CPA by training who was chief financial officer for a lighting showroom in Dallas before going off on his own.

For the Dream Home, he’ll install the exterior landscape lighting on the front of the house, including the transformer, power grid, and LED fixtures. He plans to install 15 fixtures.

The fixtures follow a big shift in landscape lighting over the last several years to LEDs. Where exterior lighting was once inefficient, “now it’s absurdly efficient,” Paul says.

One of the next big trends that’s coming up, he says: Easy ability to change color from your smartphone. Want red, white and blue for July 4 and different colors for Christmas? “One of the manufacturers just came out with an app that allows change of color from a phone,” he says. “It’s been out there, but only for the crazy, crazy rich.”

Transitional is the name of the game in the luxury home market today, and Ferguson Enterprise’s products match up, says Shannon Nogar, DFW lighting manager. Mixed finishes – a fixture that may have black and chrome components, for one – are highly popular, she says.

Ferguson Enterprises just finished providing the lighting for the 2016 Home of Dreams, including fixtures from Visual Comfort and Currey & Co. The company also sells high-end lines including Arteriors, Hudson Valley Lighting, Fine Arts Lighting, Hubbardton Forge, Elk Lighting, and Corbett Lighting.

The magazine’s luxury home projects are “a good chance for us to grow our visibility in the Metroplex,” Nogar says of the company, which operates nationally. “It’s fun. You get to do a lot of things you wouldn’t necessarily get to do. And it’s a good learning experience for the (company’s) consultants. They get exposed to some things they don’t get exposed to on a daily basis.”

“Our industry as a whole, and in the DFW market, is going more transitional,” away from Old World styles, Nogar says. “These types of finishes lend themselves to that look.”

Dream Home Vendors
Construction of Fort Worth, Texas magazine’s 2016 Dream Home is underway. Here are vendors that have signed on to the project thus far:

Vesta Custom Homes: Builder

AVID Associates LLC: Interior designer and decorator
Chip’s Kitchens & Baths: Cabinets
Dona Robinson Associates, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty: Realtor
Durango Doors: Front entry
Expressions Home Gallery: Appliances
Ferguson Enterprises: Lighting and plumbing fixtures
Haynes Fire Protection: Fire sprinklers
J & S Air Inc: HVAC
Loveless Gutters: Gutters
Open Up Garage Doors: Garage Doors
Partin Drywall: Drywall
Passion Lighting: Outdoor Lighting
Pierce Fine Decorative Hardware & Plumbing: Hardware
Pro Serve Plumbing: Plumbers
Red Oak Insulation: Insulation
Texas Custom Window & Door: Wooden windows
Texas Tile Roofing: Roof
The Kitchen Source: Cabinets
Trinity Hearth & Home: Fireplaces
Universal Systems: Audio-visual and low-voltage wiring