Dream Home 2017: Westlake

Vendors look to showcase their best in Fort Worth, Texas magazine’s annual Dream Home project

Ask any of our Dream Home vendors why they participate in this annual project, and you get similar answers: it’s an opportunity to put up their best in collaboration with other vendors that are doing the same thing.

Take Scott Pereth, co-owner of Durango Doors in Fort Worth, who’s taken on the job of building the front door for the 6,700-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath transitional Spanish Mediterranean being built by Vesta Custom Homes in Westlake’s Granada development.

“It helps get exposure, and you meet new builders,” Pereth says. “It’s a good fit.” Durango sells a window and door system called Millennium, featuring double-pane glass and big divided lights. In keeping with the style of the home, he plans a door that’s “very contemporary, clean lines,” featuring a “narrow profile, lots of glass.”

Pereth has been in the business since 2002, he started selling out of his car. Today, he and partner Jill Dragonetti sell their custom doors – they take six to eight weeks to make, and fabrication occurs in Monterrey, Mexico – from a showroom on West Vickery Boulevard in Fort Worth. The two also have a showroom in Houston. “Business is good,” Pereth says. “If you look at some of the fastest-growing cities, DFW and Houston are top five.”

Expressions Home Gallery, which has showrooms in southwest Fort Worth and Southlake, is another Dream Home vendor. It put in the appliances for the magazine’s inaugural 2016 Home of Dreams earlier this year in Keller, and it’ll be providing the appliances for the Dream Home. 

In the Home of Dreams, Expressions put in the main kitchen appliances, including a Thermador cooktop, and the Whirlpool laundry on the second floor. The Dream Home plan is still coming together, but Expressions’ Kevin Adams says Sub-Zero is probable, with panel fronts. “How clean the lines are going to look, those are some things that we’re still working on,” Adams said.

Expressions, which opened its Southlake showroom a year ago, likes Dream Home showcases for the visibility, said Adams, regional builder sales manager for DFW. “It makes it very easy to get your name out there when you’re associated with something this visible,” he said.

Adams loves keeping up with fast-moving trends in high-end kitchens. More consumers, for example, are moving some appliances out of the kitchens and into neighboring rooms, like mudrooms, pantries, and catering kitchens.

“They’re breaking up the appliance lineup in the kitchen,” Adams said. One sub-trend: the relegation of more freezer space away from the main kitchen. “Now, people are using less freezer in the kitchen because it’s more long-term storage,” he said.

Another trend: steam ovens, which inject steam into the cavity. “It doesn’t transfer flavor, and you can cook all foods at once,” Adams says. For professional people on the go, “it gives you fine dining options every night. The food is so juicy, and it’s got a lot of flavor.”

In the Home of Dreams, he put a microwave behind a drawer in the main kitchen - “it blends right, it doesn’t take up your cabinet space, and you don’t even notice it” – and a double oven in the catering kitchen. The main kitchen had no oven.

Expressions Home Gallery, formerly known as Morrison Supply, will celebrate its 100th year in business next year. Morrison was known for wholesale. “We wanted branding on the retail side, and they came up with Expressions Home Gallery,” Adams says.

The Dream Home is one of 10 that Vesta has under construction in Granada. It’s the only one Vesta is building on spec.

The Dream Home is the latest in the magazine’s long-running annual series, in which top builders and vendors get to show off their best. As is typical, the builder erects the home on spec, teaming with vendors ranging from foundation to framing, roofing, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, insulation, drywall, windows, masonry, gutters, paint, flooring, audio-visual, fire sprinkler, cabinet makers, door and fence makers, lighting and plumbing fixtures, appliances, hardware, and landscaping.

AVID Associates, a Dallas firm, is the interior designer and will handle the decoration. Dona Robinson Associates, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International is the Realtor. The Dream Home, due to be completed late this fall, will be open for tours early next year, with ticket proceeds benefiting a Wish With Wings, which fulfills wishes for sick children in the area.

Vesta poured the foundation on the Dream Home in July. Amenities will include a game room, media room, entry courtyard, guest casita, outdoor front fireplace and veranda, four-car garage, backyard trellis with pool and grilling area, and a safe room. The floor plan will be open, a transitional style, drawing on the outside to expand the living space and moving away from the Old World look that’s no longer in vogue. “It’s very transitional,” Rich Hudson, one of Vesta’s owners, says. “People don’t want to use the word contemporary.”

Granada, at 84 acres, has 84 single-family luxury homes. The neighborhood is inside the Southlake Carroll school district, but families can also have their children attend Westlake Academy.

Homes in the development, off of Solana Boulevard just south of Texas 114 and less than 20 minutes to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, start at $1.2 million.

Vesta was formed by a group of investors in January, making an asset purchase of a previous home builder known as Tresor. Assets included all homes under construction in Granada and Southlake’s luxury Carillon development.

Vesta is under construction today on more than 20 homes. It builds mostly in Southlake and Westlake. It touts a design philosophy of “originality” on each project, assigning designers to work with buyers to customize each home according to the buyer’s budget, wants and tastes.

Dream Home vendors
Construction on Fort Worth, Texas magazine’s 2017 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

Fort Worth Billiards: Pool table

Haynes Fire Protection: Fire sprinklers

J & S Air Inc: HVAC

J & V Painting: Paint Labor

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

Vintage Floors: hardwood floors and carpet