Fall Dream Home Update

An inside look at what's outside -- the landscape and fencing of the fall 2017 Dream Home.

ProScapes Professional Landscapes is putting in the low-maintenance, drought-tolerant landscape that enhances the look and feel of the 5,300-square-foot Hill Country contemporary home, being built by Braswell Homes in the luxury La Cantera at Team Ranch development in southwest Fort Worth. Magnolia Fence & Patio is installing the iron fence, with a sealed rust finish, that will surround the backyard and pool.

The La Cantera home, already sold, is the latest in an annual series, in which Fort Worth Magazine teams with luxury builders and vendors to build homes that reflect the latest in building and design trends. The home will be open for a month of tours beginning Oct. 4 to benefit a Wish with Wings, which grants wishes for ill children.

The Dream Home’s sloped, corner lot and soil presented challenges for ProScapes, founded by the landscape industry veteran Terri Loddick in 2004 in Fort Worth. ProScapes replaced several inches of the soil, laden with rock and clay, to improve its ability to drain and for plants and trees to root and flourish. “The soil is horrible; we’ve done a lot of amendments to it,” Loddick says.

ProScapes is focusing on the big front yard, planting Texas mountain laurel and vitex, ornamental trees that bloom in purple, important for the Dream Home’s new owner, a TCU graduate. ProScapes is also planting Texas sage, which blooms in purple, lavender and day lilies.

It’s augmenting the landscape with landscape boulders, decorative rock, barrel cactus, and agave. When the fall tree planting season begins, ProScapes will plant three shade trees: live oaks and Chinese pistache.

“The best time to plant large trees is October; they will root all winter long” and then take off in the spring, Loddick says.

The grass is a durable hybrid Bermuda called TifTuf that’s being installed on athletic fields. “It’s drought-tolerant,” Loddick says. The region currently isn’t in drought status like it was a few years ago, but “if we get to the point where we have to cut back on water again, this grass should be able to withstand” the drought.

The Dream Home’s owner will be connected by remote app to the controller on the home’s irrigation system, allowing controlled use of water and early detection of problems like leaks. “Anything you can do from your garage, you can now do from your phone,” Brown says.

The Dream Home is part of another projected record-breaking year for Magnolia Fence, owned by Robert and Michael Whittaker, twin brothers. Michael Whittaker founded the company as Mean Green Lawn and Landscape in 2007 and was joined six years ago by his brother, Robert Whittaker, who left a landscape business in Lubbock to move to Fort Worth. The two expanded into fence and patio, launching Magnolia Fence. The two companies this year should reach $11 million in sales, up from $7 million in 2016, Robert Whittaker said.

The brothers developed custom fencing they build on site. For the Dream Home, they’re building an iron fence with a rust coating they’re sealing in. It enhances the contemporary feel of the home, and “it’s over the top,” Whittaker says.

Challenges Magnolia Fence faced included the backyard having a swimming pool, meaning “the owner had to meet pool code” for a fence, and the La Cantera HOA rules don’t allow wooden privacy fences, Whittaker says.

The company’s employees do all work and don’t sub it out, which Magnolia Fence touts as a big differentiator. “The reason we’re growing exponentially is the guys that show up are my guys,” Whittaker says.

2017 Fall Dream Home Vendors
Fort Worth Magazine has contracted with these companies for our fall 2017 Dream Home, scheduled to open for tours in October, to benefit a Wish with Wings.

Appliances: Expressions Home Gallery
Architect: Grand Home Design
Builder: Braswell Custom Homes
Cabinet and door hardware: Pierce Fine Hardware & Plumbing
Cabinets, non-kitchen: Chips Custom Cabinets
Carpet and wood material and
Installation, flooring and backsplash installation: Vintage Flooring
Concrete: Tarrant Concrete
Countertop fabrication: The Granite Shop
Countertops material: KLZ Stone Supply
Doors, exterior back great room swinging; wood windows; exterior master and rear doors: Texas Custom Window & Door
Doors, exterior front: Durango Doors
Doors, interior and trim, lumber and trusses: BMC
Dry stack tile stone, fireplace panel wall and staircase feature wall stone: Whiz-Q Stone
Electric labor: C&B Electric
Exterior low-voltage lighting, landscape lighting: Passion Lighting
Fence: Magnolia Fence & Patio
Fence and gate, stair railing, ships ladder: Aaron Iron Works
Fine art photography prints: Peter Robbins Photography
Fireplace and firepit: Nix Door & Hardware
Fireplace caststone surrounds/mantel and chimney: Advanced Cast Stone
Foundation and piers, security cameras: Ideal Partners
Gameroom box beams: Olde World Finishes
Gameroom custom furniture: Kisabeth Custom Furniture
Garage doors and openers: Open Up Garage Doors
Garage interior: Garage Living
Gutters: Loveless Gutters
Home designer and decorator: Grandeur Design & Interiors
Home entertainment and security system: Universal Systems
Insulation: Red Oak Insulation
Kitchen cabinets: The Kitchen Source
Landscape: ProScapes Professional Landscapes
Landscape irrigation: Phillips Lawn Sprinkler
Light fixtures, Plumbing Hardware/Fixtures: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting
Masonry materials: Metro Brick and Stone
Master closet cabinets: The Container Store
Mattresses: The Original Mattress Factory
Mirror and glass: Ajax Glass
Paint labor: J&V Painting
Paint material: Sherwin-Williams
Patio cooling: JetStream Outdoor Cooling
Patio furniture: Yard Art Patio and Fireplace
Plumbing labor: ProServe Plumbing
Pool and spa: Claffey Pools
Pool deck mondo grass: WinterGreen Synthetic Grass
Pool table: Fort Worth Billiards
Retractable shades for patio: Southwest Shade Solutions
Roofing: Texas Tile Roofing
Sheetrock: Partin Drywall
Stone: Metro Brick
Stone labor: Masonry Custom Designs
Tile materials: Interceramic Tile & Stone
Wine closet: Vineyard Wine Cellars
Wine closet, steel accent wall and exterior steel corbels: Petro Metal
Wine closet cooling: J&S Air