Of Gutters and Garages: An Update on the 2017 Summer Dream Home

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Fort Worth Magazine’s Dream Home will be open for tours in June and July.

| by Scott Nishimura | photography by Alex Lepe |

The Summer 2017 Fort Worth Magazine Dream Home – a 6,700-square-foot Spanish modern transitional underway in Westlake’s luxury Granada development – will be open for tours to benefit a Wish with Wings beginning in late June and going through much of July.

The builder, Vesta Custom Homes, is finishing out the home, the latest in the magazine’s ongoing annual Dream Home series. The magazine teams up with a builder that builds the home on spec with a group of high-end vendors, who put in everything from the floors to the appliances and swimming pool.

This year’s Dream Home is 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 project. Tour tickets benefit the magazine’s charity, a Wish with Wings, which grants wishes to sick children.

Open Up Garage Doors, one of the Summer Dream Home’s vendors, is putting up four custom, western red cedar overlay doors, each 9 feet wide and 8 feet tall. The wood used in the doors came from the clear rail of the tree, says Bill Roberts, of Open Up Garage Doors.

“Most cedar used” in doors “is outside portion,” Roberts says. “Clear rail is the center of the trunk. There’s no knots. It looks like wood fir cabinets.”

The cedar is overlaid on 2-inch steel commercial sectional doors. “It gives it strength and durability and longevity,” Roberts says. “It doesn’t tear off or fall off.” The track system includes commercial hinges and fasteners, and the spring balance system is upgraded to 20,000 open-and-close cycles.
The door system uses soft-open and soft-close Marantec technology, Roberts says. On opening, the motor moves the door up the first 4 to 6 inches, “then the springs kick in. The springs pick up the dead weight of the door. I can pick up the weight of the door with one hand.”

Open Up Garage Doors offers customers a design book with 60 different designs. “If you see something you like, we’re pretty much able to fulfill it,” Roberts says.

Loveless Gutters, another Summer Dream Home vendor, is installing a gutter system on the home with 40-50 downspouts, says the company’s operations director, James Loveless. Loveless’ father has been in gutters since the 1970s; James Loveless founded his own company, and then the two companies merged in 2012.

The company, which does small repairs to high-end commercial work, has an unusual seamless cutting machine. “That opens it up for the residential side,” Loveless says. “We don’t have that [extra] fabrication cost. It’s very innovative and very unusual.”

The cutter keeps costs down and helps the company work with unusual lengths and shapes. “You would have four splices on that 40-foot run; now you have none,” Loveless says.

Loveless likes the challenge of doing high-end homes. “The bigger the home, the more we have to be aware of water design situations,” he says. Those come from architecture, pool, landscape and the way a property functions. And high-end building codes in some cities can require front and rear elevations to drain into storm water.

The Dream Home, at 2017 Granada Trail, is one of 10 Vesta has under construction in Granada, nestled in the heart of Westlake and close to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and Southlake Town Square. It offers views of the 85-acre European village Entrada and has Southlake and Westlake public school options.
Granada is gated, and all of the homes sit up on “platforms.” Dream Home has two bedrooms upstairs and three downstairs, including the master suite. The transitional flourishes come off of a clean open floorplan.

Folding door systems off of the family room and game and media room expand the footprint of the living space. Features include an outdoor kitchen and an acrylic wine area inside. Vesta makes it easy for homeowners to visualize what their home will look like before it’s built, offering all new designs in 3-D animation.

Vesta’s also big on designing and building homes around how owners plan to live and socialize in their new homes and on tapping into their intellectual and emotional wants.


Here are Fort Worth Magazine’s partners in the Summer 2017 Dream Home.

Vesta Custom Homes: Builder
AVID Associates: Interior design and decor
Centurion Stone: Stucco
Century Granite and Marble: Fabrication
Chip's Cabinets & Baths: Cabinets
Daltile: Tile 
Dona Robinson, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International: Realtor
Durango Doors: Front entry
Expressions Home Gallery: Appliances
Ferguson Enterprises: Lighting and Plumbing fixtures
Fort Worth Billiards: Pool table
Guardado Landscaping: Landscaping and irrigation
Haynes Fire Protection: Fire sprinklers
J&S Air Inc.: HVAC
J&V Painting: Painting labor
KLZ Stone: Countertops and Granite Fabrication
Loveless Gutters: Gutters
Magnolia Fence & Patio: Iron fence
Metro Brick and Stone: Exterior fireplace and stone
Open Up Garage Doors: Garage doors
Partin Drywall: Drywall
Passion Lighting: Lighting
Pierce Fine Decorative Hardware & Plumbing: Hardware
Pro Serve Plumbing: Plumbers
Red Oak Insulation: Insulation
Sherwin Williams: Paint
Southwest Shade Solutions: Retractable screen
Texas Custom Window & Door: Wooden windows
The Kitchen Source: Kitchen cabinets
Universal Systems: AV and low-voltage wiring
Watercrest Pools: Pool
Vintage Floors: Hardwood flooring, carpet and tile installation