Searching for Exactly the Right Products

Whether it is furniture or fabrics or the perfect tile and brick, partners in the 2012 Fort Worth, Texas magazine Dream Home are working to bring it all together.


While workers were busily finishing the exterior brickwork and installing the tile roof on the 2012 Fort Worth, Texas magazine Dream Home, the designers from Grandeur Design in Decatur were visiting markets in North Carolina to zero in on the interior furnishings for the show house.

Brenda Blaylock and Susan Semmelmann say that they found “incredible products” at the market in High Point for the house at 3824 Riverhills View Drive. The tours of the home will benefit the American Heart Association.

“The home is a transitional yet a traditional home, and Grandeur Design is bringing the newest, latest, most innovative styles to the design in the home,” says Semmelmann. “We are integrating new lines in the home to give an edgy look, yet we are staying true to the style of the home so that the potential homeowner will feel the flow both interior as well as exterior. All interior construction selections have been made to fulfill the design detailing of the home.”

Acme Brick Co. is an old Texas company established in 1891 near Millsap, 30 miles west of Fort Worth. It’s now part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the largest U.S. owned brick company in the world. Acme is supplying the brick for the home.

“It’s a privilege to participate with so many other fine suppliers of building products and of home furnishings in the 2012 Dream Home,” says Dennis Knautz, president and CEO of Acme Brick. “Knowing that a successful Dream Home benefits the American Heart Association in a major way is icing on the cake. Almost all of us at Acme know someone whose life has been affected by this disease, and we’re very glad that we can contribute in this effort to support the Heart Association.”

The home is being built by Powers & Curtis who constructed the 2011 Dream Home at 1704 Carleton Ave. near the historic River Crest Country Club. That house was infill, built to match the existing neighborhood. This house is in a new development on the Edwards Ranch.

Crown Roof Tiles-Mextile, a U.S. based company dedicated to the manufacturing of quality roof tile products, is a partner in the Dream Home and is now producing roof tile at its plant in Mansfield.

Tim Lastovica, the North Texas sales representative for Crown has a simple answer when asked about the company’s area of expertise: “Manufacturing the toughest, most beautiful, most affordable roofing product available — period.”

Crown was involved with the 2011 Dream Home, and Lastovica notes that the charity aspect of such projects is “a very special and noble thing.”

“A helping hand is what a lot of people need right now,” Lastovica said. “Crown Roof Tiles is proud to take part in this effort for this worthy cause, and we will continue to help when we can, where we can.”

The roofing work is being done by Ramon Roofing, a Fort Worth firm established in 1995. Paul Ramon says the company is a full-service roofing company with special expertise in tile and slate roofing systems.

“It’s the attention to details to each project that matters most,” says Ramon.

Hardwood floors are down throughout the house although the final work of sanding and finishing can’t be done until the rest of the interior work is completed.

The flooring comes from Masters Flooring of Fort Worth, owned by Jessie Boyd. The company has been in business for more than 20 years and has been involved with Dream Home projects for more than 10 of those years.

“Being a part of the Dream Home projects is something our company looks forward to every year,” says Boyd. “It’s a perfect way to show off our quality work to thousands of people in Fort Worth, as well as our strong relationship with the city’s greatest publication.”

Bob Reardon, president of residential development for Powers & Curtis, knows a thing or two about hardwood from his more than 30 years in the building industry and points out that the flooring in the house is of very high quality.

“On a project like this one, I think it is very important to set aside the proper amount of time needed to do the job correctly and perfect even the smallest details,” Boyd said. 

Where: 3824 Riverhills View Drive

Benefiting: American Heart Association Tarrant County

Tour Dates: Sept. 26 - Oct. 28

Times: Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon - 5 p.m.

Admission: $10