Best General Contractors, Legacy Classic Homes, Dallas Home Builders

Legacy Classic Named Best General Contractor

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Fort Worth is considered the cultural capital of the Southwest with an eclectic mix of influences, many of which are reflected in the distinct character of each section of the city.  In the Historic District, you’ll find a thriving performing arts scene along the red brick streets and late 19th century buildings, including the impressive Bass Performance Hall and the Water Gardens, an urban park in the postmodern style. Just north of downtown in the Stockyards National Historic District lies the Old West heritage of the city, with its twice-daily Texas longhorn cattle drive, Western saloons, and rodeo arenas.

With the establishment of three renowned art museums designed by celebrated architects, Fort Worth has become one of the nation’s top art and architectural cities. It’s no surprise that this rich history and many architectural influences from Art Deco to Mediterranean to modern have inspired a diverse range of styles in Fort Worth homes.  Many of the best high-end builders in the city have been recognized for masterfully integrating art and functionality into gorgeous custom homes and estates.

In our list of the 15 best general contractors in Fort Worth, we selected the best builders that have demonstrated a high level of skill and expertise in their custom homes.  Many of these contractors have received various awards and recognition for their work, and have developed a strong reputation for quality, integrity, and client satisfaction in the Fort Worth area.

15) Brooks Custom Homes

Website | 817.926.2600 | P.O. Box 101628, Fort Worth, TX 76185

Brooks Custom Homes takes an approach to home building that is dedicated to capturing timeless architecture without sacrificing modern amenities. Their goal is to capture the charm of timeless architecture without compromising on modern amenities and upgrades. Owner of the firm Douglas Brooks takes pride in having built a reputation based on honesty and integrity — one that is well-reflected in the many referrals from their satisfied customers.

They also provide customers with energy-efficient solutions that are carefully-integrated in their home design to maximize functionality without sacrificing a home’s architectural integrity. They mostly specialize in custom homes that are 4,000 square feet or more. Usually, they work on custom homes that range from $1 million up to $5 million.


14) John Askew Custom Homes

Website | 817.441.2350 | 195 Angelina Drive, Aledo, TX 76008

John Askew Company is a full-service custom home builder in the Fort Worth area that was established in 1983. The company has over 30 years of experience and is regarded as one of the premier custom home builders in Tarrant and Parker Counties and builds homes in the most exclusive and private neighborhoods in North Texas.

John Askew Company was voted Best Builder in Fort Worth 3 out of the last 5 years, twice by Star Telegram readers and once by Fort Worth Magazine readers. John Askew also won 1st place in 9 of the 13 categories in the 2008 Kaleidoscope of Homes in Montserrat of Fort Worth, including Best of Show and People’s Choice.

Their custom home building services also offer multi-generational features where the home’s design plan is specifically tailored to each family’s current and future needs. With the help of the company’s expert design team, multi-generational homes offer customers functional and classic home designs for flexibility and convenience.


13) Fred Park Company, Inc.

Website | 817.921.0223 | 4313 Frazier Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76115

For over 50 years, Fred Parker Company has been one of the most reputable residential design and building firms for custom homes in the Greater Fort Worth area. Founded in 1951, the company has won many accolades both locally and nationally. The owner, Fred Parker, has also received many awards including the 2006 Builder of the Year award by the Greater Fort Worth Builder Association and has been named as the 2004 Remodeler of the Year. He is also a long-time member of the Greater Fort Worth Builder Association.

Their timeless design and classic craftsmanship is not limited to a particular type but encompasses a wide range of styles, including Contemporary-Ranch, European Traditional, French Country, Georgian, Mediterranean, Spanish Revival, and more.


12) Sean Knight Custom Homes

Website | 817-560-0828 | 109 S. Ranch House Rd. #107 Aledo, TX 76008

Sean Knight Custom Homes has long been recognized as one of the trusted custom home builders serving Fort Worth and its surrounding areas. Sean Knight, owner, and president of the firm has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and has been a Certified Master Builder and Remodeler since 1996. Throughout the years, the company has been dedicated to earning the trust and respect of their clients. The company has received various awards such as the 2010 Spring Tour of New Homes Grand Award and awards for Kaleidoscope of Homes in 2000 and 2008. They are also a member of the Fort Worth Builders Association.

Aside from building new custom homes, the company also offers home remodeling services in Possum Kingdom Lake, and Tarrant, Hood, Parker, and Johnson Counties.


11) David Lewis Builder

Website | 817-735-1122 | 4204 Deering Dr. Fort Worth, TX 76114

Specializing in upscale custom home construction in Fort Worth, Dallas, and its surrounding areas, David Lewis Builder has built luxury homes that exude timelessness in architecture. The company believes in the importance of constructing homes that are built to last through the generations and incorporates green building practices that promote energy efficiency in many of their projects. The company uses high-quality sustainable materials in order to produce elegant masterpieces with impeccable structural integrity. Owner David Lewis has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry, where he developed a deep passion for building homes.

The company’s portfolio ranges from the period restoration of historic estates to new construction of sleek contemporary homes. David draws inspiration from Addison Mizner’s open Mediterranean layouts to Lake|Flato’s modern environmentally-integrated works.


10) Legacy Classic Homes

Website | 817.903.1527 | Legacy Classic Homes 5751 Kroger Drive Suite 126 Keller, TX 76244

After two decades in the custom home building industry, Steve Sagerson established Legacy Classic Homes, a custom home building company based in Keller. In order to give each home the attention that it deserves, the company focuses on a low-volume of projects. They work on a wide array of home designs, styles, and sizes to help buyers visualize their dream and turn it into reality. Their low-volume approach makes it possible for the company to embrace flexibility and customization, which they take very seriously.

They proudly serve customers throughout Fort Worth and Dallas. As a full-service home building company, they provide all aspects of the custom design-build process:  from land acquisition, planning, designing, and construction. The company also works on low-cost custom homes and offers various financing options.


9) Woodall Construction Services, L.L.C.

Website | 817-946-2733 | Burleson, TX 76028

Woodall Construction Services has made it their mission to deliver top quality custom homes that are suited accordingly to their client’s preference, standard, and lifestyle. James Woodall, the owner of Woodall Construction Services, has many years of experience in the home improvement business. Since 1993, he has helped people achieve the home of their dreams. The company’s focus is not just providing clients with customized living spaces, but also providing them with alternative energy sources that are sustainable.  They offer turnkey solar solutions for their clients and incorporate this alternative energy source seamlessly into their custom-built homes to ensure that the home’s design and functionality will come together as one.

Located in Burleson, the company serves customers throughout Fort Worth, Johnson, Tarrant, and Dallas counties. In addition to their custom home construction services, they also perform home, kitchen, and bathroom remodeling, as well as solar panel installation and upgrades.


8) J. Lambert Custom Homes

Website | (817) 992-4983 | 850 E State Hwy 114 #100 Southlake, TX 76092

As a Certified Master Builder and a member of the Certified Master Builder Corporation, J. Lambert Custom Homes has been recognized as one of the premier luxury custom home builders in Fort Worth and the surrounding communities. They began building homes ranging from $500k to $800K but were soon building homes worth more than $12 million. They specialize in a variety of styles such as French, Tuscan, Mediterranean, Colonial, Old world, and Castles. Jimmy Lambert’s 30 years of experience in the construction industry has helped him establish long-standing relationships with his clients.

Their custom homes range from 2,500 square feet up to 40,000 square feet depending on the customer’s preference. Their experienced team works closely with each client to ensure they deliver their dream home.


7) Boyd Custom Homes

Website | 469.586.8822 | 7005 Winthorp Dr Arlington, TX 76001

Over the past 20 years, Boyd Custom Homes has been dedicated to delivering superior quality custom homes in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. Their highly experienced team works closely with each of their clients to build a home that is personalized and distinctive. As a Certified Master Builder, they have a long-standing reputation for quality designs and energy-efficient custom homes. President of the company Steve Boyd makes sure to give each project his personal attention from its conceptualization to its completion.

Though the company has their own subdivision sites, they also build custom homes on lots that are purchased by their clients. Their projects range from $350k to $4 million. They integrate the latest technology, finishes, and features into the home’s custom design to create a one-of-a-kind, high-performance luxury home for their client.


6) Braswell Homes

Website | 817.564.3101 | 6387 Camp Bowie Boulevard Suite B, Fort Worth, TX 76116

Established in 2008, Braswell Homes is a custom home builder serving the Fort Worth community. In 2017, one of their projects, a 5, 300 square feet dream home named La Cantera, was featured in Fort Worth Magazine’s 2017 Fall Dream Home. Bryan Braswell, owner of the company, and his home which he built seven times has also been featured in Fort Worth Magazine.

Long before becoming an established home builder, Bryan worked on remodeling jobs from the early age of 18. Eventually, he started his own business and pursued his ambition to create custom homes that his customers will love and enjoy. One aspect that sets the company apart is that they strictly limit the number of projects they take on to ensure that they deliver the highest-quality homes.


5) Couto Homes

Website | 817.579.6600 | 3200 E. Hwy 377 Granbury, TX 76049

Located in Granbury, Couto Homes serves Fort Worth and its surrounding areas as a custom home builder. The company is one of the Certified Master Builders in the state of Texas, earning the reputation as one of the most trusted custom home builders. Throughout the years, they have been featured in numerous publications such as the North American Builders, the spring 2015 issue of Modern Builder & Design, and Spectacular Kitchens of Texas. The company also received a  Guildmaster Award in 2015 for exceptional customer service.

Donny Couto, founder of Couto Homes, Inc., shares his father’s love of residential design and construction. Al Couto began building homes in the mid 1970’s. Donny began to follow in his footsteps in 2001, and for over 30 years, the core values of the company remain unchanged. Couto Homes continues to “raise the standard” and provide affordable quality homes for their clients. In addition to Fort Worth, they also build homes in Granbury, Aledo, Burleson, Cleburne, Glen Rose, Godley, Joshua, Mansfield, Stephenville, Weatherford, and Hudson Oaks.


4) Garabedian Properties

Website | 817.748.2669 | Post Office Box 93984 Southlake, TX 76092

Established in 1997, Garbedian Properties has been among the premier luxury home building companies serving the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In their many years in the business, the company has received several accolades and recognition including the Graduate Master Builder of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders, the Greater DFW Spring Tour of New Homes™ award-winning builder for multiple years, Builder of the Year Keystones Builder 20 Club winner, and more. They are also a member of numerous associations such as the Graduate Master Builder Corporation, Builder 20 Program, Greater Fort Worth Builders Association, Texas Association of Builders, National Association of Home Builders, and Custom Builder USA.

Throughout the years, the company has completed numerous projects typically ranging from $750k to $10 million, for a collective value of over $100 million. Aside from designing and building custom homes, they also work on premium renovations, lifestyle enhancements, energy efficiency enhancements, storm and disaster recovery, and home care services. They also build custom homes and serve customers in the surrounding areas of the Northeast Tarrant County.


3) Simmons Estate Homes

Website | 817.329.0207 | 3110 W. Southlake Blvd. Suite 100 Southlake, TX 76092

In the 25 years, Simmons Estate Homes has been in business, owner Scott Simmons has built a reputation for being one of the leading trendsetters for luxury homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For the company’s outstanding designs, they have received numerous awards such as the Luxury Home of the Year 2011 McSam Award: People’s Choice and Texas Association of Builders 2011 Awards. The company’s hands-on approach to conceptualization, planning, and construction is what sets them apart from other builders.

They also take pride in their “Green Built” homes that are specifically constructed for energy efficiency and water conservation. With Scott’s extensive background in architecture, the company successfully incorporates elegance and functionality in each design and construction. Working closely with their customers has also helped them establish a strong reputation for transparency and commitment.


2) Ferrier Custom Homes

Website | 817.732.9522 | 5017 Byers Ave Fort Worth, TX 76107

Established in 2004, Ferrier Custom Homes has built a reputation for creating luxurious and energy-efficient custom homes. The company believes in sustainable building practices and incorporates these in every home and structure they build. Throughout the years, they have received numerous awards such as the National Association of Home Builders 2007 Green Builder Advocate of the Year, Energy Value Housing Awards 2005 to 2012, D Home Best Builders in Dallas in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016, among many others.

Don Ferrier, president of Ferrier Custom Homes, has long been passionate about constructing sustainable homes since the early 1980’s. For his great efforts in energy-efficient and sustainable construction techniques, he has been awarded the National Association of Home Builder’s Green Builder Advocate of the year. Ferrier Custom Homes works closely with their clients to integrate the latest green features to create their dream homes.


1) Bauhaus Custom Homes

Website | 214.256.4846 | 1920 McKinney Avenue, 7th Floor Dallas, TX 75201

This Dallas-based custom home builder takes pride in constructing original architectural styles for modern residential homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Through unifying art, craft, and modern technology, Bauhaus’ team of experienced designers and construction specialists are able to create high-end, one-of-a-kind homes for their clients. With their commitment to architectural integrity and technological integration in each home design and construction, the company has been honored by D Home magazine from 2012 to 2017 for Best Builders and has received various awards including the 2013 Arc Awards for Architectural Design, the 2013 ARC Awards for Interior Design, the 2013 ARC Awards for Best Green Built Home, and the 2012 Arc Awards for Best Interior Design.

The company also employs green building practices in their custom and sustainable homes. Using cutting-edge green building techniques and high-quality materials, their projects are not only luxurious but are also energy-efficient.

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

Fort Worth Homes Sales Down From 2017

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During 2018, Fort Worth home sales decreased 0.6 percent to 12,743 homes. The median price for Fort Worth homes increased 6.2 percent year-over-year to $220,260 in 2018.

“In the beginning of 2018, the Fort Worth housing market was continuing on the same trends we saw in 2017. However, towards the end of the year, we started seeing a shift in the market as sales slowed,” said Moiri Brown, 2019 President for the Greater Fort Worth Association of REALTORS®.

Fort Worth’s monthly housing inventory was 2.0 months in 2018, 0.4 months more than 2017. The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University cites that 6.5 months of inventory represents a market in which supply and demand for homes is balanced.

Homes spent an average of 37 days on the market in 2018, three days more than 2017. Additionally, active listings increased 14.5 percent to 2,325 listings during the same time frame.

“It’s been predicted housing inventory will rise in 2019, which will help ease the bidding wars we regularly saw in 2018,” said Brown. ““However, housing affordability may present an obstacle for first time buyers attempting to enter the market. This is where a Realtor® comes in. We are here to help all buyers and sellers make the best of the current market.”

2018 Year-End Statistics At-A-Glance

  • 12,743 – Homes sold in 2018, 0.6 percent less than 2017.
  • $220,260 – Median price in 2018, 6.2 percent more than 2017.
  • 2.0 – Monthly housing inventory in 2018, 0.4 months more than 2017.
  • 37 – Average number of days homes spent on the market in 2018, three days more than 2017.
  • 32 – Average number of days to close in 2018, one day less than 2017
  • 2,325 – Active home listings on the market in 2018, 14.5 percent more than 2017.

Fort Worth 2018

Fort Worth home sales decreased 12.3 percent to 971 homes in December 2018. The median price for Fort Worth homes increased 3.7 percent year-over-year to $225,000 in December 2018.

“Like most of the country, we are seeing our sales slow down, and while prices continue to rise, it is at a more moderate rate,” said Moiri Brown, 2019 President of the Greater Fort Worth Association of REALTORS. “Our inventory has been increasing consistently which should encourage buyers to enter the market.”

Fort Worth’s monthly housing inventory was 2.0 months in December 2018, .4 months more than the year prior. The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University cites that 6.5 months of inventory represents a market in which supply and demand for homes is balanced.

Homes spent an average of 48 days on the market in December 2018, four days more than December 2017. Additionally, active listings increased 22.5 percent to 2,154 listings during the same time frame.

December 2018 Statistics At-A-Glance

  • 971 – Homes sold in December 2018, 12.3 percent less than December 2017.
  • $225,000 – Median price in December 2018, 3.7 percent more than December 2017.
  • 2.0 – Monthly housing inventory in December 2018, .4 months more than December 2017.
  • 48 – Average number of days homes spent on the market in December 2018, four days more than December 2017.
  • 32 – Average number of days to close in December 2018, one day less than December 2017.
  • 2,154 – Active home listings on the market in December 2018, 22.5 percent more than December 2017.

National Home Builder CEO Blames Media For Housing Market

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Toll Brothers gave weaker-than-expected guidance on Tuesday for the first quarter, pointing to reports about a souring housing market as the cause of the slowdown.

“In November, we saw the market soften further, which we attribute to the cumulative impact of rising interest rates and the effect on buyer sentiment of well-publicized reports of a housing slowdown,” Toll Brothers Chairman and CEO Douglas Yearley said in a statement.

Reports of a housing slowdown come as U.S. Census data show new home sales have declined for 11 straight months.

In October, sales of newly built homes fell 12 percent from a year earlier, even though the median price for new homes dropped. Economists have said the decline in new home sales stems from weakened affordability across U.S. local markets. The housing market has begun showing signs of cracking this year, while real estate brokers are saying that offers for homes have thinned out.

Toll Brothers shares closed down 1.6 percent on Tuesday.

New home sales down 8.9 percent for the month

New home sales down 8.9 percent for the month  

Toll Brothers beat top and bottom line estimates for its fourth-quarter earnings report. Two of the homebuilder’s key metrics, deliveries and backlog, were at the highest levels in more than a decade.

However, first quarter guidance from Toll Brothers was weaker than expected, with a deliveries range that was markedly below Wall Street’s expectation, according to FactSet.

Yearley said the company “saw similar consumer behavior beginning in late 2013, when a rapid rise in interest rates temporarily tempered buyer demand before the market regained momentum.” Known as the taper tantrum, rates jumped in 2013 when the Federal Reserve signaled a reduction of money being put into the economy, leading to a surge in mortgage rates. Home sales recovered, however, when mortgages rates fell back again.

Some economists fear this time will be different. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, said in November that “this time, interests rates are not going down.”

“In fact, they are probably going to increase even further,” added Yun.

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Popular Kitchen Design Trends Of 2018

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Kitchen design is always evolving. From cabinet colors and countertop materials to lighting and plumbing fixtures, so many smaller details make up a complete kitchen. Houzz’s Gwendolyn Purdom gathered the opinions of professionals and homeowners to see what is currently trending in kitchen design. Check out the following below.

Trend No. 1: Colorful Cabinets
“Painted cabinets are having a bit of a moment,” says designer and decorator Nancy Harper of Washington, D.C.-based Studio Miel. Harper and other pros agreed that blues and greens are the go-to non-neutral colors of choice now, but Harper says she could see other bold hues — emeralds, darker shades — also take hold soon.

Trend No. 2: Marbled Quartz
Homeowners looking to make a more dramatic, organic statement with their kitchen countertops used to gravitate toward natural stones such as granite for the unique speckling and veins. But pros say more natural-looking quartz — an engineered product that contains mostly quartz mineral, as well as resins, pigments and polymers — is showing up in more kitchens.

Trend No. 3: Open Shelving
Open shelving can make a kitchen look taller and airier. As this look gets more popular, Luke Owen of Texas-based Owen Homes says his team has seen a corresponding spike in requests for hideaway places for smaller appliances, outlets and other clutter.

Trend No. 4: Still Shaker
The versatility of basic Shaker cabinets — defined by their flat center door panels and a generally clean raised-square frame — continues to make them a popular pick for kitchens. “Shaker-style cabinets are very popular because they can look a little bit traditional and they can look a little bit modern,” Harper says. “They have clean lines, so depending on the hardware that you choose and other elements in the kitchen, it can go either way.”

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

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Guide To Building Your Own Smart Home

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What does life imply? It’s a question that has bothered scientists since the beginning of time. Is it the existence of a certain intelligence or autonomy, a consciousness, or something more? Does it require the inclusion of an entity higher than is currently measurable by scientific systems, a soul? How else can we explain how a human being is alive and a sentient chess bot isn’t? How else do you justify humanity’s inborn right to lord over the machines?

Born in 1842, William James was a pioneering American philosopher and psychologist, one of the most innovative thinkers that the country has ever produced. Alongside some serious work in the realm of physiological psychology, exploring the connections between the body and the mind, he was also one of the leading champions in panpsychism, a theory that proposed a united consciousness, or psyche, that encompasses all elements, living and non-living. The idea was pretty far-fetched for the time, which is probably what led more recent philosophers and scientists to not allow it into mainstream philosophy. However, as more and more researchers face the hard question of consciousness, panpsychism seems to be hitting the roads once again.

As science and technology move headfast into the 21st century, we are well entering a point where the lines of consciousness are severely blurred. What distinguishes a living being from a non-living one? Is the right to life and liberty exclusive to living beings only? These are questions we may yet face as artificial intelligence ushers us into a vast new age of automation. What if your home was alive? What seemed like the premise of a sci-fi horror show in the 80s is now a trending reality. But how do you join in on this trend with the least hassle? Let’s find out.

Not everything about building your next smart home is going to be interesting, and you will have to get used to the grunt work as you skip from page to page trying to find yourself the best kind of infrastructure to support your new home. The root infrastructure required for the proper functioning of any smart home, just like the network of roads and freeways that connect your entire city, is the home network. The home network is the one giant mesh-like system that connects all the various smart appliances within your home, from intelligent toasters to smart refrigerators, and depending upon your requirements, you may even consider having more than one home network powering your smart home. There are a variety of home network technologies to choose from, wired and wireless and wired-and-wireless, each with its own set of benefits and shortcomings.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are probably the most commonly heard of technologies in smart home networking, though not always the most efficient. Wi-Fi networks have long been avoided by manufacturers of smart home appliances due to just how resource-intensive they are, while Bluetooth connections can only be used to transmit data across smaller areas. Other alternatives include the wireless ZigBee and Z-Wave, both of which are mesh networks that use radio waves to foster communication between the many appliances within a house. There’s also Insteon, a smart home technology that uses both radio waves and wired networks to ensure constant connectivity in a dual-mesh network where every smart appliance acts as a peer.

Next to your smart home network, you’ll need a smart home hub that acts as a central communication system between the different devices in your network and allows you to issue commands and get results. The smart hub serves as the brain of your home automation system, allowing you to connect the various devices within your network to a single control center. Of the many smart hubs available in the market, Samsung SmartThingsand Wink are the most popular ones, recommended for both popularity and the quality of service they provide.

While smart hubs like Samsung SmartThings and Insteon Hub Pro each come with their own smartphone applications to help transmit commands across your entire smart home, you may want to spice things up a little by adding some artificial intelligence into the mix. The best way to do this is to use products like Google Home and Amazon Echo, both of which are voice-activated speakers that come power-packed with their own virtual assistants, allowing you to take advantage of their machine learning techniques in controlling your smart home.

Now that you have set up your framework, it is time to go shopping for your favorite smart home appliances to breathe life into your house. From must-haves like thermostat regulators and smart televisions to the more unusual options like intelligent egg trays and Wi-Fi enabled juicers, there is a whole arsenal of scary and beautiful appliances that you can connect to your smart home. While you can take a look at this article for a walkthrough on the best appliances for your home, a security system, a thermostat and a lighting network seem pretty basic for any home. The Nest Learning Thermostat, combined with the Philips Hue Lighting System and a Vivint Smart Home Security Solution will do the job just fine. Next, consider connecting vital work and entertainment devices such as your desktop, laptop, speakers and television set on to your network before looking elsewhere. And of course, don’t forget to download the smartphone app for your preferred smart hub or home kit to go along.

Building yourself a sentient house is no easy task. It requires hours of studying and a whole lot of technical jargon. But if you are patient enough, the effort feels totally worth it as you watch your lifeless home usher into being as a fully-automated, sentient being.

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

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Showers vs Tubs The Bathroom Design Debate

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Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes, says West Palm Beach, Fla.-based interior designer Gil Walsh, and the design choices made in them can make or break a home sale. From a sales standpoint, they’re arguably the two most important rooms of the home.

Kitchen requirements tend to be clear-cut — homeowners need a stove, counter, sink, and cabinets — and its location at the heart of the home opens up a range of design possibilities. When it comes to bathroom design, however, homeowners, builders, and designers are often faced with a tough choice — shower or tub? Both master and secondary baths come with spatial limitations, and it sometimes comes down to one or the other.

BUILDER talked to builders and designers on both sides of the aisle to see if showers or tubs are more in demand these days. Here’s what they had to say on the great bathroom debate:

Team Bathtub
Tony Crasi of The Crasi Company, based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, built his home with a state-of-the-art whirlpool tub in the master bath. “I used it maybe five times in 12 years,” he confesses. Crasi cautions his customers that they may not end up using their luxury bathtubs either, but that isn’t slowing their requests for whirlpools, garden tubs, and more.

Homeowners are busier than ever and for some clients, stress levels are through the roof, he explains. At the end of the day, they want “somewhere to soak, somewhere to relax, somewhere to go hang out and hide.” Whether people actually have the time to use their tub doesn’t seem to be affecting the trend, according to Crasi, and might be entirely irrelevant, says Marc Thee of Winter Park, Fla.-based Marc-Michaels Interior Design.

“People are living younger than they used to,” Thee explains, “so whether or not they’ll use it, a beautiful vessel tub or soaking tub is sexy. It makes people feel sexy, and it showcases either a peek-a-boo or full visual from the bedroom. It reads this fantasy, wonderful, intimate moment that people enjoy whether they ever get in it or not.”

While some people love the experience of unwinding with a nice, warm bath, other designers agreed with Thee that most people who opt for a tub are more interested in its contribution to the overall look of the room. Bathtubs, especially freestanding tubs, can serve as a “sculptural centerpiece to the bathroom,” Walsh explains, and lately, they “are really being given an opportunity to stand out in the form of art.”

The Roman bathtub lined by columns and candles is long gone — and good riddance, says Thee. It’s been replaced by freestanding vessel tubs in elegant spoon or sugar bowl molds that not only conform to the bather, but contribute a refined, even architectural, look.

Team Shower
Can a shower offer the same level of luxury as a beautiful bathtub? Leigh Spicher of Roswell, Ga.-based Ashton Woods thinks so. “We’re not totally abandoning the luxury that comes with what once was the tub with the candles and everything,” she jokes, because showers are larger and more spa-like than ever, with rainheads, body sprays, benches, and more. “People are still wanting personal luxury in their bath, but now it’s not necessarily in the form of a tub.”

The consensus among Ashton Woods’ design studio managers is that tubs are overwhelmingly being replaced by large showers in the master, she explains. “I myself had a bit of a visceral reaction to that — No, don’t take the tub!” But even the avidly pro-bathtub designers admit that for some spaces, showers just make more sense.

On top of this, there’s a growing number of buyers with a “less is more” mentality, according to Lauren Jordan of Gaithersburg, Md.-based Builders Design. “Millennials and Gen Xers are into functionality,” she explains, and if they’re not going to use the tub frequently, they’re going to eliminate it altogether. “In a lot of condominiums we do for single people or people without kids, they’re willing to sacrifice the tub,” says Christopher Grubb from Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Arch-Interiors Design Group. “It’s just not their lifestyle.”

The speed and convenience of showers is tough to beat, Amy Miller from Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Lita Dirks & Co. adds. “These days, people just don’t have time to wait for the tub to fill up and then spend the time to sit and soak for 20 minutes.” The tub is phasing out just like the formal living room did, she says, when homeowners realized they could make better use of the space.

“The shower is winning,” Janet Hobbs of Bee Cave, Texas-based Hobbs’ Ink Custom Home Design declares. “I think it would be safe to say that maybe 80 percent of my clients want the shower and they’re just putting the tub in because they think they have to.” And sometimes they do have to, as a few designers on Team Shower admit. Having a tub somewhere in the home, often in the secondary bathroom, is often a priority for homeowners with young children and pets.

A Happy Medium
Is the great bathroom debate necessarily a polarized one? Many designers are offering a happy medium, which Thee calls a “wet environment” — a tub within a shower that seems to meet the needs of most home buyers.

Jordan loves the “progressive” nature of the shower-tub combination because it meets the needs of older millennials like herself, who enjoy the practicality of a shower but are also starting families. Bathtime is playtime for young kids, says Thee, especially in a space that can contain epic handheld-showerhead water fights. At the same time, these environments are almost always zero-threshold, eliminating the traditional shower curb and accessibility challenges along with it.

The curbless look is appealing to all age ranges, Grubb adds. “For the older person who is [downsizing] and moving from the suburbs to the city, there’s an attraction to how sexy it is, because if they were in a home a long time, it would have had the old-school dam. For millennials, it feels more hip and it doesn’t necessarily feel like the house they grew up in.”

What Comes Next?
Trends are known to come in cycles, but American households are heading into new terrain, moving away from the traditional family household structure. Curbed showers don’t meet the needs of a rapidly growing boomer population, and tubs don’t offer the functionality that many Gen Xers and millennials prefer. While a curbless combination is an innovative solution that can meet Team Bathtub and Team Shower halfway, bathroom design must continue to evolve to offer every homeowner, of any age, the type of luxury they’re after.

Miller and Walsh think that accessibility and ADA compliance will drive the trends going forward. Thee would love to see a walk-in tub that’s a little more attractive than those on the market today, so that bath-loving boomers don’t have to compromise on style. And several designers are keeping their eyes peeled for bathroom designs that are more health- and eco-conscious, perhaps including an exercise area, aromatherapy, and more resourceful shower fixtures. Home buyers will have to wait and see what comes next.

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

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Builders Remain Confident In New Home Construction

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Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged down one point to a level of 70 in March from a downwardly revised February reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) but remains in strong territory.

“Builders’ optimism continues to be fueled by growing consumer demand for housing and confidence in the market,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, La. “However, builders are reporting challenges in finding buildable lots, which could limit their ability to meet this demand.”

“A strong labor market, rising incomes and a growing economy are boosting demand for homeownership even as interest rates rise,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “With these economic fundamentals in place, the single-family sector should continue to make gains at a gradual pace in the months ahead.”

Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates
that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

The HMI component gauging current sales conditions held steady at 77, the chart measuring sales expectations in the next six months dropped two points to 78, and the index gauging buyer traffic fell three points to 51.

Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Northeast rose one point to 57, the South decreased one point to 73, the West fell two points to 79, and the Midwest dropped four points to 68.

Editor’s Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influenced by any outside party prior to being released to the public. HMI tables can be found at nahb.org/hmi. More information on housing statistics is also available at housingeconomics.com.

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

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New Homes Floor Plan Trends

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Many of the hottest trends in home design are relatively new to America’s housing stock. Pat Setter of the San Diego Union-Tribune has defined four of these features:

  • Open living spaces. According to a NAHB survey published last year, builders say that their kitchen/living room layouts are partially or completely open in 84% of their homes, and main living spaces are open in 54% of homes. According to Setter, today’s buyers seek “bright, inviting spaces for entertaining.”
  • Outdoor rooms. Demand for outdoor living space has grown by 70% since 2013, according to an AIA study. Environmental management technology and sliding window and door systems have allowed for outdoor spaces that are functional practically year-round across all price points and climates.
  • Multigenerational living. One in five Americans live in multi-gen households, according to a Pew Research Center before, and the demand for ground-floor master suites and universal-design features is rising.
  • Customization. According to author Mike Moore, 53% of home shoppers prefer new homes to resale homes. Today’s buyers want to be more involved in the building process, and to choose design features ahead of time.

It’s tricky to forecast what’s on the horizon for home layouts. While trends come and go with the seasons in fashion and other areas of design, a home is more permanent, which means floor plans are a little slower to reflect changes in style and function. Designers and architects must strike a balance between creating versions of tried-and-true plans and pushing the envelope with a design that might not immediately resonate with consumers.

Albeit slowly, design tweaks to better meet buyers’ needs do eventually take hold of the plans market. Formal dining rooms have become less popular in new homes over the past decade, while home offices are still sought after as telecommuting continues to flourish (2.9% of the total U.S. workforce work from home at least half of the time, a 115% increase since 2005, according to FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics).

Sometimes trends emerge in response to economic realities. Land scarcity can make smaller footprints more desirable in many markets, and the changing makeup of families has made flexible layouts more relevant than ever. Plans increasingly are geared toward multigenerational households, offering main-level bedroom suites or in-law units that provide privacy to relatives.

The overall movement toward informality and relaxed living reveals itself in the ubiquitous open plan—a longtime trend that doesn’t seem to be waning—but also in exterior home design as well. Ornate styles such as European (a broad category that typically involves a lot of stone arches and stucco) and New American (aka McMansion) have largely fallen out of favor, and rugged-yet-elegant Craftsman designs continue to be top sellers. The streamlined modern farmhouse style is stealing some of the spotlight, however, as it has become the plan du jour.

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

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New Year & New Homes Fort Worth Forecast

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According to Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, prospects are good for the U.S. economy in 2018. Economic expansion celebrated its eighth year in November, making it the third longest in American history. Zandi expects this expansion could become the longest in history, possibly surpassing the tech-driven boom of the 1990s, which lasted 10 years.

Economists from many facets of the industry, including Metrostudy, the NAHB, and the National Association of Realtors (NAR), all project positive economic growth in 2018, with one caveat. This also includes an increase in new home sales in Fort Worth, TX. The significant wild card for the economic outlook in the next two to three years surrounds the fiscal policy decisions of the Trump administration, including the tax bill, which was expected to be signed into law at the end of December. The legislation could reduce ownership benefits, which would lead to fewer sales, lower prices, and dropping home values. However, despite the uncertainty from the nation’s capital, most indicators point to a good year for U.S. builders.

Housing Starts
Despite labor concerns, 2018 start projections from multiple economists are still in a healthy range. The NAHB forecasts a 7.9% increase in single-family starts during 2018, and projects that single-family starts will reach 996,000 in 2019, representing 74% of their “normal” baseline (1,343,000 starts), calculated and justified by population growth and the need to replace older homes. Moody’s forecasts that starts will reach 1.8 million next year, which would be a 6.4% increase from its 2017 projection, and NAR predicts a 7% increase.

Mark Boud, senior vice president and chief economist of Metrostudy, expects new-home construction starts to make continued gains over the next three years, peaking at approximately 1.5 million housing starts in 2020. Boud projects that permits, housing supply, and housing demand will peak in 2020 as well, however, demand is expected to continue to outpace supply until 2023, even after demand has reached its peak.

Job Creation
The rate of job creation in 2018 isn’t expected to match that of 2017, but that’s a result of the U.S. economy reaching full employment. There are a record number of open job positions currently—over 6 million—which is positive given that it’s harder to fill open jobs when the workforce is nearly full. The bad news for builders in this case, however, is that a large share of those open positions are in the construction industry, and labor shortages will continue to be an impediment for housing in 2018. Job growth is about double the pace of labor growth, and the odds are good that unemployment may fall below 4% by November 2018 for the first time since the late 1990s.

Wage Growth
Wage growth is slowly accelerating, and Zandi expects this to continue in 2018. “Wage growth is key to consumer expansion, and I expect housing to lead the way,” Zandi said in the NAHB’s Midyear Construction Forecast. “There’s clearly been a dearth for the [entry-level, lower price point] segment of the housing market due to constraints like [labor shortages], but I expect more single-family homes [in that segment] will be built in the next two to three years, which will provide a lot of juice for economic growth.”

Home Prices
Due to inventory constraints in many markets, rising prices were a challenge for prospective buyers of new and existing homes throughout 2017, and the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index reported home price gains at an annual rate of 5.9%. Price growth is expected to ease slightly in 2018, but will continue to be an issue for buyers in lower price brackets, as supply of new and existing entry-level homes remains low.

The NAR expects inventory will increase in 2018, and that home prices will appreciate at a markedly slower rate of 3.2%—but that applies only to higher priced homes. First-time buyers will still largely be left out of the equation, as the NAR doesn’t anticipate inventory of homes suited for first-time buyers to open up significantly until 2019.

Mortgage Rates
While inflationary pressures and the Fed’s decision to reduce its balance sheet will result in higher interest rates this year—NAHB projects the interest rate for 30-year fixed rate mortgages will reach around 5% by the end of 2018—demand should remain healthy.

Danielle Hale, managing director of housing research at NAR, posits that new and existing home demand during 2017—despite significant price growth—wasn’t impacted due to low mortgage rates. Hale contends that alongside easing price appreciation, higher mortgage rates should not make affordability a major challenge, as long as rates—and wage growth—rise gradually over time.

Housing Affordability
The shortage of affordable single-family homes, new and existing, was a fixture of 2017. Household formation has returned to levels roughly in line with historical averages, but many potential buyers still can’t enter the market due to sky-high prices, and construction starts (especially for single-family homes) have been insufficient to quell demand.

NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz notes that the primary constraint for buyers (especially younger buyers) is qualifying for a mortgage and accumulating the money for a down payment. Need for single-family housing inventory that millennials can afford is becoming more immediate, as the largest portion of that generation will turn 30 in 2020.

Continuing Challenges
According to Dietz, residential construction in 2018 will face three supply-side bottlenecks: labor, land, and lending. Labor continues to be the biggest issue because not only is the construction workforce smaller than it was prior to the recession, but there are also more open, unfilled jobs as a total share of that workforce.

Additionally, overall worker productivity for the entire economy has increased 30% since 1993, in contrast to worker productivity in the construction sector, which rose roughly 3% during the same period. The average construction worker is 41 years old, and as those workers decide to leave labor-intensive positions, the industry will be faced with a major generational challenge to attract younger workers.

“I think this represents a real business opportunity in the residential construction industry to find ways to substitute capital for increasingly scarce labor,” Dietz says. “We need to find ways of increasing productivity, maybe that means more factory-built components, more panel, [or] more modular construction, which only makes up 3% of single-family construction. We’re going to have to get more productivity out of our workforce, because the worker shortage really doesn’t look like it’s going to change much over the next few years.”

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

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Things Pet Owners Consider When Buying A Home

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Elena Ruiz and her partner, Shawna Kerns, place such a high priority on their desire to rescue animals, they switched neighborhoods to find a place with a yard.

The couple had two cats and a dog when they began house hunting from their apartment in the H Street corridor area of Northeast Washington. Now that they have settled into their Marshall Heights home in Southeast, they’ve added a rescue puppy to their menagerie.

“Our animals determined which neighborhoods we looked at,” Kerns says. “We were able to find a place with a fenced front yard and a fenced back yard by looking at Marshall Heights.”

Ruiz says that they had wanted to stay near H Street but that their budget limited them to a condo in that area.

“We sacrificed location and walkability, but we love that we are getting to know all our neighbors and have space for our animals,” she says.

Millennials, in particular, are often motivated by their dogs when house hunting, according to a recent survey of that generation of home buyers conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf SunTrust Mortgage.

The survey found that the desire for a better space or a yard for a dog influenced their decision to buy their first home. Dogs were among the top three motivators — cited by 33 percent of buyers, compared with 25 percent who mentioned marriage and 19 percent who mentioned the birth of a child.

Robin Waugh, a real estate agent with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Washington, says dogs are almost like children to their owners and need space to play, room for their toys, and a place to interact with other dogs and people.

Elizabeth and Patrick Carberry recently bought a rowhouse near 14th Street NW, primarily to accommodate their two dogs, Scruffy and Cody.

“I’ve lived with these dogs for the past eight years in the city in apartments and then in a condo, but one of my dogs is 15 now, and it’s harder for her to climb stairs,” she says. “It’s much easier to be in a house where I can open the door and let her out. I think it’s important that people with pets think about their long-term needs. Just like people, dogs grow and get older, and their needs change.”

About 68 percent of American households have pets, 60 percent of which are dogs, according to the American Pet Products Association’s 2017-2018 National Pet Owners survey. There are nearly 90 million pet dogs in the United States.

Home buyers and sellers with dogs, whether they are looking for an urban condo or a suburban house with a yard, often place a high priority on their pets’ happiness. Some communities have become more pet-friendly than they had been by developing dog parks where canines can run free. Condominiums and apartments are also catering to the needs of pet owners.

“I grew up in condos in D.C. and Maryland, and they were never pet-friendly, but now it’s almost inconceivable for a condo to not be pet-friendly,” says Valerie Grange, a sales manager with McWilliams Ballard condo resale division in Washington. “People consider their pets family members, which means they’re willing to do more for them.”

Even though a condo says it’s pet-friendly, says Lindsay Dreyer, broker-owner of City Chic Real Estate in Washington, it’s best to check the fine print, because there could be restrictions on the size of your pet, the breed and the number of pets allowed.

Lisa Groover, a real estate agent with McEnearney Associates in Old Town Alexandria, specializes in working with dog owners.

“A lot of people don’t realize that various jurisdictions have regulations about the number of dogs you can own or how much space you need to have,” Groover says. “On top of that, homeowner associations and condo associations often have rules, too.”

Although every jurisdiction requires dogs to be licensed and vaccinated, some areas have noise ordinances, and others restrict the number of dogs you can have depending on the size of your property. In Prince George’s County, it’s illegal to own a pit bull unless it was born before February 3, 1997.

“In the city of Alexandria and some other cities, you are limited to a maximum of three dogs,” Groover says. “In Fairfax County, there’s a rule that if you have three or four dogs, you need to have a property with at least 12,500 square feet. That number goes up if you have more dogs.”

Groover worked with a buyer who had seven beagles and was living in a townhouse. He needed a property with at least 25,000 square feet.

In Montgomery County, dog owners face a penalty of $100 if their dog barks loudly and persistently. In Fairfax County, a noise ordinance prohibits barking and howling completely between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and prohibits howling and barking for more than five minutes during the day.

“Neighbors can call the police if your dog makes noise, so if you’re concerned about this, it’s best to pick a dog-friendly neighborhood,” Groover says.

range says dog-friendly condos are a good idea, too — your neighbors are likely to be more forgiving of an occasional incident of barking.

Buying a home with a dog

If you’re looking for a single-family house, your focus is most likely to be on finding a place with a fenced yard.

“Don’t assume you can add a fence,” Groover says. “You may need to get the approval of an architectural review board and get permits. It’s important to get that information before you sign a contract.”

Even an electric fence might require approval by a homeowners association, Dreyer says.

Most homeowner associations and condo associations, even if they are pet-friendly, have pet regulations.

“It’s essential to get that information or to ask your agent to get that information for you ahead of time,” Groover says. “You do have three days to review the condo or HOA documents and can get out of the contract if you find a rule that won’t work for you, but it’s better to know about it before you get that far into the contract.”

Sometimes you’ll need to pay a special fee for having a pet or need to make a special request for your pet to be approved. That, too, is something it’s best to know about before you make an offer on a home.

“Some condos have rules about how much of your floor must be covered with carpeting, but a lot of people prefer hardwood,” Dreyer says. “You can end up in a dispute with your neighbors if your dog’s nails make noise on the hardwood, and you could be forced to cover your floors.”

Dreyer says some condos have quiet hours, so you could have to pay a fine if your dog barks.

“If your dog is afraid of elevators or kids or other dogs, you might be better off looking for a first-floor unit with a patio or for a house,” Groover says. “But if your dog barks every time someone walks by, you might be better off with an area that can be fenced off and separated from nearby foot traffic.”

Dreyer says that lower-level units in condos, although not always the most desirable for buyers, are often popular with dog owners who like having a private patio and not having their dogs climb stairs.

“Some condos are starting to follow the trend of rentals and market amenities, such as dog washing stations and dog-friendly courtyards, to entice buyers,” Grange says.

Moving with a dog requires some extra attention to your pet’s needs.

Living in an Airstream travel trailer seemed like a fun solution when Julie Ackerman Montross, her husband, Jeff Montross, and their English bulldog Winston needed temporary housing while waiting for renovations to be completed on their newly purchased house in Old Town Alexandria.

“Now that we’re in week five, it’s not so much fun,” Julie Montross says. “But it will be worth it when we move in, because we’re excited to be in a pet-friendly neighborhood where we can bring Winston to restaurant patios. Our new place has a nice fenced yard, too.”

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

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