Dallas Architecture Forum Features Architect of Controversial Highland Park Box House on Mockingbird
Last night was Dallas Architecture Forum’s “Inside The Box” Modern Living 365 cocktail reception at the Russell Buchanan-designed Mockingbird house. As we previously reported, this structure caused some chafing with nearby residents in Highland Park who weren’t so keen on the house’s angular structure.
Help Wounded Veterans Find a Way Home: Homes For Our Troops Helps Military Families Build Houses That Meet Special Needs
Veteran Reas Axtell holds his daughter, Kyra (4) as Homes For Our Troops begins framing his family’s new house in Idalou, Texas. (Photo: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)
When a veteran comes home from deployment, assimilation is a long, rocky road. Now imagine the challenges that an wounded veteran faces. In some cases, injured veterans have limited range of motion or mobility that makes living in their previous home near impossible, and the costs to upgrade a house to accomodate a wheelchair or other disabilities is immense.
We built a storm room in our home, and of course it’s filled with junk that would survive a tornado while we blow away. Maybe it’s better to have one of these always available: New Day Tornado Shelters, $3200 fresh from Tulsa, OK where they certainly know a thing or two about twisters.
Had a little leak upstairs today, thankfully our electronic water bugs alerted us. Came home to inspect and found a copper pipe feeding cold water into our new Eternal Hybrid Hot Water heater had a jet stream of water escaping right from the copper! It must have been spewing for a week or so, as the pan finally caught enough water to alert the detector and off went my alarm.
You Can’t Spell Jeff Dworkin’s Name Without “Work” — This Affordable Custom Builder Won’t Rest Until His Clients Are Happy
Jeff Dworkin started out working for a big production builder, but decided to strike out on his own to give his clients a custom home that won’t break the bank. We love what JLD Custom Homes offers clients — luxury finishes anyone can afford — and that’s why he’s a CandysDirt.com-approved builder. Dworkin, who is known to go the extra mile for his customers, told us a little more about what motivates him.
Busy day here yesterday at the ranch, as we emptied and discarded these babies for an Eternal GU 195S on demand hybrid gas fired water heater. In effect, we are going tankless. Woo hoo! These two hot water heaters are 12 years old, about the age when they start to break down. One broke on Christmas Eve, but it was no big deal because our hot water heaters sit in pans that have drains attached — water bugs notified us of the leak while we were at church. We turned off the broken unit and used the other one — the joy of being empty nesters! A few weeks ago, I heard rumblings in hot water heater II — it was loud and bouncy, as if pebbles were popping inside. Was someone having a party in there?
Neighborhood Bugs: Are Some Dallas ‘Hoods More “Buggy” Than Others: Skeeters & Such — A Guide to the Buggiest ‘Hoods in Dallas
We all know Dallas is buggy. Let’s face it, you move to a warmer climate, you get bugs. When I grew up in Chicago we had millipedes and spiders in summer months, but not even an amoeba survived the tundra months of winter. I will not step foot in Main until July 1 because of the black flies. They are VICIOUS!! And I think the mosquitoes on the east coast are the worst, confirmed by this Off Insect Repellent study. After leaving Vail I checked for ticks as I always do when out in the western woods. In Johnson City, I know that scorpions are waiting to get me inside my boots and shoes so we shake ‘em before we put them on.
I’m a British journalist based in Austin and I’m working on a story for the Sunday Telegraph magazine in London that I’m hoping you can help with. It’s pegged to the new season of Dallas starting in the Fall in the UK (in June, I believe, over here) but I’m actually focusing on the Hunt family (which Harry Hurt III’s book called ‘the real Ewings’!)
Meet Alex Hannaford. He was in town last week digging up dirt on, as he said, “the real Ewing family” which Harry Hurt III claims is based on the H.L. Hunt family. Well, of course I helped. As did some other high-profile journalists in town. Because any time you talk about family greed, wealth, mega-money and oil, guess what crosses the path? Real Estate. Case in point: does anyone in Texas ever sell off their mineral rights? I didn’t think so.
Richard Malouf Is Knitting Together a 30,000 Square Foot Something Over on Strait Lane, and He Needs Mega Juice
Do you recall the saga of Dr. Richard J. Malouf , who apparently built quite a fortune and then some through Medicaid orthodontics? For one, he is getting closer to completing the 30,000-square-foot earth-friendly compound he is constructing over on Strait Lane.
The latest must-have room in your large or even not so large home is the “Keeping Room”. The name for these rooms originated in colonial times, before homes were 5,000 plus square feet. They were a multi-use room attached to the kitchen or open to it, complete with a fireplace for coziness and warmth. Now, it’s either an old-time concept that adds depth and a place for more activity to modern kitchens, or a great excuse to extend the kitchen even more.