Have You Considered Spanish Revival Architecture for Your New Custom Home?

Spanish Revival Architecture

Residence with Spanish Revival Style architecture – which is currently for sale in Normandy Estates.

Have You Considered Spanish Revival Architecture for Your New Custom Home?

Spanish Revival Architecture became popular during the Eclectic Movement around 1920 and spread rapidly across the southern United States.  The Eclectic styles stressed relatively exact copies of domestic European architecture and were a movement away from the unrestricted stylistic concoctions that had dominated the preceding Victorian era.  It was the Panama-California Exposition, held in San Diego in 1915, that introduces this elegant Spanish style to America.

The decorative details of the style are borrowed from the varied architectural history of Spain, including Moorish, Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance inspirations.  The Architect, George Washington Smith; considered to be the Father of the Spanish Revival Style in California; derived his inspiration in the scale, proportions, and massing, from the farmhouses of Andalusia in Southern Spain.  These rural vernacular dwellings focused more on the massing and composition rather than the decorative details.

Explanation by award-winning residential architect Lloyd Lumpkins.

Alford Homes’ Newest Spanish Revival-Style Residence

The featured home on 6813 Mulhouse Court in Normandy Estates draws its inspiration from the same Spanish Revival sources. An asymmetrical exterior composition and irregular massing of volumes with a judicious application of ornament.  An aesthetic of elegant simplicity.  The white plaster walls and deep-set windows give the appearance of thick masonry walls. The front entry courtyard is also typical of the rural Spanish vernacular with its fountain and balconies.

Renowned homebuilder Alford Homes built this Spanish Revival-Style residence along with architectural plans by L. Lumpkins Architects. The estate is located in Plano, Tx and is for sale –  with approx. 5,997 sq. ft. with 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 2 half-baths and 3-car garage. This exceptional custom home is priced at $2,175,000.

For more information about this custom Spanish Revival-Style home that’s for sale; please contact Greg Alford directly at 214.384.8779 or visit the AlfordHomes.com.

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Graduate Master Builder Designs Durable, Energy Efficient Homes

Alford Homes - Graduate Master Builder Designs Durable, Energy-Efficient Homes

Alford Homes:
Graduate Master Builder Designs Durable, Energy-Efficient Homes

Build it Right Blog

Greg Alford, owner of Alford Homes, L.P., has 38 years of experience in the luxury home building business. According to Alford, his success has been focused on constructing timeless, classical designed homes with building materials and products that help provide lasting value to his homeowner’s.

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Experience Matters

The very first home built by Greg Alford 38 years ago – and it still looks great!

Does Experience Matter when Choosing a Custom Builder? Yes – It’s all about the DETAILS.

When a homebuilder has built custom homes for 30 years, he’s learned some important details that a younger less-qualified builder hasn’t had the opportunity to learn yet. You want the most qualified and best builder constructing your new home, a builder that pays attention to the smallest details (these details are learned by experience) so that you have a five-star experience while living in your new custom home.

Below are some examples of specific details that homebuilder Greg Alford (with 38 years of homebuilding experience) and his team of expert craftsman at Alford Homes put into every luxury custom home they build.

THE ALFORD HOMES 5-STAR EXPERIENCE

  1. Sound Package – Alford Homes has a special “sound package” that’s in addition to standard home insulation. Alford Homes includes an extra layer of insulation around specific rooms in their custom homes. This added layer is a barrier for noise and gives homeowners comfort and extra privacy. The rooms included in the sound package are – the media room, game room, all bathrooms and the master bedroom. These rooms all have an additional layer of insulation to make sure there’s no noise from room to room. Many visitors to Alford Homes say how quiet the homes are and how peaceful that they feel – some of this can be traced back to the “sound package” that’s standard in every Alford Home.
  2. Efficient Homebuilding – At Alford Homes, Greg Alford and his team of homebuilding experts use green techniques in every custom home they build. Greg Alford is a Green Homebuilder receiving certifications from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as a Certified Green Professional, and a Green Built Texas Builder. Greg believes that all new homes should be high-performance homes – running efficiently and with less energy.
  3. Extra Storage Space – in Attic and Garage – Most homeowners want as much storage space as possible in their new luxury homes. At Alford Homes, they understand their client’s needs and build attics where they’re highly organized leaving – a specific oversized area for additional storage. Also, the attics are constructed in such a way that they remain approximately 5 degrees different from the temperature in the home. So, items in the attic storage are always kept at an advantageous temperature and not damaged by the extreme heat or cold. Garages are another area that many families want additional storage in their homes. Garages built with extra space along with cabinets and shelves to help to store children’s bikes or toys, exercise equipment, items to upkeep the pool, equipment for the lawn, seasonal decor items and products for the cars, etc.
  4. Learning Homebuyers Preferences – When you’ve built luxury custom homes and ranch estate homes for over 30 years, the experience that you’ve gained helps you learn homebuyer’s preferences like – open floorplans, media rooms that are downstairs, good natural lighting and large windows in common gathering areas of the home, heavy built-in cabinetry in the master “his” and “hers” closets, first floor guest bedroom or master suite (if the lot size allows), a master bedroom on-suite including private master bathroom, larger outdoor living areas in the backyard with covered patio, fireplace and grill, plenty of electrical outlets indoors and outdoors, additional storage space with shelves and cabinets in the garage. Not all individuals and families prefer these features, but it’s good to keep them in mind when building a custom home for a specific customer or even constructing a speculative home.

If you are looking for a custom builder (with experience) to construct the unique home that you’ve envisioned, consider Alford Homes. Greg Alford can show you the difference that 38 years of homebuilding experience makes by calling (972) 429-1074 or by visiting AlfordHomes.com.

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BubbleLife Online Local News Features Alford Homes Residence at 6813 Mulhouse Court – which is For Sale in Normandy Estates, Plano

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Custom Homes with Amenities Galore

Custom homes amenities: Personalized Putting Green Alford Homes Dallas

Alford Homes’ Customized Backyard Putting Greens for Golfers

Custom Homes with Amenities Galore: Backyard Putting Greens for Golfers, Huge Double Aquariums with Exotic Fish and Underground Security Rooms.

At Alford Homes, we meet with our homebuyers and take time to listen, ask the right questions, learn what’s important, explain specific details and offerings along with newest technologies that are available like energy efficiency and green building techniques. We inquire about particular hobbies and unique circumstances within the family (like family members who have specific challenges, possibly older parents or grandparents that may be living in the home). After we have a clear vision of what the client wants and needs, we then begin designing and constructing a luxury custom home that perfectly fits the lifestyle of the family or individual(s)-that will be living in it.

At Alford Homes – We Personalize Your Home to Fit Your Lifestyle

Below, are some of the specific items that Alford Homes has customized and then built to meet their client’s needs:

1). Putting Green – a custom putting green in the backyard of a new Alford Home for a gentleman that loves to practice and play golf. The miniature golf course has 9 tee boxes and professional quality green with four bunkers, one of which is an actual sand bunker.  All of the grass is synthetic – for lower maintenance and playing golf all year round. The golf course was designed by Harold Leidner Landscape Architects of Dallas.

2). Double Aquariums – for a homebuyer that enjoyed rare fish and wanted two aquariums in his study. He found the fish in the aquariums were relaxing and enjoyed collecting different types of colorful fish. Alford Homes used Dallas North Aquariums to assist with these tanks. Both of the aquariums are saltwater tanks.  Alford Homes customized the cabinets with a steel structure designed to support the tanks and then also built custom cabinets to house the aquarium equipment – all behind hidden doors (and out of site).

3). Security Rooms – have been designed for several of Alford Homes clientele. One individual wanted enhanced security features along with an underground living area that had its own generator and 5-foot concrete Nudura walls. The homebuyer wanted to be able to live underground in the shelter for 3 weeks in case of an emergency.

Alford Homes uses F5 rated tornado and panic rooms. They can easily be installed during construction of your new Alford Home or even after the home is completed. To build a security room after construction and above ground, you need a large or oversized closet to house the shelter. The shelter is epoxy bolted to the foundation of the home and has LED magnetic lights along with vent holes. These security rooms are built to withstand 200 mph wind speeds.

There are all types of security and panic rooms even those with secret entrances or just a specific place in which to hold your valuables with a passcode. Alford Homes has built all types of security rooms underground and some that fit seamlessly into their homes upper-ground. Also, it’s possible for you to register your home with the city (where the home and tornado shelter is located) so that the rescuers in case of a tornado or another emergency will know where to look for you.

Incorporating what You’ve Envisioned into Your New Personalized Alford Home

Greg Alford of Alford Homes has 38 years of homebuilding experience along with a college degree in construction. Greg is comfortable, engaged and enjoys working with his homebuyers on planning their new custom homes including – discovering what customers have envisioned for their new luxury residences. Does the family or an individual have any special or unique wishes, also discussing whether they have hobbies or if there are any essential design elements or amenities they want in their custom home? After Greg Alford learns about those who will be living in the new Alford Home, he then meets with his full-service homebuilding team of experts and craftsman. They come up with a personalized plan to build a home that exceeds the expectations of their clients – a unique home that fits the lifestyle of its occupants and is the home of their dreams!

If you’d like to build a luxury custom home that fits your unique lifestyle, call Greg Alford for a private consultation at 214.384.8779.

For more information on Alford Homes, please call the Alford Homes office at 972.429.1074 or visit the AlfordHomes.com website to see the custom homes that are currently for sale.

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New Spanish Revival Home For Sale in Normandy Estates in Plano

Reprint from dallasbuilders.com.Custom Home for SaleCome tour Alford Homes’ newest luxury home located in West Plano’s gated community of Normandy Estates at 6813 Mulhouse Court. This modern Spanish Revival-style custom home has approx. 5,997 sq. ft. with 1.5 stories, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 2 half baths. Some of the custom homes’ amenities include hand-scraped hardwood flooring, large floor to ceiling windows that bring in natural light, transitional finishes and timber trusses in the spacious family room with cast stone mantle and fireplace. The first floor of the residence has an open floorplan with a master bedroom suite and an additional downstairs guest bedroom. Other key first floor features are a media room, library with computer niche, a mudroom off the utility room and operable glass wall system leading to the covered patio and grill. This Alford Home has a gourmet “white and bright” kitchen with quartzite countertops, island, self-closing quiet drawers, double dishwashers; sub-zero freezer, refrigerator, warming drawer, commercial grade appliances along with an adjoining breakfast room. The second story has 2 additional bedrooms with 2 full baths, gameroom, loft and attic designed with additional storage space. This residence is priced at $2,175,000.

This estate has a 3-car garage and is in the nationally recognized Plano Independent School District, which is exceptionally rated and ranked in the top 3 public school systems in Texas.  Normandy Estates offers 75 acres of natural scenery including a lake with dock and fountain, hiking trails, pool, workout facility, walled perimeter and guardhouse. This affluent residential community is the last gated neighborhood in Plano and is located at 6485 Spring Creek Parkway near Midway and Tennyson Roads.

Alford Homes builds luxury custom homes in University Park, Highland Park, North Dallas, Preston Hollow, Fairview, Parker and in Normandy Estates in Plano. Together with Alford Homes, you’ll have the peace-of-mind and confidence of working with a time-honored custom builder with over 38 years of experience. Alford Homes is a Dallas Builders Association ARC award winner, has been named by D Magazine “Best Builder” for 13 years in a row and Living Magazines “Best Builder” for the Park Cities and 380 Prosper editions. Greg Alford is a member of the Dallas Builders Association and is a Graduate Master Builder, Certified Green Professional and Green Built Texas Builder.

For more information on this specific custom home or other luxury homes, please call the Alford Homes office at 972.429.1074 or visit AlfordHomes.com. This residence will be open all day Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm or for a personal appointment, call Greg Alford directly at 214.384.8779.

Read original article here: https://dallasbuilders.com/alford-homes-february-4-2018/

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Elevating Farmhouse Architecture to the Next Level with Urban Farmhouse Design

Alford Homes’ latest urban farmhouse design home in Preston Hollow.

Alford Homes’ latest urban farmhouse design home in Preston Hollow.

Urban Farmhouse Design is a combination of traditional and modernized elements that create an updated fresh take on classic farmhouse style. The older non-energy efficient construction and higher cost associated with the upkeep of farmhouses left builders and prospects looking for greener updated alternatives. Urban Farmhouse Design is also called Farmhouse Modern Style, Farmhouse Chic, and Farmhouse Revival. According to Pinterest, farmhouse style made the Top 10 Décor Trends in 2017. These top 10 trends were featured in HouseBeautiful Magazine. In every urban farmhouse you will find a combination of some of the below elements.

Wood beamed ceiling in kitchen with double islands

Wood beamed ceiling in kitchen with double islands

  • Exposed Reclaimed Beams – reclaimed lumber brings the “barn look” inside, and predominately comes from timbers rescued from old barns and rustic buildings. Wood ceiling beams add a sense of history along with adding a feeling of warmth and comfort into the urban farmhouse mix.
  • Barn Lighting – light fixtures such as Gooseneck lamps, industrial drop ceiling lights, and other barn-style lighting is an easy way to add character to your urban farmhouse.
Multiple oversized windows in family room

Multiple oversized windows in family room

  • Windows with Plenty of Natural Light – is one of the most sought-after elements providing a classic look which is still obtainable in the modern farmhouse designs.
  • Front Porch – is a welcoming farmhouse touch, a lovely place to sit early in the morning or in the evening. Depending on the orientation of the house, the porch can provide shade, wind and rain protection.

The Huffington Post Newspaper Wrote an Article about the Most Popular Home Designs in the USA and Farmhouse Style Made the Top 10 List.

Beautiful wide-planked hardwood flooring

Beautiful wide-planked hardwood flooring

  • Hardwood Floors – it’s common for farmhouse homes to have hardwood floors, especially with wide planks. Hardwood floors are durable and multifaceted, allowing you to control allergens and stains. They also can last a lifetime.
Cabinetry with detailed craftsmanship and open-face design

Cabinetry with detailed craftsmanship and open-face design

  • Shaker-Style Cabinetry – is an open-face style cabinet which displays the contents inside while providing a classic and simplistic farmhouse look.
Shiplap wall paneling adds texture and design

Shiplap wall paneling adds texture and design

  • Shiplap, Tongue-and-Groove Paneling – this kind of wooden board or paneling used for constructing sheds, barns, and other rustic buildings. These types of treatments add texture to the walls. Shiplap paneling also introduces strong design lines and lends a modern look when painted white or is slightly colored.

The urban farmhouse designed by Alford Homes, which is pictured in this post, is a combination of traditional and modern farmhouse elements that blend to represent one cohesive design. It provides the homebuyer with a personalized home that has its roots in the past, but offers the best of today’s leading-edge technologies.

For more information call Greg Alford directly at 214.384.8779, or to learn more about Alford Homes visit their website at AlfordHomes.com.

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5 Step Turn-key Homebuilding Process

5 Step Homebuilding Process

Alford Homes’ Turn-Key Home Building Experience

Alford Homes is a custom home building company that offers its home buyers a turn-key home building process. As a home builder with 37 years of experience, my goal is to partner with families and individuals on a creative journey to construct a unique home that fits the lifestyle and meets the needs of the family – and becomes the home of their dreams.

By providing a turn-key process for Alford Homes clients, it enables us to reach our goal of providing a positive home building experience for our home buyers. The benefits of Alford Homes offering lot procurement, financing, architects, construction and professional designers as a package was implemented to make the home building experience efficient, less time consuming and as stress-free as possible along with constructing a remarkable product.

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented individuals and companies. We have carefully selected these skilled craftsmen along with vendor partners and experts to be part of the Alford Homes team. Alford Homes has been collaborating with many of these businesses for 10 to 15 years.

The 5 Step Process

  • Licensed Realtor & Lot Procurement – As a custom homebuilder, I have worked with developers in addition to reviewing communities and deciding which ones meet my standards on which to build custom homes. There are several important items to consider when choosing a neighborhood – the city the development is in, location with access to major freeways & airports, a ranking of the school system, soil and fault lines, demographics of the area and the reputation of the developer. Alford Homes has ongoing relationships with many of the top developers and can assist you in choosing the right community and then finding the perfect lot to fit your future home. Because of these connections, it enables Alford Homes to potentially negotiate prices for lots with some of the area’s developers. Also, as a licensed real estate agent, I can help you sell your current home if needed.
  • Financing – Alford Homes has several relationships with banks and mortgage companies that can assist you with financing your new Alford Home.
  • Top Architects – Alford Homes works with several of the top residential architects in the Dallas Metroplex. One architect that collaborates with Alford Homes was just named one of the “Top 50 Residential Architects in the United States”.
  • Professional Designers – Each custom “build to suit” Alford Home comes with a consultation with a licensed designer to help with décor selections like light fixtures, hardware, flooring, cabinets, paint choices, sinks and countertop options.
  • Quality Construction – With over 37 years of residential construction experience, I am involved with every aspect of the construction of your new custom home. We use top quality materials and pay close attention to every detail. Many of the artisans that will be working on your new Alford Home have been working with Alford Homes for decades.

If you’re interested in learning more about Alford Homes “5 step Homebuilding Process” or seeing what Alford Homes are currently for sale, visit Alfordhomes.com or call Greg Alford directly at 214.384.8779.

 

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 5 Ways to a Greener Home

Green Homes Dallas

1. Monitor Home Temperature & Clean AC Filters — Nearly half of a home’s energy usage goes toward heating and cooling. Keep filters clean and make good use of ceiling fans.  Replace ageing systems with new direct venting and higher SEER rated units.  Upgrade to foam encapsulated systems.

2. Switch Out Bulbs — Replacing light bulbs can save money even though the upfront cost per bulb is higher. LED bulbs use 66 percent less energy and last 10 times longer than standard bulbs.

3. Use Greener Cleaners — There’s an abundance of green cleaning products available these days. A simple online search will reveal which products are gentler to the environment than others.

4. Upgrade Outdated Appliances — It’s estimated that 18 percent of a typical home’s energy bill can be attributed to appliance use. By upgrading to newer appliances you’ll consume significantly less energy (Ex: like a new washing machine – which uses less water and electricity).

Even if you do just one or two of the above, you can make a big difference for the environment — and you’ll see the results on your homes’ bills.

5. Buy a High-Performance Alford Home – which is energy efficient and has been built using the latest green building techniques call Greg Alford at 214.384.8779.

For more information on green home building visit the United States Green Building Council https://www.usgbc.org/ .

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Take a Tour of a High Performance Home this Weekend in University Park

New French Country-Style Home which is for Sale in University Park at 3136 Bryn Mawr

New French Country-Style Home which is for Sale in University Park at 3136 Bryn Mawr

Innovative High Performance Custom Homes
Energy Efficient Features along with Green Homebuilding Techniques

Come tour Alford Homes’ newest high performance custom home located in University Park, Texas at 3136 Bryn Mawr. This elegant French Country-style estate has approx. 6,488 sq. ft. with 3 stories, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and is located on a 70 x160 lot in the Park Cities. This custom home is built to Green Built Texas standards along with having many energy efficient features including – 100% foam encapsulation (even crawlspace), tankless water heaters located in conditioned space for a more efficient operation, Aluminum clad wood windows insulated with Low E Glass and argon gas, a highly efficient HVAC System with multiple speed condensers in conditioned space that is zoned to gain a much higher air quality. Additionally, Alford Homes has added extra insulation to all the bathrooms, the master suite, utility room, mid-floor along with plumbing pipe locations not only for sound reduction but also for a more efficient system from room to room. The good news is – this homes’ electric bill should be 30% less than a similar home of its size.

This custom estate has a unique blend of French architecture on its exterior and a more transitional style with clean lines and lighter rooms in the interior. Some of the custom homes’ amenities include hand-scraped white oak flooring; large windows that bring in natural light and all with transitional finish-out. The first floor of the residence has an entry with foyer area, grand family room with stone tile and hand carved limestone mantle with fireplace, gourmet kitchen and adjoining breakfast room along with a nearby formal dining room and bar. The kitchen is “white and bright” with quartzite countertops, island, self-closing quiet drawers, double dishwashers; sub-zero freezer, and separate refrigerator, warming drawer, ice maker, wine cooler and all appliances are commercial grade with wood fronts. The downstairs also has a library with office nook area along with other first floor key features are a ½ bath, mudroom, outdoor patio with fireplace and a 2 car garage. The second story has a master bedroom and bathroom suite with separate his and hers closets with built-ins along with 3 additional bedrooms plus 4 extra spacious full baths, utility room and a large gameroom with reclaimed barn siding. The third floor of this custom home has a 5th bedroom, full bath plus a walk-in attic storage area. This French Country home with transitional style “white and bright” interior is in the nationally recognized Highland Park Independent School District, which is one of the best school systems in the United States.

Alford Homes builds green and luxury custom homes in University Park, Highland Park, North Dallas, Preston Hollow, Fairview, Parker and Normandy Estates in Plano. Together with Alford Homes, you’ll have the peace-of-mind and confidence of working with a time-honored custom builder with over 36 years of experience. Alford Homes is a Home Builder’s Association of Greater Dallas ARC award winner, has been named by D Magazine “Best Builder” for 17 years in a row and Living Magazines “Best Builder” for the Park Cities and 380 Prosper editions. Greg Alford is a member of the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Dallas and is a Graduate Master Builder, Certified Green Professional and Green Built Texas Builder.

For more information on this specific custom home or other luxury homes, please call the office at 972.429.1074 or visit AlfordHomes.com. This residence will be open all day on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm or for a personal appointment, call Mark Galanos at 214.448.8223.

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