History of Shaddock Caldwell’s Office

Shaddock Caldwell opened its new office doors on 105 E. Main Street in Richardson this past summer.  The new office location is in the heart of the enhancement/redevelopment of downtown Richardson.  The building that Shaddock Caldwell now calls home is full of the history, once being operated as a theater for five decades.

History of 105 E. Main Street
The Ritz Theater operated for five decades at 105 E. Main Street in downtown Richardson. As the city grew, the theater tried to adapt. In 1948, owner J.B. Roberts invested $42,000 in the theater to expand seating and modernize the theater. The theater closed briefly in 1961. The theater went through many renovations but ultimately the theater struggled to stay relevant with audiences before closing in 1972.

The Ritz was first rebranded in 1961 as the Electra Theater showing double features of second-run content. In 1965, the Electra tried to become an art house and only allowed adult-aged patrons. The experiment had its moments so the theater decided to rebrand once again in 1966 becoming the Holiday Art Theatre (often just referred to in marketing as the “Holiday”) showing repertory films from the “vaults.” The Holiday closed and that was it for film exhibition for the former Ritz. It became home to the Richardson Community Theater who retitled the theater as the Richardson Playhouse in 1969. For three years, the theater put on live stage plays. When that ended in 1972, the theater passed to owners who as of the 2010s still held the theater. Elements of the theater are still present in the building which has been totally retrofitted. The days of presentation are behind the Ritz/Electra/Holiday Art/Richardson Playhouse as the building has been home to business including Fluid Power Supply and Stone Associates.  Currently, the building is the new office to Shaddock Caldwell Builders & Developers.

Meet the Hinderliter Family

We know we build great homes – but don’t take our word for it!  Meet the Hinderliter family and hear about their experience with Shaddock Caldwell building their custom home.

The Hinderliter’s Testimonial:
Shaddock Caldwell did a wonderful job, building a beautiful home using the utmost standards of excellence in every step along the way! Best of all, they are immediately responsive to any issue arising afterward – definitely a company dedicated to quality and integrity!

If you would like to learn more about why our customers choose Shaddock Caldwell to build their custom home please contact Ben at 214.497.5858 or ben@shaddockcaldwell.com.

10 Ways to Get Your Kitchen Ready for the Holidays

It’s mid-December, which means it’s officially holiday party time. Christmas cookie parties, holiday potlucks and extravagant dinner parties start to fill every blank spot on the calendar. It’s also a time that can get pretty stressful if you’ve decided to host a festive get-together.

Instead of getting stressed, get organized! Your kitchen will likely be the hub of activity and the spot where guests are going to want to spend time, so it’s important to clean every nook and cranny. Make sure your kitchen is ready to take on guests and food to prevent damage and major cleanup later.  This Houzz article gives you 10 ways to get your kitchen ready for the holiday parties.


  1. Clean clutter from countertops. Get rid of mail and bills lying around, and put important papers away. You don’t want to have any type of paperwork lying around while your kitchen is a flurry of activity. Make sure all your surfaces — backsplash, counters and floors — are sparkling clean.
  2. Clean the microwave. This is often forgotten, but it can be pretty embarrassing to have someone offer to help warm up food and see a gross, food-splattered microwave.
  3. Prep your oven. Avoid running the self-clean cycle on the oven right before a big party — it’s actually really stressful on the oven and can cause it to fail right when you’re about to put your turkey in. Instead, do a quick cleaning with a wet rag around the top burners, and leave the rest until after the new year.
  4. Clean out the refrigerator. The refrigerator is bound to be used a lot during a big meal — opened and closed constantly and filled to the brim with heavy dishes. Make sure the door handles and gaskets are tight, clean the cold air vents and replace any burned-out lights. Make sure the vents aren’t blocked by food or condiments so that the fridge stays nice and cool throughout the evening.  Remove your refrigerator shelving and wash it in the sink with dish soap. Dry the shelves with a dish towel, and make sure they’re secure when putting them back in the fridge.
  5. Disinfect trash cans. No matter how careful you are, food and gunk manages to collect at the bottom of a trash can. Use a holiday party as an excuse to clean trash cans. Take them outside and wash them with a garden hose and dish soap. Disinfect them with a cleaning spray. Make sure you have extra trash bags, too.
  6. Check out your dishwasher. Make sure your dishwasher will run efficiently with a large number of dishes in it. Check the drain and clean off any residue, and make sure there’s no broken glass or lost utensils in the bottom. Wipe off the rim of the door and the door gasket, using white vinegar and a sponge to remove any gunk.
  7. Get your serveware ready. Have your knives sharpened so you don’t end up hacking away at your honey-baked ham. Or sharpen them yourself if you know how — be careful.  Take inventory of any basic supplies that you’re missing, and purchase or borrow them before the party. Check your utensils, cookware, serveware, spice cabinet, cooking oils, canned goods and other pantry necessities.  If you’re serving your meal on nice serving plates, clean them up and get them ready to go. Polish silver, wash plates and wash and iron cloth napkins.
  8. Double-check safety mechanisms. If small children are going to be around, make sure everything is childproof. Set aside a special area outside of the kitchen for children to hang out. But make sure that plugs in the kitchen are covered, lamps and other glass items are away from table edges, and stairways and other dangerous areas are blocked off.  Check your smoke detector and CO2 detector batteries, and replace them if needed. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand, too.  Take a look at your first-aid kit, and replace any missing materials. You never know when someone is going to cut themselves, get burned, or slip and fall.
  9. Stock your kitchen properly. Do any of your guests have allergies? Is anyone vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free? Take these into account and prepare accordingly. Make sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic drink options available, too.
  10. Create a cooking schedule. Prep what you can ahead of time. Most casseroles and potato dishes can be put in a baking pan ahead of time, and vegetables can be chopped and stored, too. Having a schedule of when everything needs to be made and put into the oven will not only help you keep things organized, but it will help your guests know when and how to help.

If your list includes a new home for your family then checkout our new build on Quail Lane. This Shaddock Caldwell home is currently for sale in the Prairie Creek Estates neighborhood in Richardson.  Click here to view Quail Lane.

Don’t forget to Follow Us on Houzz! If you would like to learn more about building a custom home with Shaddock Caldwell please contact Ben Caldwell at 214.497.5858 or ben@shaddockcaldwell.com.

Show Us Your Decorated Front Door

Who hasn’t driven through a particularly festive neighborhood during the holiday season to admire the outdoor decorations, like the newest holiday lawn ornaments and intricate lights? At the center of it all sits the front door, beckoning visitors inside with a homemade wreath, a garland of twinkle lights or a ruby-red poinsettia. What does your front door look like this holiday season?

Grab your phone and take a few photos of your holiday front door or entry. Share pictures of your decorated door in the comments section of our Facebook post this week.

If you are loving our front door then checkout our new build on Quail Lane.  This Shaddock Caldwell home is currently for sale in the Prairie Creek Estates neighborhood in Richardson.  Click here to view Quail Lane.

Don’t forget to Follow Us on Houzz! If you would like to learn more about building a custom home with Shaddock Caldwell please contact Ben Caldwell at 214.497.5858 or ben@shaddockcaldwell.com.

404 Ridge Crest Drive, Richardson, TX 75080

Make Your Checklist for Entertaining Season

Fall and winter offer ample opportunities to entertain, not only on holidays (of which there are plenty!) but also with more casual gatherings. And whether you entertain a lot or a little, having a well-stocked home can take a lot of the stress out of party planning. From setting the scene to setting the table, cooking to cleanup, pick and choose from the items on this checklist from Houzz to create your own master list of party-planning essentials.

Accept your strengths and weaknesses as a host. No one can do it all! The key to a low-stress event is to play up your strengths and outsource your not-so-favorite parts of entertaining. For instance, finish a homemade meal with a lovely dessert from a local bakery or throw a potluck buffet or cocktail party instead of having a formal sit-down meal.

Keep things real. Your guests are there to enjoy your company, not judge your home or your cooking. If you’re not “done” getting things ready before your guests arrive, ask for help. Most guests are more than happy to pitch in lighting candles, setting the table, stirring a pot or pouring wine. And before reading the checklists that follow, remember that you can always rent party gear rather than buy rarely used items.

Set the scene with:

  • Vases and floral arranging supplies
  • A go-to flower arrangement that you’ve had a chance to practice
  • Low-watt lightbulbs or dimmer switches
  • Tea light or pillar candles (real or battery operated) for ambience
  • A few different music playlists — mellow for during dinner and something livelier for before and after
  • Fresh soap, hand towels and a stain-removal stick in the powder room

The bar:

  • Wineglasses and cocktail glasses for a crowd, if using
  • Set of cocktail tools
  • Ice bucket and tongs
  • A console or side table for the bar, with bottles, openers and glassware gathered there

For the table:

  • Enough flatware and dishes for the number of guests
  • Enough chairs (and table space) for the number of guests
  • Chargers, if using
  • Glassware, including water glasses for the table and extra wineglasses
  • Tablecloth and backup tablecloth in case of spills
  • Cloth napkins — one set each of cocktail napkins, dinner napkins and dessert napkins
  • Napkin rings, if using
  • Candleholders with unscented candles for the table
  • Low floral arrangement for the table — try bud vases clustered on a tray, or a soup tureen filled with one type of flower cut short

The well-stocked pantry and freezer:

  • No-cook nibbles, such as crackers, olives, nuts and jarred artichoke hearts
  • Birthday essentials, including birthday candles and matches, balloons and a few emergency cards and gifts
  • Basic baking ingredients
  • Spices that are still fresh — be sure to give them a sniff, as spices lose potency over time
  • Frozen puff pastry, pie dough and gelato or quality ice cream

Cooking:

  • A cooking schedule, especially important on big cooking days like Thanksgiving — that way you know you will have room in the oven when you need it, and everything should come out at the right time
  • Any specialty cookware needed to cook the meal you have planned, from a roasting pan to a turkey baster
  • A few spare cutting boards, so you don’t need to worry about washing one before prepping the next dish (also so several cooks can work at once)
  • Knives that have been recently sharpened
  • Two or more timers, depending on how many dishes you plan to cook at once
  • Cookbook holder or tablet stand
  • Aprons to protect your party clothes

Serving:

  • Boards, platters and trays — these workhorses can be used for everything from cheese plates to dessert
  • Serving bowls in various sizes
  • Large serving spoons
  • Lidded soup tureen and ladle
  • Large salad bowl and tongs
  • Several trivets, to protect your table
  • A nesting set of classic white oven-to-table casserole dishes
  • Cake stands — for cake and other desserts, fruit or appetizers

Entertainment ideas:

  • An activity that gets guests participating, like a Dream Tree for Thanksgiving or a smile booth
  • For a casual party, an assortment of games and cards … and a rule book for common games, because no one can ever remember the rules when you want to play
  • Show a classic movie (without the sound) or project it onto a blank wall — Hitchcock for a Halloween party, A Christmas Story for a holiday open house and so on
  • A roll of butcher paper to cover the kids’ table — put a sheet of stickers and a cup of crayons at each place

Cleanup and storage:

  • Silver polish and soft cloths for cleaning silver, if needed
  • Empty wrapping paper rolls for storing laundered and ironed linens without creating fold lines
  • Stain-removing kit for treating stains after the party
  • Specialty storage boxes for stowing extra glassware and dishes after the holidays
  • Start an entertaining journal. A simple notebook where you jot down what went well (and what didn’t) can become an invaluable tool over time.

If your list includes a new home for your family then checkout our new build on Quail Lane. This Shaddock Caldwell home is currently for sale in the Prairie Creek Estates neighborhood in Richardson.  Click the link to view Quail Lane:  https://goo.gl/yFEgSd

Don’t forget to Follow Us on Houzz! If you would like to learn more about building a custom home with Shaddock Caldwell please contact Ben Caldwell at 214.497.5858 or ben@shaddockcaldwell.com.

Prepare Your Home for Trick-or-Treaters

Your Shaddock Caldwell custom home might not need a costume on Halloween, but it does need to be ready for any neighborhood ghosts, goblins or witches who drop by for a treat. If you plan to participate in the festivities, here are a few helpful tips from Houzz to help ensure that trick-or-treaters have a safe, yet haunted, night.

Turn on the Light:  A front porch light signals to trick-or-treaters that you’re ready for them to knock on the door. If you run out of candy or don’t wish to participate in Halloween, you can let people know by turning off the porch light.

Display Holiday Décor:  A pumpkin here or a floating ghost there lets people know that you’re excited about the holiday.

Clear a Path:   If you put out Halloween decor, leave a clear path for anyone coming to knock on the front door. Extra personal objects like bikes, potted plants or children’s toys should also be removed from the sidewalk and porch so that no one trips on them.

Sweep the Sidewalk:  Fall means leaves littering the ground, which fits the season but could be a slipping hazard. Before trick-or-treaters arrive, the sweep away any debris or moisture from the sidewalk or driveway.

Check Lightbulbs:  Once you flip on the front porch light switch, check to see if you have any burned-out bulbs. Replace them so that your front door and steps are well-lit.

Turn on Extra Lights:  You may not normally turn on every light in the front of your home, but doing so will assist infrequent visitors who are coming to see you. To make their journey a little easier, switch on any additional lights, such as garage or stair lights. This gesture will help make sure that everyone can safely get to the front door.

Add Safe and Festive Lighting:  A few lanterns along the path put light right at trick-or-treaters’ feet. Battery-operated lights offer illumination without the hazards that come with an open flame.

Homeowners who choose to have open flames need to watch them at all times, keep them 1 foot away from anything that can burn, and sit them on a sturdy, level surface.

Put Away Pets:  Your family pet may be the nicest on the block, but not everyone knows that or likes animals. You also don’t want your pet to inadvertently hurt any candy-seeking visitors.

Greet Guests:  If you plan to spend the whole night passing out treats, sit on your front porch swing or create a seating area for yourself. This lets visitors know that you’re ready for them to stop. Plus, you can watch the parade of costumes.

Prepare for a Spooktacular Evening:  Once you have the lights on, decor out and hazards put away, you can enjoy a safe, spooky night in the neighborhood.

Don’t forget to Follow Us on Houzz! If you would like to learn more about building a custom home with Shaddock Caldwell, please contact Ben Caldwell at 214.497.5858 or ben@shaddockcaldwell.com.

We take our Client’s Dreams from Concept to Reality

Shaddock Caldwell understands that listening to what our clients want—and, most importantly, who they are—affords us the ability to take their dreams from concept to reality.  Meet Ellen Keszler and hear about her experience with Shaddock Caldwell building her custom home.

Ellen Keszler Testimonial:
We feel so fortunate to have found this gorgeous Shaddock Caldwell home. It backs up to a creek and has a wonderful deck and screened porch to maximize the enjoyment of the location’s natural beauty. The home was almost complete when we stumbled upon it and was absolutely gorgeous. Ben, Todd and Hai were amazingly patient and accommodating in customizing the house to our tastes. The three of them are men of the highest ethics and integrity. I can’t even imagine buying another home from another builder and highly recommend them. Our home is gorgeous and we absolutely love living here!

If you would like to learn more about why our customer choose Shaddock Caldwell to build their custom home please contact Ben at 214.497.5858 or ben@shaddockcaldwell.com.

Major progress is happening over at our Quail Lane home.

Have you been waiting for the perfect opportunity to own your dream home? Well, wait no longer. 1893 Quail Lane is another stunning home by Shaddock Caldwell Builders & Developers and is currently for sale.

This 3,714 square foot, two-story home has 4 bedrooms (with an optional fifth), 5 bathrooms and is located in the Prairie Creek Estates neighborhood in Richardson. This small, pocket neighborhood was developed in the 1990s, the neighboring homes were built in the 1990s or 2000s. The home feeds into Northrich Elementary, Richardson North Jr High and Pearce High School – some of the very best schools in the Richardson ISD. This custom home offers a timeless architectural style with soaring windows, extensive hard wood floors, an open kitchen and living area, first floor 10 ft ceilings and walk-in attic storage characterize this Energy Star certified home. It is situated on a large corner lot with 10+ mature trees flanking the east side of the property.

Click here to view floor plans.

This property is currently for sale!  For more information please contact Ben at 214.497.5858 or ben@shaddockcaldwell.com.

5118 W Hanover Avenue, Dallas, TX 75209