909 Creekdale Dr., Richardson, TX 75080

Shaddock Caldwell Brought Us Peace of Mind

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

The McCauley Testimonial:
We had never built a house before and were concerned we might be overwhelmed, however working with Shaddock Caldwell quickly brought us peace of mind.  Their experience, expertise and patience was evident every step of the way.  They explained the pros and cons of our different decisions and provided options for us to consider.  Their experience was invaluable in assisting us make the best decisions for our home, and focusing on the details on the front end of the process, allowed us step back and enjoy the construction process. We would happily work with them again.

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.

514 Canyon Creek Dr. Richardson, TX 75080

The Perfect Room for Kickoff

The wait is finally over… College Football season kicks off this weekend! Put on your lucky jersey and get settled into your favorite chair for a day of re-enactments, fist bumps and plenty of food.  We can already hear “Whoop” coming from co-founder Ben Caldwell, a Texas A&M alumnus.

Where do you watch your favorite team play?  There are so many options media room, living room, outdoor living room, theatre room and etc.  If you are considering including a media room in your custom home below are a few tips to consider.

1.  A space that’s not too large but not too small.  If the space is too small it’ll be claustrophobic and people won’t enjoy — never mind being able to see — the game. If too large, the room will have the feel of one of those 75-percent empty stadiums, where the silence can be deadly.

2.  Soundproofing.  The sound will get turned up and there will be clapping, cries of anguish, cheers and more. So if the space isn’t in a bunker you’ll probably want to have lots of sound-absorbent materials such as fabric, carpet and curtains in your space. Of course, this all probably is at odds with having a room that’s easy to clean. (See point number 8.)

3.  A great television or two.  Something thin, flat and mounted to the wall. It should definitely be (ultra) high definition and with a terrific sound system. You’ll want to see every blade of grass and hear every tackle. Don’t mount the television too high as we don’t want a pain in our necks from watching.

4. Comfortable seating.  Not the designer “oh-my-this-uber-expensive-fabric-is-to-die-for” kind of seating, but the kind that’s durable, easily cleaned of spilt drinks and nachos. Something that you won’t freak out if it gets damaged when a guest re-enacts that devastating, game-altering fumble. Materials like canvas that can be cleaned or leather that can be wiped down.

5.  A place for all that food.  Let’s face it, what’s a football game without tons of food to nosh on? And it has to be finger food: pizza, wings, nachos and so on. No knives and forks to get in the way of cheering, fist bumps and high fives. The ideal place for all that food is a countertop or large table within sight and sound of the game.

6. Drink here!  Having plenty of ice-cold drinks close by is a must. An under-the-counter beverage center will do if there isn’t room for a full-size refrigerator.

7. Halftime break.  Okay, everybody has been eating, drinking and watching the game for a while. It’s time for a bathroom break, so a powder room nearby will come in handy. And maybe everyone will want to go outside, get some fresh air and throw the pigskin around, so easy access to the outdoors will keep the rest of the house from turning into a game-day mess.

8. It’s not over until it’s over (or at least everyone pitches in to clean up).  Now it’s time for the dreaded post game cleanup. A sink and dishwasher nearby will come in handy. And though the ideal space would be easily hosed down, that’s probably impractical for most of us.

If you would like to learn more about building a custom home contact Ben at 214.497.5858 or ben@shaddockcaldwell.com

The Front Door

The school bell is about to ring!  Are you ready for your child’s first day of school photo?  Pinterest offers hundreds of creative ideas which can be exciting and fun.  But honestly it adds a lot of unneeded stress of making sure your photo is unique and perfect.  This year eliminate the stress and keep it simple.  Start a new tradition this year of taking your child’s photo in front of your home’s best asset “The Front Door.”

The front door is the first thing that people notice about a home.  Like your landscape, a beautiful door, be it wood or glass, expresses the personality of the homeowner.  It draws you into the home with a warm welcoming hug.  Check out the article below on Houzz about How to Choose a Front Door for you home.

Houzz Article by Vanessa Brunner
The front door is a huge part of your home’s first impression. It’s a transitional part of the facade that makes a statement about who you are, and what people can expect when they walk into your home. Not to mention, it has an impact on the value of your home. I’m not just talking about curb appeal; replacing your front door with an energy-efficient model can add to the overall value of your home, save as much as 10 percent on energy bills, and qualify you for certain tax credits in the United States, as long as it’s installed by December 31, 2011.

But how do you determine which door is right for you? A front door — like any exterior material — has to be tough enough to withstand the elements. But it also should complement and add to the aesthetic of your home.

Since functionality is its primary (and most important) purpose, the best way to narrow down front door choices is to look at it in terms of material. The three most common exterior door materials today are wood, fiberglass composite, and steel.

Wood Doors:  Wood is one of the more common choices for a front door. Despite the faux substitutes, nothing can beat the real deal for many homeowners. Modern wood door models are often sandwiches of wood veneer skins over a wood core. This construction tends to minimize the chance of warping, and also lowers cost. For this type of wood door, look for furniture-grade veneers that are at least 1/16 inch thick. Anything thinner may be too easily damaged.

While wood doors are luxurious and beautiful, they also offer a fair amount of upkeep. Wood is sensitive to moisture, and wetness in the wood can cause the door to warp, crack and change shape. Sun is also an important factor in the life of your wood door. If your door is protected from these elements, it’s bound to last much longer.

When shopping for pre-finished wood doors, look for durable stains and high-gloss finishes since these will best protect wood. If you’ve decided to apply the finish or stain on your own, make sure to put the finish on the top and bottom edges of the door as well to help prevent it from absorbing moisture.

Because of its sensitivity to the elements, a solid wood door should be examined each year to see if it needs any refinishing. Signs of wear on a finish include dullness, or a dry touch to the finish; a white shade appears on the finish, and dark streaks at the bottom of the door (which can indicate moisture being drawn up into the wood).

If you notice any of these indications on your wood door, lightly sand, clean, and re-prime these spots.

Wood doors also tend to be the most expensive on the exterior door scale. A full system — which includes a pre-hung door, hinges, locksets, weather stripping, etc. — can become fairly costly. Make sure you use hinges and other hardware from the same manufacturer — or actually come with the door, as with this pre-finished solid mahogany door. There are some systems that won’t match up well with other distributors’ parts.

Fiberglass Composite Doors:  Relatively affordable, fiberglass composite doors are most often chosen for their durability, and the fact they’re almost maintenance free. These doors can last a very long time, and many models offer warranties for as long as the buyer lives in the house.

Because fiberglass composite doors can go several years without needing any paint or stain touchups, they tend to work very well in harsh and humid climates. This material lasts longer than wood or steel, and its foam core offers much more insulation than wood.

Since this material resists denting, warping, rot, rust, and other issues associated with wood and metal, fiberglass composite is a natural choice for a front door exposed to extreme weather. It’s great for high traffic areas, and — like this traditional fiberglass door with a light oak grain — its appearance can be easily customized to look like wood or other natural materials.

Steel Doors: Steel doors can suffer dents, but minor damage can usually be repaired with a simple auto-body repair kit. An all-paneled steel door, such as the one above, has great insulating value, can help cut energy costs, and is one of the least expensive front door options.

However, steel tends to have a shorter lifespan than wood or fiberglass, and because it can rust, it isn’t always the best choice for a home subject to harsh weather conditions. Also, steel conducts temperature, which is not ideal in an extremely hot or cold environment.

Just like wood or fiberglass composites, steel doors come in a variety of shapes and sizes — like this steel door unit with a decorative glass window. Steel is most often chosen for its strength, and the fact that it won’t crack or warp like wood.

Most steel doors — including this über-secure and high-end stainless steel model from Milano — can be particularly vulnerable to rust in certain weather conditions if they aren’t finished correctly. Some models will have a coating with a baked-on polyester finish that requires periodic repainting. Steel doors that are a little more expensive might have a vinyl coating for weather resistance, or even a laminated wood veneer.

Doors with Color: Now for the fun part! Once you know what material you need, you get to think about color, style and overall appearance. It’s the first thing guests will see when visiting your home. Stay within the general style tone of your house, but don’t be afraid to go bold, either. Think about the kind of statement you’re trying to make about your home, and make sure the color or style of the door you choose makes that statement clear.

Orange gives this structural home a significant pop while still fitting with its modern design.

It’s amazing the difference the front door can make in the appearance of a home’s facade. A splash of red-orange on the exterior door adds a vibrant touch to a traditional exterior.

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If you would like to learn more about building a custom home contact Ben at 214.497.5858 or ben@shaddockcaldwell.com

Your Preston Hollow Custom Home

Are you ready to build your dream home in Preston Hollow?  Shaddock Caldwell Builders & Developers has the perfect lot available for your family’s custom home on Del Roy Drive.  This beautiful property is located on a quite tree lined street and centrally located in the prestigious Hockaday Square.  Some of the best private schools in the Dallas area are located in or near the Preston Hollow area. Schools popular with residents are: Hockaday School, Episcopal School of Dallas, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Ursuline Academy of Dallas and Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.

We welcome opportunities to meet with prospective clients to discuss ideas to make this home, your home!  For more information please contact Ben 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 the Robins family and hear about their experience with Shaddock Caldwell building their custom home.

The Robins Testimonial:
I cannot say enough about Shaddock Caldwell! Their team made our home building process an absolute joy. From coaching us through tough decisions, to always being available for questions, they provided us an amazing finished home. They are men of integrity and character and are wonderful to work with. We love our new home and grateful to have built our home with Shaddock Caldwell.

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.

7 Alternatives to the Painted Accent Wall

Can you really create an accent wall without busting out the paint supplies?  The answer is YES!  An accent wall is a portion of a room that has a special treatment—and therefore garners special attention. Some walls become a focal point by default because they house the wide-screen TV, fireplace, or another naturally dominant feature.  Check out the article below on Houzz about 7 alternatives to the Painted Accent Wall.

Houzz Article by Jennifer Ott
I was chatting with a friend about a piece I recently wrote on accent walls, and he asked, “Can you only get an accent wall using paint?” It’s a good question. And the answer is a resounding no! My definition of an accent wall is simply a wall — or part of a wall — that has an eye-catching element that makes it the focal point. It is commonly created using an interesting paint color, but that’s not the only way to get attention.

Artwork:  Whether you favor a collection of multiple objects, such as shown above, or one large, bold piece, like at left, a wall populated with art is a terrific way to create a focal point.

It’s an especially smart decorating move in a space with no (or very few) windows, because you likely have a large, open expanse of wall on which to hang art, and damage to the art from UV rays is less of an issue.

Wallpaper:  Wallpaper fell out of favor a couple of decades ago but has lately been enjoying a run of popularity, especially papers that feature bold and colorful patterns or motifs.

Installing wallpaper is a bit more work — and commitment — than slapping on a couple of coats of paint, but it allows you to adorn your walls with intricate designs and patterns that would be difficult to paint yourself, or expensive to hire someone else to paint for you.

Textiles:  If you have interesting, oversize windows or a nice view to frame, think about adding dramatic, oversize window treatments to create a feature wall, as has been done above. Or mount a tapestry or carpet above a bed or sofa for an instant dash of color and texture.

Plants:  Bring the outdoors in with an accent wall of greenery. Plants not only help filter the air but are also thought to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

This is an especially nice option for city dwellers who lack an outdoor hangout space. With plants, plenty of natural light and a comfortable place to sit, you can almost fake a garden. Bonus: no bugs here!

Tile:  Looking for something more low-maintenance on the wall? Tile is a great choice, especially in areas that see a lot of traffic. Painted walls can get scuffed and dinged up, but tile can handle quite a bit of wear and tear without getting damaged.

Wall tile is expected in bathrooms and kitchens, but when you use it to create a focal point in less common places, such as a living room or dining room, it really stands out.

Architectural Salvage:  I love decorating with salvaged materials, because not only are you giving these pieces a second life and keeping them out of the landfill, but they also add character and are likely one-of-a-kind items that you aren’t going to spot in your neighbor’s home.

Whether you favor a modern industrial look, as above, or one that oozes charm, as at left, a visit to your local antique store or architectural salvage yard might turn up a piece or pieces that you can use to create your own unique accent wall.

Lighting:  Using lighting to create a feature wall is a bit more complicated than, say, employing plants or colorful books, but the reward for the expense and effort is a super-dramatic design element that can be customized to your space and taste.

Whether you favor a contemporary look, such as shown above with the line of wall-washing lights illuminating translucent panels, or a charming and romantic vibe, as at left, this is an accent wall that actually gets better as day turns to night and the lights can be dimmed to create a cozy ambience.

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If you would like to learn more about building a custom home contact Ben at 214.497.5858 or ben@shaddockcaldwell.com

Pros and Cons of First-Floor Master Suites

Choosing the right floor plan for your Shaddock Caldwell custom home is essential to end up with a home that will make you comfortable for years to come. You really want something that fits your specific lifestyle.

That will impact how you choose your kitchen and family room designs. It should also affect the placement of your master bedroom. If you look at our selection of floor plans, you’ll notice that many of them feature master suites on the main level. It’s one of the trends we’ve seen in homebuilding over the past few years. Is that the right choice for your home? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of first-floor master suites.

Why a First-Floor Master Suite May Make Sense
There are a number of reasons why locating a master suite on the main level makes good sense.

  • A master suite (bedroom and bath) can be a great guest suite if you frequently have visitors or family that visit. They provide comfort and privacy for guests so that they don’t have to share a bathroom with the rest of the family.
  • If you happen to have an aging family member living with you (or may have in the near future) this is a comfortable set up because it allows your in-laws or relatives to feel like part of the family—while maintaining some privacy of their own.
  • First-floor master bedrooms can also be ideal for those with a disability or for someone recovering from surgery or an injury. It allows you to eliminate the problems stairs can cause.
  • Parents of older children (i.e. teens) often like the idea of putting some distance between themselves and their increasingly louder offspring. Older kids also appreciate the space between themselves and their parents.
  • Your needs may change in the future. Maybe stairs are no big obstacle for you now, but master bedrooms on the first floor are ideal for aging in place—being able to remain comfortably in your home without having to deal with stairs. Everything is accessible and safe to use.
  • If you are buying or building a forever home, then a first-floor master bedroom or suite is definitely something you should be considering.

When a Main-level Master Suite May NOT be Ideal
Despite the advantages, there may be situations in which locating the master suite on the main level might not be ideal.

  • A first-floor master will be close to entertaining spaces. That can make it hard to ensure peace and quiet in the bedroom. This can be an issue if you or your spouse keeps odd hours. You may find that if your spouse or kids want to entertain guests that it’s a bit too loud to sleep.
  • First-floor master bedrooms can sometimes take up a fair amount of space, so if you’re thinking about downsizing and building a home with a smaller footprint, you might not have the room to create the space you want.
  • Families with younger children tend to find the main-floor master a problem because it generally means someone will be running up and down stairs when little people call. While baby monitors can help to tell you what’s happening, you might not like the extra middle of the night workout!

The pros and cons of a main-floor master are definitely lifestyle-related. That’s why it’s always a good idea to think about how your family will use the spaces in your home before deciding on a specific plan.

If you would like to learn more about building a custom home that fits your family’s lifestyle contact Ben at 214.497.5858 or ben@shaddockcaldwell.com

5125 Del Roy Dr., Dallas, TX 75229

Available lot located on a quiet tree lined street and centrally located in prestigious Hockaday Square.  Contact Shaddock Caldwell at (214) 497-5858 to build your dream home.