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

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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.

We build homes for real people!

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

The White’s Testimonial:
We had an amazing experience building our first custom house with Shaddock Caldwell. They proved time and time again that they are honest, trustworthy and hard workers. They were very patient, kept us on track and maintained a positive attitude. Their guidance through redline meetings was key and they were always available to answer questions and come up with creative solutions. We feel so grateful for our beautiful home, but above all, for being treated with respect and fairness. We feel we made friends for life.

We also admire how they have built a team that aligns so well with their vision. Jordan was so helpful and patient, Chuck made such a difference during our warranty process, and Eizabeth and Richelle gave us guidance that was so valuable. We recommend them every chance we get.

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.

Marla Orr

437 Hanbee St, Richardson, TX, 75080, custom home, 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathrooms, 2 stories, 2 car garage, Richardson ISDI LOVE, LOVE LOVE my new Shaddock Caldwell home. They did a lot of research to make my home truly handi-cap friendly which was the main feature I was interested in, and I got to use that feature sooner than I expected as my hip replacement from 10 years ago chose to come disconnected in April of this year forcing me to use a lot of my handicap features to get myself out and to the hospital on one leg. They incorporated all of my ideas and had many other ideas to make it modern and really useable for church members likely to be living here when I am gone. It looks a lot larger than it really is because of the high ceilings and doorways, and it is really easy to keep clean and presentable at all times. My cabinet space is much more than I thought I would need and all of the storage space is very convenient for my needs and for anyone likely to live here after I am gone. Thank you Shaddock Caldwell Builders & Developers for building my dream house!

~Marla Orr

Celebrate July Fourth by Raising the Stars and Stripes

It’s nearly July Fourth, and what better way to celebrate America’s independence than by displaying the Stars and Stripes in front of your home.

Flying the stars and stripes for the first time? There are certain rules to follow when displaying the American flag on your house. To make sure you do things right, here’s a quick refresher – as outlined in the U.S. Flag Code – explaining the do’s and don’ts when it comes to the flag.


  • Never let the flag touch the ground. When hanging or displaying your flag, the key is to not damage it – so don’t drop it or let it touch anything beneath it.
  • Never wear the flag as a costume. The U.S. Flag Code makes very clear that no part of the flag should be worn as sportswear or as a costume or used to make drapery or bedding. For those who really want to show off their patriotism, opt for a patch or a lapel flag pin worn near your heart.
  • Never display the flag except from sunrise to sunset unless it is lighted at night. This means, according to the American Legion, that other people should always be able to recognize the flag. If there’s bad weather, you must take the flag down unless you have an all-weather flag.
  • Never place the flag anywhere but at the peak of the staff, except when the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building. (The union is the blue field of stars.) When hanging the flag vertically, the union must always be at the top.
  • Never wad the flag, but rather fold it properly. The way you store your flag is important. The American Legion says to fold it into a triangle, similar to a three-corner hat, with the blue and stars showing.
  • Never raise the flag slowly: It should be raised briskly but lowered slowly and ceremoniously.
  • Never carry the flag flat or horizontally. It should always be carried aloft and free.
  • Never display the flag with the union down. Only in instances of extreme danger to life or property should the flag be displayed that way, as a distress signal.

For more information on how to display and dispose of your flag, go to www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html.

Happy Independence Day from Shaddock Caldwell Builders & Developers!

Top 5 Areas to Declutter Before You Move

Summer is officially here – the days are longer, there is no such thing as too much ice cream! Yes, summer in Texas is hot, but there are so many fun (and yummy) ways to keep cool that make living here completely worth it!

No matter what time of year you decide to build your custom home, the most important factor is understanding what will work best for you and your family. That is why a majority of families move during the summer to make sure their children are settled in their new custom home before the school year begins.

See the article below by Houzz to learn how to declutter before you move into your Shaddock Caldwell home this summer.

Top 5 Areas to Declutter Before You Move
Moving is stressful, expensive and time-consuming. As a professional organizer for going on six years, I have yet to meet a client who has looked at me and said, “I love this!” It is the universal misery.

While I understand people not enjoying the process of moving, it can be made much less painful if it’s done in a systematic and efficient way. Here are five areas of your home to declutter before you move. Starting in these areas will greatly reduce the amount of stuff you take with you from your current home to your new space.

1. Medicine Cabinet
You won’t believe how much stuff you have in this space that you never use. First, remove every pill box and bottle. Lay them out on your counter and dispose of expired meds. To safely dispose of medicine, check out the Food and Drug Administration’s site or contact your local trash or recycling facility about proper disposal methods.

Once you have cleared out your unwanted meds, place the items you wish to keep in a clearly labeled moving box.

Tip: Use a piece of paper to create a moving key. Label each of your boxes with a number. Then write down the contents of that box next to its corresponding number on the moving key. Every item that is moved from your old home to your current home should go in a numbered box and be on the corresponding list on the moving key.

2. Pantry
Like the medicine cabinet, the pantry is a place of no return! Declutter your pantry by emptying it shelf by shelf. Check expiration dates and staleness. If you are sure you won’t use something and it is still fresh, donate it to your local food pantry. Plenty of people can benefit from the things you no longer want or need.

I recommend decluttering your pantry three days before your move. Leave out necessities to consume before the moving trucks arrive.

3. Basement
Basements tend to be universal dumping grounds. If you have been living in your home for a long time, it may be necessary to go as far as getting a dumpster to unload no longer used items.

Be as honest with yourself as you can about what is essential to take with you. I can’t tell you the number of people who have stored every last Lego and art project from their now-grown children. Remember that saving your most special items is not the same as saving everything.

Ask family members what they would like to keep, and arrange a time far in advance of your moving day for them to come and collect their belongings.

4. Garage
Like the basement, the garage typically holds tools and household items that are rarely, if ever, used. Moving is the time to ask yourself what value these items hold.

When decluttering the garage, use three large cardboard boxes: Label one “trash,” one “donate” and one “keep.” Use these boxes to help sort what is coming with you from what is garbage and being given away. Using a system to declutter will help you visualize how much you have, and it often helps people feel better about throwing things out and giving items away.

Label the “keep” box with a number, add the contents to your moving list, and you are on your way!

5. Closets
If you aren’t someone who declutters on an annual basis, this area of the home may seem daunting, but in truth it’s the easiest. You know what you wear and what you love.

As a professional organizer, I love this place the most in regard to a move. This is the chance to really change the look of your closet.

I recommend that my clients purchase all the same hangers and sort their clothing into categories. I put all the blazers together, for example, and sort them by color. Then all the denim, all the tops and so on. Your closet can actually be completely organized in its old space and moved in wardrobe boxes. This way, your catalog and sorting systems stay perfectly in place if you label your boxes and unpack in order.

If you declutter your closet well before you move, you can use large plastic containers to pack away off-season items. Remember to label those containers as well and add them to your moving key.

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

What Will Make Your Living Room “Livable”

Sometimes when you look at pictures of living rooms on design shows you get the impression that the designers are more interested in making a fashion statement than they are in creating a livable space for a family.

Of course, you want your living room to have a nice sense of style, but chances are that you want your living room to be a living room—a place where you and your family and guests are comfortable. What are the things that will make your living room more livable? It really comes down to your personal lifestyle.

What’s Your Entertaining Style?
A major factor in determining the kind of living room you want to include in your new home is how you plan to use the room. Is your entertaining style more formal, or do you tend toward a casual entertaining style? Your answer can help you determine whether you want a separate stand-alone living room or something more like a family room or even a great room concept.

How Big Does Your Room Need to Be?
When you have guests over, are you more likely to have larger or smaller groups? You may not want to take up a lot of space with your living room if you entertain in small groups. If the room will be used mainly for quiet conversation in small groups, a smaller room can feel more intimate.

How Will Your Family Use the Room?
What about when you’re not entertaining? Is this a room the family will use for reading, conversation or other activities? Again, you’ll want to think about whether you want a room that’s set off from other common rooms, or open to the kitchen and dining areas.

What’s Your Sense of Style in the Rest of the House?
Style does matter. If your house is a bit more formal, you may want a formal living room that fits in with the other rooms in your home. Above all, you should choose a living room (or family room) that makes you comfortable.

What is nice about many of today’s home designs is that you don’t have to choose one or the other.  Shaddock Caldwell will work with you to design and build a custom home for your family needs.  It’s your home, so it should reflect your lifestyle. Isn’t it nice to have options?

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

Check-Out the Progress on Quail Lane

Shaddock Caldwell’s Quail Lane project in Richardson is one of several currently being built. This 3,714 square foot, two-story home has 4 bedrooms (with an optional fifth), 5 bathrooms, a 2-car garage and is located in the Prairie Creek Estates neighborhood in Richardson.  This small, pocket neighborhood was developed in the 1990s, so 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.

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

Outdoor Living is a Great Way to Bring Family and Friends Together!

Shaddock Caldwell creates outdoor living as an expansion of your indoor living space. Many homeowners desire exterior entertainment spaces such as beautiful sitting rooms (spots), outdoor bars and dining rooms, elaborate kitchens, fireplaces, and pools.

How do you envision using the outdoor space of your custom home? It may be an extension of the home that connects by a doorway to one or more rooms, or a backyard oasis designed for peace and quiet. Or maybe you want the ultimate party pool, big enough for all your friends, the children, and other guests to romp and play in. Deciding how your outdoor room or space will connect to your home and what its function will be is step number one to making it perfect.

Building a pool area comes with its own set of things to consider. Your pool may be for entertaining, pool volleyball games, and kids’ parties. For avid swimmers, maybe a lap pool is a better choice. Some homes just need a small pool area—perhaps with a unique fountain or other water feature—to liven up the space even if it won’t be used very often. Adding a sizable sun deck is great if you love to soak up the rays and relax in the warm months. Make sure the deck is big enough for the number of chairs you and your guests will need. You might even decide on an in-pool sun deck, or tanning shelf, for easy cooling off!

An important thing to remember is that your space should feel comfortable to you and your guests. If you throw large dinner parties often, opt for a spacious patio or deck area that allows for plenty of seating and space to entertain. No one wants to feel cramped or crowded when they’re trying to have a nice barbecue. Maybe you want to include dining tables, chairs, or a living room–style seating area for eating outside or playing games.

An important thing to remember is that your space should feel comfortable to you and your guests.

Outdoor living is a great way to bring family and friends together.  If you would like to learn more about building a custom home please contact Ben at 214.497.5858 or ben@shaddockcaldwell.com.

We take our Clients 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 Walker family and hear about their experience with Shaddock Caldwell building their custom home.

The Walker’s Testimonial:
We built our home with Shaddock Caldwell and could not be more pleased. We had never built a home before, and were a little apprehensive in the beginning. We looked at several different builders in the area, and Shaddock Caldwell quickly rose to the top, and for good reason. Ben and Todd are two, good Christian men, who are the most professional, honest, and trustworthy people you will ever find, and they have surrounded themselves with people in their company who are phenomenal to work with. We primarily went over all of the building details of our home with Ben. He is extremely detail oriented, which we loved, and he put us at ease throughout the entire project. He also made the effort to see our vision, and would then come up with ideas for us that in the end really made it become our home. Richelle was absolutely fantastic to work with in the selection process as well. When it came to the actual building process, we started working with Chuck, who is also very detail oriented, and extremely professional as well. We could call him about ideas, questions or concerns throughout the building process, and he was always there to help, always took our calls, and was just a pleasure to work with. In this day and age, no matter where you go, it is extremely difficult to find businesses who offer a good product, not to mention good customer service. Shaddock Caldwell far exceeded our expectations! They not only built us an incredible home that we love, but they also did it professionally, and became our good friends in the process. Not only would we build with this great team again, I believe they have spoiled us from ever being able to build with anyone else! We could not give them a higher recommendation.

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.