Shaping Up

Shaping Up

Article as featured in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine.


The 2013 Fort Worth, Texas Dream Home is rapidly taking shape in the charming Monticello neighborhood with a design that will match the historic area.


When people say that the finished product is a reflection of the worker, that’s doubly true of Arthur Moses and his brother, Buddy, who own Ajax Glass & Mirror Co., a frequent Dream Home partner. They are the third generation to operate this family-owned business, which was founded in 1945 by their grandfather. The pair is known for their expertise in mirrors and shower enclosures, among other products.


You’ll be able to see their work when you tour the 2013 Fort Worth, Texas Dream Home at 4010 W. 4th St. in the Monticello Addition. The 5,600-square-foot French Eclectic style home was designed by Lyn Flynn and Scott Watson of Flynn+Watson Architects to blend into the neighborhood. Gary Nussbaum of AG Builders is the builder.


This year’s Dream Home benefits a Wish with Wings, a 30-year-old non-profit that seeks to grant special wishes to children dealing with life-threatening conditions. Over its history, the organization has granted 1,200 little Texans’ wishes.


Photo courtesy Fort Worth Texas Magazine and Quadropix

Photo courtesy Fort Worth Texas Magazine and Quadropix

By the end of April, the house was completely enclosed and brick was stacked in the yard. Among the features planned in the home are separate quarters for in-laws, should that need ever arise.


Moses says the charitable aspects of a Dream Home are an attraction to participation, but there is also a matter of pride and demonstration of work quality.


“There is a personal satisfaction to see our crews do superior work that will be seen by many others and, hopefully, inspire them to choose our products in a project of their own.” he said. “The builders and designers who are asked to be the driving part of this are always top notch people who know their craft, and thus we all enjoy working together.”


Moses said a Wish with Wings provides “that special something for a person who needs a big hug. To be able to fulfill their aspirations in a dire moment is very gratifying. Everyone goes home a winner.”


Durango Doors of DFW — with a showroom in Fort Worth and another in Houston — sells more than doors. The company has been a frequent Dream Home partner.


“We consider ourselves an architectural products boutique,” said Durango’s Scott Pereth, offering products “you cannot buy at Home Depot or your local lumber yard. We like to think of ourselves as the company that helps create the art in architecture.”


“This year, we are showcasing our Millennium line of steel doors and windows,” Pereth said. “The appeal of this product is the narrow sightlines and open glass look. Since the product is made of steel, we can minimize the sightlines that traditional doors and windows have and provide maximum daylight openings so that the views from indoors to outdoors are seamless.”


Tile for the house comes from Interceramic, one of the largest ceramic tile manufacturers in North America, capable of producing 450 million square feet of tile at four manufacturing plants in Chihuahua, Mexico, and in Garland. The company formed in 1979.


“Interceramic works with designers and engineers to make sure that we have a vast array of products to try and hit everyone’s wish list and accomplish the aspects of the product that are important to the owner,” says DeDe Dunn, the U.S. product and marketing manager. “Hopefully we have accomplished that in participating in this project.” Dunn was also involved in the 2012 Dream Home.


“Being involved in any type of benefit or charity project is even more rewarding for the obvious reasons. Interceramic is always pleased to do our part when trying to make someone else’s dreams possible,” Dunn said. “It is an opportunity to help others and to showcase our products. It seems like a win-win.”


2013 Fort Worth, Texas magazine Dream Home
4010 W. 4th St., Fort Worth
Benefiting a Wish with Wings
Tour Dates: Sept. 25 – Oct. 27


Article as featured in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine.  All photos courtesy of Fort Worth, Texas Magazine

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