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Features

We all know that quality workmanship and the pride associated with building something much better than the norm is not as easily found in today’s luxury custom home building market. Flamboyant marketing and fancy ‘décor’ can hide a lot of workmanship and design deficiencies, along with not knowing the quality of important features hidden from sight behind concrete, sheetrock and masonry.

In 35 years of custom building and renovating.….I have seen hundreds of building contractors come and go, or re-emerge under a new business identity. Generally, these transient companies all built and offered a product based on what can be eliminated in order to reduce ‘production’ costs. The first things to go are features that are unseen and unknown to most homebuyers until the inevitable realities of owning a poorly-built home appear later.

One of the first to be noticed is the huge energy bill for a hot Texas summer month or a very cold January because the insulation design of the home is sub-par (but still meets building code); Then, of course, a minimum standard “floating” (without piers) foundation reveals it’s deficiencies in sticking interior or exterior doors, cracked masonry, drywall separations and a host of other unsightly cosmetic ‘symptoms.’ The costs of repairing foundation issues is far, far greater than originally installing drilled concrete piers to rigidly support the foundation in the first place. Another is the bouncy and squeaky upstairs floor joist and plywood subfloor built to (minimum) code standards, instead of a sturdy and quiet, non-deflecting, engineered floor system; How about those sagging garage door headers that are meagerly built and can’t carry the roof, masonry and ceiling loads without experiencing major deflection (sagging) in the header span..? Then there is poor drainage around the house footprint. How many times does something so easy to complete correctly get done so poorly – thus causing significant problems soon thereafter…?

With Ed Heitman Custom Homes, you can set your worries aside and relax knowing your home is built without any of the problems listed above. We have never experienced even the slightest hint of a structural issue with any Heitman Custom Home in our 35 years in business. To get started building your custom home in Dallas, the DFW metroplex or East Texas, contact us today.

Interior
  • Gourmet Kitchens That are Well Thought Out & Use Space Efficiently with Good Natural Lighting and Lots of Specialty Features
  • Solid Hardwood Custom Designed & Milled Cabinetry
  • Solid ¾” Hardwood Floors or Re-Sawn Old Growth Lumber (longleaf Pine, Mesquite, etc.)
  • Big Walk-in Closets Throughout with Lots of Customized Shelving and Millwork Compartments
  • Spacious and Well Designed Bathrooms Using High Quality Tile Detail, Beautifully Detailed Cabinetry and Millwork, along with Best-Quality Plumbing Materials
  • Beautiful and Durable Stone and Masonry Finishes Throughout a Design
  • Laundry Rooms with Lots of Highly Functional Specialty Features
  • Well Appointed Mud Rooms and Great Organizational Areas Throughout
  • Customized Garage Features: Insulated Overhead High-Lift Doors with Shaft-Driven Openers, Tall Garage Openings and High Ceilings for Extra Vehicle Clearance and Car Lift Capability, Fully Insulated Garages, Custom Storage and Other Custom Detail.
  • Well Placed Lighting Using Programmable Dimmers and Energy Saving Technologies
  • ‘Texas Basement’ Attic Areas with Future Living Area Expansion in Mind
Exterior
  • Building on Wooded Lots with Native Oak, Pecan, Elm, Hickory, Pine and Ash Trees is Our Specialty
Structural and Energy Saving Minimums
  • Engineered Foundation Designs Supported by Drilled Concrete Piers to Bedrock
  • Partial Stressing of Foundation Cables for a Better Quality Final Stress & Shrinkage Crack Control
  • Complete Masonry Exterior Using the Best Quality Workmanship
  • Spray Foam Insulation of Walls and Attic Rafters with a 50% Reduction in Energy Consumption
  • Hot Water Circulating Systems with Fully Insulated Water Lines Everywhere
  • TYVEK ‘Gore-Tex Jacket’ House Wrap for Protection from Moisture & Air Infiltration
  • Radiant Barrier Foil Wrap Where Needed For Temperature Containment
  • Hardie-Board Cornice & Exterior Trim Surfaces
  • Fully Insulated Garages with High-Lift (Insulated) Garage Door Systems
  • Metal Clad & Thermal Break ¾” Insulated Glass Windows
  • Living Space Covered Patios with Winterizing Comfort Features
  • Oversized Garage Door Headers and Brick Lintel Steel so Never any Sagging Above the Doors
  • Roof Bracing & Ceiling Joist Design Far Exceed Code - No Roof or Ceiling Structural Deflection
  • Surveyed Site Drainage Including Underground Inlet Lines for Yard & Gutters
  • Two Year Workmanship Warranty – 10 Year Structural Warranty