Emily, Home Buyer in Dallas County, TX

Can someone tell me the name of an excellent contractor in the Lakewood area experienced remodeling older homes with sensitivity to historic detail?

Asked by Emily, Dallas County, TX Thu Jan 13, 2011

Need help finding a contractor in Lakewood

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As several have already mentioned, Brian Gream is a wonderful choice in the area of historically-sensitive remodels. He remodeled our 1923 bungalow in 2008 and did an amazing job. You can view the pictures of our house on his website at http://www.bgrontheweb.com. Ours is the "barn red" (as my wife likes to call it) bungalow.

Brian is very sensitive to your desires and has a keen eye and great judgment for what is and is not an effective (or historically accurate) remodeling choice. As Ken Lampton mentioned, ask Brian if he will tour you around his personal house. It's an amazing new build, which almost completely blurs the dividing line between remodel and new construction. Brian's email is briangream@yahoo.com and his phone number is 214.542.6214. If you request it, Brian will often take you on a tour of some of his projects, to allow you to both meet his clients and get a feel for his remodeling style.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to call me.

Best Regards,

Will Short
Skylark Realtors
Web Reference: http://www.bgrontheweb.com
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Kirk Eppler of Eppler Construction is an excellent contractor. I personally know of a few jobs he has done in the Lakewood area and he has always done excellent work. I have also used him to work in my home and he pays attention to detail and is priced very reasonable. Any questions please call me at 972-951-0619

Mona Stanfield, Realtor®
Elle Realty
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I recommend you talk to Brian Gream. He lives in Vickery Place in a replica Prairie/Craftsman home he built for his family on Richard Avenue. Ask him to show you his home. You will see he has the "sensitivity to historic detail" you are looking for. I would talk to him first if I wanted to do a major remodel of my own 1928 Tudor cottage in the M-Streets. (I don't know anything about his prices.)


Ken Lampton
RE/MAX About Dallas
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I know that Perry Lowery is a good builder and has done quite a few remodels. He lives in Lakewood and knows what is expected.

He phone number is (214) 823-9763. He has been in the building industry probably most of his life. He worked for our company for a while and is very good. I would definitely give him a call.

Good luck!
Melissa Brooks
Grand Homes
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Try Brian Gream: 214.542.6214, http://www.bgrontheweb.com. He remodeled our 1940s colonial and did another project for us last year with adding a front porch. He knows a lot about older homes and their unique characteristics. He is also not super expensive as some other East Dallas contractors seem to be. Although we had a great experience with him, I can't guarantee that for you, so always interview several contractors to see which one you think you would work well with. I have others tell me that Joe Jackson with the Newport Group, (214) 827-0807 is good too. If you would like to talk in detail, feel free to call me. Good luck!


Kim Sinnott
Ebby Lakewood
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 13, 2011
Hi Emily,

Here is a list of agents on Trulia in your area:

You might find your answer by connecting with a local Realtor - often local agents are familiar with specialty contractors and should be able to provide you with a contractor(s) to consider.

Another avenue to pursue.... when I googled Lakewood for contractors I came across this site for a Lakewod Landscape Architect... It's very possible that a landscape architect would know of a contractor with the experience with historic homes you are seeking. Click to check out this site:

Charleston is abundant wtih historic homes, so I understand your need to find the right contractor ....best of luck to you!


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