Many of the custom builders in DFW have gotten into remodeling resale home as a sideline while new starts were slower. One that comes to mind for me is Jim Jenne of Bluffview Builders. Jim has worked on projects all over Dallas, and is a former Builder of the Year in Dallas County. Of late, he's been working on suburban projects like Willow Pond in Frisco, which is now sold out. Great builder, solid reputation, and a long resume of remodel/renovation projects in the DFW area. M. Christopher & Company is another builder who is actively pursuing renovation projects in DFW.
If you have a great Realtor in DFW, then they know the builders who are doing such projects, as the builders come to the Realtors to solicit clients. A contractor isn't going to roam all over town looking at homes with you. Find a good Realtor who can help you find the home with the right bones for a remodel, keeping in mind that LOCATION is still key to making the best selection. Then, get the contractor to go to your 2nd showings on your favorite 1-3 homes. You are right that not every person, no matter their profession, can see the potential beyond the cosmetic or structural issues. But, we work with a ton of clients in Dallas who do major remodels at every price point of home, and investors who buy to flip. We're used to contractors and designers coming in on final home selections and adding their input. These jobs are a labor of love, even if the work is contracted out. They bring back neighborhoods to their former glory, and if done right, they don't devastate the original character of the home in the process. We Realtors appreciate those types of projects and the people who can take them on.
Have a blessed day!
Ronda Allen, Realtor and Certified Purchasing Manager
CEO of comingsoonhomes.com
RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs