Modern Home Builder - Winter 2018 - 75
decided I wanted to come back to Texas and started my own company," Dabney says.
Today, Dabney Homes builds two to three homes a year with an
attention to detail. "Every single home is analyzed daily and picked
apart in a good way," says Dy Lynne Dabney, Jack Dabney's wife.
"Jack is there all day long, checking on things.
"He builds a home that rarely needs a punch list, because of his
attention to detail," she continues. "It makes him one of the best
builders and that is why people want him so much."
"I've got my hands on everything," Jack Dabney says, noting that
he will find properties, create the plans and build the homes. "I'll
either sell them or I'll involve a realtor in the sale."
ONE OF A KIND
Dabney Homes repurposes parts of older structures into its
homes. "We find old doors and windows and will work them [in],"
Dy Lynne Dabney says, noting that the company has even used old
beams from the 1800s. "It's a nice combination of today's needs
with yesterday's beautiful things."
One example, Jack Dabney notes, is 222 Rosemary, a 1930s
federal-style home in Alamo Heights, Texas, that the company renovated. "It had eight barn doors on it," he recalls, noting that two
were used again in the home.
Another door was used in the 10,000-square-foot barn that is
home for Dabney Homes; Dy Lynne Dabney's design company,
Dy Lynne Decor; and Joyeux Home Decor, a store that sells home
furnishings that the Dabneys co-own. "If there's something that's
really cool about the house we're working on, we try to pull it out,
save it, rebuild it and give it a new function," he says.
The company is currently building 333 Rosemary in Alamo
Heights, which also incorporates old and new elements. "All of
our homes do," Dy Lynne Dabney says. "That's why people seek us
out. They have that one-of-a-kind feel."
The Dabneys are fond of the homes in Alamo Heights, which
were largely built in the 1920s and 1930s, Jack Dabney says. "You
can walk the same street over and over and see something new that
you didn't notice before," he says. "It gives me a lot of inspiration
seeing the old homes and the craftsmanship that went into them."
A GOOD PACE
Dy Lynne Dabney sees a strong future for the company, which
will stay at its current rate of two to three homes a year. "We
want to stay within our neighborhood and keep up that same
pace," she says.
The couple also wants to dedicate more time to the Joyeux Home
Decor store and have their sons take leadership of Dabney Homes.
That way, "My wife Dy Lynne and I can spend more time together
and maybe take a vacation once a year," Jack Dabney says. )
Dabney Homes builds two or three homes a year with an attention to detail in
all of them.
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