Project Features

May 14, 2018

Featured: Sherry Hayslip Interiors

Sherry Hayslip Interiors is a now-legendary Dallas-based interior design firm helmed by principal designer, Sherry Hayslip. In addition to her interior design business, Sherry also owns a retail boutique, cleverly named Luxurease, which features decorative home accessories, jewelry and objets d’art.

According to the firm’s website, “Her work attracts A-list clientele including major sports team owners, celebrities, art dealers and many other clients recognized by Forbes Magazine. She has designed one-of-a-kind interiors for her clients around the world from Sonoma, Cape Cod, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands and beyond.”

Hayslip’s work has garnered more than 100 (that’s right, 100) national and international interior design awards. Her interiors have been featured in local favorites like D Home Magazine and Park Cities People, as well as national publications like Elle Decor and Better Homes & Gardens.

We got to experience Hayslip’s design genius first hand, at our Meadowbrook project. With architecture by Richard Drummond Davis, Meadowbrook is an English Traditional estate home in Dallas. Meadowbrook features extensive patterned marble floors, carved marble mantles, and ornately detailed millwork.

Hayslip characterizes her style as “a combination of contemporary and classic with a touch of the unexpected.” She holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and Southern Methodist University, and later attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and Parsons School of Design in Italy. She credits her inspiration to a curious nature and frequent travel, particularly to Europe.


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May 7, 2018

Sebastian Construction Group’s 70th Anniversary

At the end of April, hundreds of employees, friends and colleagues gathered to commemorate Sebastian Construction Group’s 70th year in business. It’s rare that a company makes it to the five year mark, let alone celebrates its platinum anniversary. We think Sebastian’s longevity is a credit to the strong foundation and values instilled by its founder, George Sebastian.

John and Patti Sebastian’s Walnut Creek Farm made a warm and relaxing venue for guests to celebrate Sebastian Construction Group’s 70th anniversary.

George Sebastian, self-trained architect, client advocate and quality fanatic

George Sebastian, a graduate of Southern Methodist University, returned from fighting in World War II’s Pacific theater and began building homes to support the expanding Dallas population. In the next decade, this self-trained architect shifted his focus to renovating the grand homes of the Highland Park area.

In the 1980s, George and his John Sebastian, fresh from Texas Tech and armed with his architecture degree, worked together, growing Sebastian’s reputation for quality in the Dallas area.

In 1991, the company’s name was changed to Sebastian & Associates to reflect the increasing role John played in their growth and development. George Sebastian passed away in 1992, leaving a legacy of commitment to the highest level of quality.

Sebastian Construction Group today

John began to integrate commercial contracting systems for cost, schedule and quality control to better deliver the large complex new residential projects that form the company’s core business.

Today, with more than 50 talented associates in Dallas and Houston, specializing in estimating, field supervision, project management and construction accounting, Sebastian Construction Group builds even the most challenging projects with warmth, collaboration, expertise and a passion for excellence.


Project Features

April 30, 2018

5 Entrance Halls Welcome You

More than an access point, entrance halls offer visitors a first impression of the home. Whether grand black and white marble-clad or warm-hued and flooded with natural light, the entry gives visitors a peek at what’s to come. The artwork, the lighting, the colors and furnishings all preview the delights that await inside.

The entrance hall at the DeLoache residence, by Robert A.M. Stern, sets a striking tone for newcomers.

The entrance at Athens Farm gives a preview of warmth and comfort to be found within. (Complete with friendly face to greet your arrival.)


Beverly ResidenceThe Beverly Residence, designed by Larry E. Boerder, with interiors by Laura Lee Clark shows off exquisite attention to detail, from the focal point table to the ornate ceiling.


Turtle Creek, by Welch Architecture, with interiors by Cadwallader Design is fresh and airy, with warm wide steps that pull you in. 

The entrance hall at the Holloway project, by Peter Marino, Architect, gives a preview of the owners’ fabulous art collection and the sumptuous details you’ll encounter within.


April 23, 2018

Fallacy of Competitive Budgeting

Even when clients are building a high end estate home destined to be featured in Architectural Digest, they care about costs. It’s simple – no one wants to be taken advantage of.

But asking for competitive bids at the preliminary design phase is not the best way to ensure a cost effective selection process.

Using a competitive process at the preliminary design phase can be an ineffective and even dangerous method of selecting a contractor. The budgeting process will always result in a wide range of estimated hard construction costs by the contractors, because each firm uses interpretation and guesswork at this early stage.

Budgets at early design can vary widely – commonly, plus or minus 40%!

But those varying interpretations and guesswork can create a problem. The client wants to believe the lowest preliminary guesstimate (who wants to pay more than you have to, no matter what your means?) The client often selects a contractor based on what they perceive to be the same house at a lower cost.

[Want to download a PDF of the Fallacy of Competitive Budgeting? Click here.]

In reality, the lower estimate represents lower quality, craftsmanship or detail. Here’s the thing: once the information and drawings for the project are complete, the hard costs for all contractors will be within the same 3% to 5% range.

The bottom line is that you should select your contractor based on fee, general conditions and qualifications for the project, as the hard construction costs will be nearly the same once the design is complete.