In the News

July 31, 2017

Sebastian Speaking at AIA Summer Conference in Austin

On Friday, a team from Sebastian will be sharing our popular presentation, Top 40 Misconceptions in the Planning of High-End Residences at the AIA Austin’s Summer Conference.

The Sebastian team hits the stage at 1pm on Friday, where we’ll talk about common misconceptions that undermine your luxury project results and ways to avoid them.

This two day educational event also features AIA President Tom Vonier, FAIA and Dean of the UT School of Architecture, Michelle Addington as Keynote Speakers.

See you in Austin!

In the News

May 22, 2017

Sebastian in the media

Building the amazing homes we get to construct is extremely fulfilling. And when those homes are featured in the leading architecture and design publications in the world, it’s an extra, unexpected thrill.

From the pages of Architectural Digest to Art Auction, Sebastian homes have been garnering coverage for decades.

Sebastian magazine features

Here’s a roundup of just three of the Sebastian-built homes found in the pages of these prestigious publications:

Athens Farm

Gracing the cover of Luxe magazine, Athens Farm was named one of the Top Ten most popular projects by Luxe in 2015 and has been pinned over 5000 times on Pinterest. Designed by Sebastian president, John Sebastian, Athens Farms was also featured on a Houzz tour, with interior designer Marci Barnes.

Malone Cliff

FD House and Oak Cliff Advocate both dedicated covers to this modern marvel, designed by Booziotis & Company Architects. With a concrete structure, sleek design and LEED Silver certification, Malone Cliff makes a strong visual and environmental statement.

Oak Court

Featured by Architectural Digest as one of “The Most Magnificent Texas Homes,” the Oak Court residence has graced the pages (and websites) of a wide array of publications, thanks to architect Russell Buchanan’s inspired renovation of the E.D. Stone home.

For more Oak Court, view a slideshow on ArchitecturalDigest.com.

Also seen in: Architizer.comDallasNews.com, and ModernDallas.net.

In the News

May 1, 2017

Better beats bigger when it comes to luxury homes

For decades, the bigger is better trend has driven the new home market. In the US, the average and median size of new houses have increased by 62% since 1973.

John Sebastian, president of Sebastian Construction Group, recently pointed out the big exception to the “bigger is always better” rule, at a recent presentation for the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture (ICAA.)

Titled The Top 40 Misconceptions in the Planning of High-End Residences, the talk tackled some of most popular misconceptions that John has found (even among some of the top architects in the field of high-end residential design.)

Here’s a big one:

“For resell value alone, it always should be the goal to get as much square footage as you possibly can for your dollar”.

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Not so, says John.

As he told DHome magazine in the January/February 2017 issue, “If budget is a concern, build smaller to maintain a high level of quality. You will never miss the space, but you will enjoy the craftsmanship for decades.”

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Rather than square footage, Sebastian advises clients to invest in design.

“Great construction quality and great architecture are smart investments. These qualities will increase the value of the house – not the square footage.”

There’s one more benefit to trading footage for higher quality – when it comes time to sell the house, it often commands a higher price.

A February 2017 article in the Wall Street Journal’s Mansion section noted that some luxury homeowners are following John’s edict to choose quality over footage by reducing the number of bedrooms in their luxury homes. (“Some Luxury Homeowners Scale Back on Extra Bedrooms.“)

The article profiles several premier properties from Malibu, California to downtown Chicago, where owners have traded unused guest bedrooms for features like a 900-square foot home gym or a penthouse for entertaining. Homes with fewer bedrooms may take longer to sell, but they generally fetch higher prices by trading the seldom-used guest bedrooms for other amenities.

In the News

March 6, 2017

Strait Lane: the only Philip Johnson-designed home in Dallas

One of Sebastian’s most iconic projects is in the news again. Strait Lane, the only Philip Johnson-designed home in Dallas is for sale.

Originally built in the 1960s for Dallas construction company founder, Henry C. Beck of The Beck Companies, this modernist marvel was painstakingly remodeled between 2002-2008.

Dallas architects Bodron+Fruit and landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand of Cambridge MA completely renewed the dilapidated structure and grounds, retaining the clean lines but recreating the space as a family-friendly home. Sebastian performed the construction.

“It’s immaculate,” says Dallas Morning News architecture critic and author of an upcoming book on Philip Johnson, Mark Lamster. “Reed Hilderbrand and Bodron+Fruit, have done Johnson better than Johnson could have done Johnson.” (CandysDirt.com)

Johnson, one of the best known modernists and winner of the first Pritzker Architecture Prize, is among a small number credited with introducing modern architecture to America.

The New York Times described Johnson’s Glass House (his own residence) as “one of the 20th century’s greatest residential structures. Johnson also designed the Seagram Building in New York with Mies van der Rohe, as well as the Pennzoil Palace in Houston and the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, “a soaring glass neo-Gothic megachurch for the Reverend Robert H. Schuller.”


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