A third generation builder, Les Owens, has built LRO Residential into one of the premier custom home building companies in Dallas. Les builds in the most desired neighborhoods inside the Loop, with a special concentration amidst the well established neighborhoods of Devonshire, Bluffview, Preston Hollow and the Park Cities. Additionally, LRO builds luxury holiday homes on the popular recreational lakes of Lake Cypress Springs and Lake Bob Sandlin in Northeast Texas. LRO Residential has made its mark on the industry and become widely known for the hands-on supervision and one-on-one client time that Les provides for all his clients. LRO Residential’s clients rest easy knowing that Les is in charge, up to speed on the daily “goings on” at each jobsite, and efficiently running an organized office.
A Texan by birth, Les grew up in Mt. Vernon, close to Lake Cypress Springs in Northeast Texas. He worked with his family’s home building business, where he learned the true meaning of hard work and quality product. After graduating from Baylor University with a degree in Real Estate, he continued in his father’s footsteps and pursued his true passion of building homes.
His very first homes were renovations in the area of Royal Lane and Webb’s Chapel. Eventually, Les expanded into Briarwood, Devonshire, and Preston Hollow with large new construction projects. Les and his wife Kristi, along with their two young sons, call Devonshire home. He has built more new homes in Devonshire than any other Dallas builder to date.
His background in real estate paired with years of experience and knowledge of Dallas neighborhoods enables Les to expertly advise his clients to make the best, most informed decisions with regards to lot purchases, site improvements, and home design, as well as the all-important financial return on building a new home. Longstanding relationships with top real estate agents, architects, material suppliers and sub-contractors give clients of LRO Residential an edge – they are sure to have the top team building their dream home, within budget and on time.
LRO Residential strives to make homebuilding an exciting time for the homeowner. Les knows that lots of decisions and deadlines can make home building seem daunting. However, from lot procurement to the handing over of keys, LRO Residential is with the owner every step of the way. Private websites are designed for each homeowner, keeping information organized, readily available and in one location. This also helps Les to ensure clients are well informed during all stages of construction. This online communication record continues after move-in and allows for the quick and efficient rectification of any warranty issues.
When it comes to building technique, Les employs his winning construction combination of time-tested methods and the latest technological advances. Every home is Energy Star Certified, thus cost efficient.
We asked Les what people who build new homes or renovate in Devonshire/Bluffview look for in build/renovation sites?
“I really bring a lot of knowledge regarding lot sales and values as well as insight into what can be done with each particular build site,” he says. “Very quickly I can determine if a lot will work for a particular client’s needs; whether it is a large backyard, outdoor living and pool area, downstairs master suite or the ultimate lock and leave empty nester property. I am very experienced in finding my clients the perfect build sites.”
If Les takes a home renovation on in this area, he works with the clients to take everything out to the studs in the existing home, and usually add on..
“Owners want it all to look seamless, all on the same level, no step ups or down,” he says. “I specialize in a harmonious look on all renovations so when you see the finished product, you don’t know where old ends and new starts.”
Any problems in this neighborhood to watch for?
“Always make sure you are talking to experienced builders and contractors,” says Les. “Ask a contractor, what were you doing 4 or 5 years ago? If they were working through the real estate bust, that’s a good sign.”
As for Les Owens, he was building and growing a thriving home building business during the Greatest Recession.
“We have a 100% referral rate from our previous clients and our work is standing the test of time,” says Les.