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Traditionally in this space you see elegant, even lavish, dwellings accessorized to the max. Generally, the adornments alone help explain why the exclamation point has been attached to the middle word of the headline. This month, we’re taking a different perspective.

Make no mistake – there’s plenty of lavish and ample !!! associated with the new Spanish-style, North Texas home of Camner and Kelly Rubin. All you have to do is look at the photos to discern that. But the images you see here also depict something you might suspect: This home is brand new, and the Rubins are still in the process of turning their custom design – executed to near perfection by Mansfield Custom Homes – into a finished dream.

To that end, the following statistics offer a solid foundation to complement what was constructed on the home’s solid foundation:

• The house sits on 9.3 acres.
• It comprises 5,500 square feet on the house proper and has two additional outdoor living areas that bump the total to 7,000 square feet.

• There’s a pool/spa, five bedrooms and five and a half baths, two fireplaces (one indoor and one outside), a gym, an inner courtyard, a large play/media room, a spa-style master bath, and an outdoor kitchen and living room.


“We built the house from the ground up,” says Camner. “Because [Mansfield Custom Homes] created it custom for us we love everything about it.”

“Everything” includes an also-new neighborhood, which attracted the Rubins because of the availability of large lots and easy access to downtown Dallas.

Camner doesn’t make the trek there for work anymore. The former financial adviser sold his practice to become a stay-at-home father with his 2-year-old son and an expected daughter due next month. Kelly is a corporate tax attorney.

The two of them moved into their new dwelling upon its completion in December and already love what it offers and what it promises to offer.

Of course, there’s the aforementioned neighborhood. “The other homes in our area are generally on large lots, as well,” Camner says. “It gives us the feeling of being in the country while being close to the city.”


He also is enamored with the large yard and open space it allows. “My wife’s favorite part is tied between the kitchen and the master bath – the kitchen because she likes her Viking Tuscany range and the countertops (and the interaction between them) and the master bath because she likes her large, granite bathtub with view of the garden. The tub was put in a space where it feels like the outdoors. Our son’s favorite room is his large playroom with carpeted floors he can run and tumble on.”


As the Rubins have been filling the spacious interiors with furniture and accessories, they’ve sought input from Stephanie Kratz of Stephanie Kratz Interiors, who also helped with decorating.

The custom construction and the personal additions that do and will adorn the inside and outside of the property have the couple excited about what their home will become over time.

“We have not had the opportunity to entertain yet, but during poor weather our large living room has ample space for entertaining,” Camner says. “Once it becomes nice out we are looking forward to entertaining on our outdoor living room with adjacent kitchen.”

Though the Rubins haven’t spent much time in their abode, they feel right at home. “We already have a lot of great memories of playing with our son in the play room,” Camner says. “We would like to make more of those going forward.”