Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find out if my event date is available?
To inquire about availability, email us at info@houseofDIRT.com
Can I just pop by to view the space?
We would love to show you around! We ask that you set an appointment in advance so that we give you the full, undivided attention that you need. You can set an appointment emailing us at info@houseofDIRT.com or by booking your own appointment online at www.calendly.com/houseofdirt
OK, I love it! I want to book, now what?
Great! We require a security deposit of $1,000 and a 50% non-refundable deposit of the rental fee in order to secure your date. The remainder will be due 30 days before your event.
Do you take credit cards?
Absolutely! Checks or money orders are preferred, but we accept credit card payments with an additional 3% processing fee.
Can I hold my date until I make a decision?
We will hold your date for 5 days from your initial consultation. After that window, the date will revert to a first-come, first-served basis.
What if I cancel after booking?
We understand that things come up and plans change. Please let us know as soon as possible. Your 50% rental deposit is non-refundable. We will refund the remainder of the rental fee and security deposit if you cancel within 21 days of your event. If you cancel within 7 days of your event, you will not get back the remainder of your rental fee, however, the security deposit will be returned to you.
Do I get extra time to set-up or breakdown?
If you are wanting a 3 hour event, you must book the venue for 5 hours. This allows one hour for set-up and an hour for breakdown and clean up. Fridays have a minimum of 3 hours and Saturday is a 4 hour minimum. If your event runs short of the minimum, you will still have to pay the minimum hourly rate. If your event runs longer than the minimum, each hour is additional.
ABOUT THE PROPERTY
How many guests can I have?
Our maximum occupancy for the property is 100 people.
Can I have tables and chairs delivered?
You may, but it is not necessary. House of DIRT comes with everything you need. We will make sure that you have you have enough miss-matched vintage furniture to seat all of your guests (tables and chairs). Tables and chairs must be provided by a professional rental company. We insist on arranging all rentals to insure delivery and pick up times match our schedule. There is limited storage space for holding items. Let us know what style you are looking for and we will research some options for you.
Can I bring my own decor?
House of DIRT is completely decorated and coordinating flowers can be provided by DIRT Flowers. However, we do allow personal photos and items of that nature. We ask that the aesthetic be fitting to the House of DIRT style.
Outdoor ceremony only….. What if it rains?
There are a few adjustments we can make without rentals if your guest count is less than 50. You should plan on renting an outdoor tent for the backyard area in the event of inclement weather. We are happy to research rental fees so you can have that plan on standby, just in case. Please notify us at least four weeks in advance if weather is a serious concern. We can arrange for outside heater rentals as well.
Do you have a stage/ arbor? (does it have power, lighting?)
Our backyard includes a permanent stage with an arbor that can be decorated with floral and/or the lighting of your choice for an additional fee. There is power behind the stage for musicians or DJs.
Do you have a sound system for me to use?
We have a basic sound system at House of DIRT for day to day use. This system will provide sound to the inside, as well as front and back porch. Your DJ should bring a sound system and microphone for your use.
Do you have a kitchen, what is included?
We have a kitchen that is available to professional catering services only. All kitchen staff must have a Food Handlers Certificate through the state of Texas. Our kitchen amenities include a fridge, sinks, prep tables, 6 burner stovetop and cooktop grill. There is not a freezer or an ice machine. There are two small ice chests provided for your use.
Do you have parking?
You may also use our side driveway, which fits two more cars. The gravel parking lot to the left of House of DIRT is NOT parking for the venue. Valet service is available in the Bishop Arts District within one block of the venue. The Bishop Arts District Valet will work with you if you would like to arrange for valet to meet your guests at the front of House of DIRT for your arrival and departure times. Guests are responsible for paying the per car charge. Please contact the valet service if you would like to cover this cost for your guests or if you are needing valet past 10 PM. We do not allow outside valet companies.
Bishop Arts District Valet, 214-523-9009, email@example.com
Can I bring my own alcohol? (and serve it myself?)
House of DIRT insists on providing the TABC certified bartender. Bartenders will bring their own bar tools. You must provide the liquor, wine, beer, mixers, ice, garnish, beverage napkins, straws, picks and any and all other items needed to serve. These items must be dropped off at the venue on the morning of your event. This will not affect your vendor arrival time. Ice should be delivered to the venue at your vendor arrival time, not sooner, as there is no freezer on-site. House of DIRT does provide two small coolers for ice storage. Any additional coolers are the responsibility of the guest and/ or caterer. If you are using our in-house caterer, we will take care of ice for you, upon request. Glassware and linen rentals must be coordinated through House of DIRT.
Is security provided or is it extra?
Security is extra, and only required for events with 50 or more people, or any event where alcohol is served. We will schedule the security guard for your event.
Can I bring my own caterer/ photographer/ DJ?
Yes. There is only a $125 buyout charge for bringing a caterer that is not on our preferred list. We will still need to approve the caterer. We ask that the aesthetic be fitting to the House of DIRT style.
Can I bring my own food?
All food must be provided by a professional catering service approved by House of DIRT.
Who is going to cut the cake?
Cake cutting and plating is a service commonly provided by caterers, for which, most will charge. House of DIRT is happy to provide this service for a $50 Charge.
Who is going to rearrange all of the seating in the backyard after the ceremony?
We have one set of chairs that will be used for the ceremony and for dining. If you are having both a ceremony and then seated dining, you will most likely need our staff to bring all of the chairs inside in a timely manner before food service starts. This is called a “flip” and there is a $150 charge. Guests are not allowed to execute a flip.
Do you provide the linen?
Yes. Black linens for the front porch tables are complimentary. We rent lace/ crocheted vintage linens to go on top of the black ones (highly recommended). We insist on arranging all rentals, including linens. We will have them delivered and set.
Who will clean up the empty glassware and dirty plates during the event?
One House of DIRT busser is required for all events where food and beverage is being served. You can have additional bussers, if desired. A House of DIRT busser is $35/hour and is required from vendor arrival time to clean/lock time.
IN-HOUSE SERVICES AND RENTALS
Floral: The only vendor you are required to use when you book House of DIRT is DIRT Flowers for your floral and decor needs. You can choose from a variety of floral a la carte options or you may choose to select the House of Dirt Interior Floral Package.
House of DIRT Interior Floral Package is $700 and includes the following:
Beautiful venue decor with 13 flower arrangements for the tables
2 large bar arrangements
candles and props
styling according to your style and color palette
House of DIRT Floral Package Exterior Add-On for an additional $300:
A variety of outdoor decor options in the backyard
Can be applied to adding floral to the stage
Dinner Plates, Chargers and Glassware: We do have mix-matched, vintage dinner plates available for rent along with coordinating assorted glassware which is amber, green, milk glass and clear. They are designed to match the venue perfectly. Both are $2 each. We have silver and gold chargers for $1 each. We have miss-matched white plates available for $1 each. White, uniform dinner plates, side/dessert plates and bowls rent for $1 each. We can provide clear water, wine and rocks glasses for $1 each. Champagne flutes rent for $1.25 a glass and Gatsby champagne coupes rent for $2.50 each. Silverware is the responsibility of the caterer. If you use our in-house caterer or rent dishware and glasses from us, we will provide silverware for your guests. We do have a policy that any disposable silverware used must be biodegradable. If your caterer does not provide this option, we can assist you in ordering it online.
Linens: We have a variety of linens available including vintage, crochet tablecloths and doilies, as well as traditional linens available. We are happy to handle your linen and napkin needs. Prices vary according to style.
House of DIRT Craft Cocktail Bartender
House of DIRT is pleased to be able to offer you custom bartending service at our venue! All of the House of DIRT bartenders are TABC certified experts in creating craft cocktails and serving clients with a high level of style and professionalism. When you book one of our bartenders he/she may design one custom cocktail for your event based on your favorite booze and event theme, complimentary if you choose. Please inquire for pricing if you would like to have a one-on-one tasting with our bartender and/or order additional custom cocktails for your event.
$75 an hour for beer and wine only, with a 3 hour minimum (must include 2 hours for set up and breakdown), plus 20% gratuity.
$100 an hour for cocktails and/or beer and wine, with 4 hour minimum (must include 2 hours for set up and breakdown), plus 20% gratuity.
You, the guest, must provide the liquor, wine, beer, mixers, garnish, straws, picks and any and all other items needed to serve. Bartenders will provide their own bartending tools. These items must be dropped off at the venue on the morning of your event. This will not affect your vendor arrival time. You may coordinate your glassware rentals through House of DIRT. Ice must also be provided by the guest or through your caterer. If you are having a House of DIRT bartender, they will go get your ice for you before your event. Prices for ice range (depending on guest count) from $30-$60 for beer and wine only. For a beer, wine and cocktail bar, ice will be $60-$90. If you or a caterer are providing ice, it should be delivered to the venue at your vendor arrival time, not sooner, as there is no freezer on-site. House of DIRT does provide two small coolers for ice storage. Any additional coolers are the responsibility of the guest and/or caterer.
We are confident that our bartenders will provide a flawless experience for your event. Thank you for choosing House of DIRT for your special day! Don’t hesitate to email events@HouseofDIRT.com with any and all questions.