Termites are a problem in warm, humid climates like ours in central Texas. That’s why for the past sixteen years, we’ve been using a permanent, non-chemical termite barrier called Termimesh.Read More
A poured concrete slab is the most common type of foundation in the central Texas area. Seemingly simple, designing, preparing for, and pouring a foundation is quite a complex process. Here are twelve things to know about concrete slab foundations.Read More
Our homes are built by talented people. Not just subcontractors, not just trades, but individuals who are expected to bring their best work to the job everyday. How does a builder in this booming economy find talented individuals? How do we keep them coming back and wanting to work with us? How are we assured we're getting their best effort for the best price?Read More
You'll juggle dozens and dozens of different considerations when it comes to design elements for your custom home. This post recommends a couple of juicy books to help you get informed and think through the choices.Read More
When it comes to custom homes, what exactly is a design-build firm? How do you choose a design-build firm? Why would you want to add a consulting phase to your design-build process? We answer these questions and more.Read More
If you're planning a custom home or whole-house remodel, you'll need to hire an architect or a certified professional building designer. What's the difference? Which is better? In this blog post, we look at their qualifications and discuss some ways you can choose the right professional for your project.Read More
If you want to build a custom home, you'll need architectural plans. Does it make sense to invest in do-it-yourself software and draw your own plans? What about buying stock plans from the web -- is that a good thing to do? This post explores the pros and cons.Read More
Great. You've found a lot and know what you want in the way of a new custom home. It should be about time to pour that slab, right?
Whoa. Slow down. We have a long way to go before we start thinking about a foundation.
Let's take a moment to talk about your relationship with your designer/architect.Read More
Now that you have settled on a piece of land to build on, who do you call next? An architect? Designer? Builder? Banker? Therapist? Yes, to all of the above and in that order. The important thing is you need to put your team together early in the process. Since the architect/designer is responsible for the look of your home and the builder has to construct it, wouldn't you want them working together as soon as possible for the best outcome. Also, very important to get a banker involved early to find out what you can really afford. I know at this time you don't know what it will cost, but you need to know what you are willing to spend. The therapist could come in handy after you have suffered sticker shock.Read More