Remodeling and Home Design

To add to its over 200 industry awards, Sterling Custom Homes is proud to be recognized by the popular website Houzz.com as the Best of Houzz 2015!

Sterling’s design images are the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” Sterling will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” profile badge, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

For a look at our award winning images, please click here to be directed to our Houzz.com page. Thank you “Houzzers”! We truly appreciate your support!

Sterling Custom Homes has been building the highest quality Austin luxury homes since 1989. We are a full-service custom homebuilder eager to assist you with your lot analysis, home design and construction. For more information about our unique process, please contact Gary Grambley at gary@sterlinghome.com or call 512-263-2214.

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Houzz.com Booth

Houzz.com Booth

If your New Year’s resolution involved exercise, the International Builders Show in Las Vegas was a great place to keep that resolution on track! Overall, Design & Construction Week boasted 3,750 exhibitors and 4.7 million net square feet of exhibit space with everything from the latest in kitchen and bath design to millwork and marketing services. Making your way through the convention hall and to the many seminars available meant attendees logged several miles each day.
Attendance for the show was over 55,000, which was 8 percent higher than last year’s show. “This has been the best show we have experienced since the economic downturn,” said Jerry Konter, chair of the NAHB Convention and Meetings Committee. “You felt a great energy the moment you hit the show floor, as builders and exhibitors continue to benefit from the recovering economy.”
You could certainly feel the excitement at the Houzz.com booth, where the exhibitor showcased the latest in design photo sharing and launched a new marketing initiative that connects builders/remodelers/decorators with clients in need of their services. Having attended this event for many years, it’s amazing how much of the show has become technology driven, improving the products and processes available to builders who strive to improve their quality and efficiency.
“We’ve attended almost every International Builders Show in the past 25 years,” says Duke McDowell, President of Sterling Custom Homes. “Attending this show allows us to constantly improve our product and processes as we strive to deliver the very best building experience to our clients.”
Sterling Custom Homes has been building the highest quality Austin luxury homes since 1989. We are a full-service custom homebuilder eager to assist you with your lot analysis, home design and construction. For more information about our unique process, please contact Gary Grambley at gary@sterlinghome.com or call 512-263-2214.

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Big View SM-40Happy New Year! With the new year upon us it’s always fun to take a look at the upcoming trends we see in the custom home marketplace. Here’s what’s next:
First, there has been a steady move toward a cleaner, simpler overall design – both inside and outside the home. Labeled “Hill Country Contemporary”, this design concept usually incorporates things like non-arched windows and doors, metal roofs, less (or no) crown molding, painted vs stained base and trim, engineered wood floors and large glass transitions from inside to outside.Escavera LG-2
Our clients are still calling for the open layouts that have been so popular, as well as seamless transitions from inside spaces to outdoor spaces. Large Outdoor Covered Living Areas are very much a part of the current design trend, including outdoor Summer Kitchens and Pools.
The photos here are of homes we completed in 2012. Ahead of their time, these homes embody most of the trending designs and finishes that more and more clients are asking for these days. Later this month we will be attending the International Builder’s Show where we’ll learn more about upcoming products and features that can be incorporated into this new design concept.
Big View SM-36Sterling Custom Homes has been building the highest quality Austin luxury homes since 1989. We are a full-service custom homebuilder eager to assist you with your lot analysis, home design and construction. For more information about our unique process, please contact Gary Grambley at gary@sterlinghome.com or call 512-263-2214.

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vick pope andersen windowsAndersen Windows, the largest window and door manufacturer in North America, chose our own Vick Pope to participate in a national video series about their exceptional product. Filmed on location here in Austin at the residence of one of our very favorite clients, Vick spoke about Sterling’s philosophy when choosing the products we recommend to our clients.
All of our clients, regardless of budget, want to know that they’re getting the best value available in the marketplace. Partnering with Andersen Doors and Windows gives us the confidence of knowing that the product will perform well, look fantastic and that it will be supported by outstanding customer service should any problems arise. This is the value proposition that our clients have come to appreciate in their Sterling Custom Home!

Click HERE to see the video.

Sterling Custom Homes has been building the highest quality Austin luxury homes since 1989. Celebrating our 25th Anniversary, we are a full-service custom homebuilder eager to assist you with your lot analysis, home design and construction. For more information about our unique process, please contact Gary Grambley at gary@sterlinghome.com or call 512-263-2214.

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buildertrendlogoWhat are the two biggest complaints, nationally, that clients have about the custom home construction process? Number one is lack of organization from their builder, number two is lack of communication throughout the process. For the most part it seems that clients have been fairly satisfied with the quality of work, nationally, that my industry provides. However, studies show that they are very displeased with the process (or lack of process) that their builder brought to the project.
At Sterling Custom Homes we tackled these issues head-on 25 years ago when we developed, implemented, and have since continually improved upon our proprietary Sterling Cookbook – your step by step guide to an organized, enjoyable custom home construction process. Often copied, never duplicated, the Sterling Cookbook has been a valuable tool in guiding our clients through this otherwise complex process. Read More→

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