Archive for March, 2010
Recently, we began the process of pouring the slab for our clients, the Johnson’s, in The Reserve at Lake Travis. This lakefront Austin home has a large, 10 car garage built underneath the main level, so the slab will be poured in three stages. Talk about unique Austin custom homes! The first stage, which you are seeing here, is the lower slab. The next pour will be to create the vertical slab wall that will be placed in front of the cut you can see in the pictures. The third pour will be to tie in the upper slab.
Homes such as these are found often in Austin and are very popular for our custom clients who are building on lots that slope from front to back. This allows us to work with the topography rather than against it and always creates great views from the main level of the home. In this instance there will be a garage underneath the main level, but many times we will design the home so that the secondary bedrooms, Gameroom or even the Study are below the main level. Read More→
Cody Wagner has recently joined Austin Custom Home builder Sterling Custom Home’s family. While new to Sterling, he is not new to construction management or Austin custom homes. Upon graduating from Texas Tech University in 1998, Cody moved into a supervisory position with a nationally recognized home builder where he organized projects and trained new employees. In 2001, Cody returned to the family business in which he grew up, a custom home building company. As a second generation builder, there is no doubt Cody knows home building. We are excited to have him as part of our team and are assured his skills will benefit our company and bring satisfaction to our distinguished custom home clientele.
Cody brings experience in all areas of the business which provides our custom home clients a broad knowledge base in all matters of custom building. One of the many qualities we appreciate about Cody is his attention to detail throughout the entire project and culminating at the homeowner orientation. Attention to detail equals satisfied home buyers for this Austin, Texas custom home building company. We have no doubt that his strengths, passions and values line up with those of our company.
Over the past few years, we have seen Austin custom homes trend toward including more open, inviting media room spaces. In the past, the media room was a closed-off, dark room created in a space where, often times, there was no outside wall suitable for windows. These design criteria made good use of otherwise useless space in many Austin custom homes.
Most recently there has been a trend towards a more interactive, social space utilizing the great viewing experience of the media room. We have developed a “hybrid” of the two concepts that has been very popular with our Austin custom home clients. The idea, which we first presented in the 2006 HBA Parade of Homes in Seven Oaks, is to combine the Media Room and the Gameroom so that interesting programming, such as a big sporting event or awards show, could be viewed from a more social environment in the home. Read More→
This served as an opportunity to show Austin real estate agents the value and quality of our Portfolio Designs. We have a twenty year reputation of building one of a kind custom homes and we are proud to offer our Portfolio Designs in order that meet the needs of all distinguished custom home clientele in this transitional market. Read More→
Central Texas tied Washington D.C. in the Forbes.com ranking that compiles job growth and real estate industry improvement, among other indicators. Austin has maintained a relatively low jobless rates, though the number increased to 7.6 percent last month from 7 percent, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Statewide, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent from December to January, compared to 9.7 percent nationally.
Austin also benefits from high government job generation, according to Forbes. The number of Central Texas jobs increased just shy of 1 percent between 2007 and 2009, more than any other city included in the research. Read More→