Archive for April, 2011
Are you looking for a family-friendly event that will get you out of your new homes in Austin for a day of fun and adventure? Then you should definitely check out the Pecan Street Festival on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and May 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. An Austin family tradition for 33 years, the free family event is the largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting more than 300,000 people in past years with juried artists, original artisans, live music, delicious food, children’s workshops, magicians, jugglers, comedians and so much more.
For attendees who love to shop, there are several arts and crafts vendors with a variety of unique offerings. From paintings, sculpture and woodwork to candles, jewelry, cowboy hats, home décor and games, you’ll find it here.
If want to discover the next hottest band, then make sure to visit one or all of the festival’s three stages of live music. Past artists who have graced these stages include Stevie Ray Vaughn, Vallejo and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
And, make sure to come to the Pecan Street Festival hungry because the event features more than 20 food vendors serving up everything from traditional festival fare such as lemonade, funnel cakes, popcorn and cotton candy to turkey legs, barbecue, international dishes, healthy selections and more. Read More→
Now that spring is in full swing, it’s time to celebrate. Although there are many activities that you can participate in to welcome the birth of a new season, there is none more exciting (and appropriately named) than the Lake Travis Springfest on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Located at the Hill Country Galleria, near Lake Travis custom homes and off of Hwy 71 at 620, the event features many fun activities for the whole family. From arts and crafts to the boat expo and barbecue cook-off, everyone is sure to find something they enjoy.
Worried that your children may get bored? Bring them to the KidZone. For adults 21 and older, check out the Bloody Mary contest. And, everyone can enjoy the live music featuring Duck Soup and Bruce Robison.
The Lake Travis Springfest is a free event. However, there is a nominal fee for the KidZone: $4 per child or $10 for three children. For more information about the Lake Travis Springfest, visit the website. Read More→
In the custom home business, identifying the best values for our clients is a full-time job! Really, unlike many other luxury home builders in the area, Sterling Custom Homes employs a full-time Purchasing and Estimating Manager.
Meet Les Russell, our resident guru of material and labor costs. Les has more than 25 years of residential construction experience. His vast knowledge of all the components and systems associated with residential construction makes him the perfect fit at Sterling as we continue to pursue the best values available to our distinctive clientele.
While cost is always an important factor in any purchasing decision, Les is quick to point out that the lowest price does not always mean the best value. Sterling Custom Homes has been building the highest quality custom homes in the Austin area for more than 22 years. The trade partners we associate with and the materials we specify in construction of our award-winning new homes in Austin must meet our high standards for quality and durability.
Always on the lookout for innovative products and construction materials, Les constantly analyzes the cost and associated benefit of every component of your home, providing Sterling clients with the very best value in the Austin custom home market. Read More→
Some of the joys of spring include sunny skies, warm weather, refreshing rain showers and, of course, beautiful blooming wildflowers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Wildflower Days™ from now until May 31. This is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore after being cooped up in you new homes in Austin last winter.
During Wildflower Days™, the Center’s grounds are open from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every day. To celebrate the wildflower season, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center hosts a variety of fun events including the National Wildflower Week Photo Exhibit sponsored by Canon, National Public Gardens Day with free admission to Better Homes & Gardens subscribers with magazine coupon, Gardens on Tour and the Wildflower Gala wraps everything up with former first lady Mrs. W. Bush attending as a special guest.
Daily admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $3 for children and members and children under 5 attend for free. Read More→
Custom Home Builders price their services to the client as either Cost Plus or Fixed Price. When a client chooses a new home builder in Austin who operates under the Cost Plus model, they may have the perception that their dream home will cost less since they are receiving “builder cost.” However, building hard-costs constantly fluctuate based on supply and demand. During the building process, one can typically expect the price of concrete, lumber or sheetrock to increase. The fact is, this increase must be absorbed by someone and, under the Cost Plus model, that would be the client. Also, when there is no fixed price quoted on labor and material, the builder has less incentive to flex his purchasing power and protect the client. The bottom line is, the more expensive the home, the more profit for the builder.
By contrast, in a Fixed Price scenario, all the specifications and pricing for your home are worked out in advance. As a result, the buyer gains a comprehensive understanding of the budget. Delivering a Fixed Price does require more time up-front to identify the materials and finishes. The biggest drawback has always been the inordinate amount of time it took for the builder to obtain bids from suppliers and subcontractors. Sterling has solved this problem by developing a proprietary Specifications and Pricing module that allows us to front-load material and labor costs. This enables us to produce a Fixed Price in a matter of a few days, rather than weeks or months. Read More→