Archive for December, 2011
Last night the premier custom home builder in Austin, Sterling Custom Homes, celebrated the end of its 22nd year in the custom home building business with its annual Christmas party. The Sterling Team gathered with family and friends at Gumbo’s Steak and Seafood at The Galleria in Bee Cave, TX. If you have not had the chance to go there, we highly recommend it. The food was absolutely amazing! Better than the food, though, was the opportunity for the company to spend some quality time together outside the office. We keep so busy throughout the year that it becomes difficult for us to get together and bond as a staff. The Christmas party always provides us with the opportunity to do just that.
In between ordering and receiving dinner Sterling Custom Homes’ President, Duke McDowell, stood up and addressed the staff. He congratulated them on a job well done in 2011 and expressed his gratitude for everything they do for the company. He went on to express the things he is most thankful for in his life and encouraged other members of the team to do the same. This speaks volumes for how much Duke cares about his co-workers and from the responses I heard last night, everyone holds Duke in high regards as well.
On behalf of all the Austin luxury home builders, we at Sterling Custom Homes would like to congratulate the Lake Travis High School Cavaliers football team for the hard work they have put in this season, ending with an unprecedented 5th straight State Championship. The 4A Division I State Championship took place on Friday, December 16th at 8:00pm at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Lake Travis High School completed their “Drive for 5″ by defeating Waco Midway 22-7.
Building a championship caliber football team can in some ways be compared to building a custom home. They both begin with the coaching staff. Our head coach, Duke McDowell, has led the Sterling Team in the custom home building game since 1989, and has been honored as the Texas Custom Builder of the Year three times. Over the years he has observed how other teams play the game and has consistently kept his team a step ahead of the competition, much like Lake Travis’ head coach, Hank Carter, has.
Sterling Custom Homes is proud of our ongoing association with one of the finest waterfront communities on Lake Travis – The Reserve at Lake Travis. We remain busy with projects in this fine community, recently completing a beautiful custom home on Poco Bueno Court built to the exact specifications of our clients, the Johnson’s. This has been a fun home to build for some really neat people. The home is an engineering feat, with the pool suspended 15 feet out of the ground and a 10 car garage tucked below the house and pool! Over the years we have come to be known not only for our quality and integrity, but also for the high level of technical expertise we bring to each and every project. We’re a builder with an engineering background, not a marketing company that builds homes, which causes us to stand out among other custom home builders in Austin.
Another project underway in The Reserve at Lake Travis is the Mahood residence on Ruffian Heights Court. A tight-knit family, each of the children had input as we developed this plan and worked through the specifications. The home sits high on the ridge above Lake Travis and will take advantage of the incredible Lake and Hill Country views from that perch. We always look forward to their visits from out of town! This is another fun project that will result in a quality home for a great family.
It might just be me, but it sure seems like fall lasted all of about two weeks. It’s that time of year again to start thinking about performing some winter maintenance on your homes to ensure that they maintain their quality of the best custom homes Austin Texas has ever seen. The following are some tips you can use when preparing you Sterling Custom Home for the winter.
Safety Tips – Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change or replace your heating system’s filter grids. You might want to clean the vents, too.
Outdoor Tips – Clean leaves, twigs, and other debris out of your gutters. Trim branches and shrubs away from the house. Stay on top of raking and instead of bagging all the leaves, consider starting a compost pile. You can add perennials and summer plants to it as well. Check to make sure your irrigation system is drained and shut off to prevent pipe bursts due to freezes. Remove and drain garden hoses and store them in a garage or shed. Be sure to cover outdoor spigots to prevent against freezing. Retrieve outdoor furniture cushions and umbrellas and store them in a garage or shed. Cover grills with waterproof covers.