Category Archives: Custom Home Builder

10 DIY Project Ideas for Christmas Break: Crafting Your Home Wonderland

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The winter holidays are upon us, and what better way to make the most of this joyful season than by sprucing up your home with some fun and creative DIY projects? Embrace the festive spirit and transform your happy home into a cozy, personalized haven. Whether you’re looking for small enhancements or considering ambitious endeavors, here are some fun ideas to get your creative juices flowing and keep the kiddos busy this Christmas break.

1. Outdoor Fire Pit

Take advantage of the cooler weather and build an outdoor fire pit to gather around with friends and family. Not only does it add warmth to chilly evenings, but it also creates a charming focal point for your outdoor space. Consider using local Texas stones for a rustic and authentic touch.

2. Customized Wreaths

Put your creative talents to the test by crafting personalized wreaths for your front door or interior spaces. Incorporate native Texan flora like pinecones, magnolia leaves, or even cotton stems for a unique and regional flair.

3. Festive Light Displays

Illuminate your home with a stunning display of lights. Create a breathtaking arrangement along your roofline or landscape with dazzling LED lights. Add a Texan twist by using cowboy boot or star-shaped lights for an extra touch of charm. If you use neutral colors, you can keep them up all year!

4. Handcrafted Furniture

Channel your inner craftsman and build bespoke furniture pieces. Whether it’s a reclaimed wood coffee table or a set of wooden shelves, personalized furniture adds character and elegance to your home. Texas has a wealth of reclaimed materials to explore, giving your creations a distinctive local flair.

5. Herb Garden Indoors

Bring a bit of greenery indoors by setting up a DIY herb garden. Use decorative pots or mason jars to plant herbs like rosemary, cilantro or basil. Not only do they provide fresh ingredients for your culinary endeavors, but they also infuse your home with natural scents and colors. Take it one step further and plan a crafts day with the kids and paint the pots together with flowers, lady bugs, turtles – whatever they like.

6. Accent Wall Revamp

Transform a plain wall into a captivating accent with a fresh coat of paint or unique wallpaper. Experiment with vibrant Texan-inspired colors or patterns to enliven your living space. Consider incorporating motifs like Lone Star patterns or desert landscapes if you want to keep it puro San Anto, as we say.

7. Customized Corkboard or Pinboard

Create a functional yet stylish corkboard or pinboard to organize your space. Use a rustic wooden frame or repurpose old picture frames for a vintage feel. Personalize it further by adding Texan-themed fabric or pins shaped like iconic state symbols.

8. Home Theater Installation

Turn a spare room or basement into an entertainment hub by setting up a home theater system the whole family can enjoy. Install a projector, comfortable seating, and ambient lighting for a cinematic experience right at home. Just don’t forget the vintage popcorn maker!

9. Upcycled Décor

Give new life to old items by upcycling them into decorative pieces. From mason jar lanterns to repurposed wine barrel furniture, the possibilities are endless. Unleash your inner artist and let your Texas roots inspire your designs.

10. Cozy Reading Nook

Create a serene reading corner by incorporating comfortable seating, warm blankets and shelves filled with your favorite books. Add Texan charm with cozy throw pillows featuring local landmarks or landscapes.

With these DIY projects, you can infuse your home with personalized touches that reflect you and your family’s style and celebrate the holiday season. Embrace the spirit of creativity and craftsmanship and make this winter break a time to cherish by creating lasting memories within the comfort of your own home. Happy holidays and happy crafting!

It’s All in the Design!

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We’d like to introduce you to our phenomenal residential designer, Shawn Campbell of Campbell Designs. He’s the gentlemen responsible for creating the magnificent custom home designs for our clients. He’s able to take all your dreams and aspirations for your new home and translate them into a plan from which we build. It’s fair to say, we couldn’t do it without him!

Shawn started his career as a residential designer in Dallas over 20 years ago. When he began, he was even drawing by hand. This was before the inception of the advanced designing software commonly used today.

We’ve been working with Shawn for over 10 years now. When we sat down with him to ask his advice on how to help make the process more seamless for our clients, he offered these tips:

  • Know what you want. So many people get started but don’t really know what they want, which results in having to continually make changes, costing time and money.
  • Have a firm grasp of your budget. Coming in with a clear budget helps inform, not just the design, but every element of the entire project.
  • Make a list of your priorities. What aspects of your new home are most important to you? Say, for example, you know you want a luxurious primary bath, a three car garage and a really amazing view of the lake, then that’s our starting point, and we design the layout of the home around those priorities.
  • Be open to alternative that fit within your budget. While we always really appreciate the photos people find in magazines and online of home elements that they really like, it’s often those really cool details that get cut because of budget restrictions. However, I do my best to give the client what they want while making the house affordable and buildable. For example, a lot of people want curtain walls these days (with the metal frames and glass in-between) but they’re very expensive, so alternatively, I can implement large windows with wood frames that are close together, giving it a similar effect.

Trends Shawn is seeing in new home designs:

  • What’s still really popular right now is the modern farmhouse design, with one big rectangle as the layout for the main public spaces that includes a kitchen on one side, dining table in the middle and the living room on the other side. I haven’t designed a formal living room or dining room in a long time.
  • As you might imagine, we’re still seeing more home offices.
  • Guest rooms and kids’ rooms are getting a little bit smaller, as they’re less of a priority.
  • Not everyone ones likes a soaker tub in the primary bath anymore. It’s nice to have, but not everyone really uses it.

Shawn has worked with several builders over the years and still does. He told us: Stone Creek Custom Homes is the number one builder I work for. If anyone asks me which builder I recommend, I always say Stone Creek.

Thank you, Shawn, we feel the same way!

Elevate Your Texas Luxury Custom Home with a Smart Bathroom!

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If you’re in the process of designing your dream luxury home in the heart of Texas (and we hope you are!), you’re likely searching for ways to incorporate the latest technology and conveniences into your living spaces. One area that’s often overlooked but offers immense potential for innovation is the bathroom. Smart bathrooms, with their cutting-edge features, have become a hallmark of modern luxury homes, and here’s why you should consider implementing them in your new home.

Effortless Convenience

Smart bathrooms offer a level of convenience that is unparalleled. Imagine walking into your bathroom in the morning, and the lights automatically brighten to your preferred level, while the floor heating system gently warms your feet. Your smart mirror displays the day’s weather forecast and your calendar appointments, ensuring you’re always well-prepared for the day ahead.

Energy Efficiency

In Texas, where temperatures can be extreme, energy-efficient solutions are essential. Smart bathrooms can help you reduce energy consumption. Smart thermostats can regulate the temperature in your bathroom, ensuring you have a comfortable space when you need it and are saving energy when you don’t.

Customizable Shower Experiences

Luxury is all about choice, and smart bathrooms offer the ultimate in customization. High-tech showers come with an array of options, such as adjustable water pressure, temperature control, and even built-in speakers to set the mood with your favorite tunes. Some even have presets for different family members so everyone can enjoy their ideal shower experience.

Cutting-Edge Toilets

When it comes to toilets, the future is now. Smart toilets have heated seats, built-in bidets with customizable water pressure and temperature, and self-cleaning capabilities. Some models even have air purifiers and deodorizers, ensuring the bathroom remains a pleasant and inviting space.

Enhanced Safety

Safety should never be overlooked in a luxury home. Smart bathrooms can incorporate features like anti-slip flooring, automatic night lights, and emergency alerts that can notify you or a loved one in case of a fall or other emergency.

Add Value to Your Home

Investing in smart bathroom features can significantly increase the resale value of your custom home. Potential buyers are increasingly looking for homes with integrated smart technology, and having a modern, well-equipped bathroom can set your property apart from the rest.

Future-Proofing

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and smart bathrooms are no exception. When you design your home with smart bathroom features, you’re future-proofing your investment. Many systems can be updated or expanded as new technology becomes available, ensuring your home remains at the cutting edge of convenience and efficiency.

Incorporating smart bathrooms into your next custom home isn’t just a trend; it’s practical and forward-thinking. With the benefits of convenience, energy efficiency, customization, and enhanced safety, your home will become a haven of modern luxury. As a leading custom home builder in Texas, we can help you bring your vision to life and ensure your new home is equipped with the latest in smart bathroom technology. Contact us today to start building the home (and bathroom) of your dreams!

Trending Architectural Elements You Need to Know About! 

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In the heart of the Lone Star State, where the spirit of independence and innovation thrives, the world of custom home building has never been more exciting!

Texas, known for its diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage, offers a unique canvas for builders and architects to create high-end custom homes that are a perfect blend of style, sophistication and, of course, functionality.

As we step into the realm of luxury living in Texas, it’s important to us that we are always up-to-date with the latest architectural styles and elements. Whether you’re planning to build your dream home or simply intrigued by the world of cutting-edge architecture, let us direct you to the future of Texas custom homes.

Here’s what our customers are considering:

Open Concept Layouts: Open floor plans that create a seamless flow between living spaces remain highly popular. This design encourages interaction, maximizes natural light, and gives homes a spacious feel. Perfect for families that love to entertain!

Large Windows and Glass Walls: Expansive windows, sliding glass doors, and glass walls continue to be sought after. These features bring the outdoors in, provide excellent views, and flood interiors with natural light. Since the pandemic, we’ve seen more and more home owners interested in this idea.

Minimalist Design: Clean lines, simple forms, and a minimalist aesthetic are favored by many homeowners. This approach focuses on functionality and uncluttered spaces.

Energy Efficiency: Sustainable and energy-efficient elements are an ever-growing trend. This includes solar panels, energy-efficient appliances, well-insulated walls and roofs, and high-efficiency HVAC systems to reduce environmental impact and lower utility bills.

Indoor-Outdoor Living: Outdoor living spaces are becoming more elaborate, featuring outdoor kitchens, fire pits, covered patios, and even outdoor rooms with heating and cooling options. We love nothing more than building our customers a luxurious outdoor space!

Smart Home Integration: Homes equipped with smart technology for lighting, security, climate control, and entertainment are increasingly popular. Voice-activated controls and automation systems are becoming standard.

Natural Materials: The use of natural materials like wood, stone, and metal in interior and exterior design elements adds warmth and character to custom homes.

Multi-Generational Living: Designs that accommodate multi-generational living are on the rise. This includes features like separate living spaces or additional suites for extended family members.

Custom Built-Ins: Custom shelving, storage solutions, and built-in furniture are gaining popularity, as they add functionality and uniqueness to your beloved spaces.

Floating Staircases: Contemporary, minimalist floating staircases add a sense of elegance and modernity to homes.

Green Roofs and Living Walls: Incorporating green roofs and gorgeous living walls not only enhances aesthetics but also contributes to energy efficiency and sustainability.

Unique Roof Designs: Architects are experimenting with creative roof designs, such as flat roofs with rooftop gardens or pitched roofs with interesting angles.

Dedicated Home Offices: The need for dedicated home office spaces has grown significantly, with many homes now featuring stylish and functional workspaces. Here, you can go wild or conservative with the interior design to make work life as interesting as home life.

The world of high-end Texas custom home building is an ever-evolving landscape of innovation and creativity. The architectural styles and elements mentioned above represent just a glimpse of the exciting possibilities available to you through us at Stone Creek Custom Homes.

How to Turn Your Backyard Into an Oasis During the Sizzling S. Texas Summer!

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As we all know, the summer heat in South Texas can be brutal, but it doesn’t mean you have to give up on your backyard just because you don’t have a covered porch like this one (above) that we built for our client.

With a few simple adjustments, you can turn your backyard into an oasis that you’ll enjoy spending time in all season long.

Minimize Direct Sun on Your Back Patio

One of the best ways to stay cool in the summer is to minimize direct sun on your back patio. There are a few different ways to do this. One option is to install a shade sail or canopy. There are a million options out there, so just search to see all the various designs and find one that suits your style, but the idea is this will provide a shady spot where you can relax and enjoy the outdoors. Alternatively, you can plant trees or shrubs around your patio to create a natural barrier from the sun. Although this might not solve the problem this summer, unless you purchase mature plants.

Add Some Water Features

Adding some water features to your backyard is a great way to cool things down. A fountain, pond, or even a simple water table can help create a more relaxing atmosphere. The water will also evaporate, which will help to cool the air around you.

Install Some Fans

Installing some fans around your backyard can aid in keeping the air circulating and help you stay cool. You can also use misting fans to create a cool mist that will evaporate sweat and keep you feeling refreshed.

Take Breaks in the Shade

If you’re spending time outdoors, it’s important to take breaks in the shade. This will help to keep you from overheating and getting sunstroke. You should also drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. We all know this, but it’s easy to forget to drink enough water in this heat! Along those lines, it’s also important to wear sunscreen when you’re outdoors, even if it’s cloudy. The sun’s rays can still damage your skin, particularly when you can’t feel the heat.

By following these tips, we hope you can transform what might be a dreaded backyard at the moment into an oasis where you can relax and enjoy spending time all summer long. If you need help building a new backyard (along with your brand new custom home), you know where to find us!