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Meet Stone Creek Custom Homes’ Brad Ynostrosa

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If you call or visit Stone Creek Custom Homes, the first person youre likely to meet is Brad Ynostrosa, our Director of Sales. Brad has been with us since 2004. He relocated from Dallas to work with Jesse and Jason, but it was a long, adventurous road to get here.

Brad and Jesse have known each other for over twenty years and were actually roommates in Dallas at one time, and he has been friends with Jason for over ten years now. Brad was enrolled at Texas State when he decided he wanted to go into the Fire Service.

Brad:  I wanted to be a firefighter, so I went back to Dallas from San Marcos in an effort to get into the fire academy and EMT school. Its not an easy career path to get into. At the time they only accepted 21 candidates out of approximately 600 applicants per year. I was blessed enough to make it in and graduate.  A short time later, a good friend approached me with a very attractive opportunity to work for a home builder and I couldnt pass it up. I wish I could have done both – I have a great deal of respect for firefighters.

One thing led to another and before long Brad had experience, not only building homes, but working with concrete, real estate, and building material sales. Fulfilling his desire to return to the Texas Hill Country, he and his wife took a leap of faith and moved to SA.  His vast knowledge makes him an asset to Stone Creek. He goes above and beyond to help clients find the ideal land for their home and devise a truly custom floor plan that suits their lifestyle, including design needs and budget parameters.

Brad:  I love it when our clients dont already have land picked out. It puts me in action! I’m eager to offer up any assistance to those in need of land. It’s a difficult task for those don’t know what to look for. Its my job to look at land and know what it means from a cost standpoint and provide honest feedback to our customers.

When it comes to his personal life, Brad is a proud husband and father of three girls, including twins that arent identical but look identical.

Brad:  We love the outdoors! As for me, my three favorite things I like to do are hunting, fishing and golf. As a family, I would say anything to do with the water or outdoors. The kids love the beach. We go to the Seaside area of Florida each summer. They also love staying at my Dads ranch. Theres no place theyd rather be than at the beach or what they call, “Poppis Cow Farm,” even though my dad no longer has cows. I know I am blessed to have a job I love, three beautiful daughters and an amazing wife that supports me in all I do (including my outdoor adventures that can sometimes take me away from home for more than a few days at a time!).

Brad also enjoys offshore fishing and is gearing up for the annual guys trip to Port Mansfield in July. If youre looking to meet Poppi, Brads father moved to San Antonio part-time to be closer to his granddaughters and opened up a traditional barbershop called RY Barbershop, just outside of Timberwood Park. Come by for great conversation and an old-school shave and haircut!

For Brads exceptional guidance on your next home, call him anytime at 210-494-5400.

More Kitchen, Less Kitsch

For some of us, the kitchen is where we spend the majority of our time. High tech appliances and current trends are making kitchens more inviting than our living rooms. So if your family likes to gather around the kitchen, even when it’s not dinnertime, here are a few yummy ideas to consider for your next kitchen:

KITCHEN CONNECTIONS:  The kitchen is often a hub for home owners’ electronics. Two-thirds of NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) kitchen designers said they’re now incorporating docking and charging stations in kitchen remodels. Fifty-six percent said they included a flat-screen TV – so you don’t miss Manu’s 3-pointers while grabbing a snack.

ENERGY SAVINGS:  Home owners are always on the look-out for energy savings. Sixty percent of home designers expect energy-saving appliances to be in higher demand this year. Water-saving kitchen faucets are another energy-saver worth incorporating into your new kitchen. As far as finishes go, satin nickel is still a gorgeous choice.

OPEN SHELVING:  If you want to showcase your beautiful dishes or glassware, consider open shelving. Not only does it create an airy, fun feel to the kitchen, but it personalizes the space and allows you to show off that wedding china or other unique items. Not recommended if you’re a messy cook!

OPEN FLOOR PLAN:  Beyond open shelving, open kitchen floor plan designs are in much higher demand than a traditional closed kitchen space. This is a great design to incorporate for active families who like to host parties. Just remember that everyone will be able to see what you’re doing in the kitchen. You’ll also need to consider how the kitchen décor will complement the rest of the house.

KITCHEN SINKS:  With the growing popularity of warm metal fixtures and wood cabinets, consider a plain white kitchen sink or even a colored kitchen sink as opposed to traditional stainless steel. Imagine a striking canary yellow or a beautiful blue to help the kitchen pop!

LOOK UP:  Ceiling design is a lovely way to stylize your kitchen and make it an incredible showpiece. Statement-making ceilings are hot! You can use lighting, bulkheads, coffer ceilings or even murals, if you want to go nuts, to enhance your kitchen ceiling.

Remember to beware of flash-in-the-pan trends, such as crazy colors or design choices that may date your home. Custom home designs and all of the intricate decisions you’ll face are what we do best! Give us a call us at 210-494-5400 to get started.