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Return of the Custom Home Buyer

We were surprised and delighted to hear recently how rare it really is to get repeat customers in the custom home building and construction business. Unfortunately, it’s rife with builders who can’t seem to deliver what they promise which makes this phenomenon even more rare. At Stone Creek Custom Homes, however, we’ve been blessed to have several repeat customers – some we’re designing for right now.

“We’ve had ten repeat customers total. Having that many people ask you to build a second home for them is not the norm. The reason why they want a second house usually varies. They love their homes, but some need more space while others want to downsize or live in a different area. They come back because they know what we’re capable of, they know how we operate, and they respect the value of their home,” said Brad Ynostrosa, our Director of Sales.

We decided to investigate a little further and find out exactly what brought them back. Interestingly, for most, our dedicated customer service tops the list. “We have a team of good, honest people who want to provide an exemplary product,” explained Brad. “It’s an honor when they come back. Even though we maintain a really close relationship with many of our clients, most just call us out of the blue, and tell us they are ready to get the process started again. We didn’t even know a lot of these folks were entertaining the idea.”

A recent client of ours spent a great deal of time and effort researching potential builders and gave us some valuable information on why we were chosen. They based their decision not only on stellar customer service, but our reputation and responsiveness. “I met with them for three hours on a Saturday, my day off, and I went home. They came back a few hours later looking for me to answer a few more questions and spoke to Michelle, another one of our Sales Managers.  Michelle answered their questions then called me to let me know they had come by. I immediately followed up with a phone call to make sure all of their questions were answered. They told me it meant a lot to them that I followed up with them so promptly. It showed that we care,” said Brad.

We also pride ourselves on our preparedness, which has also been commented on recently. We come to meetings not only ready to listen, but with notes and ideas for you as well. There’s no searching for a pen because we already have one ready. When we’re with you, you have 100% of our attention – that’s the only way we’re able to successfully translate your ideas from ideas topaper and finally into to reality.

Working with our clients a second time is an even better experience for both us and them, because we know how they operate and they know how we operate, which makes the process that much easier. “We’re grateful to be given that opportunity. Some are even contractors. It’s one of the highest compliments when someone in the industry comes back and asks us to build a second home for them,” said Brad.

Ready to build again? Call us at 210-494-5400 to discuss the next incarnation of your dreams! You know what to expect from us. If you wish to be added to our private email list for our newsletter, please sign up here.

Why Finding the Right Property for Your New Custom Home is Important


One of the most valuable things that we at Stone Creek Custom Homes offer our clients is help with lot selection. This is a service that’s overlooked by many home builders, but if you’re investing hundreds of thousands of dollars or more into a new custom home project, don’t you think every aspect of that project should be carefully considered? We certainly do.

Perhaps you already own a piece of land. We find that about half of the clients that come to us already have a lot in mind, which is perfectly fine. We’re equipped to build on any kind of topography. Part of our job is to go in and dissect it to determine how best to utilize it.

However, if you don’t already have a lot picked out, it’s extremely beneficial for you to include us in the process. It’s one of the things that our Director of Sales, Brad Ynostrosa, really enjoys doing for our clients and is equally skilled at doing.

Why Lot Selection is Important

When most people think of a natural piece of land they don’t realize how varied each lot can really be. When you have a custom home built, it’s necessary to pick a lot that best suits your plan in order to minimize slab exposure as well as cost.

One of the first things Brad asks new clients is, “Do you know where you plan to build your house?” If the answer is no, he jumps into action. Many factors should be considered, such as your geographical preference, ideal school district and cost. It’s likely that anywhere you’ve considered living, we’ve built a house in that neighborhood.

Not only can we make recommendations, but we can put you in touch with land experts. We help our clients identify trouble areas or red flags such as trees and easements. Here are just a few things we look at when helping clients determine the best piece of land for their new home:

  • Will the topography greatly affect the cost of your foundation? If it’s going to cost an extra 40k, for example, it may be best to look elsewhere.
  • Is natural gas available on the lot? Is that important to you?
  • What other fees might impact you, such as a water meter tap?

Even if you’re only at the very beginning stages of perusing land options, please consider giving us a call at 210-494-5400. We’d love to help!  To be added to our private email list to receive the newsletter, please sign up here.

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.