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Exciting Inspo for Your Dream Kitchen Design!

Your kitchen is more than just a place to prepare meals – it’s the heart of your home, where family gathers, memories are made, and culinary creativity flourishes. As a Texas custom luxury home builder, we understand the importance of crafting a kitchen that not only reflects your style and personality but also incorporates modern trends and timeless elements. If you’re seeking inspiration for your dream kitchen design, look no further. Here are some fun and beautiful ideas that are both modern and enduring:

  1. Open Concept Layout: Embrace the ever-popular trend of open-concept living by creating a seamless flow between your kitchen, dining area and living space. Removing walls and barriers allows for better interaction with family and guests, while maximizing natural light and creating a sense of spaciousness.
  2. High-End Appliances: Invest in high-quality, professional-grade appliances by brands like Wolf, Sub-Zero and Viking, that combine style and functionality. From sleek stainless steel finishes to smart technology features, modern appliances not only elevate the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen but also enhance efficiency and performance.
  3. Statement Lighting: Make a bold statement with striking lighting fixtures that serve as both functional and decorative elements in your kitchen. Whether it’s a dazzling chandelier above the island, pendant lights over the dining area, or under-cabinet lighting for task illumination, lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood and ambiance of your culinary space. Lighting is definitely one aspect of a dream kitchen that you should’t skimp on.
  4. Luxury Materials: Choose premium materials that exude elegance and durability, such as quartz countertops, marble backsplashes and hardwood flooring. These classic materials not only add sophistication to your kitchen design but also withstand the test of time, ensuring long-lasting beauty and functionality. It’s still quite popular to mix up your home’s motif by using paint, wallpaper and tile.
  5. Custom Cabinetry: Opt for custom-built cabinetry that maximizes storage space and showcases your personal style. From sleek modern designs to classic shaker styles, custom cabinets allow for endless customization options, including personalized finishes, hardware and organizational features tailored to your specific needs.
  6. Integrated Technology: Embrace the latest advancements in kitchen technology by incorporating smart features and integrated appliances. From touchless faucets and voice-activated controls to built-in charging stations and Wi-Fi-enabled appliances, technology enhances convenience, efficiency and connectivity in your culinary space. Once you have it, you can’t live without it!
  7. Traditional Color Palette: If this is important to you, stick to a neutral color palette with timeless appeal, such as crisp white, soft gray, or warm taupe, accented with pops of color for visual interest that are easier to refresh. Neutral hues provide a versatile backdrop that complements any design style and allows for easy customization with decor and accessories. Original artwork is a great way to easily change up the vibe of any room.
  8. Functional Layout: Design a kitchen layout that prioritizes functionality and workflow, ensuring effortless movement and accessibility between key areas such as the sink, stove, and refrigerator. Incorporate ample counter space, storage solutions, and designated zones for food prep, cooking and dining to optimize efficiency and organization.
  9. Natural Elements: Since the pandemic, the idea of bringing the beauty of the outdoors inside has become increasingly popular. This can be achieved by incorporating natural elements such as wood accents, stone finishes, and indoor plants into your kitchen design. These organic elements add warmth, texture and visual appeal, creating a welcoming and harmonious environment that reflects the natural beauty of Texas.
  10. Personalized Touches: Infuse your kitchen with personal touches and meaningful details that reflect your lifestyle, interests and even heritage. Whether it’s family photos or heirloom accessories, these personal elements add character and personality to your culinary space, making it truly one-of-a-kind.

Designing your ideal kitchen is a wonderful opportunity to blend modern trends with timeless elegance, creating a space that is as functional as it is beautiful. Ready to bring your dream kitchen to life? Contact us today to learn more about our custom luxury home building services and let’s start designing the culinary space of your dreams!

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!

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.

Fun Summer DIY Building Projects

Gorgeous Mosaic Birdhouse by Betsy Wunderlick Gruy

Gorgeous Mosaic Birdhouse by Betsy Wunderlick Gruy

Summer is the perfect time to get your hands dirty and build something new! Whether you’re looking for a weekend project or something to keep you busy the rest of the summer, there are plenty of DIY building projects to tackle. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Build a patio bench. This is a great project for beginners that brings a lot of added value with extra seating for your patio. All you need is some wood, screws and a few tools.
  • Build a birdhouse. This is another wonderful project for beginners, and it’s a fun way to attract beautiful birds to your backyard. All you need is some wood, nails and a few tools. The one featured in the photo above, made by local artist Betsy Wunderlick Gruy (@sugarloose on Instagram) features a mosaic design with glass tile. It may be a bit more advanced, but it gives you an idea of just how creative you can be.
  • Build a garden shed. This is a more challenging project, but it’s an excellent way to add some extra storage space to your backyard. You’ll need some basic carpentry skills, but there are plenty of tutorials available online and in home improvement stores.
  • Build a play-set for your kids. The kiddos will thank you for this one! There are plenty of different types of play-sets available, so you can find one that fits your budget and your backyard.
  • Build a treehouse. This project may also require a bit of skill, but it’s the perfect way to give your kids a special place to play that’s all their own, with the added benefit of giving them a sense of accomplishment, if they’re able to help. You will need some basic carpentry skills, but we know you’ve got this!

The good news is it’s easy to find plenty of helpful tutorials online or even in home improvement stores for all of these.

No matter what project you choose, make sure to wear safety glasses and gloves when working with tools. And always consult with a professional if you’re not sure how to do something. With a little effort, you can build something amazing this summer!

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Where do you build a new home in San Antonio?

When it comes to building a custom home, there are constant decisions to be made. One of the most significant is deciding where to build your home. With San Antonio’s continued growth, finding the space to build often means looking on the outskirts of the city. The Texas Hill Country boasts beautiful rolling hills, expansive yards, more trees than rooftops and great schools. All these benefits come without the price tag of city taxes. Whether you want an oasis outside the city, or a refuge within the radius of HEB, the Hill Country has you covered.

 

Found between San Antonio and Austin is the rolling 4,000 acre community of Vintage Oaks. This community offers 1-14 acre lots with gated and ungated options to guarantee the ideal fit for each customer. Residents can enjoy the events, food and shopping of quaint New Braunfels as well as year round community activities. Home owners also have access to resort-like amenities including a fitness center, multiple pools, and a lazy river. No doubt about it, this community is a gem for families seeking to escape the city.

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Located in Spring Branch, Texas and nestled on the Guadalupe River is Serenity Oaks. This community boasts home owner river access as well as private access for lots located directly on the river. With 1-3 acre sites, home owners can expect a spread out feel while still having the opportunity to pass neighbors on walks. Serenity Oaks is a gated community with a recreational park offering a playground, basketball court and pool. Located in the Comal Independent School District, children have a variety of education options sought after in the area.

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In the tiny Texas town of Bulverde, lies Belle Oaks. Offering a 15 minute distance from North San Antonio, this community can offer peaceful scenery without a killer San Antonio commute. Prospective homebuyers can choose between 1-2 acre sites also zoned within the Comal Independent School District. The community offers outdoor amenities such as trails, a playground, a pool, and sport courts. For those seeking aquatic leisure, Belle Oaks is only 20 minutes from the beautiful Canyon Lake.

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All three of these communities allow people to purchase land but wait to build until the time is right for them, a sign of the easy going nature found in home divisions on the margins of San Antonio. The Hill Country is filled with gorgeous views and growing communities allowing a small town feel without losing access to city amenities. Wherever you picture your dream home, it can’t beat the Texas Hill Country.

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