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Live, Thrive and Build in the Texas Hill Country – Where Luxury Knows No Bounds!

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Welcome to the Texas Hill Country, where the landscape is as breathtaking as the lifestyle it offers. Nestled among rolling hills, majestic oak trees, and winding rivers, this region beckons those with a discerning taste for luxury living. If you’re considering building your dream home, here are the top eight (8) reasons why the Texas Hill Country should be at the top of your list:

  1. Natural Beauty: Picture-perfect vistas, crystal-clear springs, and vibrant wildflowers paint a stunning backdrop for your luxury custom home. Whether you prefer panoramic views from a hilltop retreat or serene waterfront property along the Guadalupe River, the Texas Hill Country offers a variety of landscapes to suit your preferences.
  2. Tranquil Lifestyle: Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and embrace a slower pace in the Texas Hill Country. Here, you’ll find peace and tranquility amidst nature’s splendor, allowing you to unwind and recharge in your own private sanctuary.
  3. Outdoor Recreation: From hiking and biking to fishing and kayaking, the Texas Hill Country offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Explore state parks, nature preserves, and scenic trails right in your own backyard, providing a healthy and active lifestyle for you and your family.
  4. Cultural Heritage: Immerse yourself in the rich history and heritage of the Texas Hill Country, where charming towns and historic sites abound. Experience local festivals, art galleries, and live music venues, celebrating the unique culture and traditions of this beloved region.
  5. Culinary Delights: Indulge your palate with the culinary delights of the Texas Hill Country, known for its farm-to-table cuisine and award-winning wineries. Savor mouthwatering barbecue, savory Tex-Mex dishes and decadent desserts, all crafted with locally-sourced ingredients and served with Southern hospitality.
  6. Thriving Communities: Discover vibrant communities and close-knit neighborhoods throughout the Texas Hill Country, where neighbors become friends and lifelong connections are forged. Whether you’re raising a family, retiring in style, or seeking a weekend getaway, we’ll build you the perfect place to call home.
  7. Luxury Home Design: We can bring your vision to life with a custom-built luxury home tailored to your unique style and specifications. We specialize in creating exquisite residences that reflect our customers’ personalities and lifestyles.
  8. Investment Potential: With its growing popularity and desirable location, investing in real estate in the Texas Hill Country offers strong potential for appreciation and return on investment. Whether you’re building your forever home or a vacation retreat, your property in the Hill Country is sure to be a wise investment for years to come.

The Texas Hill Country is one of our favorite places to build, as it offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, cultural charm and luxury living that makes it the ideal destination to build a dream home. Just ask our customers!

 

 

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!

Find the Best Luxury Texas Custom Home Builder for You!

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When you’re looking for a luxury Texas custom home builder, like us, there are a few important aspects to consider. First, you’ll want to make sure that the builder has a proven track record of success. Look for a builder who has experience building custom homes in your area and who has a good reputation for quality and craftsmanship. Collectively, we have decades of experience in the industry.

Second, you’ll want to make sure that the builder is a good fit for your personality and your needs. Do you prefer to work with a builder who is hands-on or who is more hands-off? Do you have a specific vision for your home, or are you open to the builder’s suggestions?

We like to work closely with our customers to ensure they feel confident every step of the way. Plus, we design and build truly custom homes that suit your own unique individuality. Sure, we all need a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, but there are literally dozens of details that are part of the discussion in crafting rooms that best suit your lifestyle.

Third, you’ll want to make sure that the builder is financially stable. You’ll want to work with a builder who has a good credit rating and who is able to get the necessary financing to build your home.

We welcome our new potential customers to also check out reviews and comments from our previous customers. We are so thankful to have a wonderful customer base of folks who we have worked with for years building more than just one luxury home.

Finally, you’ll want to make sure that the builder is a good communicator. You’ll want to be able to communicate your vision for your home to the builder and to get updates on the progress of your build. We believe open and thorough communication is the key to success, so let’s start there.

Click on our contact tab above to begin building your dream!

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Here’s what you need to know before building in the Hill Country

Building a home can be a daunting task, here’s a few quick tips to get you off to a good start with your Hill Country home.

Emphasize choosing the right lot

Most people picturing their dream home don’t picture their dream lot, but people moving to the Hill Country often have specific reasons for doing so. Are you hoping for some acreage, longing for anything with a view, or hoping for an active community? No matter why you are looking to build in the Hill Country, be sure to find your ideal place to build with a lot conducive for the home you desire. Some developments will offer “discount” lots that seem like a steal, until you realize the extra expenses required to make it buildable. If finding the right lot feels overwhelming, finding a builder with experience in realty can help answer your questions, avoid potential pitfalls, and help you visualize an empty lot as your dream spot!

Set your budget AND consult the experts

We recommend setting your budget before beginning the design process. Having a preliminary budget is also helpful to give your builder a baseline on what aspects you can afford to incorporate in your home. While having a preliminary budget can help protect you from spending more than you bargained for, we also recommend consulting your home building team on how to specifically categorize your funds. Experts can also recommend how much to include in contingency in case of any problems or potential upgrades. We have found that having a little extra tucked aside can be helpful when you inevitably find a dream backsplash or favorite light fixture that is out of budget.

Balance your personal style with features that boost resale value

While you want your home to reflect your style, keeping a future home buyer in mind can benefit you down the line. Choosing classic color tones, adding a home office, opting for modern light and bath fixtures, and keeping an open floor plan are just a few of the many ways to boost future resale value. With expert experience in both building and selling homes, we are happy to walk you through the process of building a home that you and future buyers will love.

Consider local style

Different regions in the Hill Country can have their own unique flair varying from a mix of rustic, modern, ranch style, farmhouse and more. When building in the Hill Country, consider finding a community with exterior styles similar to your own that still boast a unique, custom feel. This consideration can boost future resale value, as neighboring homes can have an impact on your home value when it comes time to sell.

Choose carefully and make final decisions

As you choose design aspects for your interior and exterior, make your design decisions carefully as changing your mind can prolong the building process. While the many decisions can feel overwhelming, using an interior designer can help you visualize each individual decision and guarantee cohesion in the final outcome. Many home building companies partner with designers for that very reason.

Consider your desire for space and your willingness to commute

It’s a common trend, lots get bigger as you move further away from the heart of San Antonio, or any major city. Do you want room for the kids to run around or the feeling of walking around in your backyard without seeing into your neighbor’s window? Are you craving the community feel of a smaller town filled with character, like New Braunfels, Bulverde, or Boerne? At the same time, it’s important to also consider how long you are willing to drive to get to children’s schools or your workplace. And importantly, where is the nearest HEB? Let’s face it, their tortillas are a staple in any Hill Country kitchen. With the rise of workplace flexibility and bustling small towns surrounding San Antonio, it may be easier than ever to move further out, but it’s still important to consider what your family needs in a close radius to home.

Make a list of your ‘must-haves’ and ‘nice-to-haves’

It’s important to cultivate a list of what you need in your future home versus things that are simply a nice addition. For one, knowing your must-haves is imperative to clearly tell your  builder what you need, both for budgeting purposes and for the actual home itself. Scrolling through endless Pinterest photos of dream homes can leave you with a wishlist that may exceed your budget. Making the prior distinction between ‘a want’ and ‘a must’ can provide clarity when the time comes to choose between features.

Don’t forget outdoor entertaining spaces

Picture this, you move your family to the Hill Country, build your dream home, and realize you don’t have any outdoor space to enjoy the gorgeous hillside views. The horror!! It’s important to incorporate large outdoor features  into the budget early on so it can be a part of your overall home loan. Waiting to build a porch, pool, outdoor kitchen, patio or more can sound like a good idea, this means you will later have to pay cash or secure a second loan. This doesn’t mean you need to build the screened in porch, pool, pergola, and outdoor kitchen all at once, but choosing the one you know your family will utilize from the beginning will allow you to have space to enjoy the Texas scenery right at move in. Planning ahead for outdoor space will also leave your home feeling complete, even if there are some big ticket outdoor features that you plan to add later on.

Consider lighting for design and lighting for the sake of light

Including a stunning light fixture can upgrade the feel of a room, but can leave your family in a dimly lit space as beautiful light fixtures often provide less light. To overcome this, we recommend pairing recessed lighting with pendant lighting to mitigate this problem and provide ample light in addition to a showstopping fixture.

Where to put the laundry room

Laundry rooms can be upstairs, in unfinished basements, in the garage…. we’ve all experienced inconvenient laundry spots. While simply having one on the main floor is a common option, one of our favorite tricks is to connect the laundry room to the master closet. This may finally be the solution to get  your spouse to stop leaving their dirty socks on the closet floor.

Consider how noise will travel

It’s important to consider how noise will move throughout your future home as there are many ways to limit noise. The pitter patter of little feet sounds more like a stampede on the wood floors you insisted cover the second level instead of carpet. Saving on a cheaper, lightweight door may leave rooms less sound proof. Additionally, rooms located off the kitchen, play room, garage and other high traffic places may all be prone to noise and should be considered when planning the layout of your home. With a little forethought and expert help, your home can be built to quiet these everyday noises.

Find the right professional to fill in the gaps

While you may be certain that you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, exactly what you want. There are SO many things that the average customer doesn’t consider. How many outlets does a room need? Which way will water drain on the lot during heavy rain and how do you build to prevent it from pooling inside your new dream home? Our last suggestion is to find an experienced home builder who can give you peace of mind and create your Hill Country dream home.

We hope you feel more prepared for this exciting next step towards your future home.

 

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Here’s what December told us about the 2021 housing market…

1. People REALLY want to buy your home. Like really, really.

The total housing inventory was down 16.4% from the prior December. As a result, the amount of time a home spent on the market was basically halved while receiving double the number of offers. Along with faster closing times, we saw a 13.5% increase in average home price (www.nar.realtor).

For anyone that has shown a house before, you understand having your home on the market for less than a month is a major win for anyone looking to sell. That’s less time spent yelling at the kids “it has to look like no one lives here” with the added bonus of a 13.5% selling price bump.

2. Most people want extra room to accommodate working from home.

Realtors reported over 60% of potential buyers to be looking for extra space in their next home to use as a workplace (www.nar.realtor). While a bigger home can mean a more expensive home in a competitive market, building from scratch allows you to benefit from your high sales price without paying the premium in the current market. Building a home can even allow you to acquire “instant equity” in some circumstances when comparing the sales price of your finished home to the actual cost of building.

3. There will not be a sharp rise in the amount of first time home buyers.

Mortgages are expected to rise but remain near record lows of about 3% interest (www.nar.realtor). While this is a major incentive for new buyers, higher asking prices have prevented a significant rise in first time home buyers. We expect this trend to continue with large down payments creating a barrier to entry.

4. Housing starts may be recovering to pre-2008 numbers.

More new homes were started in 2020 than any other year since the Great Recession. In fact, December 2020 saw the end of a year with the highest number of new homes started since 2006 (www.census.gov). With a constricted pool of options, more and more homes are being built to help meet the demand. As the nation feels the hope of additional economic stimulus,  increased new home projects are expected to continue.