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Presidents’ Message

Board of Directors

You may be like us, always watching HGTV shows to gain current knowledge on renovation practices and track trends in the marketplace. Or maybe you choose to attend Home and Garden Shows to check out local vendors, suppliers and contractors. If so, one of the best sources for finding professional help is by contacting your local NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) Chapter to find qualified members. The two NARI Chapters serving Austin-Central Texas and San Antonio represent a wealth of talent and expertise as it relates to construction and remodeling. Our members have pledged to observe the highest standards of honesty, integrity and responsibility in the conduct of business, and many have taken the next step to obtain recognized “Certified” status from NARI National in their respective specialties. The relationship between you and your remodeling professionals should be based upon honesty and upfront communication to provide a foundation just as solid as the one upon which we would construct your home. The measurement of a successful project is centered upon the management of two critical elements, expectations and construction. Your NARI-affiliated professional, whether architect, designer, vendor, sub-contractor or remodeler, is equipped with access to the latest industry news and state-of-the-art developments to help you through the remodeling and construction process. Both of our chapters are very excited about our strategic alliance with the publishers of Austin-San Antonio Urban HOME magazine. Even more anticipated is this new publication, Symmetry Central Texas, which provides you, the consumer, with a listing of both chapters’ membership along with topical articles written in a clear, concise format directed at the local markets. In this inaugural issue, you will hear from some of our very knowledgeable and talented members in articles like “Mom Caves.” Each issue will feature articles written by local NARI member professionals touching on topics that interest the different target markets such as Baby Boomers, Empty Nesters and expanding families, to name a few. While these publications offer valuable insight into the quality of members in our NARI chapters, one of the best opportunities to meet our associated professionals is during our annual Tour of Remodeled Homes held each autumn. In this “open house” format, our members showcase their most recent projects to provide you with a full sensory display of their craftsmanship and personally answer any questions you may have. Be sure to check out your local NARI website for updates. On behalf of the Austin-Central Texas and San Antonio NARI Chapters, and the publishers of Austin-San Antonio Urban HOME magazine, we hope you enjoy this publication!

2012 Board of Directors Austin NARI President | David Davison, Realty Restoration President Elect | John Martin, Straight and Level Construction Company, Inc. Vice President | Catherine Wilkes, David Wilkes Builders Treasurer | Chris Risher, Risher-Martin Renovations Secretary | Rose Bartush, Bartush Designs Association Representative | Katie Ellingson Morrison Supply Directors At Large | Savana Beckman, Schroeder Carpet & Drapery Dolores Davis, CG&S Design-Build Dallas Grant, Dallas Grant Construction Mike Cottrell, Moore Supply Past President | Kyle Jones, Dirty Works Service

Austin NARI P.O. Box 9964, Austin, Texas 78766 Office: 512-997-6274, Fax: 512-852-4611 Executive Director | Linda Olivier, cell 512-300-5254 Executive Assistant | Rick Rudolphi

2012 Board of Directors NARI San Antonio President | Justin Bravo, Lone Star Remodeling and Renovations Vice President | Rodney Hill, Hill Brothers Custom Homes & Renovations Treasurer | Joni Valouche, Morrison Supply Secretary | Kim Kraemer, K. RUE Designs Directors At Large | Troy Allgood, Allgood Electric Robb Evans, J.P. Hart Lumber Daniel Sexton, Buffalo Contracting Services Granville Brooks, Ferguson Louis Doucette, Urban Home Magazine Past President | Keith Moehle, KM Builders

NARI San Antonio 361-C Laura Lane, Bastrop, Texas 78602 Office: 210-348-6274, Fax 210-693-1554 Executive Director | Linda Olivier, cell 512-300-5254 Executive Assistant | Rick Rudolphi David Davison

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Cave Rave Women’s personal spaces



20 Bath

The Great Debate: Tub or no tub?

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Kitchen Sense: Designing a space to suit your life

34 Outdoor

Beautiful Backyards: Transforming an outdoor space into a homeowner’s oasis




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How To Choose A Professional Remodeler By Sue-Ella Mueller

One of the most exciting phrases a homeowner may ever utter is “we are having our ___________ redone.” Whether the fillin-the-blank is the kitchen, bathroom, floors or any other welcome addition to the home, remodeling can be thrilling. That is, as long as you choose the right general contractor for the job. Perhaps one of the most important things to consider when deciding who to hire for your next remodeling project is past experience. “Always ask to see previous work and projects similar to what you are looking for in your remodel,” says Keith Moehle, president of San Antonio-based KM Builders. “And verify that any photos are from actual, previous clients by visiting job sites and/or asking for a reference list of customers you can call.” John Martin, a general contractor and owner of Straight & Level Construction in Austin agrees that proven experience must be considered before a consumer hires on a general contractor. In addition, he says, “Three questions that can give you some insight to the type of general contractor you are hiring are: Who will be my main contact at your company for my project? What can you personally bring to my project? Do you belong to any trade or industry associations?” Being involved with a trade association is an important factor to consider, especially in Texas where there is no mandatory licensing for general contractors. However, each county and city may have their own requirements; be aware of these requirements and make sure

your general contractor is in compliance. Not all counties and cities require the same credentials for general contractors. “Take Austin for example - there is no licensing requirement for general contractors. But Austin does require licenses for plumbing, electrical and HVAC work,” says Martin. “Other cities may require that a general contractor be bonded or pass an exam. Look into the specific requirements of your municipal governing body regarding development and review the requirements for trade contractors. If your contractor’s credentials don’t match up with those requirements, keep looking.” Finding someone who is a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is always a good place to start. In order to become a member of NARI, general contractors must undergo a review process, adhere to NARI standards of practice and code ethics, and must have several years of experience. “The NARI website provides great information and insight for consumers looking to remodel,” says Moehle. In addition to remodeling ideas, the site also provides consumers with a list of its members. While many websites provide information regarding preferred contractors, Martin says to use those sites with caution. “There are many websites, but take listings like Angie’s List and Yelp with a grain of salt, and be careful of You never really know who is posting the reviews on these review-based sites,” says Martin. “It’s just a safer bet to go with a member of an organization like NARI or other trade associations.” Finally, choosing a general contractor who is insured should be a primary requirement for any consumer no matter how big or small the job. “It is very important that they be insured,” says Moehle. “If they are not, they are depending on the homeowner’s insurance during the project which is just not ideal for the consumer.”

With the general contractor selected, you are good to go, right? Not just yet. The matter of payment, as well as whether or not a contract should be drawn up, needs to be considered. “It is fairly easy to see whether or not you are getting a fair price if the contractor itemizes material prices or reveals profit and overhead,” says Moehle. “There is not a lot of room to negotiate on materials. Negotiate on scope of work instead.” When a final price has been reached, Martin advises, “You should never pay 100 percent for a project up front, but your contractor may require a down payment to cover start-up costs and for materials to begin the project. And a signed contract is highly advisable. If you have worked with a general contractor before and have a comfort level, then you may not need a contract. But for a first time around, a contract is a must. It may be all you have as a backup plan if things go sideways.” One final thought when hiring a general contractor: Make sure it is someone you like and can communicate well with as chances are you will be spending a good deal of time speaking with whomever you hire. “There will be a lot of interaction between you and the general contractor or the job supervisor. When things get sticky, or surprises are found in the walls, there needs to be open lines of communication and understanding on both sides,” says Martin. “Remodeling can be a fun adventure. Keep a positive attitude and be ready for those surprises. They are waiting in just about every wall that we break into.” n



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Cave Rave By Angela Rabke

It’s relatively easy to visualize what one is speaking of when they refer to a “man cave.” To make a grand generalization, here is the room that women have conceded to their husbands: home to hunting trophies, sporting mementos, perhaps some leather, or maybe a bar and a humidor — anything that won’t survive in the garage. It is the space that provides a home to all the manly things that we do not wish to see anywhere else in our house. Defining a “mom cave” (or perhaps more appropriately, a “mom den”) is an entirely different task, for these spaces are as varied as the women who use them. Chris Casson Madden wrote a book entitled A Room of Her Own, dedicated to women’s personal spaces, way back in 1997. The book is a beautiful presentation of serene spaces – sanctuaries and retreats for notable women like Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou. In the fifteen years since A Room of Her Own was published, our need for personal space has been underscored by an increasingly frenetic world, and because of that, today’s notion of a “mom cave” extends beyond the idea of retreat and towards the broader idea of personal space. A “mom cave” is appropriate for women from all walks of life. It is a place to take care of business, whether that business is working from home at nights, quilting, housing collections, cultivating a garden, organizing a large family’s activities…or relaxing with a glass of wine.

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CG&S Design-Build, Photo by Greg Hursley

CG&S Design-Build in Austin, recently completed an addition for a busy mom. The space was designed to meet entirely practical needs; this mother needed space to spread out materials from various projects involving her kids as well as her own personal activities. Prior to having her own space, she was forced to use the breakfast table and a kitchen desk, and found that the clutter was a source of stress. The solution was an addition to the home (tied into additional home renovations) that is both conveniently located and completely out of sight. Features include a mobile working table with a docking station, wall-to-wall tack boards, plenty of storage, and a big skylight to provide natural light. In this case, the designer and client made a decision to use economical and durable finishes for cost efficiency. Now, the mom is able to host work meetings and study groups without disrupting the aesthetic of the rest of her house, and she also has a space to hide out and wrap gifts or work on other creative projects.


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K. RUE Designs, Photo by Angelique Bonilla

Cyndi Tramontano’s idea of a mom cave is a hybrid between practicality and novelty. When the time came to remodel the kitchen, and with the help of Kim Kraemer of K. RUE Designs, the idea came to life. A dish collector for over 30 years, she has always joked that she needed a dish room. When the time came to remodel the kitchen, the idea came to life. “The space was previously an outdoor patio…my husband suggested building a dish room and I knew it was the perfect space.” The space is all about the dishes, with customized storage including glass cabinets to display every pattern, drawers for cups, and storage for serving pieces. “I spend so much time in the kitchen. Having my collection nearby is perfect for relaxing, planning meals and parties, and enjoying the colors and patterns of the china.” Adjacent to the kitchen, there is also space for cookbooks, and a pass-through with a glass pier system to show off Tramontano’s carnival glass.

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Priscilla Bertolia, C.P.A., chose a career working with numbers, but when she had the opportunity to create a retreat, her dream was a library filled with a very special collection she’s worked on since childhood. Kim Kraemer of K. RUE Designs in San Antonio helped her create such a space. “Every woman who visits my house loves my ‘mom cave,’ whether she is a reader or not,” says Bertolia. As with Tramontano, the space came as a suggestion from Bertolia’s husband when they were constructing a new home. Custom-made shelves house a collection of young adult vintage books ranging from the Little Colonel series to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Priscilla has also filled the shelves with precious family mementos and photographs: a painting from her father, shoe lasts from her husband’s father, and a doll she received when she was four. The relaxing space includes a comfy chair and a small TV for indulging in catnaps and HGTV, as well as closed storage for paperbacks and other “non-display” items. While the space is specifically “hers,” Bertolio credits her husband. “I really treasure the fact that my ‘liberry,’ as my kids used to say, was my husband’s idea. It means a lot to me that he wanted me to have something so special…something I never thought I would have.”

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Dawn Hearn Interior Design, Photo by Tom Harrell

Other women have a need to seamlessly extend their professional duties into their home. Dawn Hearn, an Austin-based designer, worked on a space for a busy executive who travels often, and needed to address professional needs from the comfort of her home. Without embarking on an extensive remodel, Hearn was able to complete “operations central” in the front study of the condo with paint, furnishings, draperies and accessories. A bold rug compliments Asian items, and warm gold and red accents. “My client really loves color and fun, whimsical art. This is evident in all of the rooms of the home, but this room was kept clean and simple for a more refreshing, rather than cluttered, room to work in,” says Hearn.

Each of these women has carved out a space that meets her own specific needs, and they all emphasize that the most successful “mom cave” is one that is specific to the mom’s desires. The options are limitless. Do you love gardening? Take your potting shed to the next level with wicker and a hammock. Are food and wine your passions? Then try a one-of-a-kind space for dinner parties. One of Kim Kraemer’s clients is doing just that: “We are currently transforming a 20 foot x 30 foot hole in the backyard into a wine room large enough to host a dinner party for 10 to 12 guests. It will be 15 feet underground with limestone walls and all of the amenities of a wine cellar. A winding stone staircase will lead from the pool to the cool underground chandelier-lit space,” says Kraemer of K. RUE Designs in San Antonio. “What women wouldn’t want to host a party in such an inviting and unique place?” While many spaces are created during more extensive construction or remodeling projects, it’s important to remember that almost any space can be transformed. This writer’s “mom cave” was born in the formerly useless hallway outside of the laundry room. Shelving, hooks and serene paint colors were all it took to create a quiet and peaceful writing nook. Other moms create space within closets or attic spaces. The main trick is to find the space, and make it yours. n

RESOURCES CG&S Design-Build 512.444.1580

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The Great Debate By Sue-Ella Mueller

Coffee or tea? Red or white? Plastic or paper? In life, we are faced with making decisions every day. Some decisions take little or no thought, but others are a bit tougher, requiring careful consideration and research. One such decision facing new home buyers or those looking to remodel a master bathroom: tub or no tub? “To bathe or not to bathe, that is the question,” quips Rose Bartush, an architect and owner of Bartush Design, LLC in Austin. “The topic of tub versus shower is a controversial one. In actuality, the majority of people seldom use soaking tubs yet it remains a debated issue with the main bone of contention being a master bath must have a tub in the event of resale. But I think you’d be hard-pressed to find an up-to-date, wellplanned, shower-only master bath that was a deal breaker for resale.” For the majority of people, change is hard to deal with, and breaking from a traditional floor plan which includes both a tub and shower in the master bath and going to a shower only can leave some thinking

Straight and Level Construction Company, Inc., Photography by Buena Vista Photography

Spring 2012 designers, well, all wet. However, just as the introduction of the great room was able to break through traditional design, ridding most homes of separate dining and living room areas, people are beginning to open up to the idea of a shower only. “Slowly but surely people are realizing that tubs rarely get used and take up an enormous amount of real estate,” says general contractor John Martin, owner of Straight and Level Construction Company, Inc. in Austin. “Remodelers have been trying to convince homeowners for years that as long as you have one tub somewhere in the house, you are okay. People still want a place to wash the kids or the dog, or take the occasional soak, but that one tub does not need to be in the master bath anymore.” With no tub in the master bath, some may fear the house will be impossible to resell. Not true says Celeste Reese of C. Reese Design, Inc., an Austin-based design firm. “I’m not a realtor, but I’m not seeing my clients greatly affected by the tub, no tub issue. It’s more about whether it has a nice shower or not,” she says. “In the previous decade, people wanted large, spacious bathrooms, but I no longer think that’s the case. Clients now want to have less wasted floor space and a more refined design based on function and feel. Large open bathrooms with high ceilings lose heat and have unused space. Where the popular open showers are preferred, we are putting in lower ceilings to balance the space out.” Remodelers are using creative measures to get the most out of the added space a shower-only bathroom provides. “Extra space can be allocated to a larger vanity, shower or closet area. The extra square footage can also be assigned to much needed floor space lending itself to a more pleasant experience for the working couple as they maneuver through their hectic morning routine,” says Bartush. “And glass-enclosed showers tend to make a bathroom appear larger.” Homeowners are not just limited to the typical, glass-enclosed bathing closet, though. Instead, the shower itself often becomes a focal point of the bathroom with designers creating intricate patterns using all types of tile. “People are really paying attention to creative tile design. The typical 4x4s are a thing of the past in upscale bathrooms and showers. Tile has become a work of art in many showers,” Martin says. “In addition, almost every shower will have a bench; corner benches work well for showers that have space restraints. Some benches even have a recess for your feet, so when you sit



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C Reese Design, Inc., Photography by Sam Marx

down, your feet can go under you as opposed to in front of you. And oversized niches are very popular to handle all the shampoo and soaps, eliminating the need for metal shelf installation.” Reese adds, “We are seeing a lot of new products that can be used in the bathroom. I love to show my clients how to combine products to customize the look just for them. You can use water resistant wood, or tile that looks like wood. Glass tile is also great to use as an accent, and there are all types of new shapes in tile, along with natural stone elements. People looking to get rid of the tub can find a lot of fun ways to do that depending upon the style of their homes.” But soakers fear not, for your beloved bathtub has not completely been sucked down the drain. New designs in tubs continue to hit the market. Chromatherapy,

bubble massage, air jets, touch faucets and lava stone tubs are just a few of the more extravagant ways making a splash with consumers. “When people select a tub for the master, they are generally leaning towards one that can handle two people,” says Martin. “The Japanese soaker tubs are also very popular. These tubs are sleek in design and have higher sides so you can really get a good soak without having to shrug your shoulders to get them into the warm water. They’re comfortable and lend a sense of elegance to any bathroom.” And, if you can’t decide what type of tub to go with, there is always the option that one of C. Reese Design’s clients went with. “One couple had uncompromising desires on the type of tubs they each wanted. The husband wanted a Jacuzzi tub and the wife, who is petite, wanted more of a soaking tub. We

designed a bathroom to fit both,” says Reese. “They also selected tile colors to represent their native land of New Zealand to bring both tubs into the design. It meets both of their needs and is a relaxing place for the couple; a nice oasis away from their busy, professional lives.” Ultimately, just as one must decide between rocks, paper or scissors, the decision to go tub or no tub, the experts say, should boil down to what you want. “The most important thing about a master bath, unless you are flipping a house, is do it for you, not for resale or for someone else. This will be your retreat and you need to be happy with your design,” Martin concludes. So go ahead, ignore the realtor and rip that tub out. After all, Reese says you can always undo what you’ve done. “I tell my clients to enjoy their home the way they want to enjoy it. Just hang on to my card and pass it on to the next buyer. I’ve been doing this for a long time and I love helping people create their individual, perfect environment.”n

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Kitchen Sense: Designing a space to suit your life By Mauri Elbel

A kitchen, more than any other room in the house, serves as the epicenter of creation. It is the heart of the home — its central gathering space fostering inspiration, conversation and consumption. And if the adage you are what you eat still holds true, it could also be argued the space where you eat is equally important.

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“If you are cooking and entertaining, you don’t want a kitchen that isolates you from your guests. People tend to congregate in the kitchen so if you can form a connection between the kitchen and dining room, it takes away that isolation. You can be part of the party.” David Wilkes, David Wilkes Builders

We’ve talked with an array of local experts to get the scoop on current trends yielding recipes of success in kitchens spanning Austin and San Antonio. One of the most obvious trends taking shape in kitchens across the board is the tendency toward a more open floor plan, explains Michele DeCorby of KitchenCraft® Cabinetry. Popular space-opening techniques include removing walls and adding a center island for a more seamless transition between the kitchen and the rest of the home. “An island is a great way to expand your line of view,” said DeCorby, who is also the president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. “We are floating them now to add a more contemporary twist, and allowing room for at least four seats. They are used more as a gathering space.” A recent remodel of a Westlake home transformed a previously blocked-in kitchen into a sprawling yet functional space better suited for its young family. David Wilkes Builders removed the dividing walls separating the kitchen and living areas as well as the L-shaped countertop island, replacing it with

David Wilkes Builders, Photo by Paul Bardagjy

a larger center island to facilitate the flow of traffic in the kitchen area and better connect it to the rest of the home. “If you are cooking and entertaining, you don’t want a kitchen that isolates you from your guests,” said David Wilkes. “People tend to congregate in the kitchen so if you can form a connection between the kitchen and dining room, it takes away that isolation. You can be part of the party.” In this kitchen, the sizeable island not only serves as an integral segue into the rest of the home, but it also provides a functional space ideal for a family on the go. This space-opening technique can work in any size kitchen, and Wilkes said it is even more pivotal in smaller homes. “Families tend to be so busy these days that they don’t always have time to sit down at the table for a meal,” he said. “But mom or dad can still have that sit-down time with their kids while they prepare dinner by virtue of bar stool seating.” The remodeled kitchen serves as a testament of a few other space-savvy trends Wilkes is noticing these days: a departure from traditional vent hoods to freestanding vent hoods which adds to the open feel and provides aesthetic charm from all four sides; stain-grade cabinets as opposed to painted cabinets, which are a little more forgiving when it comes to fingerprints and messes, and an ample use of drawer storage. Drawers seem to be the preferred method of kitchen storage nowadays – providing easier access and better organizational opportunities than cabinets or walk-ins. “We are seeing the trend move away from the traditional closet pantry,” said Joni Valouche, builder and design sales representative at Morrison Supply in San Antonio. “Instead of using a traditional pantry to store items, people want big, pull-out drawers. Drawers are popular in a kitchen now – it is a neat, clutter-free look.”


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“An island is a great way to expand your line of view. We are floating them now to add a more contemporary twist, and allowing room for up to four seats. They are used more as a gathering space.” Michele DeCorby, KitchenCraft® Cabinetry and President of the National Kitchen and Bath Association

David Wilkes Builders, Photo by Paul Bardagjy

J Angelo Design Build, Photo by Angelique Bonilla

Installing drawers can save on space and knocking out walls can open up a room, but adding pops of coordinated color is a great way to create cohesion from one room to the next. Case in point: a recent remodeling project in San Antonio’s Shavano Creek completed by J Angelo Design Build. To create a more fluid design, kitchen walls were knocked out, opening it up to the two living areas, according to John Meyer, the company’s president. The kitchen island, painted red with a tea-stained glazing for a more distressed look, helped to create a continuous feel across the house by tying in with the red accent wall in the living room. “In this particular instance, it warmed up the kitchen and made it feel more like one

continuous room,” Meyer said. Another trend weaving its way into the remodeling industry is a tendency toward simplification – a move dictated by the current economy. While five years ago it was common to install high-end ranges with double ovens and second sinks, DeCorby said people are reconsidering their true needs and simplifying the design process. Today’s focus tends to be on good quality, rather than quantity, of appliances. “People are reconsidering that second sink – they are focusing on what they need versus what they want,” DeCorby said. “They are considering costs and practicality, opting out of putting in plumbing in the island, and instead using it as a functional area for

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cookbooks and storage.” While people are moving away from excessive appliances, they haven’t shied away from high quality products. One of the newer appliance trends in today’s kitchens is SmartTouch faucets, an alternative to the manual faucet that can be turned with a touch of the wrist. Featuring LED lighting to indicate on and off, they provide a minimalist, chic look, according to Valouche. “San Antonio has been traditional for a while, but we are seeing an aesthetic leaning toward the contemporary now,” Valouche said. “These faucets are great for someone who wants to add a more modern look.” Overall, people are being more discerning in the design process – DeCorby says clients

are more space and value conscious than they were in years past. She is noticing an increasing trend of people planning to stay in their homes long-term, and therefore, space planning with age in mind to come up with a design that will accommodate them throughout the years. But just because you want to achieve a high-end look doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pay top dollar. Valouche said certain companies like Elkay, which offers its contemporary, clean-lined Avado sink designed for the mid-range client, are starting to pay attention to consumers who are cost conscience. “Right now everyone is watching their dollars, but this is one way to make your


kitchen look more expensive,” Valouche says. “These types of products are a great way to get the look of a high-end renovation without having to spend as much.” Another pivotal change taking place in the kitchen: it is no longer all about work. Instead, kitchens are being staged for entertaining, according to DeCorby. Displaying frequently used appliances in a coffee or juice bar setup rather than housing them in an appliance garage which was common a decade ago is becoming the norm. And while desks used to be standard components in the kitchen, DeCorby said people are converting their previous workspaces into places for trendier items such as beverage centers.


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J Angelo Design Build, Photo by Angelique Bonilla

“Custom tailoring is a big kitchen trend we are seeing out there – it is expensive, but that is what people are wanting. And one of the best aspects of this transitional style is that you can actually combine the favorites of a very different husband and wife and make them both happy.” J Angelo Design Build, Photo by Angelique Bonilla

“The desk in the kitchen is a dying breed,” she said. “There is still an activity center, but a fixed work station is no longer as critical with the portability of electronics.” Above all, a sensibly designed kitchen should take into account the lifestyle of the chef behind the countertop. Thankfully, unique touches that represent homeowners’ passions and interests are finally taking a firm stand in the realm of design. A mix of contemporary and old – and his versus her tastes – combine to define the character of J Angelo’s recent remodel, appropriately dubbed Tavern Chic. “That kitchen is Texas Hill Country meets Chicago tavern,” Meyer said. Unique custom touches that speak to the transitional aesthetic seep from every corner of this kitchen. Contemporary, raised square edge cabinet doors are stained and distressed for an Old World feel. The

John Meyer, J Angelo Design Build apron sink pays homage to the traditional porcelain varietals known as farm sinks, but its stainless steel finish and commercial-style faucet adds a modern twist. The barstool tops are actual cowboy boots, the deep red color coordinating with the island and living room wall. But it is the flooring which really takes custom design to a new level. Custominstalled rustic grade oak wood was handsanded on the diagonal to make crosshatch marks and then drum-sanded slowly for perpendicular, cylindrical indentions to make the floor look as if it’s been assaulted by rolling keg barrels for years. “Custom tailoring is a big kitchen trend. It is expensive, but that is what people are wanting,” Meyer said. “And one of the best aspects of this transitional style is that you can actually combine the favorites of a very different husband and wife and make them both happy.” n

RESOURCES David Wilkes Builders


J Angelo Design Build


KitchenCraft® Cabinetry


Morrison Supply



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Invest In Your Nest Remodeling Helps Feather The Nest You Own By Jackie Benton

Many Central Texans find themselves popping the Big Question these days. No, it’s not the one that ends with the words, “I do,” but the one that asks, “Is this a good time to remodel our home?” With interest rates at an historic all-time low, many financial professionals are answering that question with a very loud and clear “Yes!” While the economy has undergone some significant changes over the past couple of years, there are important and compelling reasons that make remodeling a home in Central Texas an excellent choice.

is $240,000. If you still owed $100,000 on the even when they could pay cash,” Moehle home, you could pay off the original balance continues. “There has never been another and have an extra $140,000 for improvement, time in American history where so many at a current rate of 3.875 percent, without homes need to be remodeled, and interest rates and inflation are low at the same time.” paying points. “What’s really nice about home equity “Over the past couple of years, rates have been historically low,” confirms Frost National loans,” Holubec continues, “is that if the homeowner wants to manage the home Bank Vice President Dan Bierstedt. “When improvement project themselves, they can. it comes to home improvement and equity If they want to borrow the money and bank loans, rates have been the lowest I’ve seen. it, or go to Las Vegas, they can. With a This is a great time for people wanting to construction loan, the borrowed money can make improvements to their homes.” only be used for a specific project, and it is Homeowners applying for home improvement and home equity loans may find much more restricted.” A “bloom where you’re planted” philosophy the application process somewhat easier than plays a factor in the decision to stay and those applying for a new home purchase. remodel, says Bierstedt. “A lot of people “While the lending environment is more are satisfied with their neighborhood. It’s conservative than a few years ago, it’s not as restrictive as you might think,” says Bierstedt. usually an established area, they like the folks they live near, and they’d be happy “Qualifying guidelines will vary from bank to with remodeling rather than moving. After a bank, but may be less stringent with home improvement and equity loans, as opposed to successful remodeling project, they’ve got the home they’ve wanted in an area they like.” a new loan purchase.” The Internet Age is another reason why “Loans are do-able,” agrees Lea Holubec, more homeowners are investing in their Branch Manager of Colonial National current homes, says Holubec. “We’re not Mortgage in Austin. “As long as you are seeing people moving as much as they used prepared for a lot of paperwork and to. Companies are not paying to move entire comfortable with the idea that applying families across the country. It used to be for a loan is a team sport, getting a loan is that corporations were paying home sales achievable.” closing costs and moving costs, and that is Holubec says that unlike a construction “With the uncertainty of the housing very expensive. Now with telecommuting and loan, a home equity loan provides market, it is obvious that many people feel teleconferencing, they don’t have to do that. homeowners the flexibility to spend the more secure staying in their existing home,” People are staying put, and for many, it is money how they wish. “You can take out a says Keith Moehle, owner of KM Builders and home equity loan for up to 80 percent of your cheaper to remodel than to look for a new member of the National Association of the home.” home’s worth,” she says. “So, for example, if Remodeling Industry (NARI). “They are much a home is worth $300,000, then 80 percent Pinching pennies is on everyone’s more comfortable investing in a home they know they’ll remain in for a longer period of time.” “There has never been another time in American history where so That desire to “invest in the nest” has many homes need to be remodeled, and interest rates and inflation led many Central Texans to take advantage are low at the same time.” of current low interest rates to make those dreams come true. “Low interest rates have Keith Moehle, Owner, KM Builders helped some clients finance their remodel,

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“While the lending environment is more conservative than a few years ago, it’s not as restrictive as you might think. Qualifying guidelines will vary from bank to bank, but may be less stringent with home improvement and equity loans, as opposed to a new loan purchase” Dan Bierstedt, Vice President, Frost National Bank minds these days, and the tight times brought on by the economy have changed some expectations of selling a home and purchasing another. “For some people, money is tighter, so buying a new house right now is not in their cards,” says Bierstedt. “For them, it is easier to improve their current home and find satisfaction in what they have.” Deciding what home improvements to make a current home a better fit, especially on a limited budget, is a matter of setting priorities. Home improvements should not only make a home more livable and comfortable, but should also help increase home energy efficiency and home value. Kitchen, bath and master bedroom remodels have always been popular, as well as room additions, swimming pools and outdoor kitchens. The Internet and home entertainment systems have had a decided and profound effect on what these improvements looks like. “We are a much faster paced, electronic society,” says Moehle. “Kitchens are opened up to family rooms with bar seating to allow for entertaining or TV watching from the kitchen. The request for TVs, docking stations and computer connections in the kitchen and bathrooms are becoming increasingly common.” Researching options is the key to a successful home improvement, as well as selecting and organizing the right remodeling team. “Make sure that the professionals you work with have been in business a long time, and have a large enough staff to handle the dynamics of remodeling your home,” Moehle advises, adding that he or she should also have the proper certifications and accreditations. NARI members, for example, agree to abide by a code of business ethics. In addition to these trends, Moehle says he has also noticed an increase in interest in home energy efficiency and the

environment. “People are increasingly more green-conscious than before, but they are still interested in the economic value of being green,” says Moehle. “We educate and offer green options. Radiant barriers, more insulation, programmable thermostats, high-efficiency air conditioning, LED lighting, and high-efficiency windows and doors are some of the more common and cost-effective options that we offer to our customers.” “Improving insulation is a priority, especially in the attic, since most of the heat load on the home is on the roof with the sun directly overhead in the hottest part of our summer,” agrees Miki Cook, Green Building and Sustainability Consultant, Sr., with Austin Energy Green Building. “That also includes replacing roofing with materials that reflect solar radiation and reject the heat, so that it never enters the home.” Cook also notes that high-efficiency HVAC systems and water heaters, as well as replacing refrigerators that are ten years old, and replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFL’s or LED bulbs, can help a homeowner recoup some of the expense of upgrading and remodeling a home by saving on the monthly utility bills. “The HVAC system is the largest energy user in the home, and placing it inside the insulated space greatly reduces the heat load that it must manage, so you can actually save money when you install a smaller system. The water heater is the second biggest energy user. Today’s appliances are much more efficient, and incandescent bulbs give off a lot of heat that the air conditioner must work harder to overcome.”

“Companies are not paying to move entire families across the country. It used to be that corporations were paying home sales closing costs and moving costs, and that is very expensive. Now with telecommuting and teleconferencing, they don’t have to do that. People are staying put, and for many, it is cheaper to remodel than to look for a new home.” Lea Holubec, Branch Manager, Colonial National Mortgage


“Our education programs provide recommendations on home design improvements… Homeowners learn which strategies make the most sense for their project and can make better decisions for long-term benefits.” Miki Cook, Green Building and Sustainability Consultant, Sr., Austin Energy Green Building To help homeowners understand all of their remodeling options, Austin Energy offers special classes on how to make a home more energy efficient. Besides being good for the environment, a homeowner attending these classes is able to put these lessons to use right away in their remodeling plan. “Our education programs provide recommendations on home design improvements, as simple as adding awnings over windows experiencing direct heat gain, to more complicated changes like venting roof assemblies, changing roof design, or extending overhangs,” says Cook. “We also discuss options for improving insulation, and getting the most efficient performance out of air conditioning and heating systems, water heaters, and other building materials and systems. Homeowners learn which strategies make the most sense for their project and can make better decisions for long-term benefits.” “The main consideration is evaluating your own needs and wants,” says Moehle. “Prioritize these based on specifics, such as energy conservation projects or comfort, resale return on investment (ROI), etc. Consider what is of most value to you while keeping the long-term overall plan in mind.”n

RESOURCES Austin Energy Green Building


Colonial National Mortgage 512.279.3034

Frost National Bank 210.220.6152

KM Builders



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CG&S Design-Build, Photo by Paul Finkel

Beautiful Backyards: Transforming an outdoor space into a homeowner’s oasis By Mauri Elbel

A well-planned outdoor space isn’t just about coming up with a layout to fit the property. Truly good design does that, of course, but it’s also capable of flawlessly integrating itself into the client’s way of living. Two local outdoor renovations epitomize this very ideal – a modern addition that has transformed a Central Austin residence into an outdoor oasis for its nature-loving homeowners, and a spacious exterior extended from a historic home in downtown San Antonio which has converted a young family’s previously underutilized backyard into an inviting retreat.

Spring 2012 The design goals for the 1963 home tucked in the heart of Austin’s Zilker neighborhood were simple: to add a carport and garden storage room, expand the entry courtyard, and build a screened-in porch that would provide the homeowners with a greater sense of connectivity to their fruitful backyard gardens. The end result, orchestrated by Gregory Thomas, a senior project architect at Austin firm CG&S Design-Build, was anything but simple. While the materials used throughout the exterior additions are unarguably elemental – Ipe wood siding and fencing, cypress ceilings, stained concrete floors, Spanish cedar doors – they are rich and warm, creating a rustic yet peaceful aesthetic that spans throughout the design. From the horizontal fencing that edges the property to the screened-in additions wrapping the back of the home, there is a feeling of tranquility and being one with nature that flows effortlessly from one space to the next. “It is very warm. It is very inviting. It really lures you outside,” Thomas said. “And it is a great way to be in connection with the seasons – whether it is spring, summer, fall

CG&S Design-Build, Photo by Paul Finkel

or winter, it really gives the homeowners a place to relax and enjoy the passing of time year-round.” Ipe fence panels and a coordinating entry arbor provided a modern makeover to the home’s curb appeal. Prior to the remodel, the homeowners parked on a concrete pad and entered their house through a gate and a small entry courtyard. An Ipe-clad carport was added and the original walls to the entry courtyard were removed. One wall was rebuilt at the property line to enlarge the space while the side of the newly constructed carport became the opposite wall to further define it. From the driveway, the carport is entered via a metal-clad sectional garage door, with pedestrian access from the carport to the entry courtyard granted through a metalclad rolling barn door. The horizontal fence sheltering the property from street view and the basket weave steel gate, equipped with a doorbell and intercom, enhance both privacy and security. “Before, you could see straight into the house from the gate so there was little privacy,” Thomas said. “Our project added a layered


sequence for guests to enter the house.” But it’s only after you pass through the layers – underneath the entry arbor, down the piano key walkway surrounded by a native buffalo grass lawn dotted with low-water plantings, and through the newly-expanded courtyard – that you begin to see how this addition works for the homeowners. The new screened-in porches translate architectural design into a language that speaks to the clients’ passions.

CG&S Design-Build, Photo by Jonathon Jackson


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CG&S Design-Build, Photo by Paul Finkel

CG&S Design-Build, Photo by Jonathan Jackson

“Their house used to be very closedoff to the backyard, but we changed it,” said Thomas. “The homeowners are avid gardeners – especially interested in growing vegetables and flowers. And they are also bird-lovers, so a lot of the surrounding landscape reflects that.” Thomas designed the L-shaped addition to fold around the backyard, creating a dining area in the section against the house and a living space in the arm extending from it – making sure it was large enough to both entertain and accommodate the

homeowners’ pet birds. Carefully considering the surrounding environment and landscape, Thomas planned for the space to be enjoyed year-round, maximizing outdoor views from every indoor angle. A three-panel folding Nana window sits just above the kitchen sink, providing a conversational and functional pass-through for the homeowners and their guests without hindering views. With a northward facing dining area, Thomas designed a butterfly roof to shoot away from the house, taking advantage of both light and sky. The roof line looming over the living space limits the amount of morning light, invites breezes and facilitates a pleasant cross-ventilation throughout the space. An existing backyard fountain is an attractive feature for wild birds and adds a harmonious element to mask the city noises just beyond this backyard micro-environment. Rainwater from the roof of the screened porch is directed through rain chains to decorative bowls and used in planting beds while rainwater at the front of the house is collected in two 1000-gallon galvanized metal cistern tanks. This water is especially useful as an irrigation source for planting efforts, including the homeowners’ extensive vegetable garden.

But it is the attention to detail and the uniqueness of local craftsmanship that meshes with nature’s beauty which makes this central city dwelling truly spectacular. Interior details including decorative sconces, copper gutter cove LED lighting and customdesigned furniture complete the living area while exterior finishes including copper rain chains and steel planters add to its outdoor charm. Expertly chosen interior furnishings by Kathy Bergstrasser of Vivid Design Group, such as the bright orange coffee table with bird cut-outs, stylishly convey the homeowners’ passions. Several sets of screen doors, with aluminum grilles customdesigned by local artisan Susan Wallace, feature floral motifs that represent the wildflowers growing in the gardens beyond. LED twinkle lights run along stainless steel cables, forming an implied ceiling and animating the nighttime sky while bringing it down to a human level. “It makes it more of a defined room, but in a really light-handed way,” Thomas said. “It also provides a little useful light, but it is more romantic than anything else. The homeowner has told me that he sometimes gets up before dawn, makes a pot of coffee and turns on those lights. He says it is just magical.”

Spring 2012 In the same way Thomas designed a structure around his client’s desires, Daniel Sexton, owner of Buffalo Contracting Services, fulfilled his client’s requests by creating a multi-functional backyard retreat behind their late-1800s home. When taking in these outdoor spaces, it leaves no doubt in the mind why both projects received NARI’s recent Contractor of the Year (CotY) award for best residential exterior $100,000 and over for its Austin and San Antonio chapters. It is difficult to imagine that the now resort-like space situated behind the historic home nestled in San Antonio’s King William neighborhood was once a solid concrete area with a small, weathered deck. Solid redwood fencing, built identically on both sides to provide a polished look from any vantage point, contains an inviting refuge outfitted with a coordinating three-tiered deck, planters, pergola and arbor all built from sturdy redwood, a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, fire pit and state-of-the-art pool system. “The homeowners have been clients of ours for years, and they wanted a place where their kids could go swimming and they could entertain guests,” Sexton said. “They like to entertain, and this is a great space for that. You can fit a lot of people in that backyard –

Buffalo Contracting Services, Photo by Juan Martinez

and we’ve created plenty of places to sit and congregate.” While it could be argued that the contemporary addition is a stark contrast to the otherwise traditional late-1800s home, it seems to be a distinction that works. “You can definitely tell there is a distinct difference between the historic and modern portions of this home,” Sexton said. “But the historic society discourages you from trying to make new additions look like they’ve been there for hundreds of years – they want old things to look old and new things to look new. At the same time, we wanted to design the addition in a way that flows and looks like it all ties in together.” The pool, designed and built by Tim Clark of Prestige Custom Pools, features full-heating capability, a stone grotto with two waterfalls flowing into the pool and cascading into the hot tub above, and remote controlled lights and jets. A triple-tiered planter situated at the edge of the pool is a nice parallel to the three-story deck while the rectangular planter fringing the fence houses bamboo to provide an element of privacy between the neighboring properties. The planters throughout the backyard coordinate flawlessly, even if the effect was more happenstance than deliberate.


“Both of those planter boxes are actually made with scraps from the fence, which was initially supposed to be eight feet tall, but we had to cut it down to six feet to fit guidelines set by the historic district,” Sexton said. “They actually came out looking really nice – they added a feature we didn’t even plan for and gave us some additional space for landscaping.” But the deck is what truly makes this outdoor space a functioning extension of the home. The lowest level of the three-tiered deck serves as the entry point from the arbor gateway, featuring contemporary seating situated around a circular flagstone fire-pit that gives off an intimate ambiance when the sun goes down. The main level of the deck, accessed from either of two outdoor staircases or from the home’s main kitchen, features a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen complete with a sink, garbage disposal, mini-refrigerator, extended countertop, and a Bull barbeque stainless steel outdoor kitchen grill. Cabinets located beneath provide ample storage while the bar-height marble countertop, appropriately named Rainforest, harmonizes with the backyard’s resort-like theme and allows for family snacking and conversing when the nearby bench-seat picnic table isn’t being utilized for mealtimes.


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Buffalo Contracting Services, Photo by Juan Martinez

The upper level of the deck remains private, with exclusive access from the upstairs rooms. The client’s existing hot tub was crane-raised and installed in the top deck, offering an intimate outdoor Jacuzzi experience underneath the stars with an adjacent hammock completing the fantasy. While the homeowners wanted the upper level to remain open to the sky above, a roof system was installed beneath, allowing for congregation on the lower deck despite wet weather conditions. The entire deck was engineered to be completely freestanding – beefed up with structural support from heavy posts equipped with additional bracing to keep the wood from shifting the structure laterally. “The deck is not actually attached to the house at all,” Sexton said. “We didn’t want the weight of the deck to cause any kind of strain on the house because it is so old. It is designed to move independently of the house.” Liberal lighting choices, from outdoor ceiling fans and pendent lights dangling over the bar to task lighting above the outdoor

kitchen and built in stairlights, further define the backyard elements while giving off an inviting glow after dark. “All the lights we put in the yard are on dimmers so you can control the ambiance,” Sexton said. “There is plenty of lighting out there – we can light up the whole backyard at night.” While the concept of creating an outdoor space suitable for relaxation, recreation and entertaining has been in the works for a few years, Sexton said his clients couldn’t be more pleased now that the idea has come to fruition. “They utilized every single square foot of that space without it being overwhelming,” Sexton said. “Everywhere you stand and look, you see something that is not only pretty, but also functional. Everything just flows together.” n

RESOURCES CG&S Design-Build 512.444.1580

Buffalo Contracting Services





Spring 2012 Color Forecast sPersimmon and Sunshines “ThesewerethecolorsofchoicefeaturedattheDallasTotalHome&GiftMarket.” Dawn Hearn, Dawn Hearn Interiors

1. Glass countertops with standoffs paired with beveled hour glass mirror set with standoffs by Anchor Ventana, Central Texas’ largest, family-owned and operated glass company. Anchor Ventana. 512.388.9400, 2. This stunning gas fireplace features sculpted stainless steel and modern media in place of traditional logs. Colorful flames rise up along the steel pipes and shine inside a reflective black glass firebox. Available exclusively at Parrish Companies. Parrish and Company. 830.980.9595, 3. Haute couture for the shower. Personality through geometry. Modular components can be arranged in any number of configurations or freely positioned - the possibilities are endless with the Philippe Starck Designer Collection. Morrison Supply. San Antonio. 210.344.4436, 4. Dunn-Edwards ENSO paint is a healthy alternative (Zero VOC) to traditional paints by eliminating the “new paint smell” and no off-gas toxins. Available in an exhaustive range of colors specifically designed to perform well in the Southwest climate region. TreeHouse. 512.861.0712, 5. The easy-to-use DTV Prompt Digital Shower System puts total control of your shower experience at your fingertips. A large, intuitive display gives you the freedom to design multiple configurations of sprays, while digital thermostatic valve technology guarantees accurate, safe temperature control. Moore Supply. 512.454.4619,

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Remodeler’s Resource Guide KEY

Architects Bartush Design, LLC (A)

Austin (A)

San Antonio (SA) 512.542.9930

C. Reese Design, Inc. (A) 512.291.5717

Appliances Whole House Kitchens

Factory Builder Stores (A) 512.834.1432

KIVA Kitchen & Bath/ McNairs Appliance Gallery (A) 512.454.4526

Parrish and Company (A) 512.835.0937


Outdoor Spaces

Audio Visual & Security A&B TV (A) 512.454.4534

DJB Systems, Inc. (A) 512.288.5811

Service TECH, LLC (A) 512.456.2800



Banking & Finance Colonial National Mortgage (A) 512.279.3034

Frost National Bank (A) 512.473.4806

Frost National Bank (SA) 210.220.6152



University Federal Credit Union (A) 512.467.8080

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (A) 512.636.6824

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Building Materials

Environmental Consultants

Durcon, Inc. (A)

Clean Environments, Inc. (SA)

Eastside Lumber & Decking (A)

Austin Energy Green Building (A) 512.948.9911 512.426.1182

Fine Lumber & Plywood, Inc.(A) 210.349.7242 512.482.5358 512.836.8990


Home Depot #6550 (SA)

Bellus Flooring (A) 210.483.6984 512.582.8010

Huber Engineered Woods (SA)

High-Tech Carpets, Inc. (A) 210.347.8688 512.563.0009

James Hardie Building Materials (A)

ProSource Wholesale Floor Coverings (A) 512.527.4326

James Hardie Building Materials (SA) 210.279.8300

J.P. Hart Lumber (SA) 210.337.6464

McCoy's Building Supply (A) 512.757.2980

McCoy's Building Supply #62 (SA) 830.968.3598

Cabinets QSI Custom Cabinets, LP (A) 512.443.3303

Electrical Supply & Service Bowne Electric, Inc. (A) 512.454.5325

Allgood Electric (SA) 210.255.4663

Engineers MLAW Consultants & Engineers (A) 512.835.7000 512.836.7888

Prosource Wholesale Floor Coverings (SA) 210.829.8290

Schroeder Carpet & Drapery (A) 512.462.1551

Foundation Repair & Service Centex House Leveling-Austin, LLC (A)

Home Builders Insurance Services (A) 512.264.1234

Interior Design Dawn Hearn Interior Design (A & SA) 512.930.0250

K. RUE Designs (SA) 210.274.3637

Twelve Stones Designs (A) 512.705.2121

Job Site Services Captain Hook Austin, Inc. (A) 512.719.4172

Dirty Work Services (A) 512.470.5373

Vaquero Waste & Recycling (A) 512.771.6656

Kitchen & Bath Fixtures 512.444.5438

Economy Supply Co. (A)

Glass & Masonry

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (A)

Anchor Ventana Glass (A) 512.388.9400

Martinez Drywall (A)


Masonry & Glass Systems, Inc. (A & SA) 210.599.6260

Insurance Capitol City Insurance (A) 512.343.0280 512.244.3326 512.445.5140

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (SA) 210.344.3013

Harway Supply, Inc. (A) 512.491.7600

KitchenCraft速 Cabinetry (A) 512.302.3700

Kohler Co. (A) 512.568.7169



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KEY Austin (A)

San Antonio (SA)



Jackson Walker, LLP (A)

Urban Home Magazine (A & SA) 512.236.2286

Law Office of Tom Murphy (A) Whole House Kitchens


Outdoor Spaces 512.477.5680

Lighting 512.445.4470

Legend Lighting, Inc. (A)

American Home Remodeling, LLC (SA) 512.251.0000 512.491.6444

Lighting, Inc. (SA) Windows/Siding

Remodelers Almost Perfect Construction (A)

Lighting, Inc. (A)

Design 210.410.0014 210.541.8500


Audino Construction, Inc. (A) 512.258.6728

Austin Creative Builders, Inc. (A) 512.280.2353

Austin Impressions, Inc. (A)

Maintenance Services ABC Home and Commercial Services (A) Baths

Kohler Co. (SA) 512.568.7169

Moore Supply Company (A)

Roofing 512.673.9156 512.215.2120

Avenue B Development, LLC (A)

Marketing & Branding 512.638.1514

ROJO 032 (SA)

B. Moore Construction (A)

www.rojo032 210.338.8801 512.671.3473 512.454.4619

Paint Supplies & Service

Moore Supply Company (SA) 512.263.4334 210.349.6160 210.270.3100

Amazing Faux Walls, LLC (A)

Buffalo Contracting Services, LLC (SA)

Morrison Supply (A) 512.784.4309 210.685.8848 512.928.1110

Kelly-Moore Paint Co., Inc. (A)

BWB Construction (SA)

Sherwin-Williams (A)

Capital Construction Services (A)

Sherwin-Williams (SA)

Case Handyman & Remodeling (A)

Morrison Supply (SA) 210.344.4436

Landscape Design Pearson Landscape Services (A) 512.386.5900

Alan Heine Painting, Inc. (A) 512.331.1255 512.462.1991 210.366.1320

Plumbing Supplies & Service Steve's Plumbing Repair, Inc. (A) 512.276.7476

Bobo Custom Builders (SA) 210.733.3929 512.291.5007 512.300.2273

CG&S Design-Build (A) 512.444.1580

Spring 2012 Christopher Contracting, LLC (SA)

Hinckley Construction Inc. (A)

PJB Contracting, LLC (A)

Crystal Sunrooms and Remodeling (A) 512.228.8306 512.719.4377

J. Angelo Design-Build (SA)

Premier Partners Homes (A) 210.882.6263 512.215.4797

Jerry's Kitchen and Baths (A)

Pride Home Improvements, Inc. (SA) 512.751.4932 210.655.4263

David Wilkes Builders (A)

JNA Construction, LLC (A)

Realty Restoration (A) 512.328.9888 512.266.2046 512.454.1661

Don Boozer Construction, Inc. (A)

Kattner Enterprises, Inc. (A)

Rebath of Travis County (A) 512.251.2237

512.658.1843 512.836.7200 210.710.7838 512.832.4786

Dallas Grant Construction, LLC (A) 512.563.9967

Dylan Martin Homes and Remodeling (A)

Kettler-Austin, Inc. (A) 512.692.9212 512.474.2300

Eagle Ford Handyman Construction (A)

KM Builders, Inc. (SA) 210.650.5100 210.680.5626

Envision Commercial & Residential Remodeling

Lenz Contractors, Inc. (SA)

(SA) 210.421.1236

Eric Harrison Builders, LLC (A) 512.480.8160

Gamez & Gamez Facility Solutions, LLC (SA) 210.340.4412

Lone Star Remodeling and Renovations (SA) 210.690.4663

Lone Star State Construction, LLC (SA) 210.601.0761 210.347.9402

Gradek Contracting & Design (A)

Mackenzie Design Build, Inc. (A) 512.538.2000 512.220.8891

Greenwood Custom Homes (SA)

Mr. Handyman NW Austin (A) 210.723.7233 512.944.4504

Handyman Connection (A)

On-Call Management (A)

Hill Bros. Custom Homes & Renovations (SA) 512.288.1564 512.418.0800 210.621.7990


ReBath of San Antonio (SA) 210.490.0082

RisherMartin Renovations (A) 512.495.9090

SA Dream Builders (SA) 210.416.6853

Shelter Design & Construction, Inc. (A) 512.330.9171

Sky West Builders, LLC (A) 512.801.1536

Soledad Builders, LLC (A) 512.306.8310

Straight and Level Construction Company, Inc.

(A) 512.577.9297

Synchronize, Inc. (A) 512.335.5491

Tenney Construction (A) 512.423.1012

Texas Construction Company (A) 512.451.8050


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Austin (A)

San Antonio (SA)

Solar Tex (A) 512.371.0399 Whole House Kitchens

Stone & Tile Alamo Stone Art (SA) 210.599.3311

Alamo Tile & Stone (SA) Additions

Outdoor Spaces 210.734.8350

Alpha Granite Austin (A & SA) Design

Windows/Siding 512.834.8746 ext.114

Architectural Granite and Marble, Ltd. (A) 512.263.7625 Baths


Top Notch Renovations (A) 512.538.1962

VenCo Construction, Ltd. (A) 512.990.5331

Vorspan Design Build, LLC (A)

Boyd Tile and Stone (A) 210.651.1787 512.426.8503

Schluter Systems (A) 512.479.0510

Southwest Metal Roofing System (SA) 210.822.6868

Exclusive Windows & Doors of Austin, LLC (A) 512.341.9282

Marvin Windows & Doors Division of BMC (SA) 210.494.8889

Pella Products of South Texas (A) 512.339.6601

Pella Products of South Texas (SA) 210.735.2030

Window Coverings & Awnings CR Window Coverings, Inc. (A) 512.329.5741

Keystone Granite (A & SA) 512.804.1878

J-Conn Roofing & Repair Service, Inc. (A) 866.454.6302 512.971.3144

Watermark & Co. (A) 512.491.9050

Crestview Doors, Inc. (A)

Igneous Quartz Surfaces (A)

New Stone Concepts (A)

Austin Roofing Contractors (A) 512.973.0400 512.821.2204 512.371.0337


Clear Choice - USA of Austin (A) 800.472.4588

Travis Tile Sales, Inc. (A) 512.478.8705

Water & Air Treatment Sweetwater Home Services (A) 512.837.2488

Windows & Doors BMC Select (A) 512.977.7401

Austin NARI and NARI San Antonio For homeowners looking to remodel, NARI members are the trusted, professional choice committed to delivering quality remodeling projects on time and on budget with a customer-centric approach that treats the homeowner respectfully and delivers exceptional value. Austin NARI and NARI San Antonio are not-for-profit trade associations committed to the professional remodeling industry; representing professional remodeling contractors, product manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, trade and consumer publications, utilities and lending institutions. NARI is the voice of the remodeling industry and an ally to the nation’s homeowners. NARI promotes: ethics, education, leadership and innovation so that both industry and community can benefit.

Spring 2012