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Bring us your plans or choose from our extensive collection of new home designs. Meet one-on-one with our Custom Homes Team to begin the design process on your dream home. From the doorbell to the back door, we ensure that your new home will express your personal style and has every feature you desire. We offer the best in personalized design and construction consultation and an attention to detail that reflects over half a century of luxury home building experience and customer satisfaction. Book your appointment today or ask for details. Call Patty (210) 835-4424

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COVER PHOTO AND TABLE OF CONTENTS PHOTO BY JASON ROBERTS

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COVER STORY Construction with a vision, either new construction or just giving your home a face lift, Vision Design Build is a one-stop shop for creating your personalized dream home, where achieving client satisfaction is the mission.

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REMODELING

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Curb appeal of a garage door can boost and give greater value to the home. Holidays are coming and it's a great time to create a new look. When comparing cost vs. value, the return is the second highest of home improvements.

With years of military and law enforcement service combined with extensive training in leadership, Gasper Sifuentes, formed SA Finest Realty. Training others and giving is the key to his success.

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COMMUNITY INSPIRATION

COMMUNITY INSPIRATION

Before Harvey and before Irma, CPS Energy has been known for being ready and eager to assist neighboring cities in crisis. Compassion and putting communities first is a priority for CEO and staff.

GSABA members and their business partners show how joining forces, resources and hearts gave hope to the people of Rockport in their lowest moments after Harvey.

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PUBLISHER Adaku Okoro

ART DIRECTOR Elisa Giordano

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ASSISTANT EDITORS Robyn Milora Chinyere Okoro Kim Young

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Chinyere Okoro

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Nora Castro Lynn Darden Rita ZenZen Heck Bonnie Hudson Randy Oliver Kim Young

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Jason Roberts

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A Note From the Publisher On the Cover Contributors

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La Cantera Resort & Spa

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Saving and Restoring a Historic Home

Jackie's Playhouse at The Argyle

Table Talk 48

Sea Oats Group Announces Five Town Center at Cinnamon Shore

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GSABA's September Mixer

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a note from the publisher

HOW CAN IT POSSIBLY BE FALL ALREADY? TIME SURE FLIES. FALL IS THE TIME WHEN MOST PEOPLE ARE CONSIDERING A NEW LOOK FOR THE HOLIDAY AND ARE ASKING, “WHAT CAN I DO TO SPRUCE UP MY HOME?” OUR ADVICE, REMODELING MAKES A HOME MORE APPEALING AND INCREASES THE VALUE.  NHOME is honored to have Vision Design and Build on our cover. The owner and founder, Bryan E. Smith, is the President – elect of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association.  Bryan comes with extensive experience as a builder of over 14 years and an active participant in the industry for 20 years. In addition, his background is in mechanical engineering. By nature he is detailed oriented. He and his staff have created a one-stop shopping experience for their customers. Life is busy these days, and many appreciate saving time with this type of service approach. Having learned more about Bryan, I can assure you'll be eager and quickly comfortable to using Vision Design and Build for your new construction or remodeling project.  Since this is our special remodel issue, we can't write about remodeling without suggesting how a new garage door will enhance the look and value of a home. Randy Oliver of Hollywood Crawford shares Remodeling Magazine’s annual cost vs. value report in his NHOME article. Also in this issue we profile a Realtor with a very intriguing background and story. Gasper Sifuentes was once a SA Finest Cop. With both a military and law enforcement background, Gasper has made it a point to share his leadership skills to help others succeed. He is also very open about his faith. When I initially visited his office, I was so moved to see that he actually has a bible study invitation to staff or anyone interested. He doesn't impose on anyone but freely makes his knowledge and experience available to all. His story is inspirational and motivating. At NHOME, we are passionate about business helping the community, and we know many did a little something extra to help after Harvey. We called our friends at GSABA to learn who went the extra hands-on mile to make a difference for Harvey and Irma victims. You'll enjoy reading about Texans helping Texans. We've shared their stories, as well as what President and CEO, Paula Gold-Williams and her staff at CPS Energy did to put people and communities first.  With the recent devastating hurricanes, many of us have began to value the simple things we take for granted, and my hope is that most of us are now taking more time to focus on family and on helping people in general, with or without a catastrophe. Thank You As Always, PROUD MEMBER OF:

Adaku Okoro, publisher adaku@nhometx.com

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contributors

RANDY OLIVER

Randy Oliver started installing garage doors for HollywoodCrawford Door Co. in 1981 and worked his way up through the ranks to eventually become president of the company. Oliver also is currently the President of the International Door Association, the world’s largest association of professional garage door and access systems dealers and installers and has trained home inspectors across the country on how to properly inspect a garage door system.

LYNN DARDEN

Lynn Darden, Account Executive at The PR Boutique, is a Texas native who specializes in digital marketing, media relations and social media. Lynn has an extensive background in marketing and digital advertising and honed her skills at several Dallas-based marketing agencies. Lynn is a graduate of Texas Christian University and in her spare time enjoys traveling, photography and the Texas art scene.

NORA CASTRO

Nora Castro is a public relations strategist with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. She has been engaged in community, government and media relations; corporate communications; events and communications planning; issues and crisis management; marketing; social media and website content management. Nora has held various communications and PR positions within the municipal environment and has directed media relations efforts for a major health organization. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Texas State University.

RITA ZENZEN HECK

In her hometown of Chicago, Rita Zenzen Heck was a newspaper and magazine editor and TV copywriter. She currently lives in San Antonio and volunteers with the Majestic Theatre, the San Antonio Sports Association, the San Antonio Conservation Society, the San Antonio Council for International Visitors and the San Antonio Downtown Residents Association. Heck worked for Stars and Stripes, Overseas Weekly and Made In Europe magazine, as well as in advertising and PR, before opening her own Creative Overflow. She added The Green Connection in 1995, also producing green building showcases and her own green building and education magazine and events. Since 1995, she has hosted and produced The Green Connection television show on digital cable channel 20, which airs Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

KIM YOUNG

Kim Young, a native Texan and second-generation realtor, is a broker/ associate with BHGRE Bradfield Properties. She has been assisting luxury homebuyers and sellers in the San Antonio/ Hill Country area since 1999. She is a five-year recipient of the coveted National Five Star Professional Award and a four-year past recipient of the Platinum Top 50 Award. She is a certified Texas Real Estate Commission MCE instructor and a CARTUScertified buyer/marketing specialist, and she serves on the Texas Association of Realtors Professional Standards Committee and she is a board member of the 2017 SABOR board of directors. In addition to her real estate career, she is an author and co-author of the Creating Machine series, and she writes for various publications and websites.

BONNIE HUDSON

Bonnie Hudson, the Regional Director for South and Central Texas for Decorating Den Interiors, has been serving the home furnishings industry for over 30 years. Her many roles in the 45 year old franchise system have included Franchisee, Sales Coordinator, Divisional Manager and Regional Owner. She is responsible for placing franchises in the region and providing training and support to the franchisee in her region. Her purpose and goal is to help others find the career best suited to their talents and lifestyle in the creative environment of interior design. She gets great satisfaction from interviewing and counseling people about their professional goals. In the process of creating awareness for her region, she greatly enjoys making presentations to groups and organizations about design trends, career opportunities in the design field and the benefits of franchising for women. For the past 45 years Decorating Den Interiors has been creating beautiful rooms. For over 30 of those years, Bonnie has been showing women how to turn their passion for decorating into an exciting career through the various opportunities Decorating Den offers. If you have a passion for decorating, you owe it to yourself to talk with her about Decorating Den’s business model, which includes professional training, advertising and social media support, a vendor network of over 100 suppliers, and business management systems. Bonnie heads up a team of women-owned franchises throughout the Central Texas area. From concept to completion, these professionally trained decorators come to your home or business providing unique ideas and custom products for every style and budget. Products include window treatments, wall and floor coverings, custom furniture and accessories.

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a Cantera Resort & Spa, a part of the Destination Hotels collection, in partnership with the San Antonio Cocktail Conference to present Destination Cocktails, a weekend benefitting children's charities through Houston Street Charities. The weekend offerings include tastings, seminars and paired dinners. Guest mixologists John Garrett, Victory Wine Group; Jason Kosmas, The 86 Company; and Elyse Blechman, Edrington Americas, impart their knowledge of spirits and share craft cocktail techniques. Tickets for the October 20-22 event can be purchased a la carte or guests can opt in for a one or two night stay at La Cantera Resort & Spa, the ideal retreat for sophisticated fun.

Poised at the pinnacle of 550-acres, it offers a pristine oasis with stunning views of the Texas Hill Country, an ideal backdrop for a weekend to celebrate craft cocktails. The resort stay will include two seminars per adult guest, admission to Texas Tasting Suite and daily breakfasts. Paired Dinners are not included and should be purchased separately. Priced from $40 to $150, for complete itinerary to purchase tickets and make reservations, visit http://sacocktailconference.com/other-events/destination-cocktails-at-la-cantera-resort/. For information on large party reservations for paired dinners, email cathy@sacocktails.org. ď‚„

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Highlights include the Texas Tasting Suite, Saturday, October 21, 2 to 4 p.m., $40 per ticket. Black Gold isn’t the only liquid that Texans boast of. In the world of spirits, Texas is producing some of the best in the business. Taste a little bit of everything Texas has to offer in every spirit category, and get an education on the who, what, when, where and how of them all. Seminars include Understanding Tequila on Saturday, October 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $50 per ticket. If all tequilas are made from the Blue Weber plant, then why do they all taste so

knowledge and step up your home bartending game. Jason will take you through several variations of this time honored cocktail, from its medicinal origins to its role as a canvas for cocktail expressionism in our modern era. You’ll be handson in this seminar, elevating your home drink-making skills and broadening your cocktail repertoire. The Twelve Fashioned, Saturday, October 21, 1 to 2 p.m. tickets $50 HP 12, Macallan 12, Macallan Double Cask 12 – Let’s talk about the terroir and – most importantly – the wood management

greatest drams: particularly the legendary Macallan. Elyse proudly represents The Edrington group as an Ambassador of The Macallan Whisky. Paired Dinner: SweetFire Kitchen and Cadre Noir Imports, Saturday, October 21, 7 p.m. | $150 SweetFire Kitchen has spectacular views of the Texas Hill Country and al fresco dining that will pair beautifully with the special spirits from Cadre Noir Imports. A five-course meal and unique craft cocktails will be part of an intimate and special experience. Menu • Smoked Foie Gras Blackberries & Black Truffle • Hanna Hama Oyster Fingerling Potato, Pork belly & Pickled Celery • Spiced Duck Breast Glazed Beets, Persimmon & Chicory • Roasted Veal Loin Dates, sun chokes & brussel sprouts • Concord Grape Sorbet Parsnips & Walnut Praline • Milk & Chocolate Chocolate Mousse, Dulce de Leche & Crème Fraiche

different? John Garrett shares the aspects of why, and also discusses the history of production to help us understand taste variances. From the Rancheros where the Jimadors harvest, to the distilleries where production takes place, this will be an in-depth tasting of tequilas from the Highlands of Jalisco down to the Valley. You’ll enjoy flights of Blanco tequilas – the purest form – and understand what makes each special and different. The Drinkable Journey Of Gin & Tonic, Saturday, October 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m., and 1 to 2 p.m. tickets $50. Explore the composition and history of the world’s most consumed highball, the Gin & Tonic. Join Jason Kosmas for an interactive seminar to broaden your

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and influence in the whisky. We’re going to have a thorough discussion and taste experience to go with it. Can you see the difference neat in the glass? Can you smell the difference; taste the difference? And how about in an Old Fashioned – can you taste the difference now? Elyse Blechman has an intimate relationship with exceptional spirits: a dedication that has strengthened over a decade of devotion to the Hospitality Industry. It was within this time that she began investigating her passion through the study of Cocktail Culture as a bartender. She has recently retired her tools and shimmied out from behind the bar to embark upon a journey with bold intent to excite, enrich, and educate through the study of benchmark styles & rich traditions behind the world’s

Paired Dinner: Primero Cantina and Mezcal El Silencio, Saturday, October 21, 7 p.m. | $100 Cuisine from Primero Cantina and craft cocktails and tastings from Mezcal El Silencio will be paired throughout this multicourse family style meal. Primero Cantina offers sweeping Hill Country views, and the creativity of both chef and mixologist will make this a memorable experience. You will be seated at family-style tables of 8. Starters • Bay Scallop Agua Chile with Fried Peanuts • Rock Crab Salad and Avocado Sashimi • Crunchy Cauliflower with Almond-Arbol Salsa • Chili Con Carne with Cornbread Mains & Sides • Spit Roasted Pork with Salsa Verde • Grilled Snapper Veracruz Style & Soft Shell Crab


• Slow Cooked Wagyu Beef and Mole • Charred Brussel Sprouts with Bacon • Fideo and Mussels • Black Beans • Crispy Salsify Last Bites • Arroz con Leche, Coconut Milk and Cinnamon Crumble • Pumpkin Empanadas and Chipotle • Chocolate Sauce • Cocoa-Coffee Flan and Crème Fraiche The San Antonio Cocktail Conference is one of a kind in Texas, and now in its seventh year, the San Antonio Cocktail Conference has been named “one of the best” by publications like Fodor’s Travel and called “the future of cocktails” by Paste Magazine. Each year this cocktail festival brings together top bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts for educational seminars, guided tastings and cocktail parties. Founded by Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood and presented by Houston Street Charities, the San Antonio Cocktail Conference celebrates the craft cocktail and the experience that surrounds it, while engaging the community in supporting children’s charities. Once again the conference will donate 100 percent of its profits to benefit children. Past years' beneficiaries include Children's Shelter, ChildSafe, Clarity Child Guidance Center, HeartGift, TEAMability and Transplants for Children. ■

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Vision Design and Build YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR CONSTRUCTION // BY: KIM YOUNG // PHOTOGRAPHY: JASON ROBERTS

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he best thing about writing for NHOME Magazine is the people I meet and the places and products I learn about. My meeting with Bryan E. Smith of Vision Design and Build couldn't have come at a better time. Ever since I bought my garden home, I’ve needed help visualizing a new kitchen. My kitchen is functional, especially since I am not a cook, but, as a realtor, I know what sells. Kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor living/entertainment spaces sell a house. When I had the opportunity to interview Bryan, I jumped at the opportunity to pick his brain. It was like having a contractor in the family, or a favorite brother-in-law. He is the real deal. It’s obvious that he loves what he does. There are not enough words to describe how creative, innovative and visionary he is. While ‘one-stop-shopping’ may have become a worn out expression, Vision Design and Build truly is the only stop you need to make. There is a reason that his team is the “go to” of detail guys for many home builders and designers. Bryan is currently the President-elect of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association. He has been involved in the industry for almost 20 years, and a local custom builder for well over 14 years. He has an impressive background with a degree in mechanical engineering, which attributes to his ability to be detail-oriented. He and his team back up everything in written form; from spec drawings, plans, selections, schedules to billing and more. “Scheduling and hiring quality contractors are something I pride myself in,” Bryan said. “We had twice as much business in the first six months of this year than we did last year. It’s all word of mouth,” he added. As with any good contractor, hiring the right crew and management is a key element to success. When unforeseen

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events take place, such as the passing of one of his project managers, the need for a replacement arose. Bryan is the type of business owner who doesn't just settle for average, so it took several months to find the right person to fill the position. Not settling for average explains why 90% of his business is repeat business and referrals, and why it was one of the most awarded in San Antonio last year. In April of this year, Vision’s team was awarded by the National Association of Home Builders as the Remodeler of the Month for the nation. They have also won Summit Awards for 10 straight years. Talk about consistency! “Several years ago I had a paradigm shift that customer concerns and issues, even after the project is completed, need to be a priority for our company,” Bryan explained. He added that the hardest part of the job he loves is the challenge of dealing with things outside of his control. “It's my passion,” he said. Vision Design and Build specializes in renovations, new homes, and custom construction. They do what the big boys don't have the time or desire to take on. “You have to adapt to the market,” he said. If you are trying to decide which path to take, be it new construction or remodel, call and discuss the many options, 210-737-2800, or visit www.visiondesignandbuild. com. ■

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New Garage Doors BOOSTS CURB APPEAL AND RESALE VALUE // BY: RANDY OLIVER

For more information: Contact Randy Oliver, Hollywood-Crawford Door Co., at 210-494-3434 or via email at randyo@hollywoodcrawford.com. You may also contact Cary Corbin, 830-708-3940 (media relations).

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About Hollywood-Crawford Door Company

Hollywood-Crawford Door Company has been providing exceptional garage door products and exceeding their customers’ expectations since 1947. They offer a complete line of quality residential and commercial overhead garage doors and openers. Hollywood-Crawford is a member of the Greater San Antonio Builders’ Association, a charter member of the International Door Association, an international organization of garage door dealers and suppliers, and is accredited by the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation (IDEA), the only independent and nationally recognized accreditation organization for garage door dealers. The company was the first garage door dealer in Texas and is currently the only garage door dealer in San Antonio to be IDEA accredited.

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all is when many people start thinking about sprucing up their homes for the holidays. For those preparing to improve the exterior of their home during this time, there’s one home improvement that instantly boosts curb appeal while offering a great return on investment: upgrading to a new garage door. According to Remodeling Magazine, in its 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, a mid-range garage door replacement has the second highest return on investment of any home improvement project in the San Antonio area, recouping an average 92.8 percent of costs. Mid-range garage door replacement had an average job cost of $1,595 in the San Antonio area, with a resale value of $1,480, according to the report. For return on investment, this upgrade is second only to a wood deck addition. New garage doors are the number one value among upscale improvements, recouping 91.8 percent of costs in San Antonio. Upscale garage door replacements cost an average of $3,304 in the San Antonio market, recouping $2,810 of the cost upon resale. “Garage doors offer a great return on investment for people and can substantially improve the curb appeal of your home,” said Randy Oliver, president of HollywoodCrawford Door Co. “There is a tremendous variety of options for new garage doors, with materials and attractive styles that enhance the value and appeal of any home.” Each year Remodeling Magazine compares average costs for 29 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 99 U.S. markets. More information on the report is available at www.costvsvalue.com. ■


“GARAGE DOORS OFFER A GREAT RETURN ON INVESTMENT FOR PEOPLE AND CAN SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVE THE CURB APPEAL OF YOUR HOME.”

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Saving and Restoring a Historic Home IT’S THE GREENEST! // BY: RITA ZENZEN HECK

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hen Sidney Francis bought the fading 1891 home at 425 King William in 1972, he had one idea in mind: “to bring this misused structure back to its royal beginnings.” The spacious castle-like home known as the Kalteyer House backed up to the San Antonio River. It was designed by nationally famed architect, J. Riely Gordon, who created several homes and commercial structures in San Antonio, including the Bexar County Courthouse. Original owner John Kalteyer died in 1897, just six years after moving in. German immigrant Ed Seeling, a successful young (21) entrepreneur, purchased the King William property, in San Antonio’s then most fashionable neighborhood, in 1907 with profits from selling Austin’s Driskill “WHEN SIDNEY Hotel which he purchased for $80,000. The FRANCIS BOUGHT family lived there until 1942 as King William deTHE FADING 1891 clined into a low-income area. The magnificent HOME AT 425 425 King William beauty was transformed into KING WILLIAM IN a hodge-podge, fifteen unit apartment building with ugly add-ons and awkward interior/exteri- 1972, HE HAD ONE or changes. It was reduced to eight units before IDEA IN MIND: “TO Francis’ exterior restoration began. BRING THIS MISUSED Francis’ dream when he and his wife, Janet, STRUCTURE BACK moved into the home in 1980 was to do a TO ITS ROYAL thorough authentic restoration. “It was a total BEGINNINGS.” mess,” Janet recalled. “We had to sleep in the living room for the first few years, but Sidney was firm on his resolve. It took twenty years, but the final result was the answer to Sidney’s dream,” she said. “First thing I did was get a demolition permit to get rid of the add-ons. Fortunately, walls were not moved and a lot of the original features where easily repairable,” Sidney Francis said. “It was a matter of finding what was originally there and replacing it. We located the architect’s daughter and she had drawings and information to guide us,” he added. The best restoration keeps and repairs what is already there: original wood windows, lighting fixtures, marble sinks, claw-foot bath tubs, floors and any embellishments,” Francis advises.


 THE INVITING FRONT VERANDA ON THE 425 KING WILLIAM HOME WAS THE WEDDING SCENE FOR PAULA, CLARA AND ELLA SEELING. MUCH MORE RECENTLY, THE CURRENT OWNER WAS MARRIED AT THE SAME SPOT. NOTE THE INTERESTING ARCH TREATMENT, BEADING TRIM AND STATELY COLUMNS.

ALTHOUGH THE FRONT YARD HAS BEEN RE-LANDSCAPED, 425 KING WILLIAM REMAINS THE STATELY TREASURE DESIGNED BY J. RIELY GORDON IN 1891.

“Some of the curved wood window frames had to be duplicated. I found the Koehler Company’s architectural millworks division in Sequin and they reproduced them. Finding a glass company to produce the curved glass was more difficult. I haunted architectural antique shops around the city for authentic replacements and found Architectural Antiques near the Alamodome most helpful. Lighting fixtures, doors and other items there were really authentic,” Francis said. Fortunately, the magnificent parquet and other wood floors were mostly undamaged. The apartment owners had covered them with linoleum. They just needed some sanding and general cleanup. To replace damaged burl walnut interior paneling, Francis purchased one-quarter inch burl walnut veneer plywood, glued it down and applied wet brown paper bags over it which he heated with an iron to straighten out the bubbles caused by the glue (a good idea for any of your similar projects). Exterior limestone features were restored, retaining their original color. Since electricity was in the infant stage in 1891, architect Gordon wasn’t sure it was here to stay so he fitted all fixtures, appliances and fireplaces with

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Historic Home Restore Tips According to Nicole Curtis, host of HGTV’s Rehab Addict, quoted in an article by Marni Jameson for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, “The biggest mistake people make when improving an old home is try to do what’s hot right now. But what’s hot right now won’t be in ten years. What will always be hot and will maintain the home’s value is keeping within the era of the home.” Unobtrusive walk-in closets, updated heating/ cooling/plumbing systems and new appliances should be the only updated changes. Curtis suggests keeping the cabinets (most are solid wood), refinishing tubs and sinks, saving wood floors, cleaning old tile, but NOT moving walls or replacing windows. For help in planning your historic home restoration, first contact San Antonio’s Historic Preservation office for city guidelines. The San Antonio Conservation Society and the King William Neighborhood Association have useful information on the history of many homes in the area and contacts for available professional restoration assistance. So preserve and be the greenest! ■

For more information: Contact the entities on next page for information on this property as well as your own historic home renovation.

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EXQUISITE PARQUET FLOORS IN DIFFERENT DESIGNS RUN THROUGHOUT THE HOME. FORTUNATELY, THE FORMER 15 UNIT APARTMENT OWNERS COVERED THEM WITH LINOLEUM WHICH PROTECTED THEM FROM SERIOUS DAMAGE. NOTE THE DELICATE SPINDLED BALCONY AND DECORATIVE TRIM IN THE ADJOINING ROOMS, RESTORED AND/OR REPLICATED BY SIDNEY FRANCIS.

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gas alternates. “The gas is still connected but could be turned off in the basement,” Francis said. According to Andrew Esponosa, City Office of Historic Preservation, gas and other original elements in a historic house are covered by San Antonio’s Code Compliance office. It is recommended that historic home owners contact that office for complete clarification. Gas lighting may also be used in other properties but requires Code Compliance inspections and permits. The Preservation office has information on tax credits, grants and other financial benefits for owning a historical home, plus guidance to restore it. Heating and cooling a three story home with full basement can be a problem (and expensive), but Francis learned that by opening all of the downstairs windows and the third floor skylight, the hot air rose to the top and made a tremendous difference in hot weather. “Restoring a historical home is not easy,” Francis admits, “but it is a challenging and satisfying adventure that you will never regret…or forget!” 425 King William is currently on the market, listed by Kristin Kellum, Historic Home Specialist at Phyllis Browning Realty.


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 ANTIQUE LIGHTING FIXTURES ARE A SPECIALTY OF ARCHITECTURAL ANTIQUES, NEAR DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO, WITH MORE THAN 20,000 SQUARE FEET OF SALVAGED VINTAGE ARCHITECTURAL ITEMS TO REPLACE DAMAGED ORIGINALS IN HISTORICAL HOME RESTORATIONS. OLD LIGHTING IS REWIRED AND PARTS REPAIRED AND REPLACED. OWNERS BARRY AND LINDSAY RUSTLER OPENED THE WAREHOUSE IN 1987, REFLECTING THEIR PASSION FOR ANTIQUES AND MAINTAINING HISTORICAL STRUCTURES.

 IN THE EARLY 1920S, VISITORS ARRIVE IN A HORSE-DRAWN BUGGY TO VISIT THE SEELING FAMILY AT THEIR PALATIAL 425 KING WILLIAM HOME. NOTE THE SKYLIGHT AT THE VERY TOP OF THE HOME WHICH WAS OPENED IN THE SUMMER TO ALLOW HOT AIR TO ESCAPE (A VERY EARLY AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM).

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 OLD HARDWARE, REFERRED TO AS HOUSE JEWELRY, IS CLEANED, POLISHED AND SEALED AT ARCHITECTURAL ANTIQUES. A LARGE COLLECTION OF LONG LEAF PINE (NOT AVAILABLE SINCE 1926) AND CYPRESS DOORS, FLOORING AND MOLDINGS IS STRIPPED AND SANDED TO REVEAL ORIGINAL BEAUTY. DAMAGED GLASS IN DOORS IS REPLACED WITH OLD GLASS.

SAN ANTONIO OFFICE OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION

210.207.0221 Ximena, copa@sanantonio.gov

SAN ANTONIO BUILDING CODE/INSPECTIONS

KING WILLIAM ASSOCIATION 210.227.8786 info@ourkwa.org

KRISTIN KULLUM, PHYLLIS BROWNING REALTY

210.207.1111

210.601.6369 kkullum@phyllisbrowing.com

SAN ANTONIO CONSERVATION SOCIETY

ARCHITECTURAL ANTIQUES

210.221.6163 conserve@saconservation.org

210.226.6863 notell@swbell.net

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Jackie’s Playhouse at The Argyle CLOCHE DESIGNS’ GRAND REVEAL RENOVATION // BY: LYNN DARDEN

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an Antonio-based Cloche Designs recently announced the grand reveal of the historically renovated Jackie’s Playhouse, located on the grounds of The Argyle. The reveal took place with a private event on the evening of September 17, 2017, with all proceeds benefiting The Generations Fund at Texas Biomedical Research Institute. “Time had taken quite a toll on this treasured playhouse, so we volunteered to bring it back to its original glory. Carefully balanced with practical updates, we preserved its beauty and charm so that future generations of children can continue to make priceless memories at The Argyle,” said Laura Nell Burton, co-founder of Cloche Designs. “Cloche Designs assembled a best-in-class team of San Antonio artisans to contribute to this endeavor. After a year of working together, a great gift has been walking alongside each member of our extraordinary team and witnessing the discovery of their own individual passions for this magical project.” Located on the historic grounds of The Argyle, a prestigious private dining club in Texas, Jackie’s Playhouse is the childhood retreat of Jacqueline Beretta, a sixth-generation Texan. Jackie’s parents— Mary Austin, a descendant of Stephen F. Austin, and Jack Beretta—designed the playhouse to honor their daughter’s birth. In 1953, they commissioned an artistic woodworker from their ranch to build it in Olmos Park, surrounded by an enchanting, perpetually blooming garden. Mary Austin, an accomplished designer and collector of antique dollhouses, lovingly appointed Jackie’s Playhouse with furnishings, linens, china, art and other treasures from her favorite New England shops. It became Jackie’s castle and sanctuary,


a place where she played for hours, hosting tea parties by her fireplace and gardening with her mother. In 1974, Jackie donated and relocated the playhouse to The Argyle, where it has been a prized attraction ever since. At the helm of this project and donating their services to transform vision into reality is Cloche Designs, a San Antonio-based lifestyle brand specializing in full-service occasions and special projects that celebrate details. Mauzé Construction and a talented team of artisans curated by Cloche Designs worked to carefully restore and update Jackie’s Playhouse. Intoto Interiors, Chesney Morales Architects, John S. Troy Landscape Architect, Stone Standard, Virgini Paint and Design, and artist Gina Langford, among others, all generously contributed to the remodel. “This entire project, including the theme of our grand reveal event, has been inspired by beloved Beatrix Potter children’s books, specifically The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Two Bad Mice,” said Christin Gish, co-founder of Cloche Designs. “The primary goal was to preserve the playhouse’s history, including original furnishings and design elements; yet, interior appointments, including the wallpaper, upholstery and other whimsical design features, are a fresh update.” Characterized by a fanciful nod to the Victorian era including a steep pitched roof, decorative trim and authentic furnishings, the expert craftsmanship of Jackie’s Playhouse has withstood the test of time. The original archi-

tecture complements The Argyle and exterior paint colors continue to exactly match those of the main house. Renovations include a new slate roof with copper detail, a porch extension and the addition of “Mr. McGregor’s Secret Garden,” captured inside a charming white picket fence to give children more real estate for play. Inside the playhouse, rare black and white nursery rhyme themed tile was preserved sur-

“CAREFULLY BALANCED WITH PRACTICAL UPDATES, WE PRESERVED ITS BEAUTY AND CHARM SO THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS OF CHILDREN CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE PRICELESS MEMORIES AT THE ARGYLE.”

rounding the fireplace. Original kitchen cabinetry, longleaf pine flooring and all existing hardware have been salvaged and resurrected. Interior walls are appointed with Farrow & Ball paints in a mint green and pink palette. The new garden is home to a hand-forged “Mr. McGregor’s scarecrow” sculpture by Ted Voss Metals, incorporating salvaged elements from the interior’s fireplace andirons and other brass fixtures original to the playhouse. Jackie’s Playhouse is now open, coinciding with the private grand reveal celebration at The Argyle. ■ SEPTEMBER//OCTOBER 2017 NHOME /

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asper Sifuentes, owner of San Antonio’s Finest Realty, like many successful businessmen, reached a stage in his life where a new direction was needed. After 20 years of military service and 25 years in law enforcement, leadership and training was who he was. Due to some life changing circumstances, the question, “Where do I go from here?” had to be answered. For years, a relative in real estate had encouraged him to join his sales team, and tried once more to entice him. The timing was right and Gasper went all in. The result is San Antonio’s Finest Realty which has grown from one agent in 2011 to 50 agents in 2017. This phenomenal growth isn’t just about Gasper’s success but about his ability to bring along others to share in being a part of the finest. From a Navy Seabee to the Air Force where he served as a Military Training Instructor, Sifuentes retired honorably in 2010. Concurrently, he joined the San Antonio Police Department in 1992. He received numerous commendations including the City of San Antonio’s Life Saving Award in 1995. He honorably retired after almost 25 years of police service. Gasper’s successful military and law enforcement careers created the “can do” attitude that guides him through life every day. In addition to those accomplishments, Gasper earned an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from San Antonio College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration from Wayland Baptist University. After obtaining his REALTOR license, he increased his professional education by obtaining several designations, to include ABR (Accredited Buy-

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ers Representative) and GRI (Graduate of Realtor Institute). In both service careers, Sifuentes led and taught 1100 military recruits and 700 police officers. This experience and the methods he applied there enabled him to create a powerful mentoring/training program for new real estate agents. Principles of discipline and dedication are taught and demonstrated through the mentoring program. Sifuentes guarantees success if the agent is willing to do the hard work. He believes that if you can turn a civilian into a serviceman willing to die for a cause, then you can certainly turn a new agent into a successful business person. The success of the program is proved in the growth of his brokerage. According to Sifuentes, 80% of his agents have at least two closings a year. He has developed a rank structure based on education, activities and closings that increase commissions, demonstrating that hard work and dedication does pay off. In Sifuentes’ unrelenting pursuit of creating successful agents, he passes all incoming business to his agents, taking only referrals from his personal sphere of influence. Unlike other brokerages, SAFR does not charge the various fees most agents must pay. The adage “if you help enough people get what they want, you’ll get what you want” is practiced there, and it is obviously working. This philosophy of helping others is another reason for San Antonio’s Finest Realty’s phenomenal success. That same dedication is put into each and every client. Visit the SAFR website to discover any kind of real estate information for the San Antonio area that you need. The client testimony section leaves no doubt that, whether you are looking to sell or buy or become a real estate agent, San Antonio’s Finest Realty is where you need to go. Taking from his stellar service to his country and this city, combined with a profound faith in God, Gasper Sifuentes promises “Integrity, Service and Excellence.” ■

IN BOTH SERVICE CAREERS, SIFUENTES LED AND TAUGHT 1100 MILITARY RECRUITS AND 700 POLICE OFFICERS.

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Sea Oats Group Announces Five Town Center at Cinnamon Shore MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT AND EXCEPTIONAL RETAIL

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ea Oats Group announced the spring 2018 opening of Five Town Center, the first mixed-use development at Cinnamon Shore, Mustang Island’s premier “new urbanism” resort living community. “We are excited to lead the charge in bringing mixed-use development and exceptional retail to Mustang Island,” said Jeff Lamkin, CEO of Sea Oats Group, developers of Cinnamon Shore. “With Five Town Center, we will significantly increase the upscale retail and creative dining options available within a short stroll of Cinnamon Shore owners’ homes.” Five Town Center will house several distinctive restaurants and retailers, including Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, a contemporary, inventive restaurant that will serve coal-fired New Yorkstyle pizza, fresh Italian pastas, salads, desserts and signature coal-fired chicken wings; The Bottle Shop, a boutique liquor shop featuring specialty liquors, unique wines and mixers; The Market, a small grocery offering fresh fruits,

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vegetables and specialty items; and an ice cream and candy shop, the name of which will be decided via a contest among local elementary school children. Already open nearby at the Kiera Pool is the C Bar Café, a poolside café serving lunch and dinner, with a full cocktail menu. Nestled behind 300 feet of protective dunes and just minutes from Corpus Christi, Cinnamon Shore is the ultimate expression of coastal living. The vibrant, master-planned “new urban” development on Texas’ Coastal Bend promotes an environmentally friendly lifestyle by combining elegant housing, work spaces, retail amenities, and parks and recreational facilities in a highly livable, walkable seaside resort community. Nearby activities include links-style golfing, unique shopping, parasailing and charters, all effortlessly booked for residents and guests through Cinnamon Shores’ exclusive concierge services. Over the past decade, Sea Oats Group has been one of the most successful developers of coastal proper-

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ties in any market nationwide, including the Texas Gulf Coast, where the value of its beachfront portfolio is unequalled. With phase I of Cinnamon Shore 85 percent sold out, Sea Oats Group last month announced it is embarking on a $1.3 billion, 300-acre expansion featuring distinctive new home designs and a wide array of appealing amenities. The phase II expansion will take place over 15 to 20 years and will more than quadruple the size of the existing community. It will encompass Cinnamon Shore South, an $800 million investment, and Cinnamon Shore Bay Shore, projected to be a $500 million buildout. Sea Oats Group envisions four primary pillars of distinction for phase II: (1) home craftsmanship and a lifestyle unrivaled on the Gulf Coast, (2) a dining district with dozens of restaurants to please any palate or mood, (3) enticing destination retail, and (4) a health and wellness center. Phase II will include a 3,300-foot wide beachfront, maintained daily – almost three times the size of the beach at Cinnamon Shore North. Eventually, the development will lie on both sides of State Highway 361, about a mile south of Cinnamon Shore North, with a golf cart bridge enabling residents to easily access amenities on both sides of the roadway. Plans include multiple swimming pools and lakes to provide refuge and enhance the landscape. A key feature of phase II –

an approximately 10-acre lake, one of the largest on the Texas Gulf Coast – will be encircled by a mile-long boardwalk. The development will also feature honeymoon cottages, town centers for retail within each phase and a boutique hotel opening in 2018. Site work is already underway, and Sea Oats Group expects to begin building homes on the property in mid- to late-2018. “With Five Town Center, we are taking a significant step toward fulfilling our vision of making Cinnamon Shore an unparalleled place to live, work and play on Mustang Island,” said Lamkin. “Phase I has already been extremely well-received, but as we roll out our phase II plans over the next several months, we anticipate an exponential increase in interest in our development as an ultimate coastal destination.” Construction of Five Town Center will be completed in late 2017. Its retail establishments will open in the first quarter of 2018, in time for spring break. ■

For more information: Cinnamon Shore – visit http://www.CinnamonShore.com, and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@CinnamonShore). Sea Oats Group – visit www.SeaOatsGroup.com. The PR Boutique – 713.599.1271; Gretchen Brice (Gretchen@theprboutique.com); Lynn Darden (lynn@theprboutique. com).

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Cinnamon Shore is a pedestrian-friendly planned community nestled behind 300 feet of protective dunes on Mustang Island along the Texas Gulf Coast. It is the first “new urbanism” development for Sea Oats Group, which is fulfilling its vision of a traditional seaside village with a wide array of amenities and recreational facilities intertwined with beach cottages, luxury villas and vibrant town centers. Every detail of Cinnamon Shore is designed to embrace the natural ambience of Mustang Island and the slow-paced charm of a walking neighborhood.

ABOUT SEA OATS GROUP

Sea Oats Group is one of the most successful developers of coastal properties in any market nationwide, including the Texas Gulf Coast, where the value of its beachfront portfolio is unequalled. The firm is dedicated to creating traditional neighborhood developments that provide residents with the highest possible quality of life, while preserving the integrity of the resort landscapes they occupy. By combining living spaces with retail areas in a walkable, connected plan, Sea Oats Group weaves together beautiful places to live, work and play.


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Responding in the Time of Need CPS ENERGY TRAVELS FAR AND NEAR TO PUT PEOPLE FIRST // BY: NORA CASTRO

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atastrophe can arrive in a number of ways: fire, tornado or earthquake. But for the residents living along the Texas and Florida coastlines, it arrived in the form of hurricanes. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma unleashed their fury to these areas and caused severe damage to countless homes and businesses in their path. These coastal communities were among the hardest hit by these super storms, bringing wide-spread devastation, flooding, downed trees and powerlines. The destruction caused extended power outages that posed problems for small towns and big cities alike,

including Victoria, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida. Restoring electric service is the crucial first step in the recovery process. Even before these communities lost power, CPS Energy was preparing to assist where needed. Once

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the request for mutual assistance was received from American Electric Power Texas (AEP) and the Texas Mutual Assistance Group to assist with restoration efforts, CPS Energy dispatched a crew of 53 men and women with a variety of skillsets to provide a diverse layer of support, ranging from safety experts to linemen and fleet teams. “It’s important that when we arrive, we have all the equipment and support services we need so we can focus on the work ahead,” said Rudy Garza, Senior VP Distribution Services & Operations. “So there’s a significant support system that needs to go on any mutual aid effort.” The team arrived in Schulenburg, a command center and staging area set up by AEP Texas, on a mission to help restore power to the victims quickly and safely. They were then dispatched to Victoria and later to Bloomington, where they repaired lines, replaced poles and transformers, and trimmed trees to not only restore power but help restore order to the stormravaged communities. Despite the 15-hour work days, often amid heat, mud and mosquitos, the crew was happy to be able to help their neighbors in need. “Overall, we restored power to over 3,000 Texans and repaired miles of distribution lines,” said Richard Lujan, director of Northwest Service District. “Our team’s work ethic, skill, efficiency and productivity stood out among our sister utilities and contractors. We were recognized by American Electric Power for our performance throughout the duration of our stay.” A couple of weeks later, Hurricane Irma made her debut in Florida, leaving the coastline devastated.

NOTE: NHOME TEXAS APPROACHED CPS ENERGY AFTER THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF HURRICANES HARVEY AND IRMA IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA. THE MAGAZINE WANTED TO LET ITS READERS KNOW HOW CPS ENERGY RESPONDED TO THE WIDESPREAD DEVASTATION OF THESE COASTAL COMMUNITIES, AS RESTORING ELECTRIC SERVICE IS KEY TO THE RECOVERY PROCESS.


Crews once again prepared to deploy after receiving the call for assistance from Jacksonville Electric Authority in Florida. A crew of 58 members left San Antonio and travelled across the country to Jacksonville to join other utilities in a huge effort to bring some normalcy to those affected by Hurricane Irma. “Our response exemplifies our commitment to people and now extends to restoring a community” said Paula Gold-Williams, CPS Energy President & CEO. “In the spirit of helping our neighbors, we are proud to have been asked to support the restoration efforts. It’s great when others recognize our employees’ valuable skills and strong work ethic in restoring power safely, just as they

do for the people of Greater San Antonio every day.” Once our job was completed in Jacksonville, our crew deployed to Key West, one of Florida’s hardest hit areas. This isn’t the first time crews have jumped into action to assist in other parts of the U.S. CPS Energy has helped many times before with restoration efforts following hurricanes, including Rita, Katrina, Ike, Gustav, Dolly and Sandy, just to name a few. Many of our employees have made multiple trips to storm-stricken areas, sometimes spending weeks away from home and loved ones. “I’ve never been away from my family this long,” said Steven Cansino, distribution trainee and one the 58 crew members

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“IT’S GREAT WHEN OTHERS RECOGNIZE OUR EMPLOYEES’ VALUABLE SKILLS AND STRONG WORK ETHIC IN RESTORING POWER SAFELY, JUST AS THEY DO FOR THE PEOPLE OF GREATER SAN ANTONIO EVERY DAY.”

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deployed to Florida. This deployment could last up to three weeks. During his assignment, Cansino is missing a major milestone in his son Derek’s life. Derek turned 10 and Cansino missed the celebration for the first time. “Dad’s going to miss your birthday party but you know dad is going out there to help these kids that don’t have power and can’t play with their toys, like you can,” Cansino explained to Derek. “It’s heartbreaking that I can't be there,” Cansino said. But like the Cansino family, the rest of the team and the countless number of first responders and volunteers know that though the decision to leave his family is tough, the need to help others get back on their feet is fundamental in putting People First. ■ SEPTEMBER//OCTOBER 2017 NHOME /

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community inspiration MORE THAN FIFTY EAGER FRIENDS JOINED EFFORTS AND COOKING EXPERTISE AS SAN ANTONIO’S LONE STAR RESPONSE TEAM GATHERED TO FEED THOUSANDS DURING LABOR DAY WEEKEND FOLLOWING TRECHEROUS HURRICAN HARVEY.

Making a Difference after Harvey

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ike many in the housing industry, NHOME’S publisher Adaku Okoro, is passionate about giving back. Following Hurricane Harvey and wanting to contribute/aid the people she knows best, she called GSABA (Greater San Antonio Builders Association) for suggestions of those whose companies who were most involved giving aid. Associate GSABA members Colby Duke and Trevor Morton were among those who organized to serve Hurricane Harvey victims, and prove that San Antonio, surrounding area businesses, along with many individuals have BIG hearts. On Tuesday, September 4, Colby Duke awoke at 4:30 in the morning with thoughts of the thousands left homeless and hungry after Hurricane Harvey swept ashore in Rockport. He had to do

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something about it. Reaching for his iPhone, he texted a few of his close buddies, Trevor Morton and Patrick and Mathew Holloway. “I just felt like I had to go,” Duke recalled, “and I hoped my friends felt the same way.” By the end of the week twelve trucks and trailers and more than fifty people were on the road to Rockport. The team contacted potential food providers including HEB, Opa’s Sausage and many others to donate enough products to feed thousands. The result: the team fed more than 15,000 grateful Rockport citizens over the weekend. The caravan included five smoke wagons, two refrigerated trailers, five RVs and bathrooms for the participants’ use, supporting all phases of their efforts. They smoked and served 1125 pounds of Opa’s sausage, 430

PHOTOS COURTESY OF COLBY DUKE

GSABA MEMBERS AND FRIENDS COME TO THE RESCUE


MEMBERS OF GSABA JOIN FORCES WITH HCBA, GNHBA AND OVER 300 DONORS TO AID HARVEY VICTIMS IN ROCKPORT. LONE STAR RESPONSE TEAM MEMBERS BRANDON TAYLOR, DAVE WOOD, CAMERON TAYLOR AND LANCE KLEIN WITH HIS SONS CHECK OUT THE FOOD TO BE SERVED TO ROCKPORT DISASTER VICTIMS WHO WELCOMED THEIR EFFORTS.

pounds of food, which included 20 briskets and 20 pork butts, 800 hamburgers and chicken, over 4000 hot dogs and 1200 eggs, which the team rolled into breakfastlunch-dinner tacos for twelve straight hours. “In addition to Harvey victims, we fed many volunteers who had nothing to eat. One of my best moments was stopping at a destroyed house to deliver food. An elderly lady thanked us profusely, but said what would really make her the happiest

in the world was an ice cold Coke. We searched for 45 minutes and finally found one to bring her. The smile on her face was more than enough to pay for our efforts,” Morton explained. When the weekend ended, the good feelings continued. “The team agreed that they wanted to continue our efforts for Hurricane Harvey as well as any other disaster that might hit the area, so we formed the Lone Star Response Team,” Duke, an associate GSABA member said. “We planned

to return to Rockport and other affected areas to feed the hungry.” Morton noted, “GSABA, NHOME Magazine, and others have been very supportive of our work, and are passionate about offering assistance.” Duke added. “And we’re looking to help wherever we are needed.” ■

For more information about the Long Star Response Team call 210-240-5155.

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