Why We Love Working With Custom Home Builders

Interior Design

With so many of us spending loads of time at home these days, we’re beginning to see it: the projects. What if the kitchen island were bigger? Where can we put in a mudroom? How would it look if we added a bulk storage space to the garage? Suddenly, we have found ourselves with three separate office spaces in the nooks and crannies of our homes. We’re keeping canned goods in our pantries, which are already full to the brim with easy-to-grab snacks for the kiddos. The walls are closing in, and when the project seems too large, we may begin to see something else: a new home.

Building thoughtful details into the design of your home will make a huge difference in your happiness. In the past few months, we’ve already seen the requests for master suite coffee bars, special pet areas, and expanded mudrooms. It’s these small updates that make a home function specifically for you. Now to marry that functionality with thoughtful, beautiful craftsmanship, that’s where we turn to the custom builder.

While we have been working with custom home builders for over a decade, with the addition of Gina Brown, we’re working with them more than ever. Designers and custom builders are a perfect match because together, we can give the homeowner exactly what they what. 


A photo of the doors at Dumbarton, which Scott Frasier helped us fabricate.


Custom Builders Work to Your Specific and Unique Design Needs

Whatever space your family needs, you want to have in your home. Many of our clients request custom spaces. Some want a large wine cellar. Others want a space for their pets or a mudroom with tons of storage. These aren’t always spaces found in a home, but when you work with a custom builder, they can be! A custom builder can incorporate these unique spaces into the design at the beginning. Knowing what spaces you need and how you’ll be using them ensures your home flows well. This prevents you from having to squeeze in the space after construction has been completed.

Using a custom builder allows you to customize your home from top to bottom. No detail is too small! You can select the exact finishes you want to ensure they match the overall design. Having the flexibility to select your finishes means everything looks exactly how you want it to from the beginning. 


Erin Stetzer and her team helped open up this master bath in Rice University


Together, We Keep Construction Moving Forward

Custom builders have a broad knowledge base. From the foundation to the roof, they understand how to build a structurally sound home that lasts. They’re an incredible resource about the products, quality, and workmanship of those they work with. Having that information is especially important if you’re building your new home from afar. Their insight and contacts are invaluable! Designers work hand in hand with builders to make sure they understand how to execute our client’s vision, connecting the structural details with the overall design concept. The builder is there to answer questions and make sure everyone is one the same page. Being there makes is easy for them to immediately address potential problems. Having a custom builder on the job site every day keeps the project moving forward.

Our List of Custom Home Builders

This list is by no means an exhaustive one. There are many home builders we would love to work with, and just haven’t gotten the opportunity yet. Below, are builders we have worked with successfully in the past. And we are proud to call them collaborators.

Shelton Builders, Inc.

Shelton Builders, Inc. focuses on using the right team and materials to build high end homes and high rise condominiums. Using the latest in technology is important to their process and allows their clients to enjoy being at home.

Scott Frasier Homes

 Making the home building process enjoyable is a top priority for Scott Fraiser Homes. They focus on building homes that create a historical record of your time in your home with friends and family.

Burke Windham

Burke Windham has been dedicated to building exceptional homes for more than 38 years. They believe in creating homes that provide a beautiful backdrop for their client’s extraordinary lives. A home is someone’s most precious asset and they strive to create the perfect spaces for their clients.

Goodchild Builders

 With over 30 years of experience as a custom builder, Goodchild Builders works to make the home building process an experience to remember. They understand the importance of getting to know their clients. This allows them to create custom homes that are a true reflection of their clients.

Sebastian Construction Group

 Sebastian Construction Group has spent more than 70 years developing their unique home building process. They approach each project with a long-term perspective. They know intention, effort, and execution are the key to a successful home building project. They were recently awarded the prestigious AIA Dallas Contractor of the Year award. The award is given to builders who exhibit “outstanding qualities of construction work, the promotion of professionalism, and the development of excellent working relationships…” Their commitment to their project partners, the community, and clients makes them one of the most reputable custom home builders.

Gunn Construction and Building

 Gunn Construction and Building specializes in one-of-a-kind, architecturally designed homes. Their goal is to build unique homes of the highest quality and establish lifelong relationships with clients and vendors.

Stetzer Builders

 A superior client experience and product are the two most important things to Stetzer Builders. As a custom builder, they understand they’re building something more than a building. They’re creating your home – the space that holds your dreams and memories.

Thompson Custom Homes

 Thompson Custom Homes believes the key to a successful custom home build project comes from a service-minded attitude. They have a reputation for customer satisfaction and quality workmanship. It’s clear this home builder goes the extra mile for their clients.

Frankel Building Group

 For the past 30 years, Frankel Building Group has been building custom homes. Every home is built with both architecture and interior design in mind. Their commitment to quality and LEED for Homes standards makes them a standout builder in the industry.

Burke Windham built our Willowick project, located in River Oaks


Why Custom Home Builders are Important

From the way you make your coffee in the morning to the way you take your little dog out at night, your home should support the way you live at every stage. Custom builders and designers are able to work together to create the perfect spaces for how their clients love to live. They ensure the home incorporates the unique features and spaces your family needs. They have a broad knowledge base and are an invaluable resource throughout the process. By working with a custom builder and interior designer, you can be sure you end up with a truly unique home.


Regentview kitchen, LEED certified by Frankel Building Group


For more beautifully designed homes, check out our portfolio. And if you’re considering a home renovation or new construction project and aren’t sure where to begin, let’s chat.