Reviews

  • “Recently I had the pleasure of collaborating with Katz Builders on the design and construction of a new residence in Travis heights. Using the team approach to building, Lucy and Joel Katz were involved with the project from the first conceptual design meeting to the completion of construction. During the design phase they offered helpful insight gained from their more then 30 years of experience, as well as value engineering to keep the project on budget. During the construction phase their exceptional sub-contractors and Joel’s meticulous eye for detail resulted in superb craftsmanship and a home which thrilled the owners. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience collaborating with Joel and Lucy Katz and the Katz Builders Team."

    Chuck Krueger

    Architect
  • “We have been working with the Katz’s for about a year now in building our lake house. They have helped us at every turn and are producing a beautiful product. We have had a number of people, both industry professionals and others who have gone through the building process with other contractors, comment on what a good job they are doing for us. They continue to work with us to manage our budget and not have us spend money that is not necessary, but at the same time do all of the little things that will make this house meet our needs. Lucy and Joel are a joy to work with and Greg as the project manager has stayed right on top of all that is going on. This has been a great experience which is on time and on budget, which we know is rare.”

    Cindy Zimmerman

    Home Owner
  • "Katz Builders Rock! . . . . We chose Katz Builders because they were honest, set realistic expectations and explained their interactive client communication process, which was very important to us. We had a high end dream home to build and we needed someone who we could trust. In the end, we couldn’t be more happy. Katz Builders nailed our project in terms of quality, budget and timeliness. It is extremely refreshing to know there is a builder out there who truly cares about your home, before, during and after the sale. We value our home and our association with Joel & Lucy Katz."

    Jon & Keely Wright

    Home Owner
  • "We of course more than enjoyed working with your company…Debbi has been an incredibly thorough manager and always easy to work with…we couldn’t have done it with out her…we were very pleased with the process …you finished on time and not only addressed all our concerns promptly, Debbie was on top of things we missed. We love our home and receive compliments all the time on the wonderful transformation that took place! If we ever decide to move and either build or redo another house we of course would come to you first! Take care and use us for any kind of reference."

    Lea Irons

    Home Owner
  • "I have the pleasure of working with Joel and Lucy Katz for many years and also have served with them on the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin Board of Directors and various committees. There are few builders who bring the high level of integrity and dedication to excellence that they bring to all their projects, large or small. They have been involved with the local, State and National Home Builder’s Association for many years and have worked tirelessly for issues that benefit not only home builders but also the general public."

    Mary DeWalt Deisgn Group

    Colleague
  • “Joel, Lucy and the entire team were a pleasure to work with and lived up to the high standards we expected from the recommendation we received. We would highly recommend Katz Builders to any Dell employee and would be happy if anyone wanted to call either Claudia or me to discuss the service that we received. I recommend that you include Katz Builders on the Dell Preferred Builder List.”

    Jim and Claudia Humphrey

    Home Owner
  • "We have had the privilege of working with Katz Builders to provide a large Iroko custom wood island top for their client. We found Joel and Lucy Katz and everyone at Katz Builders to be experienced, professional, customer oriented and very easy to work with. We were impressed with their preparation of the client and the tradesperson, their attention to detail and all of their checking along the way to make sure that everything was just as it should be so that a happy outcome was never in doubt. It was a pleasure to work with this very fine Austin builder."

    DeVos Custom Woodworking

    Colleague
  • “Joel’s an incredible guy…I would say really a breed apart. He values his good standing reputation more than anything. He’ll refuse to take on too many jobs at once because he values getting the job done right. He is very honest…will never take advantage of you…and has a keen sense of detail and flow.”

    Joe Albanese

    Home Owner
  • “We were amazed by their attention to detail, which made our home building experience a totally positive one. They helped us stay on budget and yet exceeded our hopes and dreams. We hold them in highest regard and do not hesitate when given a chance to refer them to others.”

    Kate and Brad Calhoun

    Home Owner
  • “Joel Katz and his company built our Westlake home and his company and wife, Lucy Katz, have been just wonderful to work with over the last eight years. Our neighbors are amazed that we have a relationship with our builder and that the few times we have had minor problems, Katz Builders has fixed it, regardless of the fact that our home is now eight years old. Betty and I feel so strongly about Katz Builders that we have engaged them to construct an addition on our lake home and do to do extensive remodeling.”

    Kevin P Hegarty

    Home Owner
  • “Our experience was so positive that we had Katz Builder build our daughter, Nancy’s home and now, twenty years later, Katz has remodeled our kitchen.”

    Jonas and Juanita Silberstein

    Home Owner
  • “Joel always goes the extra mile in whatever he does for you. In fact, if you look in the dictionary under customer service, it says ‘see Katz Builders’.”

    Susan and Alan Sager

    Home Owner
  • My wife and I retained Katz Builders to build our home 20+ years ago and have continued to hire Katz Builders on every upgrade and remodel since. We retained Katz Builders to replace the decks, refurbish all the exterior deck handrails, replace all the windows, replace the roof, replace bathroom fixtures, paint the exterior, etc.
    Most recently we hired Katz Builders to remodel our kitchen. They removed the old cabinets and appliances and helped us design new cabinets and select appropriate appliances. Ultimately they installed the new cabinets, appliances, redid the hardwood floors, and painted the walls. They also worked with us on appropriate countertop, backsplash, and hardware selections. Katz Builders (the whole family) have always done an excellent job and stood behind their work. In an industry that seems to have its share of less than honorable providers, it is comforting to know that the Katz's honor their commitments and are always fair. I trust this builder with my check book.

    Keith and Darlene Shuley

    Home Owner
  • “Being first time home buyers we could have easily been overwhelmed by the process, however Lucy and Joel provided us with their expertise and integrity, while always being mindful of our budget”. Having Katz Builders build our home was a wonderful experience. They were very conscientious, detail oriented, and professional. Their communication with us during the building process was exemplary. Joel paid close attention to the budget, and Lucy was extremely helpful in the selection process.

    Not only does Katz Builders construct a quality home, they are dependable, reliable, and consistent. The staff at Katz Builders is very knowledgeable, and even after more than 11 years we can call the office for good sound advice. We recommend Joel and Lucy Katz to any one looking to build or remodel a home. They are great to work with!

    Laura and Nelson Robinson

    Home Owner
  • “Along distance project – completed on schedule – within budget – a 13 year old home that we still adore and Lucy and Joel Katz are our dear friends.”

    Stanley and Mary Jane Saiken

    Home Owner
  • "It has been a joy to work with you on our home renovation. Your staff is wonderful, and we are hopeful that we’re cooperating with our selections in a timely manner."

    Gail and Neil Miller

    Home Owner
  • “When Joel advised that something would get done – it did, and it was done professionally. If my wife can ever persuade me that we need a third remodeling project done – Katz Builders will be the one to perform it.”

    Gary Zausmer

    Home Owner
  • “Katz Builders reputation with our mutual clients is excellent. We think they build a home of the highest quality workmanship and value. The company has in place a strong organization with excellent communication skills and procedures. We are proud to have Katz Builders build the homes that we design.”

    Charles Travis

    AIA
  • “We built our house with Joel Katz. It was a relief to hire a builder who worried over every detail during construction. Joel was honest and trustworthy and very conscientious.”

    Cindy Goldrick

    Home Owner
  • Ten years and still loving our home built by Katz Builders! Hard to believe we have been in our home for this long already. At this 10-year mark, we wanted to share our thoughts about our overwhelming satisfaction with our home and the exceptional, ongoing follow-up attention we have received from Katz Builders. Joel, Lucy, and their team have far exceeded all of our expectations every step of the way. Of course, as with any home, there are always minor things to take care of over the years, but every time we had an issue or a question, the Katz team was extremely responsive. We look forward to many more happy years in such a wonderful quality home knowing that we have this wonderful quality team standing behind their work!

    Al and Linda Engelbrecht

    Home Owner
  • The Katz Builders, Inc. Team along with Joel and Lucy Katz and staff make a superb team for planning and building custom homes. Their approach is very hands on and different than many other builders in that they tailor the budget, selections, specifications very closely to the client's needs and budget. They are closely involved in the design of the home which adds a very important link and builders perspective in the planning team. They truly care about their clients. Katz Builders, Inc. provides attention to detail throughout the entire project, creating a very fine, custom made home or remodel for their clients.

    Cammi Klier

    Custom Design Services
  • “The remodel came out great! I could not be more pleased, and you folks did a fantastic job. It was really nice dealing with a company that was so organized and kept things moving along. You made a long process a pain-free process.”

    Brian Greenstone

    Home Owner
  • "I have the pleasure of working with Joel and Lucy Katz for many years and also have served with them on the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin Board of Directors and various committees. There are few builders who bring the high level of integrity and dedication to excellence that they bring to all their projects, large or small. They have been involved with the local and National Home Builder’s Association for many years and have worked tirelessly for issues that benefit not only home builders but also the general public. If I were remodeling or building a new home I would hire Katz Builders and be 100% confident that it would be not only of the highest quality but a wonderful experience. I feel sure that Joel and Lucy have made many lifelong friends of their clients."

    Mary DeWalt

    President
  • I have worked with Joel and Lucy Katz over the past 10 years. I have been very impressed by their professionalism and focus on customer service. It's a credit to their reputation that they get return business from past clients. Not only do they deliver an excellent product, many of their customers become life-long friends.

    I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a professional builder and remodeler.

    Carol Drennan

    Colleague
  • We hired Katz Builders to build our home. The project lasted approximately 6 - 7 months and was completed within budget, on time, and to our complete satisfaction. Joel and Lucy are thorough professionals and are extremely generous, thoughtful, and considerate people, and so easy to work with. We would hire them again without hesitation.

    Anjana Sengupta

    Home Owner
  • Having Joel and Lucy Katz taking us all the way through the design and planning phase to moving into our new home, built by Katz Builders was an incredible experience. Their attention to detail, craftsmanship and quality throughout the entire building process was outstanding from beginning to end. Joel and Lucy Katz as well as their team do not just build houses, they make homes. We are so fortunate that they made our home.

    Jim Farr

    Home Owner
  • Working as the interior designer alongside Katz builders, Inc. for this project was a pleasure. Their quality of craftsmanship, attention to detail and thorough communication resulted in a smooth, no-stress process and a beautiful home! I look forward to working with Katz builders, Inc. again soon!

    Count & Castle Designs

    Colleague
  • As an Architect, I have worked with Katz Builders on several occasions to build houses I have designed.
    I was very pleased with the quality of construction, the company's integrity, and the overall satisfaction of all parties involved.
    John Fitzpatrick Architect AIA

    John Fitzpatrick, AIA

    Colleague
  • Joel Katz is one of the best builders in Austin. I've worked with him since the early 90's. First on Lakeplace Lane off of Stratford and then on Woodcutters. Both buyers were physicians. Joel added an attic addition for one of the doctors at his cost which significantly increased the value of the home. Joel has a reputation for coming back again and again if something isn't the way it's supposed to be. I trust his quality, honesty and integrity and have enjoyed showing his resales in Barton Creek, Woodcutters, The Uplands and Lewis Mountain. His wife, Lucy, has been his partner for years and she is an integral part of his marketing program and the detail component of his business. I highly recommend Katz Builders. They do what they say they're going to do - and more!

    Kay Andrews, Broker

    Amelia Bullock REALTORS
  • Katz Builders has earned, and deserves, a reputation for building Austin’s homes since 1984. Tare often recognized, even nationally, for high quality construction. I work for High Tech Flooring and Design ~ we provide assistance with the design, material and install the flooring and tile in the homes that they build and remodel. Katz Builders is the most professional builder that I have met ~ their attention to detail and design is amazing and the relationships with the homeowner and their vendors is unmatched. I am their biggest fan!

    Robin Anderson

    Colleague
  • I worked with Lucy and Joel and their crew on a beautiful project in Central Austin that backs up to Shoal Creek. They managed the project wonderfully, provided expert advice, and were able to pull off several custom details that the average builder would never have been able to accomplish. Further, this home achieved 5 stars with the Austin Energy Green Building Program and is still performing great. The Owner's called me a year after moving in and said they were incredibly pleased with their electric bill. Under $150/month for a 3,400 s.f. home, during 110 degree Austin Summer Heat! They were really glad to gloat to their business peers who were complaining about their $500 electric bills for smaller homes!

    Katz Builders have a wealth of experience, a willingness to help client's create beautiful custom homes, that perform well beyond expectations, and are very personable. I highly recommend them.

    Studio Momentum Architects, PC

    Travis Young, AIA, Colleague
  • We hired Katz Builders to put our house back together after some extensive foundation work.

    I don't feel we could've found more honest or respectful people to work with. Everyone on their team is very responsive starting at the top with Joel Katz, a builder with very high standards for quality, and including Lucy Katz and Greg Katz. The nature of our project was complex and unusual, and required a high degree of detail and attention.

    Overall, we were very pleased with the level of personal attention, service and work given to us by Katz Builders. The end product was absolutely beautiful and we would not hesitate to recommend Katz Builders to anyone seeking a builder with very high standards for quality.

    Anne Bruno

    Home Owner
  • Katz Builders did a job at our home last summer which took about two months. The job involved multiple teams of workers. With the number of crews coming through, I was initially concerned about project plan management, the consistency of the work and the potential for cost overruns. Katz Builders provided very professional project management. The results were exactly what we wanted, on time and on budget.

    Joel and Lucy took us through exactly what to expect, who would be at the house and when each phase of the work would be done. They hit on every milestone and took the time to show me the completed work as it was done. I am very pleased with the results and give Katz Builders my highest recommendation.

    Chris Anderson

    Home Owner
  • We have been working with the Katz's for about a year now in building our lake house. They have helped us at every turn and are producing a beautiful product. We have had a number of people, both industry professionals and others who have gone through the building process with other contractors, comment on what a good job they are doing for us. They continue to work with us to manage our budget and not have us spend money that is not necessary, but at the same time do all of the little things that will make this house meet our needs. Lucy and Joel are a joy to work with and Greg as the project manager has stayed right on top of all that is going on. This has been a great experience which is on time and on budget, which we know is rare.

    Cindy Zimmerman

    Home Owner
  • I’ve had the pleasure of working with Katz Builders on multiple projects. One of the exceptional things about Katz Builders in my experience is their commitment to a team approach and maintaining good communication between Owner, Architect, and Builder – not just during construction, but throughout the “drawing board” phase as well. This and their conscientiousness and care during construction show in the quality of the end product. Take a look at their website; their project photos speak for themselves. If you’re looking for a builder with integrity who truly cares about fine home building and customer satisfaction, then give Katz Builders serious consideration.

    Steven J. Brim, AIA

    Colleague
  • I highly recommend Katz Builders to my family and friends. The Katz team is organized and knowledgeable, which makes working with them so easy and fun. The great communication provided by Katz when working with their subcontractors gives the ability to meet or exceed customers’ expectations. The overall experience when working with Katz provides everything a client could want innovative ideas matched with quality building experience. -Kayvon Leath, Anchor Ventana, Director of Marketing.

    Anchor-Ventana Glass

    Colleague
  • Katz Builders remodeled our country home located on a 20 acres horse farm. Our home was "Texas Style" and needed updating, extra space and a little added elegance. In my mind I wanted what I call "Texas French" with an equine flair, not western or cowboy. After weeks of discussions and drawings we came up with a plan. We expanded the kitchen by removing walls and relocating the laundry room. We relocated the guest bathroom and added a "queen's size" bathroom with a wonderful walk-in closet. We added an attached garage. I love that I can now get in my car without windblown hair and being sprayed by the pool cleaner as I walk to the carport. It is hard to say which addition is my favorite. I love the screened-in porch, the little bedroom fireplace, the new tile floors. My kitchen is awesome and beautiful and the center of entertainment. Thank you to Katz Builders for a beautiful new home. It was great working with all the members of the Katz team.

    Katherine and Tom Bradfield

    Home Owners
  • We have known Joel and Lucy both professionally and personally for more than thirty years. When we moved here in 1991, we hired Katz Builders to build our home. Joel helped us avoid many pitfalls and was extremely knowledgeable, professional and used only the best materials. He made sure that what was behind the walls was as good as "what the eye sees" externally. We recently worked with Joel and Lucy again to add a stone and iron fence around the perimeter of the property. Even though this was added twenty one years later it looks like it was part of the orignal project. Joel only builds a quality home and you can sleep comfortably knowing you are in good hands.

    Pam and Ed Quinn

    Home Owners
  • The Katz Builders team is very professional. We have worked on dozens of projects together over a span of over 25 years (my firm draws the plans and Katz does the construction) and every one of my clients who has used Katz for the construction project has been very pleased with quality, professionalism and service. The level of personal attention and care they provide is unparalleled. In one remodel, for instance, they painstakingly removed the original wood casing from doors and reinstalled it after the remodel was finished. Their tile installer did my own floors and I was extremely impressed with how carefully he and his lead installer planned the layout to make sure that the tile was centered on several different axes as well as ensuring no small slivers of tile at edges and other subtle things I would never have noticed had they done it incorrectly. If something "doesn't seem right" about plans we have provided, the Katz team always call to make sure they get it right rather than "winging it" in the field risking misinterpretation of our intent. They have used many of the same sub-contractors the entire time I have known them which means to me that they have loyal sub-contractors and you will get consistent and high quality results from them. And, once again, I want to mention that in all these years I have not once had a homeowner come back to me and complain about them as their builder. That is very rare in this business.

    Jane Hobbs

    Hobbs Ink
  • Lucy and Joel Katz are wonderful homebuilders. They have the highest standards and integrity always keeping customer service and the homeowners' wishes a top priority. And they guarantee their work 110%. After almost 5 years of living in our home, we maintain an ongoing relationship and when we have minor issues arise, they deal with them immediately and efficiently. I have recommended them many times and will continue to do so.

    Rochelle and Phil Storin

    Home Owners
  • My husband and I are not the builders of our home. In fact, ten years
    and three prior owners separate us from its construction.
    Nevertheless, Lucy treats us as though we were her original clients.
    Whatever questions we have, she's gladly there to help. It's an
    unexpected and very welcome pleasure having her and the entire Katz
    team on our side.
    Our home is now fifteen years old yet still seems fresh and new.
    Quality stands the test of time. Katz put the quality in our home.

    Marilyn Abolt

    Marilyn Abolt - Home Owner

  • "The only builder that I trust 100% to get the job done right. They are onsite daily to oversee progress and if anything isn’t perfect they’ll redo it. Really the best builder I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve had them do 3 major project for me."

    Brian Greenstone

    Home Owner
  • “Katz Builders reputation with our mutual clients is excellent. We think they build a home of the highest quality workmanship and value. The company has in place a strong organization with excellent communication skills and procedures."

    Charles Travis

  • “Joel’s an incredible guy…I would say really a breed apart. He values his good standing reputation more than anything. He’ll refuse to take on too many jobs at once because he values getting the job done right. He is very honest…will never take advantage of you…and has a keen sense of detail and flow.”

    Joe Albanese

    Home Owner
  • “The remodel came out great! I could not be more pleased, and you folks did a fantastic job. It was really nice dealing with a company that was so organized and kept things moving along. You made a long process a pain-free process.”

    Brian Greenstone, Home Owner

    Home Owner