This home achieved a 200 pt. 5 star rating with the Austin Energy Green Building program without utilizing solar panels! Extra effort was placed on natural ventilation, an incredibly efficient thermal envelope, utilizing soy based spray foam insulation, and natural, local materials. All construction waste was recycled, and a dead tree onsite, was milled for custom detail throughout. This home was featured on the 2008 Cool House Tour.
Posted on 07/24/2014 at 11:33:00 AM
Although most of us are not super diligent at maintaining our vehicles, I would guess that most of you do the basics. You get the oil changed, replace windshield wipers, and maybe go schedule an annual tune-up. And yet our home, in which we have invested much more money, receives so little attention…until disaster strikes? Not to mention that homes tend to appreciate in value while vehicles depreciate. We need to protect our investment because the cost of neglecting it can be astounding.And how about keeping it all organized? I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone to the home improvement or paint store with a dirty can of paint with a faded label trying to match colors. I wish I had that all organized somewhere so...Read more
Posted on 07/24/2014 at 11:31:00 AM
Beautiful master suite with vista views as well as view of the riding arena allows owners to kick back after a hard day. Having a fireplace in the bedroom (with a remote control) allows the owners to be toasty warm while snuggled in their bed. Owner saw this fireplace at one of the resort spas she visited and loved the idea.
Posted on 07/24/2014 at 11:28:00 AM
With all the weather delay we have had over the past weeks, today we finally poured our foundation (over nine thousand square feet) at our Spanish Oaks home site. Dreary skies, threat of rain wasn’t enough to stop the pour. Our homeowners excitedly wrote their names and dates into the slab for their family time line.
Sargent 3 As a high performance building and remodeling company we pride ourselves on our design build process. Our team approach allows us to work out design challenges on paper before we get to the job site and start construction. Marrying form and function can be a challenge. Today, we have resources available that allow us to build homes that perform better then when Katz Builders, Inc., started in 1982.
Posted on 07/24/2014 at 11:27:00 AM
A Texas Country home with beautiful Hill country vista views and large open porch allows owners to step out of their bedroom in the evening to sit on the porch, sip a fine glass of wine and watch the cosmos.
Posted on 07/24/2014 at 11:26:00 AM
Form and function are blended in this kitchen. Beautiful to look at and wonderful to work in and entertain. Lots of fabulous storage, nooks and crannies create special spaces for unique kitchen tools, many expansive work surfaces allow a number of cooks in the kitchen at the same time.
Posted on 07/24/2014 at 11:20:00 AM
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As a boy, growing up in Philadelphia, Joel Katz spent many Sunday afternoons with his parents touring new homes. He grew to love new residential construction and in 1984, founded Katz Builders, Inc. This year, the company is celebrating building and remodeling homes, in Austin, for 30 years. As a CPA, Joel’s vision for the company was all about providing outstanding value for the investment, durability of the home, and creating well performing homes before it became a popular term such as “green, energy efficient, sustainable”. ...Read more
Posted on 05/02/2014 at 12:00:00 AM
After remodeling a number of important spaces in our client’s home, it was time to update the kitchen. The activity in the kitchen makes it the heart of his home and he wanted the space to be functional and beautiful. The numerous amounts of websites that can provide ideas are abundant and a few that were used were: Houzz.com, Zillow Digs, National Kitchen and bath NKBA, just to name a few. The research to see what materials are now available was easy as our homeowner was clear about what he did and didn’t like.
The square footage of the room was sufficient and our owner didn’t want to change the utilitarian layout of appliances or plumbing as the layout worked for him. The cabinet design process was streamlined with ou...Read more
Posted on 12/06/2013 at 12:00:00 AM