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gbrennan, Home Buyer in Austin, TX

Recommend architect for designing custom home in Austin Texas?

Asked by gbrennan, Austin, TX Tue Jan 8, 2013

We waant to build a custom home in Austin TX area ... can you recommend architects/and /or custom builders to work with?

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If your looking at the Lake Travis area, I highly recommend Bill Aydam Founder of Vintage Fine Homes. He meets personally with every client and creates a true custom home to fit your lifestyle.You may rest assured that nobody else will have a home like yours, as each set of plans ar unique. While his homes are not inexpensive, but they are one of a kind masterpieces. If you want a recording studio or home gym, hidden "safe room", or art studio, he is your man. He has built homes with very lavish home theaters, nanny's casita/guest quarters. If you can dream it he can make it happen for you. He is a architect/design and build guy that has been doing this about 25 years. His foreman, Randy has a very keen eye and oversees every detail of the process, and they build a totally quality home. One day I hope to have him build a home for me. You can see some of his work here: http://www.VintageBuildersAustin.com

If you want something more affordable, you could try a semi-custom home from Scott Felder, Wilshire, Taylor Morrison or Partners In Building. There are tons of builders in Austin that can take a standard floorplan and make slight changes to create what you need.
I wish you the very best!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 4, 2013

I noticed all of your recommendations were for architects. So, I thought I'd offer another option. Design-Build has the benefit of giving you a guaranteed cost estimate before you get the entire home designed. Plus, you get the benefit of having a builder "on your team" during design. So, all those years of experience in a lot's buildability are brought along into your design, rather than after the design is complete.

Our design-build program can be seen on our website http://(www.NewHouseBuilder.com). We have architectural designers on staff who have degrees in Architecture and who are absolutely amazing at creating the perfect design for your lifestyle.

If, however, you choose to go with traditional design-bid-build, we would be happy to work with your chosen architect. We have worked with almost every architect listed in the responses, and agree with everyone's comments here. Good luck! -Bethany Jenkins, Jenkins Custom Homes
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 14, 2013
I have used Kai Geschke, see:

1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 9, 2013
I have personally used Cornerstone Group Architects (Mark Carlson and Bob Wetmore) and can recommend them. I am happy to answer any questions.

Maureen Martin
Greg Weber Realtors
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 9, 2013
Winn Wittman is unbelievable. Truly. His work speaks for itself - his website is below. Good luck!

Peace in your home,
Doug Vogelsass
Web Reference: http://www.winnwittman.com/
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 9, 2013
Please give me a call:

Charles E Fisk, Jr., AIA, NCARB
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 8, 2013
Depending on your price point and size, David Weekley Homes has a Build on your Lot program and they will even come analyze the lot selections with you and do cost analysis. If you are looking at a high-end high dollar (over $1MM) custom, my two favorite architects are James LaRue( James LaRue) and Bob Wetmore (Cornerstone) Both experienced, versative and top quality gentlemen and businessmen with a gift of a great eye and natural talent for exciting original designs.
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Anthony Alofsin http://www.alofsin.com
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I had a client who said that her architect was a genius. Said his name was Jim LaRue.
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I STRONGLY recommend Hobbs Ink (Hobbs' Ink: Texas' finest custom home design, house plans ...
http://www.hobbsink.com/). Award-winning designs.
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Vanguard Studio
John Hathaway


Kristee Leonard, Broker
The Leaders Realty, LLC
512-695-5144 Cell
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Try Jay Corder. Creative guy, excellent resource.
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