Top 5 Reasons To Build With Us

We’re a boutique custom home builder. Our homes, our people and our philosophy all reflect the commitment of excellence in building, design and service. Every Royal Texan Home is finished to a high standard of detail and quality that reflects a true custom experience.

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Here are 5 reasons to build with Royal Texan Homes:

5.  Loyal Relationship

Long after you have settled into your custom dream home, the relationship that you have formed with Royal Texan Homes will stand.

With us you can expect high-end appliances, top-notch products, and materials that exceed code requirements.  We want your custom home building process to be creative and joyful!

4.  Flexibility to Change

Vision is often a fluid concept.  The dream concept you have for your future home will more than likely evolve during the building process.

Therefore, we set up several meetings with you during your build. Working with us as your custom builder allows for the flexibility for change, so that your expectations are not only met, but exceeded.  This should be a mindful process as some items cannot be changed without a fee attached or process delay.

 

3.  Individual Attention

Building your custom dream home is an exciting time. Individualized attention is one of the enormous advantages you get when building a custom home with Royal Texan Homes.

During the building process, you will never be left on the sidelines without a voice.

You will receive regular and personal interaction from us and can manage the building of your home through our online portal.  This web based system allows you a look at important documents, design selections and photos.  This system allows us to tailor the building process to your needs.

2.  Expertise

It’s exciting to contemplate the beautiful details of your custom dream home. It can also be stressful with the hundreds of decisions that must be made before groundbreaking event starts.

This is where the experience and expertise of Royal Texan Homes can make all the difference. We’re a mastery of traffic flow, we’re knowledgeable of the newest home gadgets, and educated about the cutting-edge products available – plus we know good design. 

Click here to check out founder’s design and construction background.

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1.  Personalization

Most floor plans that are from a production builder, approach home building with a very generic view of what everyone needs – not necessarily what you need.

At Royal Texan Homes, the floor plans we create are designed specifically for you and your needs. It’s all in our approach and process.  Before anything is designed, our space planner meets with you to get a very detailed idea of how your family functions considering schedules, activities and interests and hobbies. We then create a floor plan that considers every little nuance that makes your family unique.


Let us create your home with you.  Call or email us today.

 

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Size Matters! What Square Footage Is Right For You?

There’s a lot to consider and determine when building your custom dream home.  Typically, square footage is the most important since it correlates to the price of your home.  However, when you’re faced with defining your dream home only in terms of square footage, how do you make sense of it all?

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Well, you’ll want to look beyond square footage to define your custom home with space that will satisfy your needs.

Visualize traffic patterns for your family now AND later and think about your daily routine.  You may want to sacrifice interior square footage in favor of a larger yard. Or you might want to optimize your interior space to allow for a growing family or aging parents or just to gain a home office, playroom, media room or game room or whatever other room you’ve dreamed of.

Calculations can widely vary based on room shapes and the numbers can be misleading. For example, a 12×14-foot room and an 8×21-foot room are the same square footage, but which would serve better as a bedroom for your household?

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The best way to assure that your new home is the right size for you is to carefully assess your requirements, study available floor plans and ask questions. We at Royal Texan Homes will work with you to customize plans to fit your specific needs.

We believe the most noble thing to do is build your custom dream home and our goal is to give you an amazing custom space, and that has little to do with square footage.

Do I Need A Lot Before Finding A Builder?

It’s the age-old question when building a custom home and a little bit tricky.  The short answer in our opinion is no. 

If you already have property but looking for a custom builder, it’s important to have us look at the lot to give us a good idea of the land. Your lot affects the price of your dream home and we will need to determine whether there is extensive foundation work, grading or other engineering services needed.

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If you have not purchased a lot yet, Royal Texan Homes can help you find one.  We have surveyed a lot of property and know the area well.  From flood zones to lot stability and neighborhood restrictions, we’re qualified to help you find the best lot for the design and build of your custom dream home. With so many lots there can be setbacks based on the design of your plan and that’s something we can pinpoint straight away.

If you have more questions about lot buying or want us to meet you at the property you want to build on (or if you have property on which you plan to build), call us at  936.271.4425 or visit our website www.royaltexan.com.

Royal Texan Homes is here to help you design and create your dream home.

Kitchen Inspiration

The kitchen is the heart of the home and where everyone gathers for food and conversation. 

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When building your own custom home, it’s often the first room that gets the most attention.  Which is why we’re giving you plenty of photo inspiration on some of our favorite kitchens we have built. 

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We have so many interior finishes to choose from to give your kitchen the royal treatment.

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From modern to traditional to farmhouse and even lux lodge style – there’s a little something for everyone.

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Visit our image gallery or Pinterest page for more photo inspiration on kitchens, interiors, exteriors, and bathrooms.

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Talking TeasWood

We’re so excited to talk about our newest home building venture in TeasWood Avenue.

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TeasWood Avenue is a concierge community representing the highest level of luxury living situated among the tall trees and luscious landscapes of north Houston.

Situated in Conroe, Texas, just 30 minutes outside of Houston, you’re immediately surround by beautiful trees, stunning views, luxurious comfort, and exceptional amenities.  Secluded and gated, TeasWood Avenue impresses with the finest details. TeasWood Avenue is fully committed to providing you with the ultimate luxury living experience.  We offer ample floor plans with opportunities to truly customize the way you live your life. 

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Imagine a community that helps you balance your life as you work, live and play. That’s what TeasWood Avenue offers you through our generous amenities and luxury concierge service. We will pick up your dry cleaning and even schedule pet and travel services. Living here allows us to arrange fine dining, schedule spa appointments and cleaning services just for you to simplify your life.

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You deserve the very best in luxury living and TeasWood Avenue offers an easy, stress-free, yet fun, lifestyle.

Visit our  TeasWood Avenue website today and see why you’ll love living here. Or better yet, contact, Tiffany MacPhearson at 713-594-9639, to schedule your appointment or just drop by and visit us for your personal tour!

Building a Luxury Lodge

We love meeting with our clients and get so excited when we can make their unique vision come to life.  Our latest project is one with a luxury lodge feel.

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The overexposed beams were a must have for the client and add the ultimate rustic touch they were looking for all throughout the home. 

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In addition to the custom cabinetry in their home office and kitchen the master closet is the dream space the client specially requested.  The closet includes 250 linear feet of custom mill work all handmade and built on site.

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Our favorite feature is the stone fireplace and stone vent hood in the kitchen.  The stone is representative of a field stone found in the mountains with rounded edges created only by flowing water.

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There are several patios surrounding the home to take advantage of the sun movement and shadow positions throughout the day. There’s even a screened-in porch for those hot Texas summer nights complete with a stone fireplace.

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This Texas home has a true luxury lodge feel.

Not A House...But A Home

We are so thrilled that our custom-built house in Garden Oaks is truly a home.

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We partnered with a professional stager to show the natural beauty and comforts this custom luxury home offers.  We have built a truly custom home.

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The home on Sue Barnett is farmhouse chic and features country elegance in the city. It’s an open living concept with exquisite finishes. The fireplace and custom built in cabinets feels modern and midcentury.  The kitchen features a farmhouse sink with a herringbone tile backsplash.

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We believe in creating something special for our clients and this character rich home is a dream home.  Click the link below to check out the entire home on HAR.

https://www.har.com/1554-sue-barnett/sale_99162940

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If you would like to learn more about this property or what we build, give us a call at 936-271-4425 or visit our website.

We Have Homes For Sale

We have homes for sale!     Three to be exact with a few more on the way!  In addition to building custom homes we are also strategically building homes is various areas both in town and out.

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We have built two different style homes both in the Garden Oaks neighborhood located in the loop. One is a true modern dream home while the other is an updated Craftsman. Both homes boast custom details and luxury interior finishes.

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The third home for sale is in the coveted Walden neighborhood in Montgomery.  With lake views and excellent schools, this custom home is perfect for a growing family.

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Call us at 936-271-4425 to view these incredible three properties. Or visit www.royaltexan.com to see photos and virtual tours of these homes.

Hardware Of A Home

Building your custom dream home is so much fun because you get to pick out everything from flooring and paint to lighting and door hardware. 

I know what you’re thinking…door hardware? That doesn’t sound like much fun but I’m here to tell you it can set the style tone for your home plus there’s such a wide variety of styles and finishes to choose from.   It’s these design decisions that makes the process of building your custom dream home so rewarding.   

Which is why we at Royal Texan Homes are so proud to partner with Kwikset who has been making homeowners feel safe and look good since 1946.  The company’s unwavering commitment to meeting homeowners’ needs has inspired an innovative portfolio of locks, handlesets, deadbolts, levers, knobs. electronic keypads and even Bluetooth systems.

We have over a hundred options for you to view in our Design Center plus a look book of so much more.  It’s all about finish, design and functionality.

We want to design your custom dream home.  Come build with us! 

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Build On Your Land Seminars

Have you been dreaming of building your dream home but not sure where to start?  Do you have a floor plan already drawn but not sure what to do next?  Do you own land but need help envisioning your custom home?  Let us help you start the building process.

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Register for our upcoming Build on Your Lot Seminars.  We will cover everything you need to know about building your Royal Texan Home.

The morning seminars are from 10am – 12pm.  These sessions are designed to help you learn about our philosophy in building, design and service.  We will help you understand land evaluation, site preparation and the custom home building process.  Additionally, we will have a representative from our preferred lending partner, First United Bank, attending the seminar to help answer financial questions and start the loan application process.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY

All seminars are  held at our Design Center | 15949 HWY 105 W SUITE 59  MONTGOMERY, TEXAS

·       SATURDAY, APRIL 21 | 10 AM

·       SATURDAY, APRIL 28 | 10 AM

·       SATURDAY, MAY 5 | 10 AM

·       SATURDAY, MAY 12 | 10 AM

Lights On With Kichler

Lighting is one of the most powerful elements in interior design and we agree!  A specific lighting fixture can have the greatest impact on your home!

We at Royal Texan Homes are so excited to partner exclusively with Kichler Lighting for our custom homes. They have the best selections with reasonable pricing.  Their products are smart, stylish and on trend.   

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Our team has hand selected five different lighting packages for you to choose from when designing your dream home with Royal Texan Homes. If you don’t see something you love in one of our exclusive packages, don’t worry, feel free to choose other lighting options from Kichler’s extensive catalog (prices may vary.)   

Take a look at their 7 Home Lighting Trends for 2018.

What Is A Punch List?

Building your custom dream home means there will most always be different terminology used that you might not be familiar with. One of our favorite terms is “punch list” because that means we’ve come to the final stages of the building process.

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No matter how much of a joy or how difficult it’s been building your custom dream home, every project must come to an end. Before a building project is completed it’s important to make sure all the i’s have been dotted and the t’s have been crossed—and that means completing a construction punch list.

Did you know the term punch list refers to the fact that people used to punch holes next to an item when this item had been fixed?  A construction punch list is a list of items that need to be completed to comply with the terms of the contract and is prepared when the construction project reaches the final stage. It’s the instrument that is used to make sure the job gets finished successfully and in a timely matter.

Builder and customer do a walk-through on the job site and write down all insufficiencies that need to be addressed and solved.  We as the builder are bound by the contract to complete a punch list before the project is finished.

Friendly Financing with First United Bank

Building your custom dream home with Royal Texan Homes is exciting.

The first step is securing financing.  That’s why we at Royal Texan Homes have partnered with an amazing mortgage consultant, Kelly Malatesta from First United Bank.  She has over 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry.   She treats all clients like family and offers them the most competitive mortgage solution with outstanding customer service. Malatesta has originated more than 10,000 loans in the Houston and surrounding areas.

First United Bank's "ONE TIME CLOSE CONSTRUCTION TO PERMANENT LOAN PROGRAM" provides the foundation for construction needs.  This means you can move through the steps of construction with peace of mind, knowing your permanent financing needs are already in place.

With so many options, we’re most excited about the option to get started with only 5% down.  Most lenders don’t offer this option! So, now’s your opportunity to build your custom dream home with Royal Texan Homes.

Read about all your financing options, get contact information and click to apply on our website at royaltexan.com.

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We're Having A Party

Royal Texan Homes is having a party on Saturday, April 7 from 12pm – 4pm and you’re invited! 

We’re celebrating the launch of our new Design Center.  Our showroom floor is filled with pretty things from flooring and stone to plumbing fixtures and paint colors.

Stop by and look at our floor plans, meet our owner and founder Mark Garraty, chat with our sales specialist, talk to our space plan designer and meet the team behind Royal Texan Homes. 

It’s going to be a fun filled afternoon with an appearance from the Montgomery High School Band playing their best hits.  Plus, food and sweet sno-cones from local vendor Yeti Sunshine.  We also have goody bags and special giveaways throughout the day. 

Stop by to learn about our custom home building process! Royal Texan Homes wants to build your dream home!

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It All Starts With A Floor Plan

We are a design and custom home builder.  We spend our time thinking about our client’s lifestyle and creating their dream home.

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Design Development Stage

Our home building experience starts with a custom floor plan. In just two to three meetings plus a design fee you’ll get a full set of floor plans in PDF format that you own. Technological advancements have streamlined the space planning process.  No blueprints are needed anymore. 

Our plans are very comprehensive and once completed they are sent off to an engineering firm to ensure stability of the foundation and framing.  Additionally, if you have land we will request a Geo-technical report for soil testing.  Once you begin the building process, we also handle any POA and permitting requirements at your cost to complete the project.

 Preliminary Plan Stage

Preliminary Plan Stage

All plans are designed by our in-house designer, Ampy Carlos.  Carlos has 12 years of experience designing homes in both quiet hidden anonymity and high-profile prominence.  As head of design her responsibilities are not only to oversee design, but also bidding, décor and permits.  

She starts with a schematic in the first meeting and based on questions and conversations with you the client she develops the space planning, square footage and exterior design plans.

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Carlos gets to know the day-to-day needs and what is important to you so she can design the most functional and usable space. The result is a home design that fits your personality and style.

At Royal Texan Homes we provide you a truly custom home design experience where we meet your needs for your custom dream home. The way we see it, It’s not just a house, it’s your home.

The Design Difference

Building your very own dream home is a big decision but just the first in a long list of many decisions to make during the home building process.

We at Royal Texan Homes want to make the design process as simple and fun as possible. We don’t want you to feel intimidated or overwhelmed.  “Adding the jewelry,” as our owner, Mark Garraty says, is one of the best parts of building a custom home.  That’s why we are updating our Design Center, that will be completed in early April, to help you choose fixtures and finishes that will make a difference in your new custom home.

We’re working with the best vendors and companies to ensure your home building process is a true custom experience. We’re not just about the latest trends happening in home design.  Yes, we are well versed on the design demands of the market. However, we want to help you create a space that stays true to the spirit of the home’s architecture and speaks to the essence of the space and functionality of your custom dream home.

We offer a design difference in the custom home building process and want to help you create a home of a lifetime.

Garden Oaks

We build primarily in Houston from the heights, all the way to Montgomery County and Lake Conroe. In all the communities we are fortunate enough to be a part of, our design style is often tempered by the deed restrictions of that area. One of the most interesting neighborhoods in Houston is Garden Oaks. 

Located just on the 610 at the Sheppard exit, Garden Oaks offers rarely found space and green shaded avenues with an eclectic mix of home styles. The spacious lots are protected by deed restrictions and 10 ft easements. This means there is double the space between each home compared with most neighborhoods of a similar design.  

What really excites me about this area is the opportunity for individuality in our home designs. 

We have several homes going up at the moment from a neo modernist to Craftsman and Farmhouse inspired residences. There are few areas in Houston that could hold this variety of home, but Garden Oaks is the exception. 

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If ever you want to "Window shop" and get ideas for your home or project, there are few neighborhoods that offer you the kaleidoscope of styles that you will find here. The residents are friendly and range from new arrivals to those who have lived in the same home for decades.  

We met a man in the street recently who was now retired but was born in the house on 1554 Sue Barnett that we are replacing. His story helped paint the pictures of history in this residence and allowed us valuable insights into the population changes and development. 

 

 963 Lamonte Ln is our American Craftsman  

963 Lamonte Ln is our American Craftsman  

Our opportunity here is more than the flexibility rarely offered to a builder in a neighborhood to create different styled residences next door to each other, it is to pay respect to and be part of the history of this area. 

It can feel like the Hand of history is on one shoulder, and the residents trust is on the other.  

We live in Montgomery and have six children so living closer to the city for us will probably never happen, but I love the time driving and walking through this diverse gem located a stones throw from one of the fastest growing cities in the US.  

There are several restaurants in the area and Liberty Kitchen, The Inn on Sheppard and Union Kitchen are my favorites right now. 

If you are thinking of building or just enjoy browsing the pages and images of Houzz and Pinterest, then Garden Oaks is a wonderful opportunity to grab ideas and understand styles. The diversity of design surrounded in a lush southern setting is a huge impact on a simple chap from across the pond like me.

 

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Black Grout and Inset Shaker Cabinets

Have a great Tuesday, and I hope to see you in the hood!

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Saturday morning is the best! Watching daylight slowly develop and thinking about my day, I can organize all the grandiose plans I have for the day, until my wife wakes up and tells me what we are going to be actually doing. Saturday offers a freedom of possibilities and so far we both decided on several agenda items that I am looking forward to.

Today my wife and I have some time to ourselves and in addition to several errands we are headed to Garden Oaks to see some of the projects there. There is an added excitement today that is always felt as a project draws to a close.

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963 Lamonte Lane is almost ready, and this has been an important project for me. This Craftsman style home represents all that I love about hand made refinements and timeless elegance.

The Craftsman style (named after the Craftsman magazine that featured it circa 1901) actually is rooted in the British arts and crafts movement of the 1860's, and was a direct reaction to mass production emphasizing hand made expertise and refinements. So then as now the details matter. 

Craftsman style homes were the ultimate expression of this style and often used expensive materials as well as highly skilled master craftsman.

So our story with 963 Lamonte lane starts with a Craftsman like desire for the unique, married with a 2017 lifestyle that looks for large open plan and restful spaces. 

 The details are everything and The Craftsman style really exploded in popularity here in the US showcasing sturdy structures, clean lines and natural materials that found inspiration with the the shaker style.

The details are everything and The Craftsman style really exploded in popularity here in the US showcasing sturdy structures, clean lines and natural materials that found inspiration with the the shaker style.

I love this look! 

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So cased windows, inset cabinets, white oaks hand laid and jobsite finished white oak floors, combined with large open plan spaces, oceans of quartz and marble in a meticulously engineered and built structure, really showcase our vision of the 2017 Craftsman Style home.  

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We are so blessed to have so many wonderful craftsmen in our team. Florencio and his team created these hand made cabinets that were built on site, and created all the carpentry details that the home showcases. Roys team create magic with wood flooring and we try to use him wherever we are able. Miguel is probably the best mason I have ever worked with and he even lets me lay some bricks occasionally to recapture my memories of younger days.

This project has been a wonderful vision, but only made possible by the incredibly skilled and experienced tradesmen that we are fortunate to have in our team. 

 

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This home is so specific a look and I am blown away by the attention to detail and hard work by my team over the last year to bring this home from a vision into life.  

So today our lives will all be busy, but I do get time to walk and examine our homage to one of the most important style movements of the 20th century. It's days like this that make the journey so much better. Anticipation and excitement, combined with coffee and daybreak. Quite a start to my day!

Have a great Saturday. 

RTH

See more about this unique residence here: http://www.har.com/u/e0227925

The Why Wall

My pastor started this week with a message asking for us to enjoy the moment and live without fear of the future. Easier said than done and this week has created plenty of live in the moment opportunities. However I have a moment this morning to reflect on what's important, and my anxieties definitely seem a little trivial when compared to others. 

For example yesterday and Wednesday I started my day at my local Starbucks: 

Not a bad view!

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It's a view that can be easily missed as I see it so frequently. This Starbucks is about one minute from my office so, over a period of time I have got to know some of the people who work and visit there. Today if I pass through no doubt there will be some polite exchanges followed by the obligatory "looking forward to the weekend". However in another part of my day, I see a different image more frequently: 

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This is the why wall and hangs by our kitchen table. These are children that we are fortunate to sponsor in different parts of the world and why we do what we do. It's supposed to serve a reminder of why we are here and what our mission is. The week has flown by and now it's Friday again. I don't know if anyone else loses sight of what's important during the day, but with the work load and drama of life it's easy to forget how my challenges are all first world problems and to keep a perspective on what's really important.

if anyone would like to learn more about child sponsorships, compassion have an event in the Woodlands starting May 5th. The website is  https://cts.compassion.com/events/741

This week we went to Sonrise again and I have to say thank you to Adam Richards, Jared Self and the entire Gringos leadership who once again stepped up. On Tuesday, Ed told me that he had no meat to feed the people who lived there. Within an hour I got a phone call from Derek at Gringos who told me they were just leaving after delivering a load of meat. Coincidence? Yesterday Adam and Jared took themselves over there and sealed the roof to prevent further leaks so we can begin the task of transforming the building. For anyone who wants to know more about this shelter, we visit on Tuesdays at 11, and you are welcome to join us. 

This week we have added more pictures and videos to our website and social media pages. Our videos are available here http://www.royaltexan.com/media/  

Our core values of Faith Integrity and Relationship have plenty of opportunities on Friday's. In construction Friday is when everyone gets paid and our sub contractors, workers and their families depend on their pay checks. This is the responsibility of being a business owner and whether our clients all pay us on time or not we have a responsibility to those people. As a small business the number of hats my team and I wear can mean Friday's can get a little busy Today I have two new client meetings, site visits, client follow ups, project meetings, vendor meetings, budget reviews and a trip to Lufkin and back. First world problems indeed!

We had some interesting opportunities this week as well. An investment group from California got in touch, and needs a partnership with a Texan builder, separately a TV producer wants to create a 30 minute show around us and we are opening the Royal Texan Homes Real Estate group to serve a wider real estate need in our community. 

Never a dull moment in our days, so today I hope to focus everything on today, leave the present, past and future outcomes to GOD and hope that I can keep a little perspective about my life, while remembering why we do this.  

If ever you see me please say hello, and you are always welcome to drop in to our Hwy 105 location for a coffee and a chat.

Have a great weekend. 

RTH

Unexpected Moments

Everyone has a routine to a greater or lesser extent I'm sure. Our home starts early during the week and depends completely on routine until the coffee starts to wor. So this morning it has been a pleasant surprise to wake up and move around without the usual zombie like state, but I actually woke up with my brain semi engaged. I enjoy the time before the family wakes up, to read, pray and prepare for the day. However from one day to the next as a builder you are often thrown a curve ball. A routine busting moment or two!

Today a client who was not supposed to arrive from overseas until later this week, will get in, so their house has to be ready. Yesterday and last night my team was hard at work putting the finishing touches to their extensive remodel before today's big reveal. Although our clients have a portal that allows them to view the progress of their project through uploaded videos and photos, today will be he first time they have seen their home since we took the project on.

Also yesterday we finally figured out the layout of our model home at Teaswood. Sometimes the floor plan can be different due to the difficulties and nuances of the land. The combination of creative nput from several of the team yesterday was a really enjoyable process, but ultimately it resulted in something that I think will be quite spectacular. I wasn't expecting to be able to do everything that it looks like we can. That plan and the output of this work will be available to view online by the start of next week. I am so excited about the Teaswood project.

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Today at 11 I will be at the Sonrise Community Church and Homeless Shelter, as we take more people through a project that touches every emotion. As a believer I am always astounded by GODs perfect timing. Sonrise is an opportunity for us to serve in the most incredible way. I asked Ed once if the donation button worked on his web site and he replied "I have no idea, no one has ever used it". 

As we wonder through this project we realize the truth about our own lives and the responsibility we carry. If anyone wants to join our growing group of volunteers drawn to this impossible task please contact us through this web site.

Yesterday brought more unexpected opportunities for relationships with a couple I met at our 1554 Sue Barnett residence on Friday evening contacting us to discuss building a home for them. I was really hoping they would be in touch as I was so drawn to them during our first meeting. 

Another Lady originally from New Jersey came in to our visitor center on Hwy 105 yesterday and we were able to sit and discuss her project up in Walden. These moments when i meet new people and get the chance to speak about a subject that I'm passionate about are usually the highlights of my day. Our website will soon feature a developing archive of seminar and video presentations that will discuss both construction techniques and aesthetic opportunities and styles. As you will see I can get a little passionate about certain subjects...

 

 I don't know what the day holds. I have a number of tasks that I have to complete, but the unexpected moments are usually the most challenging and the most rewarding. I am hopeful to spend some time with my family this evening and focus on them, but we will see what's possible today. As the Sonrise project has shown me, just enjoy the moment, the routine and the unexpected. Today I hope to enjoy the challenges, receive rewards with grace and tackle challenges with wisdom and honor. 

Happy Tuesday. 

RTH