Entries by Adrianne Peña Carnes

Dining Rooms: Designed for Family and Giving Thanks

From hosting a holiday dinner party to gathering around the table for a weeknight family meal, the dining room is a center for community, connectivity and celebration in many homes. The space has great potential, especially in custom homes, so make sure you are taking advantage of all your dining room has to offer. As […]

Homeowner Profile: The Wellers

When Terry and Rick Weller began contemplating retirement, they considered leaving their home in Houston and planting roots elsewhere. They considered settling in Colorado, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina or North Carolina. When they ultimately decided to stay in Texas, they chose to move to Cordillera Ranch and build the custom home of their dreams. […]

Homeowner Profile: The Allerkamps

One of the most rewarding parts of designing and building custom homes is getting to know the families they’re built for. Every Authentic Custom Home is designed to fit the personality and lifestyle of our client. Once a home is complete, we like to sit down with our homeowners to talk about their experience and […]

A New Take on the Hill Country Home

Homes built in the Texas Hill Country are as unique as the surrounding areas that inspire their design. While Hill Country design is considered traditional in nature, there are ways you can tweak the style to incorporate more modern touches and avoid appearing overly rustic. Defining Traditional Hill Country Style The Texas Hill Country style […]

Building a Custom Home from a Distance

The Texas Hill Country has become one of the most desirable places to live. People from near and far flock to experience the laid-back lifestyle of cities like Boerne, Comfort and Fredericksburg, searching for a home that reflects the charming qualities of their new community. It’s easier than ever to design and build the custom […]

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Building A Custom Home

In our years of designing and building custom homes in the Texas Hill Country, we have met with hundreds of clients. During this time, we learn about our future home owners and get a really good feel for things like design preferences and budget. It’s our job to make recommendations that enhance your home and […]

A Home for Every Ability

We are privileged to design and build custom homes that are as unique as the people who live in them. One of our most recent projects was an ADA-compliant home for a couple in Cordillera Ranch. The pair of retirees wanted a stylish, custom home that would also accommodate the wife’s motorized wheelchair. Every homeowner […]

Life at Cordillera Ranch

Cordillera Ranch is a one-of-kind master-planned community minutes from the quaint town of Boerne and a short drive from the conveniences of San Antonio. Home to an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course ranked among the top-5 best overall in Texas, and multiple, private resort-style activities it’s no wonder Cordillera Ranch is one of the […]

Social Media and the Home Design Process

Social media has taken the world by storm, with hundreds of tools and applications invented to make life easier. Two of our favorite platforms to use when designing and building a custom home are Pinterest and Houzz. These popular visual-based social sharing sites are transforming homes; making it easier on a client to communicate their […]

Top 5 Reasons to Build a Custom Home

So you’re looking to make a move, but not sure if you should make the difficult decision to buy an existing home or build from the ground up. Whether you buy or build, there will always be a laundry list of pros and cons to consider. When you buy an existing home, you don’t have […]

It’s Summer. Let’s Cookout!

The official start of summer is just a few days away which means it’s time to fire up the grill and prepare for backyard barbecues and parties. An outdoor kitchen is a unique home feature that allows homeowners to expand their living area beyond the indoor kitchen and family room; turning a backyard into a chef’s dream space […]