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Jim is dedicated to building the home you want, in your style, within your budget. As a custom home-builder and remodeler, he has the flexibility to get outside the narrow confines of pre-set plans and specifications. What doesn’t change is the outstanding, explicit 1-2-10 warranty Jim provides with every project, backed by the Bonded Builders nation-wide 3rd-party insurance program. See some examples below of what Jim can do for you.

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This all-brick custom home in Bastrop County was designed to double as a recording studio. Situated on a hill overlooking Austin, its solid massing and turrets make this house a castle.

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Designed for country living, this custom house takes full advantage of the surroundings with a wrap-around porch and generous windows. A Hardi Plank exterior and a metal roof make this house as economical as it is durable.

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A rustic river-rock theme carried from the outside makes this family room warm and inviting. The hickory bookshelves and entertainment center balance the native mesquite mantle to complete this cozy picture.

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This Barley-Pfeiffer designed addition was featured in a recent Cool Homes Tour in Austin. What could have been just a hallway was expanded to incorporate an indoor cycling training center with built-in television and lots of storage and counter space.

©2007 Patrick Y. Wong

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This elegant design contains so many features - a concrete paver grilling patio, Hardi Panel siding, Energy Star-rated windows, fluorescent outdoor lighting, a usably sized entry porch, metal roofing, a tankless hot water heater, rainwater collection, deeply mulched beds planted with drought-tolerant flowers and ground cover... and lots and lots of style!

©2007 Patrick Y. Wong

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This enclosed patio is an example of outdoor living that so many more owners are incorporating into their homes. Airy and spacious, the room offers a sense of privacy and keeps everyone cool, even on the hottest day.

©2007 Patrick Y. Wong

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Even utilitarian wet areas such as a laundry room can offer efficiencies as shown in this photo. Space and water are saved.

©2007 Patrick Y. Wong

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Built in back of an existing home in Central Austin, this artist studio can double as a full apartment with living area, kitchenette and full bath. The vibrant colors match the owners' urban lifestyle!

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Many buyers prefer kitchens that are sleek and efficient. This home remodeling involved the use of blonde bamboo flooring with clear-sealed maple cabinets. Black granite countertops and appliances add drama while the white wood trim offers clean sophistication.

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Small doesn't have to mean cramped – efficient use of space and a vaulted ceiling deliver a multi-function space that "lives large". Stained concrete floors and ceramic tile countertops and backsplashes are durable and easy to maintain. Big windows and full-lite doors flood the area with daylight, connecting the inside with the outside.

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Different, but the same. This backyard studio was designed to blend with an existing house and fit into its neighborhood. Eave, window and trim details capture the spirit of the main house - HardiPanel siding and energy efficient windows & doors bring the past up to date. Installing rainwater collection on this house was a cinch!

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This lovely backyard studio apartment is wedged between an overhanging pecan tree and a swimming pool, but manages to pack a lot of living into 850 s.f., with another 400 s.f. of conditioned attic above. The recently retired owners wanted an office and a workshop attached to an efficiency apartment, all wrapped in an efficient and durable package. They got it all, and on a tight budget!

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The guest bedroom and garage downstairs add more room for the owners while the full apartment upstairs provide a source of income in this South Austin setting. Rainwater collection and energy efficient design make this 5-star backyard addition as affordable as it is lovely.

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A retro flare brings this studio apartment to life. Compact design and thoughtful decorating make even small spaces comfortable. Notice how the vaulted ceiling opens up the room while the generous use of windows floods the room with daylight filtering through the trees.

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A bonus loft area was created by lifting up a roof section in the middle of the building. The rolling library ladder adds fun to the space-efficient design. The loft also divides the living room and kitchen from the more private bedroom and bath areas.