Buying or Building a Home in the Hill Country

When seeking to relocate or finance a second vacation home in Texas, many buyers are faced with the dilemma of whether they should buy an already existent property, or custom build their own home. Hill country homes offer a variety of properties from ranch style houses to lakeside luxury homes, but it is often difficult to find a place that meets all of your desire and needs. When you envision your dream home and compare it with what’s available on the market already, it’s usually necessary to make several adjustments and accommodations and to settle for less than what you truly desire. If you really want your dream home, in most cases, you have to build it.

People who build their own hill country homes in that beautiful and renowned area of Texas find that doing so affords them with more flexibility and options than they would have purchasing a resell property. Buying rather than building provides far less opportunity for custom design and the implementation of features that are available to those who decide to have their hill country homes built from the foundation up.

Choosing a home builder who has years of experience, who is reliable and personable (someone you can readily work with in order to custom design your own home) provides you with the exciting opportunity of deciding what your home will look like and how it can specifically meet all the needs of everyone in your family. Buying a home that meets your requirements is a difficult; usually, you will find something that may work, but needs to be remodeled or redesigned, and that can be expensive. Custom building your own home, of course, means that you have what you need from the beginning, and if done well, that you will never likely have to remodel to redesign your home as long as you live there.

Customized features that people who build hill country homes are now available that would be harder to find in older homes that are for sale on the market. The current healthy trend is towards energy efficiency, lower energy bills and less costly utility bills. Green and environmentally friendly construction, efficient appliances, even the potential for solar panels as an alternative power source are all possibilities when you design your own home.

Of course, you also can work within your own budget in tandem with your home builder when you custom build, whereas negotiation over price with people selling their homes can be a prolonged and stressful process. Building your own home and managing your costs is more advantageous alternative for many people.

Hill Country Homes – Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes is an award-winning Hill Country and Austin, Texas home builder providing superior service for our clients. All project managers are Certified Graduate Builders, Master Builders and Green Building Professionals from the National Association of Home Builders. Our priority is customer service and satisfaction, which we ensure through strong communication with our clients. We specialize in working with relocating families to build truly distinctive homes throughout the Austin, Texas area. Our objective is to provide the finest home possible that meets each client’s individual lifestyle needs. We offer a secure online portal whereby each client has 24 hour access to their project and builder. Contact us today at 512-261-0344 or online at

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