How Texas Humidity Can Affect Wood and Paint

One of the challenges we face in Austin with interior finish work is, believe it or not, Humidity. You might ask, how can this affect the interior finish-out of a house? Wood expands and contracts based on the moisture content.

That being said, when cabinets, trim, interior doors, moldings, etc. are being installed these can all be affected by humidity. Here is what can and does happen if the humidity and weather are ignored:
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Prevent Water From Entering Your Crawlspace

Underground, pressurized water can turn any basement or crawlspace into a “relief” valve, particularly when the underground water is moving below the level of the foundation beams. Even lining the crawlspace with thick plastic and installing a gravel layer for weight cannot always prevent this pressurized below-ground water from making its way into your crawlspace. Read more

The Importance of Today’s Luxury Custom Home Builder

In today’s world of architect-designed homes, I’m seeing more one of a kind builds being drawn and requested. I often refer to these custom builds as “prototypes”, in that no one has built this exact home before. Sure, plans may be similar, but every home is unique in its own way.

The challenge of luxury custom home builders in building these custom homes involves managing the overlap between expectations and cost. Choosing the right builder to manage this process is essential to a successful build. The same set of plans given to three different builders will yield three different results that differ in the detail, execution, and cost.
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