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Advice From A Master Builder

Tod Arbogast, of Arbogast Custom Homes, one of Palmilla Beach’s specialty builders, recently won the Austin 2020 Parade of Homes’ top award.

Having built several custom homes at Palmilla Beach, Tod says his favorite thing about building there is, “that every day seems like a vacation when you are surrounded by the stunning natural beauty and resort amenities that Palmilla Beach offers.”

Tod also has some advice for future homeowners.

Firstly, he suggests you engage a builder well before the design phase. Discuss your expectations and your budget with the builder and develop plans together as opposed to purchasing architectural plans and then bringing them to a builder. The process works best when there is a seamless continuity from start to finish and your builder can ensure you aren’t disappointed and there are no mismatches between your plans and reality.

Another important consideration Tod says is choosing an experienced builder, one who has built in that location extensively, as the island itself demands a certain scientific knowledge because of its climate and the specific materials required to build there. You also want a builder who is committed to that location long-term and will be around in a few years if needed.

Finally, it is very important that a builder have a specific process and systems in place for communicating effectively. Custom builds often occur at a remote distance and if a builder cannot show you the site or materials or get your approval when you cannot physically be there, then you are going to have a problem.

The advantages of building custom are that you can get exactly what you want, from the number of bedrooms to layout and kitchen configuration, framed views and specific finishes. You can take advantage of the latest in smart technology like keyless access options, remote climate control systems, and automatic shade solutions, etc.

If you can imagine it, Tod can build you a customized version of it.

From golf simulator rooms to dog showers, and integrated storm safe rooms, from lazy river swimming pools, to climate controlled wine storage, to indoor batting cages, putting greens, and basketball courts, anything is possible with a custom-built home.

Keep in mind that you may want different finishes for a rental income property than for a personal home, or you may want something suitable for both uses. Working with your builder and having an effective relationship with clear communication is key to a mutually beneficial outcome.

Palmilla Beach has stunningly curated architecture, and the most exciting coastal view homesites of any community on the Texas shore. This means that you can bring all your beach house fantasies to life with a custom built home in paradise that is as unique as you are.

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