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Custom Home Builder in the Texas Hill Country

Your Vision Is Our Mission

Our Goal: Making your dream home come true

If you want to build your dream home, especially if you already own a land lot, you may be feeling overwhelmed when you think about designing your own custom home.

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Getting your custom Hill Country home is easy with our turnkey, one-stop-shop service.

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VISIT US

Model home tours
Custom home seminar
Land and homesite evaluation
On-site, full-service financing

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DESIGN / BUILD

Floor plan assistance
On-site, interior design service
Excellent craftsmanship
Third-party inspections

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MOVE IN

Quality assurance certification
Walk-through and acceptance
Extended warranty coverage
Future remodeling services

As a family-owned business, we’re here for you

We know that choosing a custom home builder is a big step. No homeowner wants to partner with a contractor who does poor work or forgets them when issues arise.

Over 20 years of Quality Assurance

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Only custom builder in Texas whose homes are 100% inspected and certified by ENERGY STAR

 
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Only custom builder in Texas whose homes are 100% inspected and certified by Indoor airPLUS

 
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Demand quality assurance

Only custom builder in Texas to undergo 3rd-party GUARDIAN™ certified inspections at 10 stages

 
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Get peace of mind

Every home is built to last and covered under a 20-year limited structural warranty

 

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Design Tech Homes, a full-service custom home builder based in San Antonio, is happy to provide an array of services for those wanting to build a truly custom home for their family.

With a full line of house plans and complete turn-key home construction services, we make building your dream home on your own land easy in the great Texas Hill Country area.

Whether you start with one of our custom floor plans or have us design a truly custom home, you can have peace of mind that you are receiving the best experience and construction methods in every part of the process and in your home construction.

Design Tech Homes’ spacious, award-winning San Antonio model home, sales office, and design center is where you’ll find our experienced, knowledgeable sales and construction teams proudly serving San Antonio and the Central Texas Hill Country area. 

Please note that due to the large area covered by the Hill Country, we do not build houses in every region. To see if we service your area, please stop by our Model Home in San Antonio, call us at 210-664-0255, or contact one of our New Home Consultants today!

Build On Your Own Lot In the Texas Hill Country


If you already own land in the area designated as “Texas Hill Country,” then our team’s goal is to make the process as easy, fun, and pain-free as possible.

After all, no one wants to have to worry about all the work that goes into building a home – getting contractors, filling out permit paperwork, scheduling inspections – we take care of all of that for you!

As a turn-key custom home builder, our team takes your dreams and makes them a reality without the stress and headaches. We take care of everything for you, allowing you to focus on the features and designs you want in your new home.

We are equipped to build your dream home on your existing lot. If you own land west of Austin and north of San Antonio, the great Hill Country, we want to help make your family’s dreams come true with your ideal home!

Your piece of land in Texas does not need to sit there vacant! Instead, start building your dream home today!

Following Building Regulations & Guidelines in the Hill Country


The International Residential Code (IRC) is a comprehensive code that establishes a minimum standard for many of the components involved in the construction or repair of a one-or-two family-residence, one-to-three stories high. Covered elements include building materials, plumbing, electrical systems, and energy efficiency. Most cities with residential building codes adopt the IRC as their basic standard. 

Each town in the TX Hill Country region has its own building and permitting codes and regulations. But don’t worry, the DTH team will take care of meeting all these codes in all phases: drawings, permitting, construction, and inspections.

Where We Build in the Texas Hill Country Area


Due to how large the Hill Country area is, we do not build homes in the whole region. The parts that DTH works in are the following: Cielo Springs, High Point Ranch, Ammann Ranch Estates, Bulverde Estates, The Cedars, Canyon Lake Shores, Mountain Springs Ranch, Los Reyes Canyons, Horseshoe Bay, The Settlement at Patriot Ranch, Summit Springs Ranch, Summit Ridge, Laurel Canyon Ranch, Bear Springs Ranch, Copper Ridge, Clear Lake Ranches, Laredo Springs, Mayfield Park Aviation Circle, Cypress Springs on the Guadalupe, Mystic Shores, River Crossing, Serenity Oaks, Rayner Ranch, Kestrel Air Park, and Lantana Ridge.

Covering a wide part of central Texas, this region covers nine main areas of countryside:

  • Blanco River
  • Fredericksburg
  • Frio & Sabinal River
  • Highland Lakes
  • Llano & South Llano Rivers
  • Lower Guadalupe River & Canyon Lake
  • Pedernales River
  • San Marcos River
  • Upper Guadalupe & Medina Rivers

Not sure if Design Tech Homes offers custom home construction in your area? Please call us at 210-664-0255 or contact us here.

School Districts in the Hill Country


Because of the wide range of area, school districts will vary on the town and locale where your home is located. For more information on schools in this area, please see the following:

Much of the greater Hill Country area is serviced by five main school districts:

  • Comal ISD
  • New Braunfels ISD
  • North East ISD
  • Blanco ISD
  • Boerne ISD

Benefits of Living in the Texas Hill Country


Because it covers such a vast area, the Hill Country has a little bit of everything for everyone! If you love urban life and staying on the cultural or technological edge, then there are options to living close to the cities of Austin or San Antonio.

However, if you prefer living remotely and enjoying the natural beauty of Texas, there are plenty of land and home options for that also.

There is also plenty of the “middle road” as well: living in one of the many small towns that dot the countryside and landscape, especially along Interstate 10 and other major road corridors.

When it comes to natural scenery and parks, there are plenty of wonderful options to choose from, including:

  • Hill Country State Natural Area
  • Pedernales Falls State Park
  • Garner State Park
  • Blanco State Park
  • Honey Creek State Natural Area
  • Guadalupe River State Park
  • Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
  • Old Tunnel State Park
  • And many more!

Build Your Dream Texas Country Home!


Everyone deserves to have a home that is right for them, and that is what you can get when you hire us for your project. We know you don’t want the stress, paperwork, and all the work that goes into building a new home.

We make the process easy so that your custom home in Texas can become a reality and not a nightmare!

Whether you have a floor plan already in mind, or you want a truly custom home and design, come talk to our team or visit our San Antonio model home. We look forward to helping your dreams come true!

Read Customer Testimonies


Mark P:
“Building a home, a custom home, a home that you helped design, is a trying effort for everyone and it is not easily completed. I’m glad that we chose Design Tech Homes to help us fulfill our goal of building on our own property, building our dream home. They are personable and professional in every way. When challenges arise, they meet and resolve them. They make suggestions to ensure that you will be pleased in the long run. Change orders, when needed, are handled with promptness and clarity (we only had two). Every day we are appreciative of the quality of workmanship put into our home — inside and out. Couldn’t be happier, and DTH made it happen.”

Bourquin:
“Design Tech finished up our home in July and everything we asked for we got. It is Beautiful. It turned out perfect. We loved working with team. We have had minimal issues with our home since we have moved in and when we do find something that was missed on final walkthrough they are there to make it right as soon as possible. One of the things we loved about Working with Design Tech was that we were able to modify their floor plan to fit our needs such as raising ceiling height, adding a back porch area and turning half baths into full baths. It is very energy efficient for its size and we get compliments constantly from neighbors and guests on how much they love the design and layout.”

Sue S:
“Design Tech Homes built me the home of my dreams! I designed a Mid Century Modern look home and they understood what I wanted including the round AC vents. I would build with Design Tech again. Thank you to their team!”

Rohan H:

“I recently completed my home in South Houston with Design Tech Homes and had a great experience. Although building a custom home can be difficult, they were there at every turn to make sure things ran smoothly. My project manager Gabe was always available for questions and was of great help. Would definitely recommend.”

Sandra S:

“We were very happy with our completed home. The process was smooth from beginning to end. We enjoyed working with Pat and Gabe. They were very professional and made sure our needs were met. Construction was ahead of schedule. We broke ground in March and our home was completed in September. We would definitely recommend DTH as your future home builder.”

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to own land?
In order to execute an agreement to build your home, you will need to have a property either owned or under contract to close, soon.

Does Design Tech Homes own any lots that I can buy?
We are a custom home builder that has specialized and one of the first to introduce the “Build on your Land” concept. We currently do not own any lots or land for you to purchase, however, we are constantly looking for available properties to purchase and this may change in the future.

Do you help us find land?
Our sales team can assist you in finding a Realtor® to help you locate a property to purchase.

What are Site Costs?
Site costs include things that are not part of the structure, things that allow your home to be built on the property, and things that provide utility services to the home. Site Costs may include, but not limited to, such things as Septic/Sewer, Water-line/Water Wells, electrical service to the home, driveways, sidewalks, culverts, additional grading material, additional foundation height, etc.

Are Site Costs included in your base prices?
Site costs are estimated during our initial site visit with you, your sales consultant, and the Construction & Area Managers; and then added to the cost of the project.

Can I do my own Site work?
You may perform certain site work on your property; in fact, most of the site work can be done by the land owner. We have specific guidelines to follow to ensure certain site work is performed properly. Your sales consultant can explain and help guide you through this process.

What is the average price per square foot for a custom home?
Custom Home Pricing includes a wide variety of variables that can dramatically affect the price of the project, so it is virtually impossible to quote an average. One small example: let’s compare a 50×50 home which has 2,500 square feet; but so does a 25×100 home. However, the 50×50 home only has 200 LF of frame and slab, when the 25×100 home has 250 LF. So, without even upgrading anything, you already have 50 LF more of framing, flooring, sheetrock, etc. So although it may be frustrating and appear your sales consultant is trying to dance around the question, he/she cannot answer it without knowing everything there is to know about the entire project, before pricing. We run about $120-$160/sf on average.

Can I provide my own materials, such as light fixtures or appliances?
You can select certain materials for your home; however, because we warrant your home and the installation of the materials, we must purchase them for you and have them installed by our vendors (i.e. trades, workers, laborers). If there are certain things you want, please consult with your sales consultant, immediately. Chances are, we carry the same product in our selection line or at least something very comparable.

I know several people that do certain things, like electricians and plumbers, can I use them?
All of our vendors must pass rigorous company guidelines to ensure your home is being built by the highest quality craftsman or licensed professions in the field. However, if you do have a specific vendor you’d like for us to use, please consult with you sales person, immediately, and he/she can get them in touch with the department that handles certifying all our vendors.

I want to finish my own interiors, will you build unfinished spaces?
We do construct unfinished spaces, such as future bonus rooms in attics, etc. However, we cannot construct an unfinished space in any area that would be considered as part of the livable square footage of the home. Please consult with your sales person and they can help guide you through this process.

Do you build GREEN?
Most of the materials used today in residential construction must be “green” per IBC’s (International Building Codes). For example, all paints must be free of or have very low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). And, virtually all lumber is made from forest where they practice re-planting. If you have specific questions about any material, please consult with your sales person.

What if I want to use foam insulation instead of your BIB® system?
We build to the highest energy levels per the Energy Star Certified Program®. In fact, we are typically the only “custom builder” listed on the Houston or San Antonio area per their web site. Therefore, we feel the BIB® System is a proven method of insulation. However, yes, we will use foam insulation if you still feel you would like it in place of the BIB® System. Your sales person can price this for you.

Can I include a pool in my plans?
Yes – we can assist you with including a pool in your project. We do not construct pools; however, we can work with your pool contractor and incorporate it into the project. You should consult with your lender, if financing, to ensure they will allow this to occur.

Do I have to sell my house first?
Most of our clients do not have to sell their current home before starting the construction process. This will be a topic to discuss with the construction lenders that you consider using.

How long does it take from start to finish?
Currently about 10-12 months from signing a contract to move-in. Location and size of project can vary timing.

Do you work on Allowances or a Fixed Cost?
We are a fixed cost builder. Initially we have some allowances as place holders in our contract, but once all selections are finalized, we offer a fixed cost for the entire project.

What is your warranty on the home?
1 year builder “bumper-to-bumper” warranty, ACES Warranty, Manufacturer’s Warranties

Do you handle the HOA/Architectural Control Committee approvals? What about Permits?
Yes. We will submit for, coordinate, and handle all aspects of obtaining approvals, permits, and any surveys needed.

Can you give me some references?
Absolutely. We can share references of clients in different stages of the process, as well as those with completed homes.

What if something doesn’t turn out right, or needs to be changed during construction?
We always want you to be completely satisfied. We will always do what is right, and help you get exactly what you want. We can make changes during construction if required, and is not uncommon for adjustments to be considered. “Whatever it takes!” is our perspective.

How many homes has DTH built?
Years in business? We have built nearly 3000 homes in Texas over the past 23 years.

Visit our San Antonio Home Park

If you are looking to build on your lot, you’ll want to come tour our Carrington model for inspirational ideas and designs to get you started. From our model home park to our friendly sales staff and turnkey services, our one-stop-shop provides everything you need to start building your dream home.

Stop by our home park today, get a quote online, or call us at 210-664-0255.

Here Are Some of the Homes We Offer in the Hill Country Region

For a full list of our custom plans, please see our House & Floor Plans.

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