Custom Home Less Than 3,000 sq. ft. - 2013

RisherMartin Fine Homes
Austin, Texas

Project Name: Parkside Modern

Project Location: Austin, Texas

Date Completed: 04/01/2013

Square Footage (finished): 2,646

Total Project Cost (include materials and labor but not land): $520,000


Our clients made the decision to purchase and develop the empty lot neighboring theirs with two goals in mind: preserving the natural beauty of the lush greenbelt and protecting their stunning view of the downtown skyline. Our firm was brought in to construct a trio of residences and blend them seamlessly into the hillside across from one of Austin's favorite parks. Our goal was to meet and exceed all of our clients wishes for their property and while we were at it, we wanted to create a modern and natural space in each home and share the amazing view. Before we ever broke ground, we knew the hillside location of this property would be one of it's most unique features, we also knew it would be a huge challenge. The topography of the land made every aspect of construction more difficult. Subcontractor and supplier access was limited, each had to be carefully choreographed to not create a log-jam. Once materials were received, manuevering them for installation took several workers at best and several cranes at worst. Other than the challenging grade of the property, materials special ordered from international suppliers encountered delays due to inclement weather on several occasions. Acting as a jobsite traffic controller, our project manager maintained constant communication with all subcontractors and suppliers. Carefully coordinating deliveries and work-performed enabled all of the key players to access the property when necessary and difficulties in scheduling and procurement were addressed with our client as soon as they arose. The final product boasted clean, crisp lines nestled in lush foliage overlooking downtown Austin. A modern yet natural oasis was created, preserving all of the natural elements enjoyed by our client. This trio of modern homes met every expectation of our client and exceeded all of our own.



Roofing: Weatherbond

Siding: James Hardie

Brick/stone/stucco: STO Powerflex

Doors: Lincoln Distinction

Windows: Lincoln Distinction

Insulation: Bayseal Open Cell Foam (from Bayer)

Skylights: Velux

HVAC: Carrier



Locksets and hardware: Emtek



Tile: Rittenhouse


Flooring: Red Oak Strip Flooring




Cabinets: Custom Walnut Cabinets

Countertops: Carrera Marble

Sinks: Elkay

Faucets: Hans Grohe

Range: Bosch

Exhaust hood: Zephyr

Ovens: Bosch

Refrigerator/Freezer: Bosch

Dishwashers: Bosch

Microwave oven: Bosch




Cabinets: Custom Walnut Cabinets

Countertops: Carrara Marble

Tubs: Blu

Showers: Hans Grohe

Toilets: Toto

Faucets: Hans Grohe

Sinks: Mirabella (from Ferguson)



Decking: Ipe


List 10 of your preferred product manufacturers.


1. Bosch

2. Hansgrohe

3. Elkay

4. KitchenAid

5. Emtek

6. Carrera Marble

7. James Hardie

8. Mirabella

9. Dal-tile

10. Sub-zero


List 3 hot design trends in your area:

1. Green Building

2. Outdoor Living

3. Universal Design