Tilson Homes
Apr 2, 2020

Customizing a House to Make It Your Home

Custom Homes, Customer Stories

There’s a reason we call ourselves home builders instead of house builders. The distinction between a house and a home can be small: It could be the difference between two sink styles or where you kick your shoes off after work; it could be the way the house looks on the outside or the way it feels on the inside. We recently finished building a home for the Riedel family in Guadalupe County. As with all our customers, we sat down with them and asked what they were looking for in a home. They had a specific vision for how they wanted their home to look and feel, and we wanted to make sure that the house we built on their land was the home they envisioned.

Perfecting the Custom Exterior

They really liked our Magnolia plan but also wanted a white farmhouse-style home with a long covered porch. With that in mind, we worked together to change the Magnolia C exterior to match their vision. To truly get that farmhouse style, Tiffanie and Quentin decided to remove the exterior masonry and instead go with a beautiful James HardieTM board and batten siding. For the columns and shutters, they chose a stained chestnut finish to give a wonderful contrast against the bright white exterior. 

Changing the Interior

To really get a sense of the farmhouse style they were going for, they needed to make it feel like one on the inside as well. Starting off, the Riedels chose the drop zone option in their plan to allow for a spacious room to kick off muddy shoes and shake off the day. In the kitchen, the island eating bar was altered to make it counter height instead of two-tiered, while also removing the curved edge to allow for a more open-concept feel. On the island, they opted for a deep farmhouse sink. The choice of white quartz countertops and white cabinets go beautifully with their rustic luxury vinyl plank flooring. The flooring was chosen to resemble the look of an old-style wood floor, and it is truly stunning against the brightness of the kitchen. 

Making the Home Feel Just Right

Throughout the home, the Riedels chose to forego the standard arched doorways for more traditional squared doorways.  In the master suite, they removed the bathtub to make room for their walk-in shower. The tile choices in the bathrooms add even more to their desired farmhouse style, and the finished product is nothing short of beautiful. 

The Riedels, like all the families that walk through our doors, were looking to build the custom home of their dreams. With their specific vision, some spectacular alterations, and the trusted quality of Tilson, we were able to turn their house into a home. They recently moved into their new home and we thank them, from the bottom of our hearts, for allowing us to join them on their journey. 

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