November 12, 2016

Judges Select “Best Of” at 61st Annual Parade of Homes™; visitors select their favorite

Judges Select Best Kitchen, Best Master Bath, Best Outdoor Living, Other Categories at 61st Annual Parade of Homes™

Dripping Springs, Texas (November 12, 2016) – The Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin presented a wide variety of awards – ranging from best kitchen to best media room to best outdoor living — to four builders who participated in the 61st Annual Parade of Homes™ at Caliterra in Dripping Springs.

Six professionals conducted the judging, viewing a spectacular line-up of four Hill Country and farm house custom home designs from Sommerfeld Construction, Sterling Custom Homes, Lake Travis Builders and Arbogast Custom Homes. The luxury homes span in size from 3,600 to 5,100 square feet and are priced from $1,199,000 to $1,475,000.

Showcasing luxurious living nestled along Onion Creek in the Hill Country oasis of Dripping Springs, ran from October 28 through November 13. The event provides the public an opportunity to learn about the latest trends in architectural, interior design and landscaping. The award winners symbolize the “best of the best” for people looking for the latest in home design. For those folks looking to buy, the Parade of Homes showcases some of the finest new homes for sale in the Austin area.

The HBA honored builders in the following categories:

Lake Travis Builders

Best Unique Feature

Best Interior Ceiling Treatment

Best Front Elevation

Best Main Entry

Best Formal Dining Room

Best Family Room

Best Study

Best Innovative Design

Sommerfeld Construction

Best Fireplace

Best Pool

Best Landscape

Best Garage

Best Interior Furnishings

Best Master Suite & Bathroom

Most Unique Green Feature

Best Overall Green/Sustainable Home

Sterling Custom Homes

Best Staircase

Best Outdoor Living

Best Media Room

Best Game Room

Arbogast Custom Homes

Best Kitchen

Best Flooring

Best Lighting

Best Cabinetry

Best Floorplan

Best Architectural Design

Best Interior Design

Throughout the duration of the Parade of Homes, ballots were collected to identify the “People’s Choice” Award. The award signifies the “favorite” as voted by the general public. On Friday, November 11, 2016, ballots were counted and Sommerfeld Construction was selected as the People’s Choice.

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About the Homes

295 Waters Edge Cove – Sommerfeld Construction

The Sommerfeld Construction 2016 Parade Home balances a timeless farm house design with the amenities of modern living, nestled among magnificent oak trees. From the street you can immediately discern that this one-story home was designed to match the features of this lot.

As you enter the home you will be captivated by the oak timber frame structure of the living area, fitting together as precisely as a puzzle. The walls are clad with wood ship-lap to provide a clean and simple finish that is both beautiful and warm. Revel in all the features of a chef style kitchen equipped with Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances, as you enjoy the old-world style fireplace in this open floor plan design.

The owners retreat reiterates the design details of the living area with timber frame ceilings and access to two porches. The owners bath is a retreat from the outside world with a spa-like ambience and upscale amenities. With flexibility in mind, the home design provides for the accommodation of 4 or 5 bedrooms.

Generous porches (889 sq. ft. covered and 312 sq. ft open) provide a comfortable outdoor living area to enjoy the pool or spa while preparing meals in the outdoor kitchen or retreat to the private screened porches adjoining the owner and guest retreats. The climate-controlled two-car garage also functions as an event space, with a glass wall opening to the back yard. For the auto enthusiast a separate one-car garage with 13 ft. ceilings provides a unique area with adequate space to install a car lift and provides parking for two automobiles. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy a 3-hole putting green.

The meticulous attention to detail and quality craftsmanship, combined with design elements create a comfortable and holistic environment that will meet the most discriminating expectations. 


324 Waters Edge Cove – Sterling Custom Homes

With over twenty-five years of experience building quality custom homes for our clients in the Austin area, Sterling Custom Homes proudly presents this striking representation of our award-winning design and craftsmanship.

This home combines Hill Country ambiance with a modern touch. Its clean lines and smart color combinations create a soothing, comfortable living environment. When you enter this home you will immediately feel the connection from inside to out – compliments of nearly 40’ of 10’ tall glass walls that line the back of the home leading out to the spacious Covered Outdoor Living Area.

The beautiful Oak Trees and inviting Pool are so visible that they seemingly become an extension of the indoor living space. If it’s an indoor / outdoor transition you’re looking for, try the pocketing glass wall section that opens the entire Breakfast Room to the Outdoor Patio!

A Chef’s Kitchen, Professional Grade Media Room and an abundance of other technologically advanced features will be on display for you to experience. Smartly decorated to create a relaxing, comfortable living environment, this home will provide a tranquil retreat for its owners. The attention to detail, from design to finish-out, make this home a shining example of “Sterling Quality”.


346 Waters Edge Cove – Lake Travis Builders

The design of the 2016 Lake Travis Builder Parade Home is influenced by authentic hill country architecture. Natural stone, reclaimed timber and a mix of modern and antique lighting blend with clean, modern surfaces and décor to bring you our “Hill Country Modern” home.

As you walk through the home, you will have the opportunity to take part in our Interactive Tour using smart devices. We have worked closely with Austin area vendors and artists who have gone the extra mile to showcase their products and services. You will have the ability to save your favorite ideas electronically so that you may enjoy working with our vendors in your own home

The home and floor plan were designed to transition the natural beauty of the landscape to the indoor space. Whether you imagine yourself relaxing in the living room under the impressive hanging barrel ceiling, fancy the idea of preparing savory dishes with herbs and spices growing in the indoor living wall, or entertaining by the fire pit with a view of the beautiful, mature oak trees we bring you a place to call home.


363 Waters Edge Cove – Arbogast Custom Homes

Inspiration for this one-of-a-kind Santa Barbara style home comes from a variety of sources: the adobe and colonial buildings of Monterey California; late forms of Moorish architecture; medieval Spanish and Italian church architecture; Ultra-Baroque design of colonial Spain and Portugal; and Italian Romanesque and Renaissance revival elements.

The Santa Barbara style is distinctly Mediterranean, and the spirit of Santa Barbara is epitomized in its Spanish Revival architecture. Spanish Colonial Revival is a catalog of styles, unified by the use of arches, courtyards, form and mass, tile roofs, all derived from the Mediterranean world. The purity of the Santa Barbara style flows seamlessly into the homes interior finish detail. Finishes are simple yet refined. Natural light floods every corridor of the house accentuating unique features such as the use of weathered and aged wood beams. Tall ceilings create a sense of grandeur and mass. Extensive use of arches, domes, groin vaults, and barrel ceilings compliment the modest clean lines and soft tones of the house. In line with Benjamin Moore’s 2016 color of the year “Simply White”, the exterior stucco façade radiates with a warm white tone offset with the red tile roof and the ebony bronze windows to create the perfect exterior finish contrast.  

The heart of the home is the open and inviting great room. The plan includes a distinctive chef’s kitchen featuring professional grade appliances and a stained wood vent hood. The master retreat provides a master bath that rivals the finest spas which includes a free standing tub with exposed brushed brass hardware. Additional unique features include an oversized utility room with a hand crafted barn sliding door system, and LED lighting throughout. The house also incorporates state-of-the-art audio, video, lighting, shade, communications, and control equipment allowing for cutting edge seamless home automation.

The house is perfectly situated on a prime lot that is blanketed with large ancient oak trees.  The home features a gardener’s retreat with a fully enclosed entry courtyard. Richly appointed landscaping highlights the towering oak trees.

The timeless style, livable floor plan, and amazing finishes make this home one of a kind.  This home will please the most discriminating buyer.

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