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Paul Allen Custom Homes Inc.
Commonly requested features in Paul Allen Custom Homes' projects include large kitchen
spaces, multi-functional game/media rooms and inside/outside living spaces.
"A lot of people choose not to go since they think that, because
it's in Vegas, it's just one big party," Jansen-Seargeant says. "While
it is fun, we take it seriously. A lot of new products are introduced
at this show, and if you don't go, you may be six months or more
behind us, knowledge-wise. In today's world of wanting things
quicker and faster, that can be a death sentence for any builder."
'TIMELESS AND ELEGANT'
The company applies the knowledge it gains from the IBS and other sources directly to the homes it builds in the San Antonio, Texas,
and surrounding Hill Country region. "Historically, when it comes
to design, San Antonio can be a bit behind Los Angeles, New York
and even Chicago," Jansen-Seargeant says. "However, in the past
several years, because of the wealth the area has experienced, it has
begun to accelerate more quickly allowing us to see a wider range
of design tastes in our clients."
Though the area is known for its Tuscan and Mediterranean
styles, Paul Allen Custom Homes' projects have what the company
calls a "softer modern" design sensibility.
"We build homes with a timeless, clean and elegant look," Jan78
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sen-Seargeant adds. "We don't want homes to look antiquated or
be so trendy that they look like every other home in the region
within three years."
The company's homes capture unique features both inside and
out, including the use of lighting as a design feature. LED lighting
is regularly used on home exteriors as well as interiors to emphasize and highlight architectural features, the company says.
Commonly requested room designs include multi-functional
game/media rooms and inside/outside living spaces featuring resort-like outdoor living elements. Temperature-controlled wine
rooms that can store between 200 to 2,000 bottles of wine have
become standard in the company's floor plans. "We've taught
ourselves how to most effectively build these rooms," Allen says.
"For us, building wine rooms is fun, interesting and exciting, as
well as economical."
All of the company's homes are built with quality and safety
in mind. The company has instituted a safety program that entails
Allen and his senior staff walking their job sites every Monday and,
on Tuesday, reviewing any safety concerns they might find. "All of
our folks review our safety program religiously," Allen says. "It's
important for our clients to know there's a principal owner out
there with their eye on things."