Does Building a Custom Luxury Home in Boerne Mean You Can Break All the Rules?

One thing that makes building a luxury custom home in the Texas Hill Country so desirable is that as a homeowner, you have a blank slate. You get to choose your own floor plan. You choose where to build in the luxury. You decide on the style that fits your personality and lifestyle. The choices you make about materials and colors are yours. Your Hill Country home doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s!

However, does being able to customize your luxury home mean that you can break all of the rules of design in order to achieve a unique look and style? That’s probably what the builder of the house shown here—known as Casa do Penedo—did when he constructed one of the world’s most unusual homes in Fafe, Portugal.


The house is built between two huge boulders on a mountaintop. There’s no question that it’s a one-of-a-kind structure—but don’t expect any builder in the Texas Hill Country to build it for you!


To be honest, most homeowners in this area wouldn’t opt for something quite so extreme; there are some conventions of design and building that govern how homes are built. And there are also building codes by which builders have to abide in order to ensure the homeowners’ safety.


That doesn’t mean you have to settle for a cookie-cutter home that looks like all of your neighbors’ houses. There are plenty of ways to add your own personal touch to your custom home, but it’s important that you work with your builder and architect or designer to make sure that the elements you want to build into your home will work together, are safe, and that they meet building codes. It’s OK if you have unique or unusual ideas—just make sure you involve your builder and your designer early in the process so they can figure out ways to make your ideas work.


Unique touches are part of what makes custom Texas Hill Country homes so special. We love working with homeowners to build those elements into their homes. Here are a couple of examples that illustrate what I mean.

The family room in this Hill Country ranch home (in Boerne) uses materials that you definitely won’t find at most lumberyards or big box stores in the area. The stonework in the double-sided fireplace is limestone that was quarried locally. The trusses were built on-site from #1 FOHC Douglas fir. The ceiling material is Yellow Pine lap and gap. The walls are all hand textured. The fireplace doors are custom-made wrought iron made by a local blacksmith) and seal the fireplace on both sides. Another unusual feature is that the fireplace itself is 5 feet high at the center. Nothing about this room (or the rest of the home for that matter) is typical.

What if you had something completely different in mind? Maybe you live in the Hill Country, but your tastes run toward something more Mediterranean. Here’s a Mediterranean-style home in Cordillera Ranch that might be closer to what you have in mind. The graceful arches you see here on the exterior of the home (and pool house) are reflected in the interior of the home as well.

Perhaps your tastes run to something that evokes images of Tuscany. This Tuscan-style home in Cordillera Ranch can make you forget that you’re deep in the heart of Texas. Once again, it’s not something you’ll find in your average developed community. And while all of these homes are built to exacting standards and meet all codes (meaning that they are not breaking all the rules), they also don’t let the prescribed style dictate how they look or feel. That is true custom luxury!

Click here for more detailed photos of these—and other—custom luxury homes in the Texas Hill Country.

You don’t have to go to the mountains of Portugal to build a unique home that captures your sense of style. You can do it right here in the Boerne area. Just make sure you work with your builder early to make sure your dreams for a special home don’t leave you between a rock and a hard place!

Adapted and updated from the original may 2016 blog post. Photo of Casa do Penedo from Wikipedia

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