Areas of Practice
The world of real estate development can be a confusing place. We help it make sense. We take pride in helping our clients execute successful projects by helping them develop, redevelop, and invest in properties throughout Texas and the South, focusing on targeted, incremental infill projects that build long-term value and contribute to the health and well-being of our local neighborhoods and the flourishing of our communities.
Sometimes you just want honest, good, independent advice. Our consulting practice delivers just that. We work with public and private sector clients to help them understand and overcome their strategic challenges and to manage their development projects and strategy.
Design matters. That’s why we do all of our architectural work in house. We bring over 40 years of design experience to deliver projects that are beautiful, sustainable, and timeless. Whether you’re working on a renovation or new construction, a large commercial building to a small residential cottage, we can help you build it.
Small Developer COaching
Getting started in this business can be scary. Luckily, we specialize in demystifying the dark arts of real estate development. We provide one-on-one remote and in-person coaching for rookie developers looking to become more proficient and improve their skillset. We help our clients work through their business model, acquire necessary skills, and bring their projects to fruition.
Urban Planning & Design
Every great project starts with a great plan, and every great plan needs to be easy to execute. Luckily, we can help with that. Whether you need to write or revise a development code, design a masterplan for a project, or improve the layout of your site or public spaces, we have the expertise to get the job done. Marrying deep expertise in development and public policymaking as well as a robust urban design practice, we’re able to ensure that our clients have a plan that meets their needs and is practical to build.
Pretty drawings and great plans don’t mean anything if you can get them built. That’s why we back up all of our design and planning services with a robust full-spectrum construction management practice. We have decades of experience leading projects big and small. By dealing with pricing and bids, scheduling, and day-to-day management of subcontractors we make sure that our clients don’t have to worry about coming in on time and under budget.
1. We believe that the character of a city’s physical environment informs the character of its moral environment. Winston Churchill said that “we shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” Nowhere is this statement more true than in the moral landscape of our cities and towns. Our homes and workplaces, our streets, roads, and public spaces shape how we interact with our families and neighbors, our colleagues, and the strangers we meet on the street. They are the physical embodiment of our culture, and they profoundly affect the ways in which we think about ourselves and our fellow citizens. Therefore, we are committed to building places that inspire us to seek what is good, what is true, and what it beautiful. We seek to create a built environment that is beautiful, that honors home, order, and tradition, and that inculcates the engaged and virtuous citizenry so necessary to the pursuit of the common good within a democratic republic.
2. We believe that both our public and private lives are made up of a continuous dynamic relationship between the unborn, the living, and the dead. This interaction is what constitutes civil society, and it is a relationship wherein the living do not hold privileged status. Rather, we, the living, must live in communion with the traditions of our forbearers and with the knowledge that we have an obligation to pass on our contributions to this patrimony to our descendants. Therefore, we are committed to being good stewards of our community, to building architecture in the vernacular style of our region and place that honors the memory of those who built before us and maintains balance and harmony with the physical environment. Moreover, we are committed to building using time-tested durable materials and construction methods, knowing that we do not build just for ourselves, but for our grandchildren’s grandchildren. Our buildings would be recognizable and intelligible to our forefathers 200 years ago and should remain ready for our descendants’ use 200 years hence.
3. We believe that a strong local economy is a necessary condition for human flourishing. A town or city cannot thrive without a local economy that provides for the material needs of its citizens, and does so while strengthening the families and communities that form the foundation of a democratic society. Therefore, we are committed to building places that are economically productive, fiscally disciplined, and locally based. Every one of our projects seeks to build the local economy through the use of local capital, labor, and financing to support the growth and flourishing of local citizens, farms, and businesses.