By Katie Agness

Since its founding in 1928, custom home builder Drees Custom Homes has been privately owned. Offering clients unique floor plans, custom designs and quality homes. As a family-owned and operated business, Drees Custom Homes has focused on diversification and industry leadership, as well as unqualified respect for all vendors, employees and customers.

“After 90 years in business, we’ve continued to flourish, and today we’re the nation’s 13th largest privately owned homebuilder and the 29th largest overall,” says Craig McMenamy, the Austin division president. “While the values of excellence and integrity continue to serve our company well, we have also integrated 21st-century technology and the efficiencies it provides.”

Drees has been serving the Texas market for more than 30 years. Building in a variety of luxury home communities in the Austin-area including Dripping Springs, Leander, Georgetown, Spicewood, Jonestown, Cedar Park and Liberty Hill.

“We love our Austin communities because they all possess unique qualities that make them stand out,” McMenamy says. “Whether a homeowner desires a secluded and serene homestead with breathtaking views or amenities like swimming pools, fitness spas, golf courses and biking trails, it can all be found among the communities that we build in.”

For families, Drees makes seeking out top-notch school districts a priority for its communities. “Our included school districts, Lake Travis and Leander, offer exemplary academic opportunities for the families that choose to build a Drees Custom Home,” McMenamy says.

To cater to an array of homebuyers, Drees offers more than 40-floor plans in dozens of Austin-area communities, as well as hundreds of interior and exterior options. “Even with all of these options, we can guarantee that every home is spacious, thoughtfully designed and bursting with ‘wow factor’ features,” McMenamy says. “We truly make it easy to tailor a plan to fit our customer’s unique lifestyle. Our experts walk every homeowner through the selections, options, and custom design decisions to create a truly unique home to them.”

Drees employs cutting-edge architects and designers to ensure its offerings are up-to-date and ahead of the trends. “Many of our homes across the country win awards and accolades for trendsetting, design and combining luxury and ultimate livability,” McMenamy says.

One example of this is found in a Mediterranean-inspired home, Lynmar II, at Travisso. Recently named Austin’s 2019 Home of the Year by the Austin Homes Builders Association, the home sits on a beautiful Hill Country ridge and has just over 5,000 square feet of living space. “The interior of this home offers unrivaled luxury and beauty with a two-story foyer and dining room, double entry doors, gourmet kitchen with an expansive working pantry and sleek porcelain tiles throughout the main level,” McMenamy says. “Additionally, it offers a masterfully designed outdoor living space featuring a courtyard, pool and the second-story covered porch steals the show.”

Drees also offers a Build on Your Lot program so customers can build their custom Drees home anywhere. “Whether you already own a lot, need help to secure a site or have a particular property in mind, we offer guidance and support every step of the way,” McMenamy continues “Our highly trained team of professionals that make the process easy. With our build on your lot options, customers enjoy Drees’ legendary craftsmanship, the flexibility to modify their chosen floor plan, countless options and a wide variety of interior and exterior finishes — all in less time and at a fraction of the price.”

With nearly 100 years of custom home building experience, Drees Custom Homes has been a top choice for customers because of its attention to detail, stability, legacy and family business values. “As a company, we’re trusted to put the depth and breadth of nearly a century of doing business as a family to work,” McMenamy says. “We pair the friendly customer service and work ethic that’s expected from a small family business, with the resources and network that reflect our impressive national ranking. Essentially, our homeowners trust the fact that we can offer the best of both worlds: the flexibility and customer care of a small business and the muscle of a large one.”