McKinney Custom Home Builder-5 Ways to Use Architectural Salvage When Designing & Building a Custom Home

As a custom home builder in McKinney, TX,  we often are asked by clients to incorporate architectural salvage in their new home design or renovation. Our friends and owners of Patina Green Home and Market, Kaci and Robert Lyford, have recently opened an online store & McKinney pop up shop called East End Salvage. Twice a year, they travel to England and bring back amazing architectural salvage. An interior designer by trade, Kaci expertly weaves salvage and antiques into every design project. We’ve asked Kaci to share 5 ways that an Integrity Custom new build client can incorporate architectural salvage into their custom home design and build.

Kitchen Island

A kitchen island is the centerpiece of the room, literally. It should be special. Sourcing a unique piece for a kitchen island is the easiest way to add instant character into a newly built or renovated space. 

When we are shopping antique markets in England, we’re always looking for statement pieces that can be used as work tables in the kitchen. Old general store counters, retired butcher blocks, merchant display pieces, industrial workbenches, and one of my favorite antique pieces to hunt for, 19th-century draper’s tables.  These work tables were originally used in France by cloth merchants for measuring and cutting fabric.  The oak board tops are usually well-worn with lovely patina and once used in the kitchen, they will only get more beautiful with time.

Design by  Kaci Lyford . shop salvage kitchen islands online at  east end salvage ..

Design by Kaci Lyford. shop salvage kitchen islands online at east end salvage..



Incorporating a reclaimed sink into a bathroom or kitchen will require retrofitting from your custom builder, but is well worth the extra effort. A reclaimed sink adds a punch of drama to a smaller sized guest bath or hallway powder room.  We found this antique stone trough in France and had a custom iron base welded from parts of an old garden fence (also used to create the custom mirror).

Design by  kaci lyford . Shop salvage sinks online at  east end salvage .

Design by kaci lyford. Shop salvage sinks online at east end salvage.


Reclaimed Doors

Pantry, powder bath, utility room, bedroom, office, closets; homes have doors, and many of them, right? Each one is an opportunity to make a statement. The possibilities are truly endless in this category. At East End Salvage, we search for old doors with layers of original paint, paned doors with wavy glass, commercial metal doors, industrial fire-safe doors, paneled doors, barn doors that can be installed on sliders… you name it. A salvaged door not only has a great look but physically heightens the experience of entering a room. It just feels stylish.

If you are going to use reclaimed doors, one bit of advice is to communicate early with your builder. Allowances will need to made for specialty door frames and hardware, which may take time and ingenuity from your builder.

Photo by  House of Hargrove . Design by deanna rearden. shop salvage doors online at  East end salvage .

Photo by House of Hargrove. Design by deanna rearden. shop salvage doors online at East end salvage.


Fireplace Mantel

Yes, this Texas heat will soon come to an end and the days of curling up next to a warm fireplace will be here before we know it. Much like a kitchen island, the fireplace is the focal point of a room. I am crazy about simple wooden mantelpieces or cast iron surrounds just as much as the ones plastered in ornamental elements.  Over the next few buying trips, I will be searching for larger stone mantels (like the one pictured) and pallets of reclaimed tile that can be used again to create showstopping custom fireplace designs. Keep your eye on the East End Salvage online shop or send us an email here

Photography by  Kaci lyford . design by  Lisa Luby Ryan . Shop antique fireplace mantels onine at  east end salvage .

Photography by Kaci lyford. design by Lisa Luby Ryan. Shop antique fireplace mantels onine at east end salvage.


Salvaged Window Frames

Salvaged window frames should be used to highlight a window in a key location, such as above the kitchen sink or surrounding a free-standing tub in the bathroom.  Decorative window treatments aren’t necessary when you have a beautiful frame to look at!

Photography by  Melinda Ortley . Build by  Integrity Homes . Shop salvage window frames online at  east end salvage .

Photography by Melinda Ortley. Build by Integrity Homes. Shop salvage window frames online at east end salvage.


If you plan to incorporate architectural salvage into your custom home, it is important that all members of your team (designer and builder) have open communication regarding your salvaged installs so your build stays on schedule. Any piece that needs to be repaired or retrofitted prior to installing should be ready well in advance to avoid delays. And you should choose a custom builder, like Integrity Custom, that has experience in working with reclaimed house parts. Contact Integrity Custom here.

Using architectural salvage is all about thinking outside the box. The thing I love most about using salvage in a custom home or renovation is that it’s completely one-of-a-kind. No one else on your street will have the same fireplace mantel or kitchen island that you do. 

We’re curating a collection at East End Salvage that will help you create unforgettable design moments in your home. Check our online shop often and join us for our next Market at East End on December 7.

In just a few weeks, we are hitting up the largest antique show in England.  While we shop,  Integrity Custom will be prepping our McKinney historic barns for the winter market. Sign up for the East End Salvage email list HERE for more information about the Market and first dibs at tickets to our Preview Party. If you are building a custom home and are looking for a special piece, please reach out. We’d love to help search for you while we are out shopping! 


Custom vs. Semi-Custom vs. Production-Three Types of New Homes Available in DFW

When we discuss building new homes in DFW, there are three types of new construction homes that are available to prospective homeowners. They can choose between:

  1. Custom Homes

  2. Semi-Custom Homes

  3. Spec or Production Homes

We boast incredible builders in McKinney, TX in each category. But what’s the difference between the three types of new builds? Let’s dig in.

Custom Homes

When you build a custom home, you design every single detail of your new home build. You work with an architect to design everything from the layout to what type of trim will be added to your dining room. Out of the three options a custom home takes the most time to build, but the process is rewarding. This option is for those that have a vision or feel of what their new home should be.

Just because you are designing a home from scratch doesn't mean that the process can’t be enjoyable and fun! We have been a custom home builder in McKinney for over 10 years and have been building homes in DFW (Park Cities, Fairview, Van Alstyne, Dallas) for over 23 years. We work with a team of architects and designers to quickly and efficiently design your custom home.

We’ve made this process even more efficient by adding a private showroom to our office. So when designing your home, you will (at the same time) meet with the architect, builder, and preferred designer in our showroom. You will also have a consultation with a personal organizational expert and closet designer to make sure the storage areas of your home are personally designed just for you. Usually the builder will give an allowance on your new home estimate for specific selections in addition to the build cost (labor and materials).

If you are building on raw land, we have a team of engineers and highly engaged support staff to take care of ordinances (if any) and permits. We can search for the perfect piece of paradise with you, making sure that it’s suitable to build the home you envision. Building a custom home has never been easier with our one of a kind white-glove-service approach to custom home building. You can read more here about the 4 Phases of Building A Custom Home with us. Contact us to begin the custom build process.

A custom designed modern farmhouse in McKinney, TX. This home is now apart of Integrity Custom’s semi-custom home collection and available for immediate construction in  Sherman , TX.

A custom designed modern farmhouse in McKinney, TX. This home is now apart of Integrity Custom’s semi-custom home collection and available for immediate construction in Sherman, TX.

Semi Custom Homes

A semi custom home build is the best-of-both-worlds. A semi custom builder owns a library of home designs that are available to a prospective client. They pick a home design and the builder works with the homeowner to customize their selections, finishes and materials.

Integrity Custom’s new homes in Gateway Village in Denison, TX are an excellent example of a semi-custom home build. An architect, David Baca Studio, pre-designed five vintage-modern style homes. We are building 4 homes currently that will become spec homes. On the remaining 13 lots, a prospective client can choose their home design from our library of 5, and our preferred interior designer will walk them through the process of customizing the selections, finishes and materials.

We take your semi-customization a few steps further and consult with a professional organizer, closet expert, and even a home technology expert to customize the interior to suit your family’s needs. Our preferred interior designer has pre-chosen groups of selections based on price and style. It’s a good jumping off place to begin your custom design or the selections can speed up the process if time is a concern.

An Integrity Custom semi-custom home designed for  Gateway Village .

An Integrity Custom semi-custom home designed for Gateway Village.

Spec Home from a Production Builder

These home are completely move in ready. All the work has been done previously by the developer and builder. They have been designed and outfitted with the average homeowner of the area in mind.  But don’t let the word “average” fool you into thinking that every spec home is just “meh”. Although we are partial to building semi custom and custom homes, many spec homes in McKinney are extremely well designed. All of the finishes are usually on trend, and because it’s built to “sell”, a spec home is a great investment property. If you need a home quick and have zero interest in the design process, a spec home is your best option.

Out of the three types of new builds, which one is right for you? Reach out to us and we can help walk you through the process of deciding.

Learn about our Gateway Village Homes HERE. View our portfolio HERE. View our available property in McKinney HERE.

*The home builders in McKinney we recommend are:

Spec Homes/Production Builder: Highland Homes

Semi-Custom Builder: Darling Homes

Custom Home-Fuller Custom Homes (Along with being a great custom builder, George Fuller is also the mayor of McKinney, TX)

Contact Us for a more extensive list of recommended builders.

Custom Home Builder DFW-How To Build Or Remodel a Home in Four Phases

Being a custom home builder in DFW, we often see clients overwhelmed by the task of building a custom home or tackling a home renovation. We break down the steps of any custom build or remodel into four key phases.

Phase 1

Building a custom home requires vision casting. This is fun! After brainstorming sessions and visits to your home site, we turn your dreams into a set of actionable building plans. Integrity Custom works closely with experts in architecture and interior space planning to design spaces that are both beautiful and functional. We highly recommend that you hire a custom home builder that works closely with an architect and designer. Having both sitting at the table, along with a construction estimator, like we do at Integrity Custom, helps keep this phase stress free, productive and on budget. We also partner with engineers to assess the structural needs of your home. We come up with a master plan that neatly lays out your particular home building project and your budget. We may go back and forth many times on the final plans, tweaking them for preference and budget.

Depending on the scale of the project virtual reality technology (VRT) can also be used in helping you “walk through” your future home.

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Phase 2

Phase Two is the the nuts and bolts of the home build or home renovation process. It’s not sexy, and it goes without saying that there may be regret in this phase, especially if you are living in in the midst of a home remodel! It’s the taking-things-apart-to-make-them-better phase of building. If you are building a new home, you’ll get a chance to see the parts of your house that you’ll never see again. It consists of all the rough-in work such as plumbing, electrical, insulation, moving walls, and engineering. It’s messy and dirty, and we love every minute of it.

No walls or roof? Yep, it’s Phase 2 of the new home build process!

No walls or roof? Yep, it’s Phase 2 of the new home build process!

Phase 3

This is the trim-out phase, otherwise known as praise-Jesus-there-is-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel phase. We put in the cabinets, tile, sheetrock and all the pretty, shiny things. The master plan made in Phase 1 takes shape and your house begins to look like your dream home. This is when you can bring your friends over for a sneak peek and start planning your house warming party.

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Phase 4

If building your home was a college final, Phase Four would be the equivalent to a late night with a bright red pen! But since we’re home builders, we hand you a big roll of blue tape instead. You walk though your home, looking for places that may need a finishing touch. We add your items to our final punch list. We check off all the boxes before we wipe away the last layer of dust.

And the best part of it all? We close the door behind us, and leave you to soak in every moment of your new home; so immensely happy that you finally said yes to building your dream!


Ready to take the first step towards building a custom home in DFW? Contact us HERE or call us at (214) 982-1340.

View our custom and semi custom homes in Gateway Village HERE.

View our available property in McKinney, TX HERE.

View our Portfolio HERE.

An Historic Cottage's Playful Exterior in McKinney, Texas.

We love the creativity and playful nature of this cottage in downtown McKinney. The homeowner hit the nail on the head, when choosing the color scheme and architectural accents, and has a gift for finding antique salvage pieces, like that gorgeous front antique door and hardware and cast iron tub-turned-planter.

One of the things we love most about this cottage is that it's a few blocks OUTSIDE of McKinney's historic district. I think sometimes an historical designation line prevents potential homeowners from finding their forever home, when in reality there are some real beauties just outside of the district, too.  Exercising the skill to think "outside of the box" and taking a leap of faith can lead to the proverbial pot of gold, as I think this homeowner has found.

And let's be honest, McKinney, TX is just an awesome place to live...east, west, north or south of the downtown square!

We are restoring and renovating the interior as well, so follow along for updates and more images soon!