100 Year Old Shiplap. Mixing Old and New in a Modern Farmhouse design.

We just installed beautiful 100 year old ship lap on the master bedroom ceiling of our Modern Farmhouse custom build in historic downtown McKinney, TX. We are offering a version of this floor plan in Gateway Village, and it will have it's own unique touches of farmhouse charm and history.

Scroll down to see where this wood lived in it's previous life.

We love the glimpse you get of the 100 year old banister and stairwell.

The banister and ceiling make a great pair, don't you think?


We thought you might want to see the life it lived before now. It was salvaged from an old grain elevator in Crowley, Texas.

Introducing Simon Keizer

 

 

 

 

We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Simon Keizer to the Integrity Custom team. We appreciate and admire his creative spirit and contagious, uplifting attitude. His official title is Investor Relations and Business Administrator, and we're excited for him to work alongside us in furthering our vision in North Texas!

Read below to learn more about Simon and visit our Investment page to see what we have planned and are planning in the future!


1. What gets you pumped about investing in real estate in the North Texas/Texoma region?

Being a long time resident of Texoma, I am fired up about the strength of our economy, the flooding in of new residents from all over the country (and worldwide) that are all looking for real estate in North Texas. The opportunity is thrilling.

2. What is your vision for the greater Texoma region in the next day 10 years?

Texoma is on the precipice of exploding and servicing as a NEW METRO for those that want to be beyond the city, enjoy some wide open spaces, but with all the conveniences of city living, as well as the enjoyment of the largest lake in the State.  I envision thousands of new jobs in our varied industries, and a residential and retail boom that will reach every corner of the greater Texoma area. 

3. What do you like about being a member of the Integrity Team?

We laugh, we have fun, we encourage, and we challenge each other to live lives of integrity as we serve the vision both of the Company, and the greater mission of being kingdom minded guys and girls who look to consistently put others before ourselves.  I love the ever expanding vision of the company, to tell stories, and to turn houses into homes.

4. How do you define "integrity"?

Integrity is a character trait that compels ourselves and others to uphold the highest standards, and a true match of good character in private and public life.  It is a rare commodity in our society and in business, and is a reflection of a sincere heart.

5. What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to spend time with my wife and 4 kids. I love to travel, after growing up in the UK. I enjoy a game of soccer and I love to coach. A great date night out would be to go to see a Broadway show and find a quaint place to eat.

To see what Simon has been up to, visit our Investments page, and click on the contact button to say Hello!

 

 

Where The Stories of Life Unfold

When the opportunity to purchase this home became available to us years ago, we jumped at the chance. It was an uninspiring, dark almost one room shotgun house, with a poorly designed addition, but if you squinted, closed one eye, jumped up and down on one foot, and pulled out your thinking cap, you could see the potential. Yep..it needed a little work.

We immediately stripped the addition off and waited until the right family, who wore the same rose colored glasses that we did, walked through the door. They had vision and started designing their forever space.  It's inspiring (and a little bit addicting) to witness the transformation and see the space rise to it's potential!

Interior designer, Kaci Lyford, owner of Patina Green Home and Market was hired to collaborate with the busy family on design details, but as she states and we agree, the homeowner had incredible taste and made all of our jobs a breeze!  I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed this collaboration and the end result...well, it speaks for itself. 

There will be open shelves and a four inch marble back splash added this week. The vintage kitchen window was purchased during Antiques Week in Round Top, TX by the homeowner.

The plumbing fixtures in the kitchen are "living brass" which is un-lacquered, so they will only get more beautiful with time!

The flooring is salvage, as is the mantle. The two leaded glass windows flanking the fireplace were purchased from Tumbleweeds Architectural Supply Company in McKinney.

The paneled antique doors that were installed on barn slides were salvaged from a house in Upstate New York, and add tons of character. 

We used pieces of the leftover flooring for the laundry room countertop. The brick flooring is also salvaged and was used to brick the fireplace.

We love the use of an antique farm table instead of a traditional vanity cabinet in the powder bath. 

This amazing concrete tile was sourced locally from Riad Tile in Dallas, TX. 

The shower tile is handmade subway tile, an unusual 3" x 12", and gives a timeless yet custom look.

And our absolute favorite photo of them all. It's a beautiful reminder as to what we actually build; homes where the stories of life unfold.  Places where babies will come home for the first time, birthdays will be celebrated, living rooms where backpacks will be strewn across the floor and camp duffel bags unpacked, and front porches where tears are shed as kiddos turn into graduates and spread their wings. Oh, we build so much more than just houses.

Are you interested in joining our story?  View our available properties in Collin and Grayson Counties by clicking on the link or above under Available Property. Click to view our Investment Opportunities and Contact Us. We'd love to hear from you!


Design by Kaci Lyford Interiors.

Antique window, paneled doors, and vanity table purchased at Patina Green Home & Market in McKinney, TX.

Concrete tile from Riad Tile, in Dallas, TX

Houses into Homes in McKinney's Historic District

There is a such a sense of accomplishment when the last walk through is completed and we see moving trucks around the corner. The boxes are checked, little pieces of blue tape removed from the walls and we close the door behind us, leaving the new homeowners eager to resume their former lives, ready to move forward with plans that may have been put on hold and ultimately, curious as to how their new space will settle out and become a home.

On Tuesday, we toured a property that was completed almost 7 months ago. When we last visited, the dust hadn't quite settled.  This wonderful antique wine tasting table, purchased at Round Top, was in it's final resting spot then, but bare, without chairs around it to sit and enjoy a meal. Now, it's standing at the ready, humbly awaiting the next clinking of wine glasses or first cup of coffee served on a cold day. 

So many personal touches, like the fireplace screen and vintage plates in the dining room, turned the house we built into a family home; into a space where pictures of grand babies are proudly affixed to the refrigerator door and artwork carried home from a family vacation is hung on the wall as a testimony to the memories made.

The accomplishment of building a house makes us proud. Seeing that "house" become a "home" makes us utterly humble.

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!

Historic Home Renovation & Restoration in downtown McKinney, TX.

There are some houses that are iconic. This is one of those homes in McKinney's historic district. It's one of the last homes before the commercial buildings begin on the downtown square, and anyone who drives into McKinney's downtown, goes right past it.  Sometimes, when you see something often, you might take it for granted, but never did that happen with this home. It has always had the ability to catch my eye and turn my head...every drive into town.

We were initially commissioned to rework the upstairs into a more functional master suite, and update the back pergola into a luxury outdoor living space.  Well, it snowballed from there, as historic homeowners know is usually the way of remodeling! We now have our amazing crew working in almost every corner of the home, uncovering what was original to the home, and planning to make it shine once more.

An iconic home right as you hit the downtown McKinney square.

An iconic home right as you hit the downtown McKinney square.

This archway detail around the inset windows is amazing. Details!

This archway detail around the inset windows is amazing. Details!

I think the plan right now is for the stairwell shiplap to remain as a feature wall.

I think the plan right now is for the stairwell shiplap to remain as a feature wall.

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We are combining a few closets and rooms upstairs to design the master suite. The shiplap on the ceiling will stay exposed.

We are combining a few closets and rooms upstairs to design the master suite. The shiplap on the ceiling will stay exposed.

Back downstairs, this is the room you walk into from the front door.

Back downstairs, this is the room you walk into from the front door.

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Color testing!

Color testing!