Sustainable, Easy Living By Burdick Custom Homes

Recently returning as a Preferred Builder at Cordillera Ranch, award-winning Burdick Custom Homes has put more than three decades of experience into a “spec” home in the Clubs Village, showing why Burdick is one of the most trusted names in Texas Hill Country custom home building. Designed for easy living with low maintenance and flexible indoor/outdoor entertainment options, the Transitional-style house combines the clean lines of modernism with the rustic appeal of traditional metal, wood, glass and limestone.

By Dan R. Goddard

A covered patio and pool set in a grove of majestic oak trees features easy access to the game room, dining and great room. Outside, a Berridge metal roof is accented with stucco and Texas chopped cream limestone. A detached mother-in-law suite or guest house forms an enclosed auto court with a three-car garage. This would also make a great workshop, hobby or exercise room.

“The garage was designed to save some magnificent trees on the left side of the house; a driveway to the side would have eliminated the trees,” Art Burdick, Burdick founder and CEO, says. “We have always been at the forefront for energy efficiency, elimination of waste and other environmentally sound building practices. Our logo for more than 30 years is Diana, the Nesting Deer, symbolic of our commitment to create beauty in harmony with nature. We were focused on conservation long before it was in vogue.”

Alexia A. Herber, President of Burdick Custom Homes and a lifelong resident of Kendall County, says sustainability plays an important role in Burdick’s construction. “We have just begun incorporating electric car chargers into our homes as a standard feature and have also begun prewiring for solar in the event our clients choose to incorporate it,” Herber says. 

Burdick, Herber and Monika Morris, Vice President of Design, worked with Paul Latimer from Basic Drafting Group to create the stunning design. “Significant thought was put into room layouts for flow and function as well as to make sure there is correct wall space for furniture placement,” Herber says. “We work as a team to review each and every detail — including providing ample storage space and custom cabinetry with built-in conveniences.”

During her 14 years with Burdick, Morris has seen home styles change and evolve. In designing a spec home, she sought to create what is most in demand now. “In the past four to five years, the contemporary home design style has become popular — simple clean lines with interiors that highlight the space,” Morris says. “Some find the contemporary style a little strong and others feel the rustic look that so many of us enjoy here in Texas is just that — the ‘look’ of Texas which may not be as timeless as other styles. One of the growing trends we have seen, which solves so many of these issues, is the Transitional style — a blend of traditional and contemporary.”

At approximately 4,828 square feet, the four-bedroom house at 2917 Clubs Drive combines both curved and straight lines as well as a mixture of both masculine and feminine touches. The colors are light and airy with both painted and stained cabinets, hardwood, tile and carpet floors with tall baseboards, but no crown molding. White plumbing fixtures are contrasted by brushed nickel, chrome and brushed brass faucets. “Mixing metals is one of the newest trends out there so the light fixtures will mix the colors from the faucets as well as adding other metals in those spaces like black and copper,” Morris says. “The great thing about this style is families coming from an Old World, Traditional or Rustic style home can still use their furnishings with the Transitional style and not have to replace everything.”

Other special features include a walk-through pantry that doubles as a caterer’s kitchen with its own sink, dishwasher and refrigerator greatly facilitating entertaining large groups. You can enjoy a wonderful indoor/outdoor lifestyle with the game room (complete with wet bar) that leads to the spacious covered patio with gas grill. The patio also opens to both the dining and family room via expansive sliding glass doors. In front, the open foyer is enhanced by a beautiful glass-enclosed wine storage. 

For over 30 years, Burdick Custom Homes has been serving the San Antonio area designing homes that are known for their meticulous and timeless style. Art Burdick has been in the home building profession since 1974 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971. He began his career in San Antonio by joining efforts with a local builder/developer and started Schaefer-Burdick, which at the time was primarily a production building company and was ultimately ranked 127th largest builder in the United States. He served as President of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association in 1982 and continues to serve on its board of directors. He eventually decided to focus on the higher-end custom home building market and developed Burdick Custom Homes. Part of the decision to move to the luxury market was the ability to better manage and thoroughly supervise each house but also the ability to expand on his creativity and develop those personal relationships missing in his volume builder business.

“We have had the motto, ‘Our Designs Vary, Our Reputation Doesn’t,’ for many years now,” Herber says. “We are known for our timeless designs that are not limited to one single style. We have done Spanish, Mediterranean, Hill Country, Modern, Contemporary, French Country, Traditional, Craftsman and now Transitional. We utilize six or seven different architects or plan designers to achieve a home that is unique for each owner.

The Texas Hill Country market is nothing new to Burdick, who has been building in the area since 1978 when he first built in Fair Oaks Ranch. Over this time, the team at Burdick has seen tremendous growth, but waited until they felt logistically capable of handling both the construction and customer service in expert fashion before building at Cordillera Ranch. What truly represents the foundation of Burdick’s history is the personal service and professional relationship they have with their clients. In 2019, Home Builder Digest named Burdick the No. 1 Custom Home Builder in the San Antonio area.

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The Burdick Custom Homes portfolio reflects an attention to architectural detail, creative and innovative features, thoughtful site placement and, most importantly, a commitment to accommodating each homeowner’s lifestyle through a collaborative process from start to finish.

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