Dance Halls on the Bucket List


So you're in the Austin area and you want to experience a bit of old Texas charm? Put on your dancing shoes and head to at lease one of these fine establishments to experience an evening of dancing and it'll feel like 50 years ago!

On the top of this list is

The Broken Spoke: Hidden in between modern condo units on South Lamar is a gem of a dance hall. Austin's finest I think. You'll find real cowboys who know how to 2-step and swing. It's actually a 50 year old dance hall that attracts all types of Austinites. The live music is amazing and the people watching fabulous!

Guerne Hall: It's a bit of drive from Austin, but well worth it. Dubbed the oldest dance hall in Texas, this venue...

How to Protect your Checked Luggage


Traveling over the holidays? Checking bags full of Christmas gifts or pets? Well now you can rest assured that your precious cargo will be given a voice during their time away from you! Bag Sentry has created a way for you to monitor your luggage all the way through your trip by producing a powerful and rugged sensor that will notify you via phone app if your bag is thrown around too much or if light is detected, meaning someone opened your bag.

If your bag was opened and you're missing items or wondering how your pet's travel went, you now have the ability to share this information with the airlines as proof that your bag was tampered with. The sensor itself should serve as a deterrent to b...

Austin's Best Christmas Events


After living in Austin for 10 years, I've discovered the best that the city has to offer for annual Christmas events. Here are a few that you don't want to miss...

Zilker Park's Trail of Lights: This amazing light exhibit began in 1965 as a Yule Fest and has grown since. There were 400,000 people that came to this event in 2014 and more expected this year so beware of traffic! Shuttles to this illuminating event are available at the Burger Center and the Republic Square. For more information on the Trail of Lights event visit The trail opens Dec 4.

Little Bethlehem-Burnet: Driving out to Burnet and waiting in line for a few hours may not sound appealing, b...

Happy Thanksgiving!


From Masters Touch Custom Homes we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for our clients, our health and our family. We are grateful for the trust our clients give to us and that we are able to pursue our passion-building and deisigning cutting-edge homes.

What are you thankful for? We encourage you to take some time on Thanksgiving Day to reflect in gratitude for all that you are thankful for. An attitude of gratitude can change the world!


The Masters Touch Team

Masters Touch Custom Homes Joins Fight Against Homelessness

Tiny House - Community First Village Austin, TX

Builders in Austin TX are joining together to build small homes for the homeless. Each roof proves that there is no ceiling on goodness in the town! Architects provided amazing designs and many Austin builders showed up to give their time, expertise and sweat. This 27 acre, low income housing will provide support, housing and community for previously homeless folks of Austin.

You can get involved through Austin's Mobile Loaves and Fishes organization and give to the cause or volunteer your time. What an amazing opportunity to help make Austin a better place for all.

To Donate: Our company is among 22 build...

What does Starbucks and Masters Touch have in common?


Well while Starbucks is passionate about providing the best coffee with impeccable service, we at Masters Touch Custom Homes are equally passionate about creating homes that go above and beyond our clients' expectations. Starbucks has had amazing success by simply providing a cheerful, excellent way to wake people up! We do the same...wake up in one of our master suites and you'll feel a slice of heaven has fallen down upon you.

The reason I mention this similarity is because this season's red cup has stirred up some social media controversy. Before our homes are finished, they are plain green and look like they could go with the plain red cup. They are a blank canvas for our client...

Embellishments for your Thanksgiving Celebration


Giving many times we gather and forget to give thanks for what we love most in life. This Thanksgiving, have your guests fill out a card upon entering your home. Have them share at least one thing they are thankful for and then put it in a basket. Before the meal, pass the basket and have people pick out their cards and read what they are thankful for out loud to the group.

An entryway that is fall focused with a wreath showing thankful hearts will set the tone of your gathering before your guests even step foot into your home.

Have seating cards available with each guest's name on the card and write something about that person that you are thankful for. The person will feel...

Masters Touch Custom Homes Wins Best of Lakeway


We are honored to announce that Master's Touch Custom Homes has been selected for the 2015 Best of Lakeway Award in the Custom Home Builder category by the Lakeway Award Program.

Each year, the Lakeway Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Lakeway area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Lakeway Award Program focu...

Best European Cuisine in Town!


So you want a little taste of Europe in the heart of BBQ land? It's here and it's fabulous, you just need a little help finding it! Here is a breakdown of our favorite European restaurants according broken down by country.

Italy: Vespaio Ristorante- located on South Congress, this true Italian ristorante is usually packed on weekend nights so make a reservation or prepare to sit at the bar for a while. Amazing staff and a relaxed Italian atmosphere create a several hour dinner. The meals are delectable and there is a vast selection of wines. It's sister restaurant, Enoteco Vespaio, is located next door and serves lower priced fare during the day as well as to-go entrees. If you're loo...

Going Green


New homes are going up all around Austin and more people are choosing to utilize green products. Energy efficiency is the main goal. At Masters Touch Custom Homes we design our homes to have the best solar orientation possible. This provides adequate natural light in a home yet keeps the home from excessive direct sunlight that is extremely intense in Texas.

Utilizing proper insulation and 2x6 over 2x4 boards is another important decision element when creating proper insulation. The extra 2 inches will allow for a better thermal barrier from heat and the loss of cool air inside the home. We also use ZipSystem rather than Tyvek to ensure that up to 25% less air and energy are lost from the hom...