November 11th, 2012
Master Suite addition, on the left side of photo, created an intimate courtyard for outdoor dining.
New Master Bathroom addition with walk-in shower.
Completely rebuilt kitchen and breakfast room.
New Master Bedroom Suite with connectivity to the outdoor living space.
July 7th, 2012
Foursquare Builders is pleased to announce that Matt Carswell has been promoted to Head of Construction Services. Matt’s dedication to his craft and unrelenting pursuit of excellence in construction are just a few of the key characteristics he demonstrates at Foursquare Builders. As Head of Construction Services, Matt will take on full responsibility and accountability of all aspects of residential construction at Foursquare. Matt will be responsible for day-to-day accountability of all field Project Managers.
According to Matt, “I find working at Foursquare Builders a challenging and exiting career. It is a place where our projects are dynamic, each day is never the same. At Foursquare we resolve issues and find better way to accomplish tasks and details through team coloration, communication and execution. We do this by working close with our team of experienced project managers, architects, engineers and trades that understand our goals to provide products that are well built, meets and exceeds our clients expectations and done in a safe and timely manner.
Obviously I love the building part of my job but I also enjoy meeting our clients onsite and making their journey as enjoyable as I can. A typical day for me would be working close with our project managers, assisting in general organizing and coordination of trades, looking ahead to make sure materials are available onsite to enable our trades to carry out their scope of work. Corecon, a construction management software, is one of the tools we use to accomplish these goals. With the ability to estimate, document, build production schedules and perform our accounting through a web based program, we are able to review our daily activities, document correspondence and keep the daily accounting of each project up to date on a real time bases.
The most important part of my role is building relationships and trust with our clients through honesty, and integrity from the first time we meet to handing over the keys, though these relationships last much longer than that.”
February 8th, 2012
Foursquare Builders safety culture is all about quality. Our written safety & health program starts with a strong vision statement that demonstrates our desire to protect all persons that enter our jobsites and to avoid construction site failures that cause losses of any kind. This is followed by our mission statement, which is to complete each job right (quality), the first time (no rework), without losses (no incidents). We go beyond safety compliance and have constructed a “best practice” approach by making safety a part of everything that we do.
Our “0” loss history verifies our support, involvement, and dedication to safety excellence. Furthermore, Foursquare Builders recognition as National 2011 Custom Builder Safety Program of the Year, 2011 Austin Custom Builder of the Year and 2011 Texas Custom Builder of the Year, plus other awards/recognition testifies to the professionalism of all our employees and speaks highly of our ability to select and manage contractors.
Some key quality concepts of our safety culture are:
- Safety performance is focused on being “proactive” instead of “reactive”. One example of this is our aggressive review of near misses, a part of our formal Accident or Near Miss Investigation Form.
- Our written safety program has specific accountability activities for all management personnel. The NAHB Home Builders Safety Program was used as a model for our written safety program and we adopted the NAHB Jobsite Safety Handbook as an addendum.
- Third party professional training is provided to Project Managers. They receive certification as “Safety Coaches”, plus CPR, 1st Aid, AED, and emergency management coordination.
- All meetings at Foursquare Builders include safety discussions and lessons learned.
- Project Managers present short training topics at weekly meetings in an effort to stay current with safety issues.
- Specific safety requirements are a part of all written contracts with contractors, and all are given a copy of the NAHB “Jobsite Safety Handbook” as a reference and addition to their own safety program, if needed.
- Our safety process is routinely reviewed and audited by an outside consultant.
February 1st, 2012
Glad to report we’ve started forming foundations for this 10,000 sq. ft. Hill Country Bed & Breakfast located in Driftwood, Texas. Stay tuned for more photos. Glad to have Robin Moore on the job as our Project Manager.
Project Manager Robin Moore
January 31st, 2012
Foursquare Builders in conjunction with Burton Baldridge Architecture and Austin Fine Properties are collaborating on the Bluff House to be built along Lake Travis. Stay tuned for more details for this modern luxury home which will be for sale soon.
January 30th, 2012
Foursquare Builders is excited to announce they have been selected as the 2011 National Association of Home Builders recipient of the Single Family Builder Safety Program of the Year. The 6th annual NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company Safety Award For Excellence (SAFE) recognizes member companies, workers and other individuals for the excellent safety programs that make them leaders in the residential construction industry.
The purpose of this awards program is to recognize the achievements of builders and trade contractors who have developed and implemented high quality construction safety programs, and to honor government officials and NAHB-affiliated associations that have made successful efforts to advance safety in the home building industry.
The NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company Safety Award For Excellence (SAFE) recognizes member companies, workers and other individuals for the excellent safety programs that make them leaders in the residential construction industry.
Each year, NAHB recognizes those individuals and companies who have worked to achieve exemplary safety and health in the residential construction industry.
December 17th, 2011
Wes Wigginton, along with Eric Brown CEO of Thoughtcrib, were featured in the October 15, 2011 Austin Business Journal’s Sustainable Austin section. Wes and Eric were able to share their insights and values concerning the construction and design of homes. We hope you enjoy this article. Please let us know what you think.
October 24th, 2011
Foursquare Builders is excited to announce that we held our Ground Breaking Ceremony last Friday for the new Oohla Bean Resort & Inn to be located in Driftwood, Texas. On hand for this event was the proprietor Robin Garrison, along with Architect Mark Oberholtzer of Rhode Partners, as well as, a host of about 30 of our closest friends. Robin popped the cork on the first bottle of Champagne and the bubbles flowed from there. Please keep up with the construction photos, over the next year, so you can be the first to book a room at this beautifully designed inn.
September 16th, 2011
Foursquare Builders is pleased to announce that they are Star Awards finalists & winners and will be celebrated during the Sunbelt Builders Show October 20 – 22, 2011 and the Grand Awards winners will be announced and awarded Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Texas Housing Hall of Honor & Excellence in Leadership Dinner. See who Won!!
Foursquare Builders Star Awards Winner Categories:
Custom Builder – Best Architectural Design for a home $350,000 or less
Custom Builder – Best New Custom Home for $500,000 or less
Custom Builder – Best Direct Mail Piece
Custom Builder – Best E-mail Message
Custom Builder – Best Online Advertisement
Custom Builder – Best Special Promotion
August 26th, 2011
The current issue of Austin/San Antonio Urban Home magazine features an article on Modern Mid-Century Furniture with a focus on Foursquare Builders and their expertise in this area.