Austin Builders And Architects In Conversation – Wes Wigginton And Jamie Chioco

September 15, 2020

Most home features focus on the finished product, centering on the architect’s or interior designer’s process for bringing a client’s vision to life. Thumbing through pages of glossy fixtures, carefully curated patinas and perfectly placed art, the reader may be tempted to believe that the homebuilding or remodel process is as simple as handing over a mood board and washing your hands of the matter until move-in day. Of course, anyone who has ever built or remodeled a home will tell you otherwise.

That’s why we gathered four Austin builders tasked with putting the paint to canvas, so to speak. Gary Zygmont, owner and CEO of Urban Home Builders, uses a different metaphor: “The architect writes the recipe and the interior designer sets the table, but the builder is the chef.”

With that in mind, we set out to learn how builders translate the architect’s or designer’s ingredients into the fabulous, finished meal. But rather than interview them ourselves, we let them interview one another—after all, if the number-one complaint on both sides of the industry is a lack of collaboration and communication, why not get them face-to-face? Filmed on location at Paperboy’s new brick-and-mortar, each interview paired one builder and one architect.

Originally published on –Story by Hannah J. Phillips, Portraits by Andrew Bennett

Wes Wigginton And Jamie Chioco

Wes Wigginton managing director at Foursquare Builders, which focuses on luxury home construction. He has been in the business for over 30 years and currently serves on the board of directors for the American Institute of Architects’ Austin Chapter. He sat down with Jamie Chioco of Chioco Design, who has over 25 years of experience designing residential and commercial projects, including the location of our shoot, Paperboy.

Jamie Chioco: What do clients typically ask you as a builder?

Wes Wigginton: The first question is always if we have a house available. Most buyers consider that we’re building speculative homes, but our primary business is building custom homes. The next three questions are, How much does it cost to build a house, how long will it take, and what is your process? It’s hard to respond to cost without knowing the client’s vision and their budget.

Jamie Chioco’s Chioco Design completed Paperboy this summer.

JC: It can vary so much, right?

WW: Right. Time frames are also related to being involved early in the design process, budgeting with a client and the architect. You have the vision and we have to resolve it within the means and methods of construction, which takes time, so setting those expectations with a client is vital to a successful project.

JC: We get that question a lot, too—about our design process—so the first thing we do is listen. We try to understand how they live and function through a space and what inspires them. Then we try to interpret those goals by working with really good builders like yourself. You’re often brought in at the very end of the design process, which should change so that you can understand our design priorities.

Hemlock Avenue, a residential project from Chioco Design.

WW: Yes, we’ve been working with a lot of architects to develop that process early so we’re
providing budgeting as you’re providing drawings.

JC: Yeah. It’s a checks-and-balances situation, where we understand the construction market in terms of costs, but you guys are the experts and that’s something we totally rely on.

WW: Well, we find that when we work with a new architect, the real key is understanding that we care about design as builders. We have the same goal, which is to design and build a beautiful house. We do a lot of in-house drawing to solve the lines on paper that architects create, and we like to present those back to the architect collaboratively and say, Here’s our means and methods to get this built.

Wes Wigginton currently serves on the board of directors for the Home Builders Association of Austin.

JC: Yeah, we can never create the perfect set of drawings, so if we can work with you to find the best solution, that’s our preferred method as well. I also wish you guys were in the room while we’re designing so that we don’t go through the process of detailing without your input. There’s a million ways to build something, but if we knew your preferences early on, it would save a lot of time and energy.

WW: Yeah. So we have a new project that we broke ground on this past year that we’ve developed with you through our commercial construction company, Michael+Wes & Company. Our goal is to bring the same high-end experience in residential building to commercial, so it was great to bring you into our lower Sixth Street project to rehabilitate the old 1896 historic building. When we have the architect and engineer on board in the beginning, we can work from the ground up collaboratively and the client is incredibly pleased.

An interior of Wigginton’s Seaholm project.

JC: It’s been a good process, and I love that it’s a commercial project with aspects of residential design. This is an office space for a company that really wants to live in that space, so we felt it was important to bring in a residential scale in terms of materials and spaces and how we bring in natural light. So yeah, it’s been a really satisfying project so far; I can’t wait to get it completed. When’s that happening?

WW: Soon (smiling). In a reasonable amount of time.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Foursquare Builders featured on The Build Show with Matt Risinger — First installation in Texas of massive Loewen lift and slide door and window system (Part 2) [Video]

April 5, 2019

Foursquare Builders is featured in a second “The Build Show” video with Matt Risinger, this time focusing on the innovative curtain wall window system we’ve been installing. Watch Part 1 here for some additional background details about this project.

“This is the first residential curtain wall window installation of these massive Loewen Windows in Texas. They also have a lift and slide door system inside! Matt tours a job and shows the install methods needed for this system.”

Foursquare Builders featured on The Build Show with Matt Risinger — High-end framing, job site and details (Part 1) [Video]

April 5, 2019

Many thanks to Matt Risinger for featuring a project we’ve been working on in a couple of walk-through videos that highlight some of the details that go into building a truly spectacular project.

“In this Build Show, Matt tours a home in framing to show some typical details we see all over Austin, TX. Big thanks to Foursquare Builders who opened up their job to us. They do a terrific job and Matt will show you a lot of wise builder tips you’ll want to incorporate on your next BUILD!”

Foursquare Builders Awarded Best of Houzz 2019

January 25, 2019

Burford Place

Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual BOH Badge Highlights Home Remodeling & Design Professionals with Top Ratings and Most Popular Home Designs

Best of Houzz 2019 Design Austin, Texas, January 25, 2019 – Foursquare Builders of Austin, Texas has won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The innovative custom home builder was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We are very proud to have received yet again a “Best of Houzz” award, and have to thank our builders, collaborators, vendors and entire team that makes it possible for us to produce outstanding high-quality work each year”, said Wes Wigginton, Managing Director of Foursquare Builders.

“Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”

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Home Builders Association ushers in new leadership – Wesley Wigginton, Foursquare Builders to lead the pack

December 16, 2015

Wes Wigginton, 2016 President Home Builders AssociationWe’re very proud that Wes Wigginton has been named as the 2016 President for the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin.

Austin Business Journal covers the story here.

Austin, Texas (December 16, 2015) – Tuesday, December 8th marked the day the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin celebrated its own “changing of the guard.” Wesley (Wes) Wigginton of Foursquare Builders was sworn in as the HBA’s 2016 President with Steve Krasoff of Scott Felder Homes as President-Elect. Wigginton succeeded Walter Elias of Brookfield Residential who will now serve as the Association’s Immediate Past-President on the 2016 Board of Directors.

Wigginton’s steadfast effort, skill, and attention to detail have made his 30 years in construction highly successful and decorated. For the last 15 years, he has brought his expansive knowledge in custom homes, finely tuned management skills, and accurate construction administration techniques to private estate construction. Wigginton is a Graduate Master Builder certified by the National Association of Home Builders, as well as a LEED Accredited Professional with the United States Green Building Council.

“It is an honor to lead the HBA and the local home building industry at large in 2016,” says Wigginton. “Building homes, builds bridges—which builds community. This will be my top priority over the next year. All the members of the HBA of Greater Austin are vital members and participants within our collective community. As with many other community minded organizations and associations, we are all advocates for better lifestyles—which is inclusive of better housing. Over the next year, I will focus our attention to building bridges with everyone within our community, such that we are all able to align our interests and advocacy for housing within the greater Austin area.”

Supporting Wigginton on the 2016 Board of Directors are:
Executive Committee Leadership
Walter Elias, Immediate Past President, Brookfield Residential
Steve Krasoff, President-Elect, Scott Felder Homes
Lee Whitaker, First Vice President, Pacesetter Homes
Tyson Neal, VP of Membership, Legend Lighting
Darren Webber, VP of Govt. Relations, LandDev Consulting, LLC
Julie Hatfield, VP of Education, Texas Gas Service
Chris Peterson, VP of Operations, Rivendale Homes, Inc.
Drew Rice, VP of Special Projects, Red Pants Studio
Kandis Rushing, VP of Communications, Crescent Communities

HBA Board Members (at large)
Ron Van Winkle, McCoy’s Building Supply
Ross Britton, Member, U.S. Ecologic
Mark Graham, Member, Stock Building Supply
Karen Matuszewski, Member, By Design Custom Home Consulting
Eldon Rude, Member, 360º Real Estate Analytics
John Bohnen, Member, CalAtlantic Homes
Becky Collins, Walton Development
Keith Gold, Lennar Homes
Jody Jones, Eppright Homes
Rob McDonald, Westin Homes
Eric Olson, Olson Defendorf Custom Homes
Sue Ann Pinger, Pinger & Co, LLC
Mitch Schwartz, Schwartz Custom Homes
Shawn Stolle, DR Horton

The HBA of Greater Austin is poised for yet another busy year, including its 2016 Parade of Homes. Builders have already broken ground in Caliterra in Dripping Springs, the site of the 2016 event—the premier luxury home tour presented by the HBA, featuring multi-million dollar homes in one of the Hill Country’s most desired areas. The 2016 Parade of Homes is set to take place October 28 – November 13, 2016.

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About the HBA
Since 1953, the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin has served as the leading not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to residential construction and remodeling in Central Texas. The HBA works with government, public, business and community organizations in six counties – Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson – to protect every family’s right to home ownership. For more information, visit

Foursquare Builders of Austin, Texas Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

February 4, 2014

Remodeling and Home Design

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

AUSTIN, Texas, February 4, 2014 – Foursquare Builders of Austin, Texas has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Austin’s luxury home builder was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“The Award Winning team at Foursquare Builders of Austin prides itself on creating exceptional homes and lasting relationships with their clients. Every Foursquare Builders Custom Home is designed to meet the exacting expectations of our clients. We are proud of the recognition the company has received as the 2013 Austin Home Builders Association Custom Home Builder of the Year, the 2011 State of Texas Custom Builder of the Year, and the 2011 Austin Home Builders Association Custom Home Builder of the Year.”

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Foursquare Builders among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Foursquare Builders, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

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About Foursquare Builders

Foursquare Builders is a Texas-based construction company with over three decades of experience.
Our reputation for luxury home construction, project management, and residential additions has made us the choice of Austin’s finest architects. From the initial planning stages to turning over the keys, we provide a standard of construction excellence and budget precision that is rarely experienced in the industry. We foster a collaborative environment where builder, project owner, and architect work together from beginning to project completion.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit

Foursquare Builders is 2013 Custom Builder Of The Year!

December 21, 2013



“Receiving this award validates our strong commitment to the Home Builders Association of Great Austin. Through our partnerships with outstanding trades, suppliers, and vendors, we ensure that we provide our clients with superior service and craftsmanship. This award also acknowledges the hard work, excellent processes, and quality of the people that work here at Foursquare Builders.”
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  • 2013 Custom Builder of the Year
    Austin, Texas
  • 2011 Builder of the Year
    State of Texas
  • 2011 Best Architectural Design
    State of Texas
  • 2011 Best Custom Home
    State of Texas
  • 2011 Builder of the Year
    Austin Texas
  • 2011 Best Design Custom Home
    Austin Texas
  • 2011 Best Affordable Green Home
    Austin Texas
  • 2011 Best One-of-a-kind Home
    Austin Texas
  • 2011 Best Kitchen
    Austin Texas
  • 2010 Best Green Home
    Austin Texas
  • 2010 Best Custom Home Design
    Austin Texas
  • 2010 Construction Manager of the Year
    Austin Texas
  • 2010 Best Website for a Custom Builder
    Austin Texas
  • 2009 Best Design Custom Home
    Austin Texas

Barton Hills Remodel / Addition

November 11, 2012

Barton Hills
Master Suite addition, on the left side of photo, created an intimate courtyard for outdoor dining.

Barton Hills bathroom remodel

New Master Bathroom addition with walk-in shower.

Barton Hills Kitchen

Completely rebuilt kitchen and breakfast room.

Barton Hills - New Master Bedroom Suite with connectivity to the outdoor living space.

New Master Bedroom Suite with connectivity to the outdoor living space.


Foursquare Builders MILHouse featured in Builder Magazine’s 10 Great Houses of 2010

December 15, 2010

MILHouse Featured in Builder Magazine's 10 Great Houses of 2010

Foursquare Builders is extremely proud to be featured by Builder Magazine as the recipient of it’s 10 Great Houses of 2010 distinction for the MILHouse project.

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