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December 2014

3D Printing

2018-08-06T08:21:12-05:00

Had my first experience with 3D printing recently.  You may already know but 3D printing is projected to transform our lives in the relative near future.  The technology uses CAD files to create a 3D model out of a polymer which is probably not earth shattering to you.  What is amazing it where it's going [...]

3D Printing2018-08-06T08:21:12-05:00

October 2014

Where to Start When Building a New Home?

2018-08-06T08:26:02-05:00

Before you place your house on a lot, you have to know it.  When I say know it, I mean every contour and every tree.  The contours are important because every line of movement you can avoid can save tens of thousands of dollars.  Every tree is important because of feasibility of placement and drainage. [...]

Where to Start When Building a New Home?2018-08-06T08:26:02-05:00

Giving Back- Interns

2018-08-06T08:42:01-05:00

Meet Jacob our intern from UTSA Construction Science program.  Here's a hint, he's the much younger one.  He and I were admiring each other's sunglasses so we switched and took photos of each other just messing around at lunch the other day.  He is so much fun and has a great sense [...]

Giving Back- Interns2018-08-06T08:42:01-05:00

Evaluating a builder- It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

2018-08-06T09:29:43-05:00

I'm sitting in my driveway for 30 minutes with the car on, talking on the phone and I walk in to greet the family, kiss my wife and kids and act normal.  After a moment I see my wife acting a little funny and I say "what's wrong"?  She says back to me, "who [...]

Evaluating a builder- It’s 5 o’clock somewhere2018-08-06T09:29:43-05:00

September 2014

Fostering Creativity

2018-08-06T08:27:52-05:00

Sometimes things cost more than you think.  Back in 2010 we were in the Super Bowl of home competitions with this home we presented in the Cresta Bella Parade of Homes.  We were building this for a couple who had a budget and due to the elevation, or height of the pool the concrete decking [...]

Fostering Creativity2018-08-06T08:27:52-05:00

August 2014

This is Where it Starts

2018-08-06T08:31:19-05:00

Before you ever start plans you purchase the land.  The lot purchase is such an exciting time because anything is possible.  One of the first key elements we do at Mattern & FitzGerald is assist people to figure out what the best way is to physically place the house on the lot.  We call it [...]

This is Where it Starts2018-08-06T08:31:19-05:00

Music Test

2018-08-06T08:57:26-05:00

At the end of every project if the home owners have a sound system the guys from Get Wired Communications, led by Obe Urdiales crank it up and it signals to us another job winding down.  I shot this video earlier and sent it to the homeowner who was [...]

Music Test2018-08-06T08:57:26-05:00

May 2014

Choosing a Tile Roof

2018-08-06T09:06:15-05:00

Look at this picture closely.  This is our current model home entry and I wanted today to share a little story that was behind the scenes regarding the roof.  First of all, this is a French Country home, so the emphasis is placed on details with respect to the roof and the [...]

Choosing a Tile Roof2018-08-06T09:06:15-05:00

April 2014

Hiring Philosophy

2018-08-06T09:05:23-05:00

Slow to hire, quick to fire.  Jason and I see eye to eye when it comes to hiring new staff for our company.  We take it very seriously and want to make sure we get the right culture fit first and avoid the temptation to fill an empty seat no matter how badly we need [...]

Hiring Philosophy2018-08-06T09:05:23-05:00

Parlez-vous francais?

2018-08-06T09:12:16-05:00

Oui! In 2009 Mattern & FitzGerald entered their first San Antonio Parade of Homes in TerraMont with an offering that was so counter-intuitive I was nervous.  At the time, there was so much popularity with Tuscan, Hill Country and Mediterranean trends that we risked what people thought of us by putting [...]

Parlez-vous francais?2018-08-06T09:12:16-05:00

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