Author Archives: homeRoot

colors right from mother earth

A clay wall showing color and texture creative commons by-nc-nd 2012 bruce john stracke.

There is something about clay plastered walls. Some folks say that negative ions cause a more calming environment while counteracting the electromagnetic effect our computers, appliances and plastics create. Clay walls do speak to us, drawing us back to some … Continue reading

rainwater to irrigation on indian creek

A plan view for a small rainwater harvesting project © 2012 Corner Canyon Homes. All rights reserved.

A plan view for a small rainwater harvesting project

These folks became concerned during our recent drought at the amount of rainwater simply running off from even infrequent thunderstorms. Wondering how this surplus could be stored for later use to maintain their landscape and horses, they asked if we … Continue reading

kerr county home sales 1999 – 2011

a graph depicting Kerr County home sales since 1999 creative commons 2012 by-nc-nd bruce john stracke.

These graphs show Kerr County hill country two, three and four or more bedroom homes sold separated by major price points. Most markets show a statistical preference for three bedroom, two bath homes. Our market is no different. It appears only two bedroom homes selling under $200,000 may have stabilized or started to sell in larger numbers … Continue reading

walls to floors

tubbsBarnWood-3 creative commons by-nc-nd 2011 bruce john stracke.

We love finding old materials we can re-purpose in our projects. Not only does recycling help the environment, we really get excited about the creative opportunities reusing materials offer our designs. According to the EPA an average new construction project … Continue reading

come again another day

Rain On Wire Green creative commons by-nc-nd 2007 bruce john stracke.

We really enjoy adding rainwater harvesting to hill country homes. While it may seem counter intuitive to use rainwater harvesting during our drought our most recently completed collection system has already captured nearly 40,000 gallons during three months of below … Continue reading

winders and stairs

A photograph of winders. creative commons by-nc-nd 2011 bruce john stracke.

Laying out the stringers is tricky and adding winders more so. Typically, the most experienced carpenter cuts the stair stringers. It’s just not a job the younger carpenters can accomplish well. Stairs have to fit horizontally and vertically. That sounds … Continue reading

three simple goals

Aeromotor creative commons by-nc-nd 2007 bruce john stracke.

need less, use less, produce your own. Need less is not about going without, or depriving our selves. When building a home ‘need less’ simply recognizes two important issues. The first is logical: a successful home should be … Continue reading


rowingOnLBJ © 2011 . All rights reserved.

Our family is likely not so different from yours. We enjoy the outdoors and watching movies together. Dominoes is a common game played on the patio as we watch day’s end on warm summer evenings. The kids like all the … Continue reading


redOakRedSquirrel creative commons by-nc-nd 2007 bruce john stracke.

Every home speaks of its owner, their personality, lifestyle and view of the world. You may not be comfortable in this red squirrel’s home, and her family wouldn’t fit well in your perfect home either. As a builder our goal … Continue reading