Break out the Balloons – It’s Our Sweet 16!


If spring and early summer are wedding season, it seems the fall is anniversary season. At least it is around Lakeway.

The Lakeway Municipal Utility District (you know the MUD, with the big golf ball water tower) is celebrating 30 years of serving this community. The Village of the Hills also is marking a big one – 20 years since the Hills became an officially incorporated village. Even the Hill Country Galleria is getting in the anniversary action; it’s been 10 years since the Galleria’s grand opening.

We, too, are celebrating.  It was 16 years ago this fall that we began building homes under the JKD Builder brand. It was 2001, just after 9/11 and admittedly not the best time to be opening a business, as we were cautioned. But we had cemented our love of this community long before and knew this is where we wanted to live, raise our family and grow a business.

In reality, though, our roots in the Lake Travis community go back a lot further than that – all the way back to 1983, when as a young couple, we built our first home off Clara Van Drive. We had fallen in love with Lake Travis during college weekends camping and boating with family. Our first “big” purchase after graduating, in fact, was a brand-spanking new 15-ft. ski boat for what were a few thousand precious dollars to two young newlyweds. Weekends on the lake, we’d dream about someday living here and, with hard work and luck and more hard work, we made that dream come true within a few years.

Back then, there was one elementary school, no local hospitals or […]

By |2017-12-20T17:36:53+00:00November 8th, 2017|blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Break out the Balloons – It’s Our Sweet 16!

The Big Reveal: Peak in This Contemporary Design

This past year, we worked on two side-by-side amazing custom homes in the Hills of Lakeway. If you’ve looked for new quality construction in the Hills – especially with views and minimal slope – you know the options are limited. So when we spotted two buildable lots on Wingreen Loop, with little topography and gorgeous Hill Country views, we knew they were special.  We worked hard to be sure the architecture and floor plans would ideally suit each lot, take advantage of the views and maximize privacy.

We loved having our Hills neighbors stop by along the way to follow our progress as we went from breaking ground to handing the keys to their new owners and latest addition to the JKD Builder family – whom we count as great friends. How many builders can say that they truly are friends with their clients? We love our clients!

Since we completed these homes, we’ve had lots of folks ask about the interiors, so … (drum roll), get ready for the big reveal of the first of the two. Here’s the virtual tour we recently shot. Isn’t it a beauty?

We’ll give our second homeowners a few more weeks to get settled in and then we’ll share their big reveal, too.

If you are looking for quality construction by a builder whose clients trust, respect AND consider a friend, talk with us. Better yet, talk with our clients.

By |2017-12-20T17:19:29+00:00October 26th, 2017|blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Big Reveal: Peak in This Contemporary Design

Fall in Love with Lakeway!

Cool(er) weather is here at last – or at least, it’s here occasionally! And with it is our favorite time of year.  We love the outdoors, we love sports, and we love hanging with our friends and neighbors. Fall in Lakeway gives lots of opportunities for all three, with a full calendar of great activities in the ‘hood. If you are looking for some fun ideas, here are two on our calendar this fall:

  1. Want to stay fit and support a great cause? Join us (I should say, one of us) Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. for Fitness on the Lawn and Think Pink Happy Hour at Vintage Villas, off Eck Lane. It is about time more locales get acquainted with this incredible event and hotel property right in our backyard. This event is the first of several upcoming community events on their fall calendar.  Gather some friends for this donation-based workout on the lawn with the under-new-ownership Pure Barre of Lakeway, with proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer Awareness After the class, Vintage Villas is hosting a happy hour and informational session with Susan G. Komen, with information about how to check for Breast Cancer. There’s even childcare. Check out Vintage Villas Facebook page to RSVP.
  2. If you’ve never taken part in the Hillsfest in the Hills of Lakeway, this is a great year to put it on your calendar -Sunday, Nov. 5, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at The Hills Park. Being the 20th anniversary of The Village of The Hills, the planning team has gone all-out on this one. This year, it begins with a parade starting at the […]
By |2017-12-20T17:19:29+00:00October 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fall in Love with Lakeway!

Don’t Try This Yourself; Ask 5 Things Instead.

“Don’t do-it-yourself” lists from Popular Mechanics to The Huffington Post agree on one thing – roof repair is better left to the experts!

“Besides the fact that working on top of a roof is very risky because one could easily lose their footing and slip, it can also be detrimental to your home’s structure if you don’t know the proper way to install or repair roofing,” notes the Huffington Post in its top 10 No-DIY list.

Instead, leave the roof to a roofing construction expert.

But how do you choose the right contractor? Before you trust your roofing repair project to someone else, check out the following:

  1. Talk to references. Choose a construction expert who has multiple satisfied clients in your area, with similar types of construction. How satisfied are they with the work quality? Timeliness? Service?
  2. Observe their work-in-progress. Drive by the contractor’s projects underway; note the job site cleanliness. Talk to the homeowners.
  3. Ask for credentials. Is the contractor bonded? Insured? Experienced in working with Lakeway codes and permitting processes? Be sure the contractor carries both workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Without an experienced, insured and bonded construction expert, you risk liability claims if injuries occur on your property and permitting delays that can be costly.
  4. Know what’s being installed. Will the company tear off and haul off the old roof, or will shingles be installed over existing roofing? Are vents included in the bid – and how many? Is the product the same, or better, quality than what you currently have? Some contractors will cut corners like these as a way to give you a low price – but you’ll pay the cost ultimately. Look closely at proposals, ask questions, and be sure you are comparing apples to apples.
  5. Understand […]
By |2017-12-20T17:19:30+00:00February 23rd, 2016|blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Don’t Try This Yourself; Ask 5 Things Instead.

Dreaming of Your Own Custom Home in 78738? We Have Your Lot.

Anyone who has looked around the Lakeway area for a great buildable home site knows how hard they are to find. In The Hills of Lakeway in particular, only a handful of vacant lots remain and many present tough building challenges.

We were delighted to find a rare diamond in the rough recently, at 29 Wingreen Loop in The Hills of Lakeway. It is truly one of the last lots on which to build in this beautiful gated community.  This one-third acre lot has nice Hill Country views, and an ideal building site in the center.  Here are a few photos of the lot and view.

As a Hills resident, you can take advantage of great golf, fitness and dining amenities, with close proximity to award-winning schools, trails, shopping and restaurants.  If you are looking to live in The Hills, and always dreamed of a home designed precisely to your tastes and needs, contact us about 29 Wingreen Loop. We would love to help you call this lovely property home in 2016!

By |2016-02-01T03:42:53+00:00February 2nd, 2016|Available Properties, blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dreaming of Your Own Custom Home in 78738? We Have Your Lot.

JKD Builder Breaks Ground on Rare Home site in Hills of Lakeway

Our team is excited to break ground this month on our next custom home in the Lakeway community, this one at 27 Wingreen Loop in the heart of The Hills of Lakeway gated subdivision.  We worked closely with our architects to create a design that makes the most use of the 1/3-acre lot and its Hill Country views, while incorporating the things that home buyers say are most important to them.

This two-story 3,100-sq.ft home is on one of the Hills’ last remaining lots. Downstairs, the home features open living, kitchen and eating spaces flanked by windows overlooking a covered outdoor living and kitchen, with privacy hard to find.  The master wing also opens onto the outdoor living area.  A second downstairs bedroom with bath can serve as an office or study. Upstairs you’ll find two additional bedrooms and baths, a large game room plus a patio with views.

“Open floor plans centered around a great room and kitchen continue to top homeowners’ wish lists, according to reports from Professional Builder magazine,” says Keith Durio, owner of JKD Builder. “In addition, buyers see the kitchen as the social hub of the house and want large islands that can serve as work, eating and gathering space. This home has all of that, plus many more features that we know are important to today’s buyers.”

Other popular features include a mud room complete with desk and cabinets that can serve as the “drop zone” for the entire family upon entering from the garage; as well as a roomy utility with plenty of work space and room for pet bedding.  To see full plans and specs, please contact us at 512/771-1660 or

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By |2017-12-20T17:19:30+00:00February 1st, 2016|Available Properties, blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on JKD Builder Breaks Ground on Rare Home site in Hills of Lakeway

JKD Builder Announces Latest Lakeway Home Now Available

JKD Builder announces its newest home underway at 102 Vixen Court in Lakeway. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of Lakeway, this 3,100 sq.ft. home is located on a one-third acre private and quiet lot with amazing Hill Country views. The large covered outdoor living area spans the living, kitchen and master suite, and is perfectly situated to overlook a future pool on the flat, tree-lined yard.

Downstairs features formal dining; kitchen with wrap-around eat-in bar, coffee nook and walk-in pantry; master with spa bath and owners’ desk niche; and second bedroom. Upstairs, two additional bedrooms and baths adjoin a game room with views of the hills and backyard living.

The Hill Country Modern interior features custom-built cabinets with clean lines, stained and scored concrete flooring in mottled grey tones, granite countertops and high-end stainless appliances.

This home is ideally located for homeowners looking to take in all the outdoor activities that Lakeway is known for. Tennis and fitness enthusiasts can walk to the World of Tennis facilities, while running trails are just steps away as is the Lakeway pool. Families will enjoy the proximity to Lake Travis ISD’s newest elementary school, Serene Hills Elementary.

This home is available now for spring move in, priced at $630,000. Contact Jaimie Flash at 512/297-3482 for a private showing and details.

By |2016-02-01T01:15:45+00:00January 14th, 2015|Available Properties, blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on JKD Builder Announces Latest Lakeway Home Now Available