Hi, I’m Eric Alarid with Tilson Homes, and I’m excited to bring you another installment of Tilson’s Craftsmanship Series. At Tilson homes, my family has been building homes all over Texas since 1932. Over the better part of a century, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves, our customers, and the homes we build. As a member of Tilson’s fourth-generation I take great pride in knowing that we are constantly looking for ways to improve our products, our processes, and our people to ensure the highest quality construction for our customers. At Tilson Homes, we go to great lengths to make sure that the final finishes; what you actually see every time you come up to your home, are what you remember for a very long time. So in that vein, we set up a very extensive program where we can ensure color consistency and an application method that we use statewide to ensure consistent high quality at every application we do for every Tilson home. Another really neat feature about Tilson Homes is that we offer several different types of veneers and finishes on our homes. What you’re looking at here on this particular home is a natural occurring stone as well as a brick combination. So on the stone, we do use a full size stone; we don’t use a veneer or a manufactured material, that comes from a quarry out to the job site. Really cool part about that is you won’t find any two stones that are alike. It’s a naturally occurring material which means it’s kind of unpredictable, which is part of its character; something to keep in mind though whenever you’re selecting your colors. This one we have in combination with Acme brick. We use Acme across the state, has a 101 year warranty so not anything we’re going to be worried about in this lifetime, but that you see a really nice color offset when you combine the two together. At the bottom of both the stone and the brick you’re gonna see little holes, so the brick ones about like that, the stone ones are round are called weep holes. Don’t ever want to fill those up because what they do as moisture builds up behind this stone wall, there’s about an inch gap between it and the Tyvek drain rep, and as moisture builds up it runs down that Tyvek drain wrap and then out those weep holes. Brick and stone is porous; it does hold water, but that’s okay because there’s wind driven rain gets on here and it starts to hold water a little bit, that water is gonna run down that stone and out that polyethylene that’s at the bottom of it. Just one more way that we go the extra mile to make sure our customers get a quality home. So at Tilson when we’re not doing brick or stone or stucco, we always do a James Hardie siding and we use the complete James hardy system. That includes the siding itself, the corner boards, the soffit, the fascia, and the brick frieze. We use the full one buy material, and with that you get the full 30 year warranty the James Hardy offers. So the vast majority of our homes are built out in rural areas because our families that we build for get a lot of use out of their kitchens. For that reason, we’ve installed extremely high quality cabinetry that has full extension drawer glides and ball bearings in the kitchen, Solid surface countertops like granite or some type of coarse material that’s really built to endure a lot of wear and tear, and large heavy-duty kitchen sinks. This happens to be a farmhouse style in stainless. We have them in various colors, and we have different compartment sizes you can choose from, all based on feedback from our customers that it’s important to them to have things that are built to last. So where most of our customers are building, they’re not going to be two or three miles away from a big box store somewhere they can go pick up extra parts in case something goes wrong. So for that reason, we go to great lengths to ensure that the products and fixtures that we’re putting in the home to start with are the highest quality possible to fit that customer’s needs. So for instance, the plumbing fixtures we use are grade A Delta plumbing fixture that are very rigid, solid, have great internal parts that are built to last a long time. So we’ve covered a whole litany of things that go into making the home we build for our customers the highest quality possible– and all that’s very very important, but the most important thing you can think of when you’re trying to choose the builder to build a home on your land, is do they understand the vision and the values that you’re trying to achieve out on your piece of property, and there’s nobody in the state of Texas that’s been doing it as long as Tilson has and understands that vision as well as we do and can execute and make that vision that you have for your family on your land a dream that comes true.