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Before he could drive, Adam Wilson was on the job, grooming to take over his father’s construction business. “I’m a second-generation home builder. I started at age 15,” Wilson recalls. “My mom would drop me off at the job site and I would do what I could.”
He grew up in Austin and studied business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “I met a girl up there and stayed to work for another home builder,” he says. “That girl is now my wife.” Wilson took a job with a national luxury home builder that transferred him to San Antonio in 2003. His family grew, adding a son then a daughter. His job also got bigger and in 2008, as a division president for the national builder, something clicked.
“It wasn’t fun working for someone else anymore,” he says. “I wanted to provide a better service and product for the client, and I wanted to enjoy doing my job again.” And he is. “Oh, yeah,” he says. “We’re having a lot of fun now.”
Wilson imagined a full-service experience for his clients, starting with site selection and custom architectural services with made-to-order touches chosen by the homeowner. “We help people find lots, we design their homes, we help them select their interior finishes—counter tops, cabinets, flooring, etc—and we build the house to their specifications,” he explains of the process that typically takes six months to complete.
Adam Wilson Homes services the San Antonio area, including Marble Falls, focusing on homes in the mid-$300s, up to $2 million-plus. A steady stream of clients comes from good word of mouth. “Referrals are everything,” Wilson says. “And our client base has been pretty steady. “There are a lot of people moving here from Mexico, more doctors are moving in all the time, and people come here to retire.”
Two new projects are being constructed in The Dominion to show in a tour of homes planned for May. One is a classic-style construction and the other a modern design. “We don’t impose our taste or personal style into the homes. We deliver what the client wants,” Wilson says. “It will be really neat to see two houses next door to each other that really showcase what we are able to do.”
Just as his firm opened for business, Wilson noticed a shift in the trend for home styles, from stately, Mediterranean-influenced design to a modern, industrial-feel. “There is still a big demand for the traditional San Antonio–style home,” he says. “And there are more people who want a more contemporary style these days. And we execute that very well, too.”
Designer David Stewart commissioned Wilson’s first modern build, completed in June 2010 in the exclusive Inverness subdivision. The house is a stone, stucco and steel structure with linear angles that manages to be both classically modern and homey, at once. Exposed stone frames a fireplace in the living room, while cool, khaki walls and dark wood tones balance the flood of natural light from tall, clear windows and skylights. Read More