Calcasieu Cottage in Travis Heights

Earlier this month, we completed the first of four 1936 Travis Heights Calcasieu Cottages in cooperation with Murray Legge Architecture and Amity Worrel & Co. If you’d like to learn more about this project, head over to Murray’s post on the Calcasieu Restoration.

Austin Monthly Home "Ten on the Next Ten"

Pilgrim's very own jefe was selected to answer Austin Monthly Home's question, "How do you see homes in Austin evolving over the next 10 years?"  Pick up a copy of the Spring 2016 issue to read the full article.  We're honored to be featured alongside nine other colleagues in the industry we respect and admire.

Just Completed Matthews Drive

The project on Matthews Drive has been a year in the making.  We want to thank Matt Garcia Design and the homeowners for allowing us to be a part of this beautiful project.  See for yourself. 

Tarrytown Project on the Cover of Luxe Magazine

The Tarrytown home was on the cover of the Summer 2015 issue of the Austin/Hill Country Luxe Magazine.  

"According to the architects, builder Branson Fustes was instrumental in the success of the labor-intensive project. 'Branson was committed to the idea of doing something sensible, even if it was counter to the way most houses are built today,' Ryan Burke explains." - Excerpt from Luxe Magazine's article

Congratulations to A Parallel Architecture.  

Farmgrass Fest 2015

Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday, May 3rd for the second annual Farmgrass Fest at Simmons Family Farm in Niederwald.  The lineup includes local bluegrass bands The Gravy Brothers + Special Guests, Whiskey Shivers, The Lost Pines, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay's High Plains Jamboree and Fog & Bone.  Several food trucks will be on site to serve up delicious fare.  Tickets can be purchased for $20 from the Farmgrass website and all proceeds go to help independent farmers of Central Texas with unexpected medical expenses.  Additional information can be found on .  Hope to see you there!

Cast Concrete Home in Balcones

Pilgrim is currently working on a project in central Austin designed by Mell Lawrence Architects.  This unique residence has no framed exterior walls.  The lower level walls are cast in place concrete which transition to a ten foot tall continuous wood window wall.  A guest house sits adjacent the main house and is an entirely cast in place concrete structure.  The floors at the main house are concrete while the interior framed walls are clad in wood which was reclaimed from the house previously located on the site.  We are looking forward to watching this beautiful home take shape.

Third Annual Shop Party

On October 24, friends, colleagues and family came out to celebrate another great year at the third annual Pilgrim/Enabler/Steel House MFG/Bold MFG shop party.  Sanctuary Print Shop was slinging tshirts and Jardineros were turning baseball bats.  Good food, good drink and a good time were had by all.  

Special thanks to photographer, Patrick Larson

If you want to be notified of next year's party, send us a message and we'll add your email to the list.  Everyone is welcome!


Fundraiser Supporting Women.Design.Build.Adventure

TONIGHT! Come rain or come shine! And for a good cause!

Come out to Govalle and watch us battle the TEXAS PLAYBOYS BASEBALL CLUB. We’re raising money to cover tuition and pay a working wage to a female resident of the Community First! Village, so she can work and learn alongside 15 other women who are registered for the sold-out Women.Design.Build.Adventure in October. In this workshop, they will create an outdoor micro chapel and reflection area at Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ Community First Village, a master-planned community that will provide affordable housing and support services for the chronically homeless in Central Texas. Come out Friday and drop some green in the collection bucket!

Free beer + free tacos + live music + damn good baseball. Good times for a great cause. Let’s play ball!

Stubb's Greenroom Featured in The Design Bureau 100

The Stubb's Greenroom was selected as one of the projects featured in Design Bureau's first issue of Design Bureau 100, 100 "spaces that speak to the importance of design in our lives".  Pilgrim Building is proud to be a part of this impressive project.

Bunny Run Residence Featured in Interior Design Magazine, July 2014

4. Firm: Andersson-Wise Architects
Location: Austin, Texas.
Standout: An enamel-painted ceiling mural, derived from a kilim pattern, delights visitors looking up, while cypress planks underfoot extend from floor to deck.

Alterstudio Presented with 2013 IIDA Texas-Oklahoma Residential Honorable Mention for Barranca

Residential Honorable Mention
Presented to Alterstudio Architecture
Barranca Residence
Austin, Texas

Project Description

Relocating from Houston to Austin, the homeowner searched for a single-story modern home where she could entertain friends, family and most importantly, grandchildren. The existing home was originally built in the 1960′s and its living areas were dated in both form and finish with small divided rooms and passé accouterments. The designers worked together to transform the interior and exterior of the existing house into a modern retreat.

Upon entry through a fully glazed pivot door, one catches a glimpse through the Walnut clad room divider to the kitchen and garden beyond. Used as the central pivot point in the home, the divider and hidden storage allows for a more open kitchen without forfeiting necessary storage and maintaining segregation from entry.

At the center of the home, the series of tiny rooms is replaced by three generous rooms – kitchen, dining room and living room. A new, oversized galley kitchen incorporates the backside of the room-dividing cabinetry and expands into a breakfast nook with large windows to the backyard.

The living and dining rooms embrace views of the newly terraced and densely planted front yard, bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out to a new exterior dining space. The living room now contains an oversized picture window looking onto a new casual lounge area under a sculptural oak tree.

Mixing refined and rustic finishes, the designers removed the existing brick flooring, brick fireplace and painted wood paneling in favor of natural, modern materials in a clean, calm palette – limestone flooring, flat cut walnut room divider – with antiques, monochromatic hues and soft lighting throughout.

Creating a comfortable, modern home was the home-owner’s and designers’ main goal. Successful, the home-owner admits her grandchildren often cruise around the oversized room divider on their big wheels.


Voted 2013 Best Custom Home Builder in Austin HOME

We're honored to be voted Best Custom Home Builder 2013 in Austin HOME Magazine! Many thanks to our colleagues in the industry who voted for us. Wishing you all the best in 2014.

Second Annual Shop Party