In the News

October 2, 2017

ICAA John Staub Award

We got a bit of fun news last week when we learned that a Sebastian-built project Sebastian won a 2017 John Staub award from ICAA Texas.

The Spanish Colonial Cabana won the Addition/Renovation/Folly category. This delightful mini building, part of what we call the Beverly Residence, was designed by architects Larry E. Boerder and Daniel Heath.

Boerder commented via Instagram, “ICAA Texas Chapter 2017 John Staub Award. Quite proud to have won for one of our smallest projects ever.”

Even a petit bâtiment like the cabana deserves stylish interiors and Laura Lee Clark met the challenge beautifully.


The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts. The Texas chapter, the fastest growing in the US, organizes extensive public education programs, including lectures, exhibits, walking and travel tours, and conferences.

John Staub awards

In 2011, the Texas Chapter of ICAA launched the inaugural John Staub Awards, in honor of Houston architect, John Fanz Staub, known over his 40 year career for combining elements from historic styles to create homes that were unique and stately.

The John Staub Awards recognizes national and local practitioners who are committed to promoting excellence in both classical and vernacular traditions within Texas and beyond.

More 2017 John Staub award winners

Curtis & Windham scooped up two residential architecture awards, one for the 5000 – 10,000 feet category and another in the ‘more than 10,000 sf’ category.

It was no surprise to see Hull Historical named the winner in the Craftsmanship category for its Historic Millwork category – English & French.

In the News

September 18, 2017

$17,580 donated in 48 hours for hurricane relief

Employees say that one of the most appealing qualities of working at Sebastian is the family feeling among the entire staff. Last week, the Sebastian Construction Group family came together in a big way to help families devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

The city of Beaumont, Texas was one of the areas hardest hit by the storm. and is still reeling from its aftermath. Kevin Hebert, Project Superintendent for Sebastian, grew up in Beaumont. He put out the call for donations for several families he knew personally, who lost nearly everything in the floodwaters.

The response from Sebastian employees and trade partners came swiftly, noted Patti Sebastian.

“For those of you that were able to donate on such short notice last week for us to purchase items for those families in Beaumont affected by Harvey, THANK YOU! In 48 hours, you donated $7,580! It is amazing what people do for people. Donations at times like this can truly be life-changing. Thank you all for you’ve done for our fellow Texans.”

Last weekend, Kevin, his wife and son drove to Beaumont to deliver donated supplies to several families and saw the devastation first hand, “Not one of the 500 homes in the neighborhood was spared.”

While the impact of the destruction was mind-blowing, Kevin said that he was most struck by the resilient attitude of the families he met.

“Both families showed me around their homes. They weren’t simply showing me around to look at the damage and loss they experienced, but they told me the stories of the good times they’ve had there. They only spoke of building back.”

Sebastian Construction Group believes in the impact of neighbors helping neighbors and in the affirming power of rebuilding. The company was proud to donate an additional $10,000 to a Houston neighborhood impacted by the hurricane.

As for Kevin, he’ll spend time helping his Beaumont neighbors salvage what they can and make their homes safe again. Thank you to Kevin and to all the Sebastian team members and trade partners who donated money and time to help our Texan family. [UPDATE: As of 9/18/17, Sebastian staff and trade partners donated over $12,000 for the Beaumont families!]

In the News

July 31, 2017

Sebastian Speaking at AIA Summer Conference in Austin

On Friday, a team from Sebastian will be sharing our popular presentation, Top 40 Misconceptions in the Planning of High-End Residences at the AIA Austin’s Summer Conference.

The Sebastian team hits the stage at 1pm on Friday, where we’ll talk about common misconceptions that undermine your luxury project results and ways to avoid them.

This two day educational event also features AIA President Tom Vonier, FAIA and Dean of the UT School of Architecture, Michelle Addington as Keynote Speakers.

See you in Austin!

In the News

May 22, 2017

Sebastian in the media

Building the amazing homes we get to construct is extremely fulfilling. And when those homes are featured in the leading architecture and design publications in the world, it’s an extra, unexpected thrill.

From the pages of Architectural Digest to Art Auction, Sebastian homes have been garnering coverage for decades.

Sebastian magazine features

Here’s a roundup of just three of the Sebastian-built homes found in the pages of these prestigious publications:

Athens Farm

Gracing the cover of Luxe magazine, Athens Farm was named one of the Top Ten most popular projects by Luxe in 2015 and has been pinned over 5000 times on Pinterest. Designed by Sebastian president, John Sebastian, Athens Farms was also featured on a Houzz tour, with interior designer Marci Barnes.

Malone Cliff

FD House and Oak Cliff Advocate both dedicated covers to this modern marvel, designed by Booziotis & Company Architects. With a concrete structure, sleek design and LEED Silver certification, Malone Cliff makes a strong visual and environmental statement.

Oak Court

Featured by Architectural Digest as one of “The Most Magnificent Texas Homes,” the Oak Court residence has graced the pages (and websites) of a wide array of publications, thanks to architect Russell Buchanan’s inspired renovation of the E.D. Stone home.

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