Project Features

October 16, 2017

Vintage is vogue

The appeal for vintage and recovered materials is understandable: vintage materials give a new house instant character, an air of gravitas. It looks and feels more historically significant. But the focus isn’t just on provenance – the imperfections in reclaimed materials add depth and beauty not found in modern fabricated materials.

Unique historic features like exposed stone, custom pillars or timber floors evoke heritage in a home. The materials tell a story.

John Sebastian cites some recent trends. “Antique terracotta floors are very popular right now, along with antique wide plank floors. On slate roofs, the construction team is blending new slate with old slate to give it an aged patina.”

A recent Sebastian-built home reflects the desire for timeworn materials: Beverly residence, a home constructed with limestone recovered from a 2000-year-old aqueduct in Avignon, France.

Avignon meets Dallas

Building the Beverly residence, a classical beauty in the coveted Highland Park neighborhood of Dallas, was a labor of love for its owner, a design enthusiast. With a specific French limestone in mind, the owner worked with Dee Brown, Inc., a Texas-based stone and masonry contractor, to find it.

Rob Barnes, grandson of the founder and CEO of Dee Brown, Inc., (DBI) recognized the stone the owner described as emanating from southeastern France’s Provence region and tapped his European inspector to send samples. The sought-after stone was recovered from an aqueduct, a system built by Romans in the first century AD to carry water from a source to population centers.

DBI, which has a 7,700 square foot fabrication facility, trimmed some of the stones used in the Beverly residence’s two feet thick walls.

Want to know more about the rise of recovered materials in luxury construction? Be sure to head over to the Publications section of our website to see more beautiful homes, using recovered materials.

Project Features

October 9, 2017

Home on the Ranch

A refuge from the bustle.

A calming oasis.

Home, in the heart of nature.

At Sebastian, we’ve constructed castles in neighborhood enclaves and finished high-rise apartments atop city centers, but ranch homes continue to hold a special place in our hearts.

These quiet retreats, set amidst stunning vistas exude a sense of calm and tranquility. Natural materials harmonize with the environment.

Let’s take a closer look at three – different and beautiful – ranch projects built by Sebastian.

Aledo Ranch

Architecture by Turner-Boaz-Stocker, Architects (Dallas.)

This project featured a new residence, game pavilion and site development.

Aledo boasts stone walls and flooring, antique timber trusses, geo-thermal HVAC system, a standing seam copper roof, Texas limestone veneer, plus Hope Steel windows and doors.

Utopia Ranch

Utopia Texas Ranch built by Sebastian Construction Group

Architect: Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects
Interior Design: Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects
Landscape Architect: SWA

One of the most interesting features of the Utopia Ranch project, built by Sebastian, is its use of recovered and salvaged materials: a hay barn is made with wood from a dismantled Idaho lumber mill and horse troughs cut from one thousand year old logs.

Brazos Ranch

Brazos Ranch, by architect Ford, Powell & Carson of San Antonio, uses glass connecting galleries to tie together the various buildings of the hilltop ranch compound and to showcase the Brazos River valley views.

One of our premier San Antonio homes, Brazos Ranch bears the hallmarks of Ford Powell & Carson’s signature style: living in harmony with nature.

This spacious ranch house was carefully sited among century old live oak trees and overlooks the vast Brazos River Valley. The landscape architect is Thomas Bradley & Associates of San Antonio.

The exterior design, modeled to resemble a South American Hacienda, includes regional materials such as clay tile roofing, stucco and locally quarried stone, as well as custom fabricated wood windows.

Project Features

September 11, 2017

An Architectural Digest throwback

Today we take a look back at one of our favorite projects, the DeLoache residence, featured in Architectural Digest article, “A Shining Lone Star”.

Carved from an overgrown 9-acre site, this stunning estate was designed by AD100 architect Robert A.M. Stern of New York.

In the AD feature, Stern describes the residence, with characteristic wit, as “English Regency sifted through American Federal.”

Notables Armand LeGardeur led the project, with Ral Morillas responsible for the interior design.

This “exceptional house” as AD calls it, “…with its clever planning, top-drawer materials, venerable proportions and courageous victory over difficult scale, the house seems likely to stand the very test of time it already appears so convincingly to have stood.”

The exterior features lead coated copper, intricate cast stone formed to artist carved molds and custom mahagony windows and doors.

Inside, you’ll find patterned stone floors fabricated in Italy, a natatorium and complex ceiling shapes in plaster throughout.

To see more of this Regency beauty, check out the slideshow on

Project Features

September 5, 2017

Featured: Fusch Architects

“Our niche in the market has been a focus on classical design and authentic period detailing.”

Small wonder that architect Robbie Fusch of Fusch Architects has designed some of the most spectacular estate homes in Texas, focusing on classical architecture styles found in Europe.

The firm, which began in 1976, specializes in private residences and estate planning. Mr. Fusch himself works directly on every project.

Fusch reveals the source of his and his clients’ design inspiration in a 2017 interview in Luxe Magazine: “Relying on my travels for inspiration is always something I find to be valuable within the design process, but we have many clients who request to emulate architecture they have seen personally through their own travels.”

You don’t have to travel to France or England to enjoy a taste of Fusch’s work – feast your eyes on our Preston Hollow Residence, in Dallas. This architecturally significant home features an open air entertainment pavilion and carriage house.

The home’s exterior includes traditional stucco with Mankato cut stone detailing, clay tile roofing and imported cut limestone detailing.

Jerusalem limestone and antique stone flooring appear extensively throughout this estate. Special paint finishes add to its authentic European appeal.