From Crash to Craftsmanship

The Inspiring Journey of Stuart Alkire in Building Dream Homes

Stuart Alkire started Alkire Construction in 2009, the year following a historic stock market crash.

“So, challenges and tough times don’t distract me when I have my eye on the ball,” Alkire says.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Alkire earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Texas A&M University. As a senior, he met his future wife, Brooke, in a study abroad program.

“I fell in love with Dripping Springs right when I moved to Austin out of college. But working for a homebuilder kept me in other parts of Austin since the secret of Dripping hadn’t gotten out yet,” Alkire says.

He was a top construction manager when he was laid off after the 2008 crash. Alkire took a chance, flipping his South Austin home and using the profit to build a spec house in Lakeway.

“My heart lies with the Craftsman style of design. Whenever I can introduce those elements, I will.”

His favorite features are natural light, thoughtful and useful spaces, and cozy design. He used that with his Texas Craftsman home to great success.

“I will always think of that home as my standard and a reminder as to why I build. It was a challenge, and I love a good design challenge.”

Alkire Construction might have started in Lakeway, but Dripping Springs was their destination.

“Dripping is home. No question about it. It’s the best city in Texas. I love the small town feel and the culture that comes with it. The community is outstanding and isn’t comparable to anywhere else in Austin.”

His family is here. His daughter, Kennedy, participates in gymnastics at Moxie, and his son, Preston, wants to be on the A Basketball team at Dripping Springs Middle School.

Stuart Alkire loves designing and building homes. He’s the lead designer and project overseer with Alkire Construction.

“It’s the most rewarding, tangible industry,” Alkire says.

“A bathroom can be serene and relaxing. The right kitchen creates memories and, as cliché as it is, it’s the heart of the home. I love to create a design based on how the client lives in their kitchen. Some are simple and clean, and others are elaborate with chef’s kitchens and wild pantries. But regardless of type, this is where most people spend their time, and it absolutely must be special.”

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