Thursday, June 30, 2011

Help a Teacher Out- The BIG Goal!

To catch up on what this project is all about, you can visit:

We had 14 wonderful teachers nominated!
So, like everything we do around here, we are going to go big and be a little ambitious.
We are honoring ALL 14 teachers that were nominated!!!

How will we do this?
Hopefully, with the help from all of you in this great community!

Our goal?
To give each teacher a bin full of supplies and a $100 gift card.
(We realize that with 14 teachers, this is a big and ambitious goal)
Parker Homes & Renovations has committed to donating $500 worth of supplies and $500 worth of gift cards (along with any extra costs and time needed). We have received 4 bags full of supplies and $50 worth of donations from other people. We are well on our way to making this goal a reality- we believe this great community will not only reach this goal but far exceed it!

What happens if we don't reach the goal?
We will divide what we raise by Friday, August 12th among the 14 teachers equally.

What happens if we exceed the goal?
Depending on how far we exceed the goal, we may just divide the extra among the 14 teachers equally. If we raise a lot more, we will begin to contact administrators at the schools (we will go alphabetically, alternating districts) to see which teachers they feel are in need of some help and create even more packages to hand out- wouldn't that be great!?! Stay tuned for announcements if this happens.

Can you help us meet the goal?
If you would like to help:
  • Donate supplies- SEE LIST HERE for ideas or buy what you think is needed.
  • Donate money- either through paypal (you can use a credit card this way), a check sent through the mail (made out to Parker Homes & Renovations- memo: Help a teacher out), or cash in person.

Mailing Address: 224 Chartwell Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130
Call to arrange an in-person monetary drop off: 830-626-3350

Any Amount helps!
We will send you a receipt to show exactly where your money went.

  • If you would like to be included in the card that every teacher will receive please donate supplies or money. Anything helps! And if you do donate and would like to include a special message please let us know- our email is No matter what, big or small, your name will be included unless you donate anonymously (which is also okay!)
  • Do you know of a business that can donate items/giftcards/money? Please let them know or let us know!
  • Can you think of any other way to help out? Please let us know!
Again, our contact info:

Drop off locations: 224 Chartwell Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130 (if not at home, leave by door or garage)
123 Schumans Beach Rd., New Braunfels, TX 78130 (inside the main office)
Mailing: 224 Chartwell Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130
Phone: 830-626-3350

Need a little Motivation?
Here are a little bit of each of the nominated teacher's stories- paraphrased from the submissions we received from those that nominated:
(We are keeping some info out to protect the privacy of the parties involved as well as trying to keep it a surprise for the teachers being honored)
  • We have a middle school coach who puts in long hours even over the weekends, holidays, and summer. This coach is "inspiring, caring, dedicated, practical, realistic" and probably more importantly, "the kids and parents love this coach!"
  • We have a high school teacher that works with at-risk students. This teacher treats them like they were the teacher's own children, often times being the only cheerleader these kids will have in their lifetime. At one time, even paying for medical expenses of a child with no health insurance. This teacher is essentially a single parent at home but manages to juggle both "jobs." This teacher would hate recognition because they feel they are doing nothing out of the ordinary- but we are giving it to them anyway. :)
  • We have a 2nd grade teacher who uses lots of creativity in all their lesson plans. This teacher spends lots of money on supplies throughout the year to supplement these unique lessons but thinks its all worth it to see the children learn and understand. The dedication is very apparent.
  • We have a 1st grade teacher that has taught over 25 years. With all the out of pocket expenses accumulated throughout those years, it would be nice to give this teacher a little something to honor their time and continued dedication. Not to mention, they are dedicated to giving 1st graders the best start ever in their schooling life.
  • We have a 5th grade teacher who all the kids LOVE. All the students are eager to learn and are fully engaged in the lessons. This teacher makes science come to life. One student even says, "...Best teacher in the world!"
  • We have a 2nd grade teacher who was a first year teacher last school year and actually got their job in the middle of the year. This teacher not only adjusted well and did a fantastic job, they kept a positive outlook even during all the job cuts and will be returning next school year. This recognition will help make their classroom even better than last year!
  • We have a middle school teacher who works with students with learning impairments and physical disabilities. This teacher has unending patience and wants wholeheartedly for her students to understand how very able they are. This teacher is inspirational to not only the students but those that know her as well. A truly dedicated and important teacher.
  • We have a 5th grade science teacher that teaches beyond the subject and into important things that go on in our world. This teacher is always looking for cool and innovative teaching tools because they are so passionate about science and teaching. This teacher dedicates a lot of time and energy to their students and their future.
  • We have a 3rd grade teacher who is very innovative, fun and engaging. This is the teacher that all the kids love and want to have as their 3rd grade teacher. This teacher spends long hours creating lesson plans and making sure each class is full of information, yet still engaging enough for ALL students to participate and learn.
  • We have a 3rd grade teacher who gave up practicing law to become a teacher. This teacher almost lost their job because of the budget cuts, but luckily was able to be transferred to another school in the district. However their spouse, who is also a teacher, was not so lucky and is still looking for a job. This teacher took on a lot, including extracurricular clubs. This family has had to make a lot of sacrifices and deserves a little help.
  • We have a 4th grade teacher who is passionate about reading. Throughout the year they encourage students to read, read, read and always do their best. This teacher has a calming effect on the students and creates a great learning environment. This teacher has been a great influence to many- a true role model that parents are grateful for.
  • We have a 4th grade teacher who is not only a dedicated teacher but also a great spouse and parent. This will be their 2nd year teaching and really needs the supplies to jump start the school year ahead. Its always hard to start off a new classroom and each year teachers build upon the last. This teacher needs our help to continue building their great classroom.
  • We have a high school math teacher who is "one of the hardest working teachers in our department." This teacher has a great relationship with the students, their parents, and also their co-workers. This teacher goes above and beyond what is needed of them. As a single parent, they not only take care of their own child, but also teaches math, teaches summer school, and serves on extracurricular clubs/activities at the school. This teacher is "AMAZING."
  • We have a Kindergarten teacher (who recently switched to 3rd grade) who has put many parents worries and concerns at ease. This teacher is sweet and loving and has given many children a great introduction to school. Students say, "... had an awesome time!" and parents are hoping their children will get her again in 3rd grade now!
What great submissions we received from all over the community, their friends, their co-workers, parents, students, spouses/children for teachers from so many different schools and grade levels... these are some lucky teachers to have great people like you to submit their names for this project! You are more than likely one of the reasons they are such great teachers- its always good to have such a great support system!

The most amazing thing about all these stories is that they can probably be related to almost every teacher out there. Unfortunately our little project will not be able to honor all the teachers in our great community (unless of course we get an outstanding response :)) But if this project doesn't inspire you to donate here, we hope it at least inspires you to honor a teacher you know, whether with a donation directly to them or even just a simple thank you. Every teacher has a different story, but every teacher has one common thread... they are all here to educate our future and for that, they deserve recognition and assurance knowing we are there to support them.

On that note...
Lets see if we can reach our goal or possibly exceed it.
Please help our teachers out and donate today!

If you nominated someone...
-If you did not put that you wish to remain anonymous, your name and nomination story will be on the card we give to the teacher. If you do not want this to happen, please let us know.
-Also, if you want to be present for the reveal, please let us know as well, so we can set up a schedule for that.

We will post another update in a couple weeks to let you know where we stand with donations, etc. For more frequent updates, follow us on facebook- Parker Distinguished Homes.
Also, after we have given all nominated teachers their special packages for the school year, we will be posting pictures/stories of the big reveals as well!

Thank you for all the love and support of our teachers!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Home: Champions Village- Getting Close!

Here are some progress pictures of the Champions Village custom home.

Contact us today if you are in the market for a new custom home!

Front of house with entry stairs complete:
The grand entry:
Adding a niche cabinet in the master bedroom:
Going into the Master Bathroom:
Right entry into master shower:
View of master shower:
Master bathroom floor and tub surround:
Master Ceiling:
View into the kitchen:
Living Room Ceiling:
Guest Shower Deco:
Guest Shower:
2nd Guest Shower:
Fireplace and Bookshelves:
Cooktop Area:
Back Porch Water Feature:

Monday, June 27, 2011

Bathroom Renovation

Here are some before and after pictures of a bathroom renovation we completed. We have also included our customer's testimonial of the job. Enjoy!

Contact us if you are in need of a bathroom makeover!

"This is a testimonial to the wonderful job that Ryan Parker of “Parker Renovations” did for us.

We had our hall bath shower and counter top renovated with new sink and tile and are 100% happy with Ryan’s work. Ryan and his crew are very dependable and professional and at the same time very personable and friendly. We enjoyed them in our home. They were very clean and presentable and kept the job-site orderly as they worked. They finished the job as promised on time and were very eager to please.

We will have them back when we decide to redo our countertops in our kitchen." -H.H.



Saturday, June 18, 2011

Recommendation: McQueeney Addition/Remodel

Here is a recommendation letter written by our customers at this job (McQueeney Addition/Remodel):

We hired Ryan to help us add on to our home. We live on a narrow lot on the river which is partially in the flood zone. It was a very tricky situation but Ryan took on the task with no hesitation. He helped us configure a plan that worked with all our particular needs and addressed ones we weren’t even aware of. Every detail was well thought out.

I was amazed at how much work Ryan actually did. He was on the job almost everyday and most of the time he was either doing the work himself or helping out his workers. Ryan made himself available to us all the time. These days, its hard to find customer service like that. If I called him I was almost guaranteed he would pick up the phone and if not he would return my calls that day, even if it were bad news.

Building or remodeling is challenging enough, and we were actually still living at our house during all of this construction. Ryan made the process easier and moved the project along at a very timely manner. He made sure we were happy at every stage of the project. He is truly a one of a kind business man. In fact, its hard not to consider him a friend looking out for our best interests during it all instead of a contractor.

He came up with so many great ideas, trying to find a useful or unique things to do in every room. He didn’t like wasted space and we liked how he was trying to maximize every dollar we spent. This guy is seriously creative as well! His tile designs are one of a kind. He helped us with paint colors, tile colors, and cabinet styles… so many decisions but Ryan has such great taste and vision, we trusted his opinions. He even took a damaged dresser and refurbished it into a beautiful vanity for our bathroom. I get so many compliments on all the unique details Ryan put into the addition. My only complaint is that he didn’t redo my whole house!

I would recommend Ryan (Parker Homes & Renovations) to anyone! He is honest, hard-working and creative. You can tell he loves doing what he does and it shows in his finished product. He is truly a nice guy and easy to work with. He handled everything we threw at him with professionalism and ease. I can’t wait to start another project with him!

-L.H. & B.H.


Thank you for your kind words!

New Home: Hill Country- Slab and Framing

Our customer got a great deal on a lot in the hill country because the previous owner didn't consider it to be "buildable." After meeting with us, we discussed ideas and came up with a great floorplan for this lot that has amazing views of the beautiful hill country. This is the 2nd home we've built for these customers, so we know they trust us fully with this project.

If you or someone you know has a lot that you would like to build on, please contact us!

Back of House:
Deck Footings:
Framing Garage Wall:
Garage Wall:
Right of House:
View From Master:
Stay tuned for more progress pictures of this great hill country home!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Help a Teacher Out Update

Wow! What a great response we have gotten. We have some really great teacher nominations- we are up to 10! And we have had a couple donations of supplies and money as well. We have started to do a "little" shopping of our own. Check out the stock we have so far:

So what do we do now?
Well, we will stop taking teacher nominations at the end of June so we can figure out exactly how many teachers we will be able to help out and exactly what kind of supplies/gift cards to get.
So keep the nominations coming up until Thursday, June 30th at 11:59 pm.
Then the nomination form will come down and we can get to work on putting together the teacher packages!

Also, we need to keep the donations coming as well. These teachers are amazing, and like we said before we are already up to 10 and probably growing. Ideally we want to help each one and make a big enough impact to actually help them out during the school year. We are doing everything we can as far as time and money to make that happen, but there's only so much we can do. Without a doubt these teachers will feel the love and support from what we have already collected, but it would be so great to be able to give them more and help them not have to come out of pocket for the year! We have included a shopping list of ideas (or you can come up with your own!).

Drop off locations:
224 Chartwell Ave.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(This is our personal home, if we are not home, you can leave anywhere by our door or garage)

StoreMore Warehouses
123 Schumans Beach Rd.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(Weekdays only- This is the main office, just tell the receptionist that its for Ryan Parker/Help a teacher out)

Shopping List:
  • Post-it notes
  • Pencils
  • Pens (assorted colors)
  • Index cards
  • Highlighters
  • Paper clips
  • Erasers
  • White out
  • Scissors
  • Calculators
  • Folders
  • Copy paper (white or colored)
  • Lined notebook paper
  • Crayons
  • Mints
  • Stapler/Staples
  • Tape
  • Organizational items for desk/classroom
  • Clipboards
  • Small dry erase boards
  • Dry erase markers/erasers
  • Inspirational posters
  • Calendars
  • Informational Charts to hang in classroom
  • Classroom decorations
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Kleenex
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Air freshener spray
  • Air freshener plug-ins
  • Windex
  • Paper towels
  • Ziploc bags
  • Glue Sticks
  • Regular glue
  • Buttons
  • Treasure Box Toys
  • Books
  • Play-doh
  • White lunch bags
  • Brown lunch bags
  • Menus/maps
  • Magnetic tape
  • Velcro
  • Plastic spoons/forks
  • Large yellow envelopes
  • Water colors
  • Colored pencils
  • Cotton balls
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glitter glue/glitter
  • Markers
  • Construction paper
  • Yarn
  • Sand paper
  • Stickers/Rewards/ Small prizes
  • Poster board
  • Magnetic Letters
  • Stamps/ink pads
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Composition books
  • Gift cards so they can continue to purchase items they need
Of course money donations are welcome as well because we do intend to give each teacher a gift card as well. When making a money donation please include whether you want the money to go towards supplies or a gift card (we will send you a receipt for your records to show where your money went) and whether or not you want to remain anonymous or have your name included.

You can donate through:
Paypal (by clicking on the link below)
Check in the mail: PO BOX 312438, New Braunfels, TX 78131
Check/Cash in person: call 830-626-3350 to set up a meeting

If you or someone you know owns a business that would like to take part in the drop off location or to donate as well, please let us know!

To contact us:

We will post another update at the beginning of July, when we know exactly how many teachers and what supplies we are lacking. We will also post some of the stories/nominations as well so you can see exactly who we are helping out and why.

Thank you for your continued support of these teachers!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

New Home: Champions Village- Progress

Here are some progress pictures of the Champions Village custom home. Sorry it has taken so long to get them on here. We should be closing this house around the beginning of July, so stay tuned for final pictures!

Contact us if you or someone you know are interested in building or renovating!
(new email for the "new homes" side of business- both email addresses reach my inbox though)

Front view before stucco color:

Stucco and Rock on Front:

dry-stacked rock on front:

Back wall of living room:


Cooktop Area:

Cooktop area:

Grid Ceiling:
Hall to Guest Bedroom:
Dining room with hall to another guest bed/bath, laundry, garage and stairs to media room:
View into Kitchen/Dining area from Living room:
Master Shower:
Media room to stairs/ closets:
Stairs to media room- view of platform:
Grid Ceiling:
Trayed Ceiling in Master:

One of the Guest tubs:

Most Recent photos:

Exterior view, driveway/stairs about to be poured:
View of living room:
View into kitchen- arches accented in coolstone (not complete yet):
Another View of Kitchen- coolstone guys are still working on the accents:
Dining room with big picture window:
Media equipment closet:

Media room looking at closets/ stairway:
Hall to Master:
Master Bedroom Ceiling:
Master Shower:
Master Closet:
Master Bedroom:
View to backyard- will eventually have a water feature:
Garage with Media room upstairs & Backyard:
Backyard exterior View:
Hallway to front guest bedroom:
Front Guest Bathroom:
Back Guest Bathroom:
Some of the tile laid but not yet grouted:
View of the Entry: