a house is built,
and by understanding it is established."
BEHIND YOUNGER HOMES
Danielle grew up in the Texas Hill Country, where her love of the outdoors as a child instilled a deep respect for the environment, and a strong desire to preserve our natural surroundings. When she met her husband, Jesse, they dreamed of setting roots and raising their children in the pristine Texas Hill Country, and of eventually working together as a husband and wife team. Danielle’s vision of preserving the Texas Hill Country, and building beautifully sustainable homes eventually took hold. As their paths narrowed, Danielle and Jesse realized how their passions complemented each other, and all roads pointed to the creation of Younger Homes in Austin, Texas.
It was during her studies and research at Texas A&M University, Danielle began to hone her innate desire to be a part of making a real difference in creating a sustainable world for future generations. She received her Bachelor of Science in Bioenvironmental Science with a Minor in Agronomy, as well as a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Environmental and Occupational Health. Through national and international research in Public Health and Environmental Toxicology, she began to understand the impact of the environment on human health, and the importance of protecting public health through educating individuals to make informed choices. After graduation, she began a fulfilling and successful career working for a major Oil and Gas company, where she helped others better understand the impacts of Environmental Health and Safety to deliver safe operations offshore.
The home is where families spend the most time, energy, and resources, and it is in this place where we can all make a difference. Danielle’s background shaped beliefs that through education and awareness, environmentally sustainable and healthy homes, will become standard building practice. She is confident the vision of Younger Homes will protect the health of individuals, communities, and create a sustainable and healthy world for her children and future generations.
Jesse has always had the knack and love for design, constructing and understanding how things work. He started working for his dad’s home building company when he was 15. While digging holes in the Texas Summers, he learned the importance of quality construction practices, the art and science of carpentry and drafting, and about the home building industry.
While Jesse appreciated construction, he desired a new challenge that involved working with his hands, but fostered his innovative and systems approach mindset. When it came time to choose a university, it was the Texas A&M Mechanical Engineering discipline that would provide that challenge. Jesse graduated with honors, and started his career in the oil and gas industry working as an Engineer and Project Manager. This chapter of life taught Jesse how to schedule and manage multi-million dollar, highly complex projects with tight deadlines, and involvement from multiple stakeholders. Jesse worked with a diverse range of engineered systems from processing plants, drilling rigs, and architectural lighting products, but the common thread among each endeavor is always his attention to detail and strong relationship with his business partners.
Jesse has an exceptional ability to solve complex problems, and this is how green home building would sneak back into his life. When Danielle first mentioned her idea of Green Dreams, Jesse started his research to make her dreams come true. He realized Green Building and Integrated Design in residential construction are rapidly changing the way homes are built. With his passion for treating the home as engineered system, he knew he could build smarter and more efficient homes. Providing for his daughter and son, while improving the quality of life around them fills him with pure joy. While, working alongside his wife and family in the Texas Hill Country is his dream come true.
Roland’s passion for building began when he built a treehouse in the woods behind his childhood home when he was 12 years old. Fast forward 50 years, and he created and sold one of the nation’s largest and most trusted home building and remodeling companies in Houston, Texas. We could not be prouder to have his expertise and experience on the Younger Home team.
As a child, Roland’s family vacationed in the Highland Lakes region and that is when Roland fell in love with the Texas Hill Country, and dreamed of living in the area. In 1979, he purchased land in Lago Vista, and in the years following, vacationed there for many years with his wife and 2 sons, before purchasing their first home and property in 2010 in Jonestown, Texas.
As a builder Roland’s credentials and background are extremely impressive. He started working for a home builder at the age of 14, and at 16 he started his own business as a subcontractor specializing in residential construction and decking. After high school, and while working for a Master Carpenter, he studied at the State Technical Institute at Memphis (STIM), and received his certificate in Architectural Drafting. Upon Roland’s return to Houston, he continued to work as a Carpenter Foreman and Superintendent building residential homes and commercial high-rises. In 1978, he started his own home building and remodeling company, that eventually developed into Living Improvements. Roland and his wife, owned and operated Living Improvements for over 30 years, received numerous awards (listed below), and grew the company into one that was effortlessly sold when Roland decided to retire in 2017. Upon the sale of Living Improvements, Roland and his wife are now spending most of their time enjoying the Texas Hill Country, on their Lake Travis property, while providing technical expertise to Younger Homes.
YOUNGER HOMES AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Green Builder® Green Home of the Year Finalist 2019
MAX Award Finalist 2019
Best Master Bath
Best of Houzz 2020
MAX Award Winner 2019
MAX Award Finalist 2019
Best Custom Home
Best of Houzz 2020
MAX Award Winner 2019
Best Outdoor Living Space
MAX Award Finalist 2020
Best Master Bath
Best of Houzz 2019
Austin Monthy® Austin Home
Graham’s daily motivation is rooted in creating quality, sustainable custom homes to make a difference in the community and our client's lives. With a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management along with a myriad of national and international green building experiences in three countries, you can imagine why we are just overjoyed to learn from and work with Graham. On each home, his fundamental background and passion for stripped-down carpentry and craftsmanship permeates through to exceptionally managing the quality and efficiency of every custom home. When he is not on the job site, you can find him building furniture for his family and friends, hiking with his wife and fur-babies, or at the ice rink playing team hockey.
Rachel is an artist and designer with a Master of Fine Arts and extensive experience in construction management. Her rounded methods of conceptualizing design tie with Younger Homes’ approach to human-centered building that is deeply rooted in place. Because of her background in development and construction, she has a unique ability to create a home that is truly custom and embodies each client's lifestyle and personality. Her interest lies in serving our clients well by creatively leading design that draws on a wide range of cultural, environmental, and historical values while guiding clients to create lasting, personal homes. Her family loves the community on the North Shore of Lake Travis, and because she is passionate about art in every form she thoroughly enjoys gardening, food, and travel.
Katie’s servant's heart and desire for continuous improvement keep the Younger Homes office running smoothly, especially on the customer forefront. She is always one step ahead of the project, and ready to help our team and clients at first notice. Her Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Conflict Analysis keep our team grounded and our clients well informed in every stage of building their custom home. With her previous employment in the commercial real estate industry, Katie has experience negotiating real estate deals and contracts and is an invaluable asset to our team. Katie enjoys running and her time outdoors, and her young family of five love spending quality time with friends and family on the East Coast.
Shana found her calling in building sustainable custom homes early in her professional career and has honed in on the need for efficiency in operations as her passion. With a breadth of experience from working in both custom home field and office management settings, systems and processes are the backbone of how she delivers efficiency. Our team, trade partners and our clients all benefit from her ability to embrace challenges with the upmost grace. Continuing her love for building, Shana enjoys refurbishing the 100-year-old home she lives in with her husband and daughter. When not working on home improvement projects, her family loves to explore the Texas Hill Country and enjoys cooking and entertaining family and friends.