Tilson Advantages

There are many reasons for building with Tilson. Our family owned company has been building homes and dreams in Texas for four generations. As we reflect on the over 30,000 homes we've built during the past 85 years, we couldn't be more proud of what we've accomplished. Our dedication to building quality homes hasn't changed since we first broke ground in 1932.

For more information about the advantages of choosing Tilson, visit the home center nearest to you.

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As a family owned and operated Texas custom home builder for four generations, Tilson has worked to earn homebuyers' trust. We've built over 30,000 homes in the past 85 years -- more than any other Build on Your Lot custom builder in Texas. Our experience in the Built On Your Lot industry is just one of the many advantages of building a Tilson home.

Easy Financing

When you qualify for Tilson’s EasyBuy℠ program, you won’t need a separate construction loan or interim financing to build a home on your lot. There are no construction loan closing costs, no monthly construction loan payments, and you will not accumulate any added construction loan interest costs even if construction is delayed. This means more house for your money. With Tilson, you can even use the equity you have in your property as collateral for your down payment when building a home. For more information about financing your new home with EasyBuy℠, click here.

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Quality Construction

Every Tilson Home is built to our exacting standards of quality. Click on the topics below to learn more about the craftsmanship that goes into our homes.

  • Site Specific Engineered Foundations

    A sound foundation is one of the most important parts of your home so all Tilson foundations are site specific engineered. This means we assess your geography, soil, and terrain before building to ensure a solid foundation. As Tilson places your foundation, we use methods to eliminate air pockets and create a nice finished look on the surface. We also use a vapor barrier and post tension cables to create a superior foundation that combines the strength and durability of both concrete and steel.

  • Industry Leading Framing Standards

    Our industry leading framing standards include high-quality materials like 7/16” OSB wrap all around the exterior walls and quality lumber that exceeds building codes. Energy efficiency actually starts with your home’s framing, so Tilson uses framing techniques that allow for more insulation in the corners, walls, and rafters of your home. Check out our Craftsmanship videos to learn more about the quality that goes into every Tilson home.

  • Energy Efficiency

    At Tilson, we strive to make your home as comfortable and energy efficient as possible. We use various high-grade materials throughout the state to create a tight home that helps keep cool air in and hot air out or vice versa. In Climate Zone 2, Tilson exceeds code requirements using Radiant Barrier Decking, R-38 Attic Insulation, and R-15 Wall Insulation. In Climate Zone 3, we use open cell spray foam insulation throughout the home and offer this as an affordable option in Climate Zone 2. The American-Made Vinyl tilt-sash windows with which Tilson builds provide great savings on your energy bills while keeping your indoors pleasant.

  • Plumbing

    Plumbing is an important part of your home and Tilson makes it a point to use the best products available so your plumbing performs better and lasts longer. We use PEX-A piping instead of copper or CPVC due to its flexibility and strength. Other kinds of pipes can freeze and burst causing damage and costly repairs. With PEX-A, your piping is stronger — bending and expanding instead of busting when freezing occurs with fewer joints where leaks are more likely to occur.

  • Roofing

    Tilson chooses to use a RhinoRoof liner membrane under shingles instead of standard roofing felt due to its durability. RhinoRoof lasts much longer than felt when uncovered or exposed. It’s also not made out of asphalt like felt so it’s more sustainable. We also use Owens Corning shingles that provide superior coverage for your home. Your roof protects more than your belongings, it protects your family – make sure it’s built right.

  • HVAC

    When Tilson builds your home, we use third party software to design your HVAC specifically for your home to prevent severe temperature variations. We also include a float switch standard in your HVAC system to help prevent water damage to your home from drain pan overflow. Tilson makes sure your A/C unit runs as efficiently as possible while fully conditioning every room in your house.

  • Exterior & Interior Finishes

    Tilson offers a variety of choices to customize your home to fit your needs and lifestyle. Our interior and exterior finishes will be what you live with every day, so we only use the highest quality products. Exterior finishes include full size stone, carefully selected paint palettes, Acme brick, and HardieZone siding system. Some interior finishes include things like Grade A Delta fixtures, various flooring types, and fully-extendable cabinet drawers. With Tilson, you have a multitude of options available to personalize your home from the inside out.

  • Third Party Inspections

    A 3rd Party will inspect your home throughout the building process including at foundation pour, framing and electrical rough-in, and at insulation installation. A final inspection is also performed upon completion prior to move-in.

Energy Efficiency

All Tilson homes are built and inspected to the most rigorous energy codes published by the International Code Council, ensuring a high-performing home that is more energy efficient, comfortable, and durable.

Tilson homes achieve energy savings through the use of higher construction standards and program requirements such as:

  • Tight construction - Max 5 ACH or 3 ACH depending on location
  • HERS rating exceeding code and ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Matched HVAC equipment
  • Duct blaster tested
  • Blower door tested
  • Fresh air ventilation
  • 3rd party rated and inspected
  • Pressure balancing
  • And more!

"Tilson puts their very best quality in all the homes they build."

— Greg and Barbara Nefford, Blanco

"Everyone at the model home center was friendly and courteous and we loved our experience there.  It was why we came back to Tilson. "

— Bill and Patty Whigham, Crockett

"The whole experience was just a joy!"

— Charles and Eddayln Bailey, Kerrville

"Building our house was the most rewarding experience and we've had absolutely no problems."

— Carl and Vicki Luckenbach, Fredericksburg

"Tilson's Easybuy program helped us out tremendously"

— Rita Middletown, Montgomery

"Anytime we know someone who is getting ready to build, we tell them you're making a mistake if they don't talk to someone at Tilson first."

— Michael and Debora Shields, Boerne

"The materials that they used are quality, they build a sound house and as a result, our electric bills are cheaper.  Our home is 2x the size of our last home, but our utility bills are cheaper."

— Sandra Fithian, Springtown

"We've had absolutely nothing go wrong with the house for the 14 years that we've had it. We've had zero in the way of issues so we figured for our next home - no sense in fighting success!"

— Eugene Duffy and Karen Reed, Helotes

"Tilson's quality of homes exceeded our expectations, it's everything we've dreamed about."

— Michael and Gina Boren, San Antonio

"With Tilson, we were able to walk in and get exactly what we wanted without any hassle"

— Amanda Srubar, El Campo

"The no construction loan helped a lot financially. We didn't have to dip into our retirement savings to front all the money to get started on our home. "

— Sandra Fithian, Springtown