Louisiana-Inspired Look 9

Sterling Brook Custom Homes Creates Houses that are One of a Kind

North Texas’ own Sterling Brook Custom Homes has been creating one-of-a-kind structures around town since early 2009. Builder Wayne Atkins, a Double Oak resident, says the company’s passion and dedication to their craft set them apart from competitors.

“We are passionate about providing our clients with an energy efficient and comfortable home that not only fits their lifestyle but improves their lives,” he says.

This recently completed, award-winning build in McKinney proves that Atkins and his team know how to deliver.


Atkins says the goal of each project is to blend the client’s budget with their wish list and create a dream home. But the process encompasses a lot, including site planning and interior space planning, as well as both interior and exterior design. To get the ball rolling, clients begin by providing photos of design examples and desired room sizes.

“Space planning, room location and site orientation are crucial to a good flowing design that fits our client’s lifestyle,” he says.

“The market is full of poorly designed homes with wasted space and rooms that don’t work for their owners.”


The owners envisioned a hill-country style home jazzed up with a little New Orleans flair. French Quarter-inspired elements include:


  • Large front porches
  • + Strategically placed office, kitchen 
and second-floor balcony, boasting 
golf course views
  • + A leuders stone blend along with 
stucco wrap for the exterior
  • + LED lighting accents
  • + Custom-made shutters and iron 
balcony railings


According to Atkins, integrating the outdoor living space with the rest of the home was a top priority for the owners, even though a tight lot of land required it be tucked into the south side of the house. He says a wide sliding door was installed to open the outdoor space into the great room and blend the interior and exterior as seamlessly as possible. 

Additional outdoor elements that provide high-tech and laid-back vibes include a home automation system, which operates a motorized screen, audio and video and four skylights. A custom-designed fountain also offers soothing sound along with evaporative cooling and radiant heaters. Lastly, an Evo grill was added, with the intent to be used daily, so a large prep area and proper ventilation was crucial to an overall successful design.


  • + Establish a good relationship with your builder before the 
9-12 month design process begins.
  • + Talk with a minimum of three to four previous clients about 
their experience with the builder.
  • + Learn how the builder responds to issues that come up during 
the construction process and first few years of ownership.

To learn more, visit SterlingBrookHomes.com.