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Matt Risinger Headshot Oct 2011

Matt Risinger

Austin, Texas
Twitter @MattRisinger 
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Hi and welcome to my blog.  I’ve been a builder for almost 20 years and have been blogging about my passions of Building Science & Fine Craftsmanship since 2008.  Here’s my quick story; I was a huge fan of the PBS show “This Old House” growing up in Pittsburgh, PA.  I started learning about construction by working summers at an inner-city ministry that fixed up row houses for elderly people who owned their homes but couldn’t afford to maintain them.  I got a BS in Industrial Management from Grove City College and wanted to work for Toyota as I was fascinated with all things from Japan.I ended up working for one of the National Production Builders (NVR Ryan Homes) after college where I met my Texan wife in Washington DC.  My 7 years with that mega builder was really fun, but it didn’t satisfy my desire for “Craftsmanship” as I was building insanely fast houses.  My wife was in Medical School at the time and after she graduated we moved to Portland, OR.I renovated a Sears & Roebuck 1927 Craftsman house and landed a Production Manager job with a regional semi-custom builder.  It was the mold crisis of 2002 that lead me down the path to Building Science.  I got to take apart many homes in Portland that had mold issues and that time was invaluable.

My wife and I moved to Austin, TX in 2005 and I finally started my own company building exclusively for Architects. My small company has grown to 13 people and I’ve become nationally known for my expertise in Building Science for our Hot/Humid climate.  My blog started out of a frustration with the void of good building science and best practice methods for the Hot/Humid South, and partly to satisfy my childhood dream of hosting “This Old House”.  I’ve written several articles for Fine Homebuilding & The Journal of Light Construction, and my blog is now seen on those websites as well as Custom Home Magazine.  I also have a large (>10k) following on my YouTube channel and I try to post a new video per week.

Life is good, and I’m extremely blessed.  I have four kids now, my wife and I have had 15 wonderful years of marriage.  I’m a passionate follower of Jesus, and I am constantly challenged by His love for me and how I can utilize my skills/passion to further His Kingdom.I’d love to have you follow me on any of my outlets.  If you are interested in my firm, Risinger Homes specializes in Architect Driven projects.  We’d love to talk to you about your Whole House Remodel, or New BUILD.  We are unique in that we have an in-house Carpentry Staff and we actually own tools & equipment.  If you’ve not hired an Architect yet, that’s the first step before you hire us.  I’ve got a great list of Austin Architects on my company website that we’ve worked with before.  I hope you will take an opportunity to comment on a blog post too.

 

Best, Matt

 

I love my Tundra.  This is a 1930's Renovation my company did with Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

I love my Tundra! This is a 1930’s Renovation my company did with Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

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