Awards & Media

Jenkins celebrates over three decades designing and building award-winning luxury homes. Some of the highlights include being named Custom Builder of the Year by the Austin Business Journal in 2023.

Jenkins was also named Custom Builder of the Year for Texas on four additional occasions over the course of their 30 years of business. It is fun to win awards, and the team has enjoyed being awarded over 110 international, national, statewide, and regional awards for design, craftsmanship, and more. 


Best Custom Home

Awarded by the National Association of Home Builders as a “Best in America” – Best Custom Home $1M

Best Outdoor Living

Awarded by the National Association of Home Builders as a “Best in America” – Best Outdoor Living

State – Best in Texas

Texas Association of Builders is the state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders. Each year, it recognizes the best builders in Texas with its “Star Awards”. Categories such as “Best Custom Home” and “Best Architectural Design” are awarded with the grand award for “Best Custom Builder” going to the top builder in the state. Jenkins has won the grand award for “Best Custom Builder” four times. Below are more Star Awards presented to Jenkins over the years, as well as other state-wide awards for “Best in Texas”.

Custom Builder of the Year

Awarded 4 times.

Best Architectural Design

Awarded 4 times.

Best Overall Interior Design

Awarded 3 times.

Best New Custom Home

Awarded 9 times.

Best Master Bedroom

Awarded 4 times.

Best Outdoor Living

Awarded 2 times.

Best Master Bathroom

Awarded 8 times.

Best Specialty Room

Awarded 5 times.

Best Kitchen

Awarded 6 times.

Best of Show

Parade of Homes

People’s Choice Award – Most Innovative Design, Best Family Room, Most Unique, Best Library, Best Game Room, Best Unique Feature for the Hidden Wine Room, Best Craftsmanship, Best Kitchen/Living, Best Master Bedroom, Best Master Bath.

Luxury Home Tour

The Reserve at Lake Travis – The Treehouse – Best Design

The Treehouse was also nominated for an HGTV Design award.

Showcase of Homes

Benefiting Make-a-Wish Foundation – Flintrock Falls – Villa Bellisimo – Best Kitchen, Best Outdoor Living.

Designing Texas Dream Home

Selected for the Designing Texas Dream Home / filmed in a 6-week television series hosted by Jocelyn White.


100 Fastest-Growing Aggie-Owned Businesses in the world 6 time recipient. Twice ranked in top 10.


Custom Builder of the Year

Austin Business Journal – named Jenkins Custom Builder of the Year

Best Custom Home Builder

Greater Austin Home Builder’s Association – Best Custom Home Builder

Online Design-Build Awards

Best of Houzz Award – 10 consecutive years running

HGTV Fresh Faces

Austin Architects

Best Design-Build Home Builder in Austin

People’s Choice Awards

Best of ParadeBest Master SuiteBest Living Room
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Just announced were the winners of the People’s Choice Awards for the Parade of Homes in the Horseshoe Bay area. Jenkins won every award in every category. Jayne Mortensen, Director of the Building Industry Association (BIA) for the Highland Lakes area, called Shan Jenkins to congratulate him. “I just wanted you to know what an accomplishment this is,” she said. A Custom Home Builder has never won this many awards in one Parade.

When asked about the award, Shan Jenkins responded, “We are so honored by this – after all, it is the people who attend the Parade of Homes whom we aspire to impress. They understand that it is that balance of form and function that makes a custom home a success. A really exceptional home will evoke an emotional response when people enter the home. We could tell that people were making that emotional connection when they saw our Parade Home, and that really made us happy.”


The Jenkins Team has been featured in an array of prominent National and International publications including Dolce Vita, American Dream Homes, Luxe, Luxury Home, Builder Magazine, Urban Home, and many more.

Frontgate Magazine (Cover Page) 

Frontgate magazine features high-end furnishings and accouterments for the home. Jenkins Custom Homes was approached about providing a location for the cover page of their upcoming issue, and one of our gracious homeowners offered their home to be photographed. The Frontgate staff staged a photo shoot in the home that resulted in a lovely cover photo and a very successful issue, according to the editors.

Jenkins Celebrated Among Best in America (Best in American Living magazine) 

The Best in American Living features the top architects and builders in the nation. Presented by the National Association of Home Builders, the publication features specific projects which are considered among the best in the nation. 

Designing a 7,000+ sq ft Parade Home on a 40-foot Cliff (feature article, Dolce Vita)

“Driving through the distinguished Lakeway, Westlake, and Dripping Springs communities of Austin, Texas, you’re bound to find dozens of Jenkins Homes lining the pristine roads. As a leader in home design, this experienced builder creates remarkable dream homes from start to finish.” 

Creating a Home for a Showcase (feature article & Cover Page, American Dream Homes)

“Situated atop a sprawling site that gave rise to its alluring aesthetic, this glimmering Lakeway, Texas, estate exudes a timeless air. What’s surprising, however, is that while it looks like it’s been gracing the terrain for decade upon decade, 105 Golden Bear Cove is a relative newbie on the block.”

Texas Builder Magazine (feature article, Texas Builder).

Feature article in Texas Builder magazine, published by the Texas Association of Builders. For the third time, Jenkins was awarded the “Grand Award”, Custom Builder of the Year and featured in the Texas Builder magazine.

The Treehouse (featured in Luxury Home Magazine)

“When the Jenkins design team walked this homesite, it was the amazing oak trees that begged to play a central role in the design. Large windows and multiple glass doors established a connection with the outdoors and the natural landscape. The second floor feels like it’s perched atop the trees with wonderful lake and hill country views.”

Waterways (cover and feature article)

Featured on the cover of the “Home” issue of Waterways magazine as well as an article on Lake Living, Shan Jenkins was interviewed in an ongoing series by Waterways magazine.

About New Austin Homes (feature article)

“As a second-generation home builder, Shan Jenkins approaches each project the same way. ‘It has to be built as close to perfect as possible. It’s got to be better than the competition and more beautiful than any previous home I’ve built,’ says Jenkins.”

As an industry expert, Shan Jenkins was interviewed by Builder Magazine regarding construction methods and mold. In the article, Jenkins conveyed his expertise on tried-and-true construction methodologies. “What we know about them is that they allow the house to breathe,” says Jenkins. “We know this because we’ve had the benefit of pulling back the paper to see wood that looks brand new, even after 40-50 years. While some of the newer products may inhibit mold growth, some have shown to allow moisture into the building envelope causing the mold to just grow on the studs. Part of that may be due to improper installation. As an industry, we have to consider our labor base and decide the best technique for our market and conditions.”

Jenkins interviewed by KVUE News

Jenkins Design Build was interviewed by the KVUE News team to discuss their Parade Home, a 7,000 square foot home built in Lakeway’s Rough Hollow.

Jenkins featured in “Designing Texas” TV series.

The Jenkins Design Build team was featured on the “Designing Texas Dream Home” series, a 6-week television series that follows the creation of a luxury home in Texas. In this final episode, the host of the show, Jocelyn White, interviews Shan & Bethany Jenkins about the home and the team’s journey to create this masterpiece.”