We Turn Dreams into Realities
Custom Home Builder with Over 12 Years of Experience
An award-winning custom home builder, Brother Sun Builders has been building luxury quality homes for more than 12 years. The company, founded in 2004 by Larry and Sue Schwarz, began around a kitchen table in Kingsland, Texas. They began building homes for family and community members, taking pride in the relationships that developed along the way.
Today, continuing that tradition of building strong relationships, Brother Sun Builders has become a multi-generational company with long-standing employee and trade partnerships.
Over the years, the company has coupled its high standard of excellence with a strong team approach to produce custom homes in the greater Hill Country area - homes that have received numerous industry awards.
Quality assurance begins from the ground up with a strong foundation. That’s why Brother Sun Builders utilizes the best practices, appealing designs and great values to ensure that every individual customer has an extraordinary experience tailored specifically to them.
Our Lifestyle Design makes the personalization of your home both an exciting and an enjoyable experience. With partnerships that specialize in everything from lighting to flooring, you'll receive personalized service with a knowledgeable design coordinator, who will assist you in creating the best home that fits your lifestyle.
Meet Our Team
Larry & Sue Schwarz, Owners
Owners Larry & Sue Schwarz have worked together since 1993. At that time, Sue had just come on board as the accountant for Larry’s company, Western Glass & Panels. Two years later they were married, and they continued to work together at Western until the company was sold in 2002. In 2003, the couple moved to the Texas Hill Country, where they built their own home. It was then that Larry and Sue decided to put their professional backgrounds and their passion of home building to use, and build custom homes for others.
Larry brings over 30 years of construction experience to the business, having earned his Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) designation as well as Certified Green Professional (CGP) from the National Home Builders Association. He has served as the president of the Hill Country Builders Association or HCBA (formerly the Building Industry Association or BIA) for two terms, and is currently on the Executive Committee as the Director of Government Relations.
Sue has logged more than 30 years in accounting and tax preparation with a specialty, in Job Cost Accounting. Like Larry, she's also quite active with the local association, having served on the Board of Directors as Chair of the Golf & Scholarships committee and her current position on the Board as Director of Networking.
Together, the Schwarz’s have established a business based on honesty and integrity. They want you to be confident that you have made the right decision in choosing their company to build your home, and to know that they go about the building of each home as if it were their own.
Rachel Briant, Project Assistant
Rachel began her career as a licensed real estate agent in the Texas Hill Country. Using her real estate expertise, she quickly learned what it took to manage a business, returning home to help her mother run a golf course and development, after her stepfather had passed away.
Rachel then went on to work as an office admin for the Hill Country Builders Association in 2012, overseeing various duties, including the advertising sales for their publications.
In 2014, she joined Brother Sun Builders as a Project Assistant. Here she combines her multitude of skills and works closely with our clients, overseeing the day-to-day aspects of coordinating projects and keeping them on track, all the while providing excellent customer service. A typical day will have Rachel guiding clients through the selection process and scheduling subcontractors to ensure all the selections for paint colors, lighting, plumbing fixtures, appliances, counter tops and flooring are correctly placed and installed, and that all punch items are completed.
Rachel currently resides in Kingsland, with her husband of 10 years and her 3 children.
James Bailey, Foreman
James is a native Texan and has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years. He startedhis construction training at an unusually early age - when he was in the 3rd grade - helping his uncle, a builder, drive nails for decking, and eventually learning framing and trim carpentry. James gained renovation experience, while working on historic buildings that were under the overview of the Historical Societies involved in the projects.
While working for the County of Gwinnett, Georgia, as lead carpenter for Facilities and Maintenance, he was responsible for remodeling 90 buildings, including 12 libraries, numerous police and fire stations, banks, health centers and 2 prisons. He was charged with maintaining building values by adhering to the original historical specs. He renovated the historic Lawrenceville Female Seminary, which became the Gwinnett History Museum; the museum houses the artifacts for Button Gwinnett, one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence.
He participated in the historic restoration of the Beeville and Llano Courthouses to their original condition. Those projects included lead and mold restoration. He has also renovated and maintained The Antlers Hotel property in Kingsland, including the train caboose, presently used as a guest quarters, rebuilding it to its original historic value. The Victorian landmark is part of an historic railroad resort located in the Texas Hill Country on Lake LBJ. James has been married for 37 years and has two children and 3 grandchildren.
Kris Pelky, Quality & Risk Manager
Kris Pelky comes to us with a 20 yr. background of administrative and operations expertise. Prior to the construction business, Kris worked in the medical field, where she learned the ins and outs of the quality and risk management profession.
Kris served in the Air Force for four years as an Aeromedical Technician; there she earned her associate’s degree from Northwest Florida College in Liberal Arts. In addition to her vast experience in risk and operations management, Kris has also held positions in HR, billing, quality assurance, and facility start-ups.
Kris has an impressive education background, having earned her M.S. in Clinical Practice Management (graduating Magma Cum Laude) from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. In addition, she holds her B.S. in Business Administration Healthcare Management, along with 7 professional certificates from Colorado Technical University, where she graduation Summa Cum Laude.
Kris's overall compliance, risk, and operational management and dedication to clients and their families ensures that no details will be overlooked.
Hear what some of our customers have to say...
We love the house. It is everything we hoped it would be and then some. While this last year has not exactly been easy on Marc and me due to so much learning curve (and therefore tough on you guys because we knew so little), there is absolutely no doubt that we picked the right builder. Thank you…
- Deanna and Marc