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We grew up in the construction industry. Erin’s family has a 50 year old plumbing business. Derek is a third generation homebuilder and he grew up working on jobsites beside his dad. To better understand the building process, he obtained a degree in architecture from one of the nation’s top programs and practiced architecture with a team designing and building custom homes for eight years. Subsequent to that, Derek worked for 15+ years in the commercial subcontracting/general contracting industry in business development, contract negotiations, estimating and project management. Erin brings her background as a lawyer in the areas of construction defect, business and real estate and as a risk manager for a national commercial subcontractor.


Born and raised in the same hometown in Northern California, we began raising our family there as well. Our search for a new school for our three boys took us on the greatest adventure of our lives as we left everything we knew and the comfort of home to pursue the calling we felt on the life of our family – in the great State of Texas.


Our professional backgrounds, life experiences, and family story, including designing our own custom home and overseeing the construction process as homeowners rekindled our passion and dream to build and Story Builders was born. Recognizing the need in the industry, we focus on the homeowner, helping make the experience a positive chapter in your family’s story.


Our goal with every build is to create a team where we navigate the homebuilding process together. Although the process itself can be stressful (decision making, finances, timelines), it is our belief and experience that clear expectations spelled out at the beginning and revisited regularly along with completely open channels of communication dramatically alleviate those challenges. Having been on both sides of the home building process, and with a heart to build and maintain positive relationships with all of our building partners, especially the homeowner, we look forward to watching our clients’ dream home emerge from the black and white pages of the architectural plans.


Derek Kvistad

Principal, Story Builders

  • Bachelor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University,  San Luis Obispo, CA

  • 3rd generation home builder

  • 25+ years professional experience

  • Building relationships, whether it's with my foremen, field employees, subcontractors, or clients, is the highlight of my work



Phone: 469-400-6060


Erin Kvistad

Principal, Story Builders

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Davis

  • Juris Doctor, Santa Clara University School of Law

  • 25+ years professional experience including legal, risk management, safety, HR and marketing

  • I employ daily the skills I have learned throughout my career to further the goals and relationships of our clients


Phone: 925-989-5535

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