by Jodi Peters
on Friday, June 7th, 2019 at 12:43pm.
Chad Shimaitis and Peter Young co-founded UWC Custom Builders in 2017, and have recently joined the Builder’s Guild at Cinnamon Shore. With two homes under way at 121 and 127 Wild Horse (shown above) in the heart of Cinnamon Shore, the firm also does remodel work in the development and has several other projects on Mustang Island.
Shown above, 127 Wild Horse is close to completion! Future owners will enjoy front and rear porches and a great floor plan that offers gathering spaces and room to retreat. A gorgeous kitchen includes beautiful countertops and dramatic light fixtures.
Serious Curb Appeal
The UWC Custom Builders projects that are nearing completion mark the promise of a long-term relationship with Cinnamon Shore.
The cheery, yellow-and-white cottage at 127 Wild Horse Drive has stacked, double porches and a livable, open floor plan, and it will be completed this summer! A great master suite features a sumptuous bathroom with double sinks, walk-in shower, and tub. And this mood board shows the great inspiration for interiors, with exquisite tile, nickel finishes, and striking lighting choices.
The home at 121 Wild Horse Drive has great cottage details, including a standing seam metal room and a decorative tower that fills the stairwell with natural light.
Living and learning on the coast
Living in Port Aransas has taught Chad and Peter a lot about building in the harsh coastal environment. “We have made it our mission from the beginning to build a home that will not prematurely fail due to moisture penetration and salt exposure,” Chad says. “Additionally, we IECC energy test all of our homes to ensure peak envelope performance.”
He will happily share with homebuyers and potential clients the many techniques the firm uses “to create a tighter, dryer, and longer lasting home.”
Photo: Chad Shimaitis
And the partners also look to make the process of building a home collaborative and a joy. “[We’ve] made it our goal to create a pleasurable experience when building our clients’ coastal homes,” Chad says. “The experience should be fun, interactive, and responsive.”
A genuine love of the coast
After a 21-year career as an energy executive specializing in natural gas, Chad formed Under Way Construction with Peter. Now operating under the name UWC Custom Builders, the firm has a long list of clients who love their work.
Chad and Peter don’t just build homes in Port Aransas. They live the Port A lifestyle.
“I have been a lifelong outdoorsman,” says Chad, who loves to fish, flounder, and duck hunt in Port A waters. His wife has traveled to Port Aransas since childhood, and she introduced him to the town back in the ’90s. “I, too, fell in love with Port Aransas,” he says, adding that the couple built our first home here in 2003. “I am very proud my kids get to spend time on the coast as an everyday part of their lives.”
Peter’s connection to the coast began at the age of 3 with his fondness for fishing. Early family vacations and his passion for fishing eventually led him to Port Aransas, where he worked as an offshore boat captain. His interest in learning more about the fish themselves led him to obtain a Master’s degree in Fisheries and Mariculture from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2014. Since then, he’s led an age-and-growth study of dolphinfish in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico and worked as captain of the 1st Place boat in the Poco Bueno tournament of 2012.
Photo: Peter Young
More recently, he is a broker for Fox Yacht Sales in Port Aransas and enjoys his works as a general contractor at UWC Custom Homes. As the son of a lifelong builder, U.S. Navy Seabee, and engineer, Peter grew up learning the dedication, skills, and hard work necessary to see any project through.
Together, these two are crafting coastal homes that they take pride in, homes that help families live their own coastal dreams at Cinnamon Shore.