ROOST brings together two builders, David Hernandez and Chad Watkins, who have over 30 years of collective experience in custom, production and multi-family residential construction.

With relationships built on professionalism and honesty over many years and projects, ROOST works with the most reliable and skilled architects, trades and real estate advisors in the region. The ROOST partners share an uncommon work ethic and dedication to client service. They bring clients the foresight and day-to-day problem-solving abilities necessary to complete a home on time, on budget and to the highest quality standards.


David Hernandez brings 15 years of construction management experience to ROOST clients. With a background in multi-family and mixed use development, David served leadership and construction management roles at Trammell Crow, Fairfield Development and Safari Construction where he managed over $350 million of development. David founded Zilker Construction in 2009 and began teaming up with Watkins Custom Homes, a partnership they have formalized with ROOST. David earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from UT Austin, where he also acquired a great love for this city. He makes his home in central Austin with wife, Kari, and two children, Tessa and Hayes.


Chad Watkins has been building quality homes in Austin since 2000. He founded Watkins Custom Homes in 2006 and is responsible for over 140 new homes and remodels, and as many happy homeowners. Prior to starting his own company, Chad played construction management roles for top Austin area homebuilders Brian A. Bailey Custom Homes, and production builder David Weekly Homes. He received his Business Administration and Marketing degree from Texas Tech University and quickly made his way to Austin. Chad is an avid cyclist and runner, but can most often be found enjoying the good life in ATX with his wife, Mandy, and three children, Cash, Weezie, and Duke.