About me


Hey there, my name is Elise Austin and welcome to my construction zone! I’m a mom, real estate agent, blogger, and a contractor’s wife living the contractor’s life in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Around here there is always a project getting started, a dream in the works, a house to sell, or a mental breakdown about to happen.

Come along with me as I journal the last big push to complete our ongoing house remodel before we get to old to remember where we live. I’ve also cooked up some wonderful recipes, some borrowed, some not. I’ll be covering everything from gluten free, low carb, and good ol’ southern family yumminess! There will be lots of other stuff I’ll be getting into so follow me on this trip across the finish line!

Look forward to hearing from you!


About Us

The Contractor’s Castle is a blog compiled of varied projects/lifestyle categories/ helpful DYI tips focusing on home enhancement. “Home enhancement” is defined in our world by any small little painting project all the way to mind improving/anxiety relief. It’s whatever helps you put a smile on your face everydayJ

Elise Austin is an active real estate sales associate in the northeastern Oklahoma – Tulsa area and has been in the industry for 20+ years. She is a Tulsa native and has sold properties from foreclosures to estates and everything in between. She has an extensive knowledge of remodeling, building costs and procedures learning from first hand/hands on, “living the contracting dream” experience thanks to her talented husband Jim. Elise attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University with 185 hours in everything from Geology to CAD but she credits most of her life knowledge by inheriting her engineer dad’s curiosity of how things work and why, and her mom’s artistic talents on the canvas and in the kitchen.  Elise should have been a professional idea/invention creator; she’s always got a new idea for Jim to build:)

Jim Austin has been an active builder/residential remodeling contractor in the Tulsa and surrounding area for the last 35+ years. He came to Tulsa from St. Louis where he started his contracting business after graduating from Mizzou with a finance degree. He is best known for his integrity, honesty, work ethic, and ability to “figure out any on site construction dilemma”.  Also his attention to detail and perfectionism is unmatched while being very conscientious and considerate of his client’s time, money, and lifestyle interruptions during the construction processes. Jim’s number one hobby is watching St. Louis Cardinal Baseball.

If you’re in the Northeastern/Tulsa area we’d love to work with you on your next move or remodeling/building project!

Elise Austin at eaustin@Mcgrawok.com

Jim Austin, Austin Construction Company, austinconstructionco@cox.net

P.S. This bloggin’ stuff is a new venture so if you have any suggestions, helpful hints or any ideas on projects please send them our way. Also, we use a lot of products so if you’d like us to review yours please contact us. And lastly, kindness is valued and cherished on this site…Please be polite when commentingJ





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