Our passion for creating unique and healthy living spaces was born from necessity.
Jen Stout, co-founder & healthy living design expert
For many years Jen just never felt right, and doctors didn't have answers. After battling fatigue and the sudden onset of allergies and sensitivities to countless foods, cosmetics and household cleaning products, Jen decided to seek help.
Dr. Rea at the Environmental Health Center (EHC) in Dallas was able to identify the root of the problem. Mold residues were present in Jen's lab test indicating toxic levels of mold exposure. Jen learned her body's overactive immune responses were sensitivities to molds, formaldehyde, pesticides and many other elements that surround us on a daily basis. An air quality test of her Dallas apartment led to the discovery of a severe black mold problem (stachybotrys) that had existed behind the walls for years.
Unhealthy living and/or working environments can trigger the onset of allergies, sensitivities and a whole host of nervous system and immune problems. Jen realized that moving into a healthy living environment free from chemicals, mold and allergens was key to restoring her health. The problem was this did not exist, so Jen set out to build one of the first truly chemical-free healthy homes using main-stream, modern day building materials in 2012.
Armed with an arsenal of knowledge in home building, design and healthy living practices, Jen has made it her mission to build better lives through healthy home building.
Jen holds a Bachelor of Science Journalism degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Jen is trained in LEED and was previously the Executive Director of the Hill Country Builders Association in Central Texas.
"These two joined forces and are now redefining home building best practices"
Rusty Stout, co-founder & president
Unmatched attention to details and processes is what sets Rusty Stout apart. This is how colleagues describe Rusty, co-founder, builder and president of JS2 Partners. Rusty founded a General Contracting firm in Austin, TX, where he continued to hone his construction management skills by competing for and winning numerous US government construction contracts over the last decade.
Rusty also began working with Jen and learning about the design aspects and materials evaluations that go into building a toxin-free home. They both saw a need for changing the way houses are built, thus JS2 Partners was formed.
With Jen's in-depth knowledge of healthy building and Rusty's 20 years of residential and commercial construction experience, there is no project too large or too small to take on.
"When your friends come over, I want them to be in awe of your home; and ultimately unaware that any special products were used." Rusty's main goal is to give homeowners a quality-built and beautiful custom home that will be a healthy sanctuary for years to come.
Rusty is a past president of the Hill Country Builders Association Board of Directors and is a member of the Texas Association of Builders and National Association of Home Builders. Rusty serves as a building trades education mentor for high school students in the Highland Lakes and is an authorized OSHA trainer and NASP Safety Inspections Technician. Rusty holds a Project Management Professional Designation from Park University and is certified in Contracting Law through FPS.