Energy bills can increase tremendously during the summer months. In some cases, you can even go on a vacation with the amount of money spent on your electricity bill. I could spend a ton of time talking to you about how you should upgrade on your air conditioner, plant trees to help keep the sun out, and even persuade you to take cold showers. Although these things are very helpful, saving on electricity during the summer can be very simple and requires just a small amount of discipline. Read on for a few helpful tips!
Are you preparing to purchase your first home? When you begin to consider making such a large purchase, it can often be intimidating and slightly overwhelming. At John Houston Custom Homes, we understand the pressure that comes with this decision, and we are here to make this process enjoyable for your family. After all, your home will be a safe-haven, a place to build memories, and a place where you will find rest. Before searching for the right home, get your ducks in a row and start with these five tips!
The Cove at North Grove is one of John Houston Custom Homes newest Waxahachie communities. Phase I has just been completed and now Phase II is in progress. This brand new 1,200 home master planned community is located in the heart of Waxahachie and is thriving with the amount of growth around it. The Cove at North Grove is surrounded by retail stores, restaurants and the highly acclaimed Waxahachie ISD. It is slated to have an easily accessible children's playground, park, pools, picnic areas, pond, and over 5 miles of walking and biking trails. Whether you want to spend your evening in with your family or out exploring the neighborhood, you will come to know this new community as your own oasis. Visit The Cove at North Grove for more information.
You are more than likely familiar with John Houston Custom Homes if you are reading this blog but what you may not know is that we are a family of companies offering an array of services well beyond just home building. As part of our mission to "Build Lifelong Relationships," we want to ensure that we are taking care of our customers throughout the home building process and beyond.
Whether you are looking for a new home or looking to renovate or spruce up your own home, model homes are a great source of inspiration. At John Houston Custom Homes, we have model homes in many of our communities that feature beautiful, open concept floor plans, customized wood cabinetry and trim, luxurious upgrades and timeless touches. While we may have many of these homes in close proximity to you, we have made it easier than ever to explore our models!
Thomas Crossing surrounds Southern Oaks Golf Course, designed by PGA Champion Mark Brooks. Not only does it have a beautiful view for living, it is located in the highly acclaimed Burleson ISD School District. There is a corner of Ft. Worth that is tucked near the quiet country setting of Burleson on the Southern Oaks Golf Course that houses the best of both words. Close to all the amenities, shopping and restaurants that you desire in Burleson ISD with the relaxing element of the golf course lined with trees and sprawling green grass. Thomas Crossing is also perfect for commuting into Ft. Worth making it an ideal John Houston Custom Homes community to call home.
Here at John Houston Custom Homes, we strive to build relationships not just with our customers but within the communities in which we build. Community partnerships have long since been a very important part of who we are. Chick-Fil-A Waxahachie led by Philip Browne, is one of those community partners we are proud to work with to make our community a better place to call home.
Spring is the perfect time of year to spruce up your home and curb appeal is a great way to start. Whether your home is new or old, the winter months tend to add a drab look to your homes exterior. Check out this blog post from Better Homes and Garden to discover some easy and affordable ways to welcome spring with your home. CLICK HERE John Houston Custom Homes model homes are also a great way to get ideas for your existing home or to discover your dream home.
Home design trends come and go but there are some features that remain timeless and desired throughout the years. At John Houston Custom Homes, we offer beautiful floor plans and elevations that are current and modern but also have features that can stand the test of time. Here are a few features that many of our plans offer that we feel help to make a house feel like a home today and in the years to come. Open concept floor plans are a staple in our homes. While currently very popular in housing design, these types of floor plans help to create a home environment that is conducive to gathering and bringing people together. Shown here is our Providence model in The Grove in Midlothian and our Sandstone Ranch model, The Titus in Waxahachie.
Waxahachie. What a name! I recall the first time I saw the name on a map thinking, "how on earth does one pronounce that!?" I later learned after moving to Waxahachie and receiving a lesson from the locals that it is pronounced like "wa(l)ks-a-hachie, and now you know too! Waxahachie is a city rooted in history and tradition and full of friendly people and great schools. John Houston Custom Homes is proud to currently be building in 10 communities in Waxahachie all of which have a little something different making it easy to find the perfect home for you in this growing town. Just a short 30 minute drive from downtown, Dallas, Waxahachie has many of the conveniences of a larger city with a small town feel. Here are 5 great reasons that I have found to call a John Houston Custom Home in Waxahachie home.
At John Houston Custom Homes we love Burleson, Texas and are proud to build in and be a part of the communities in and around the area. We recently ran across an article in the Star-Telegram that stated, "...Burelson was deemed the healthiest housing market in Texas and No. 2 in the nation, based on four factors: stability, affordability, fluidity and risk of loss." We can see why Burleson is such an attractive option to home buyers and why the market is growing over the years as we have been building and continue to build there. Burleson features beautiful rolling hills and tree lined landscapes with quiet country enclaves conveniently located near major highways, Ft. Worth and premiere shopping and restaurants. The area offers exemplary schools and parks and bike trails throughout. Recently made famous by the film, Miracles from Heaven, Burleson is a great area to call home.
Most everyone makes resolutions at the beginning of the year. Most of those resolutions have to do with self improvement which is an awesome thing to incorporate into your new year. But here at John Houston Custom Homes, we aim to serve others daily and throughout the year. If you'd like to resolve to better serve others in the new year, here are some great ways that you and your family can make serving part of your 2017.
The New Year is almost upon us...can you believe it!? If you're like me, you'll be spending New Year's Eve at home with your family and staying clear of all the craziness that often accompanies this holiday. But New Year's Eve can still be fun and exciting from home! Check out these 4 fun ways to ring in 2017 at home with your family from us here at John Houston Custom Homes. 1. Netflix Countdown: I'm leading off with my most favorite thing...the Netflix Countdown. This is just a genius idea! Netflix has multiple family friendly characters that will do a countdown to the New Year at any time of night when you push play. If bed time is 9:00pm, let your kids feel like they are staying up for the real deal with this fun little countdown they will love!
Most of us know and understand that North Texas is experiencing a housing market boom. Sure prices have gone up, but what is proving to be a more difficult situation for home buyers is the lack of inventory. In fact, most areas of North Texas have experienced record low inventory during this past year making securing your dream home a bit of a challenge. Building your home with John Houston Custom Homes is an awesome alternative to this dilemma if you have the luxury of time. If time isn't on your side but you would still like to experience all that a new home has to offer, look no further than our available homes from John Houston Custom Homes. We currently have many available homes that are move-in ready or soon to be move-in ready in various communities throughout North Texas. What's better is for a limited time we have some available homes priced with as much as $30,000 in savings! Two-story homes, one-story homes, large lots or small, we currently have something for everyone like the few that are listed here:
1. Building Lifelong Relationships Our team of builders, sales people, and architects understand that they are building more than just your home. It’s in our company DNA to not only want to build quality homes but to do life with our customers and the communities in which we build. While our homes may provide the foundation, it’s the relationships that make the difference. 2. The Style and Design You’ve Been Dreaming Of We offer a wide array of open concept floor plans with timeless features and current styles in mind. We have the dream home for you. Our plans offer something for everyone from new families to empty nesters and everyone in between. 3. Energy Efficiency We know that energy efficiency is important to you. That’s why we build our homes with the top energy standards including Low-E windows, radiant barrier, 15 seer HVAC, R44 Attic insulation, sprinkler system rain sensor and so much more.
Community. Defined as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular common interest is somewhat cold and vague compared to the community that we were witness to this past weekend in Waxahachie. Fellowship, purpose, history, and love could all be used to better define the community that came out in full force to support the Samaria Baptist Church this last weekend. What an honor it was to be a part of such an amazing cause right here in Ellis County, the restoration and revitalization of the Samaria Baptist Church of Waxahachie.
Moving your family across the country to a new state, city, community, while exciting, can be stressful. This was our situation 4 years ago when we relocated from California to Texas with our children who were then just 3 years old and 9 months old. While we anticipated the stress of the move we didn’t anticipate the peace that began from our very first encounter with our sales team at John Houston Custom Homes. Not knowing the area at all, we relied on our real estate agent who had told us about a beautiful new community in Midlothian called Texanna Ranch by a builder named John Houston that she felt would be exactly what we were looking for. She was right in so many ways. Our family had prayed and prayed for God to guide us to where He wanted us to be and where we would establish our roots here in Texas. We were immediately attracted to the quality and craftsmanship of the beautiful homes in the community. Then we met with one of the sales managers who was oddly from the same area that we had been from in CA and we immediately felt at ease as she spoke of what we were experiencing in this transition and related to us in a way that no one else could have. God no doubt put her there to give us peace and assurance in this process.
It may just be the first full week of fall but visions of sugar plums are already dancing in my head. Nothing says holidays like celebrating with family around a glowing fireplace. An open concept floor plan or formal dining room are perfect for hosting those family get togethers and holiday celebrations. If, like me, your envisioning a new place to carry on family traditions, look no further than a John Houston Custom Home. But how can I have a new John Houston Custom Home in time for the holidays you may be saying!? Well friends I have the answer!
Real estate is a hot topic these days in North Texas. If you aren't in the market to buy a new home, chances are that with the current state of the housing market, you have at least thought about buying a new home. If you are one of the many who has decided to buy, the next question is do you buy a new or used home? While there are definitely advantages to both, I have compiled a list for you as to why buying new is the way to go.
Action movies always place “the good guy” in a tough spot, a dangerous squeeze, a life-or-death situation that puts the audience on their heels and gets everyone’s hearts racing. The quick decision and perfectly executed maneuvers of the lead characters ultimately create an outcome where all works out for the best in the end. About a year ago, we were the lead characters in our own little action movie. After our prior house had sold incredibly fast, we were in our tough spot. We were transitioning from the Houston area to Midlothian, had no place to call home, all of our belongings in storage, and four energetic kids out of school for the summer. Granted, it was not a dangerous, life-or-death scenario, but with our little rascals, one might characterize it as a real mayday moment (and some of our family and friends did). We prayed and prayed and asked the good Lord to provide us with the strength and patience to maintain our and our kid’s sanity and happiness. We also asked for some direction to put us where we are supposed to be.