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.
This week, many students throughout North Texas headed back to school. I for one, have always been a big fan of this time of year. As a kid, it was the new clothes, matching my binders to my pencils and my backpack....wait, you didn't do that? I know I can't be the only one that did that! #longlivethetrapperkeeper. Sorry, I digress. Now, as an adult, I love it because my own kids are back to school (I have become a lover of routine in my old age) and I can just smell the pumpkin spice everything from now through Thanksgiving.
A home begins with a creative vision. At John Houston Custom Homes, that creative vision typically originates in our in house architecture department. 6 years ago, that department began with a young staff architect and Texas A&M graduate, Rich Ean. While that department has since grown considerably and Rich is now our Regional Drafting Manager, the same ingenuity and quality is still the foundation of our home building process.
Building is booming in the South Pointe development. BY NICHOLAS SAKELARIS Special to the News-Mirror
At John Houston Custom Homes, building lifelong relationships is the foundation of all that we do. Read all about some of our newest #happyhomeowners, Marvy and Dude Washington below. Want to join them and #buildyourstorywithus? Visit our website today to learn more!
John Houston Custom Homes is proud to be building in Waxahachie's finest new master planned community, North Grove. The first phase of this exciting new community, The Cove at North Grove, is just minutes away from great shopping and restaurants and the highly acclaimed schools of Waxahachie ISD. With easy access to Highway 287 and I-35, this tucked away community is still very accessible to all that the area has to offer and is just 30 minutes south of Dallas.
Our mission at John Houston Custom Homes is to build lifelong relationships with our customers and the communities in which we build. Employees like Sales Manager, Rob Poole are our front line in that mission. Rob has been with John Houston Custom Homes for 11 years and still today, he says his favorite part about his job is, "Getting to meet and work with such amazing people. Getting to share life with folks."
I don't know about you but one of my favorite things to do is look through model homes. The beautiful lay outs, the fresh decor, and the latest home trends. I love it all! Even when I am not in the market for a new home, it's fun to look, dream and get ideas.
This summer your kids are likely to let out the age old summertime whine, "I'm bored." When that moment comes, we want to help you be prepared with this list of fun crafts and activities sure to inspire your little future builder. If your kiddos love to see how things are built and put together or if you would like to inspire a love of building, these fun ideas are perfect!
When you close your eyes and dream up your perfect master suite, what does it include? A sunken tub? A coffee bar? A spacious walk in closet? All of the above? Truly you can find those features and more in a John Houston Custom Home. Our master suites can be designed in a retreat like fashion that can allow you a relaxing get away within your own home. Check out some of our favorites and let us know what would make the perfect master suite for you. Have a John Houston Custom Homes master suite that you think is swoon worthy? Post a pic and share in the comments. We'd love to see how you have created the perfect retreat within your home.
While the calendar still says spring, in my book, summer starts Memorial Day weekend. So according to me (and the heat index on most days) its summer time in Texas. So what's going on this summer!? John Houston Custom Homes builds in some of the most community and family centered areas in North Texas and this list of events is a perfect example of why these communities make great places to #buildyourstory.
Looking out across the sea of young, eager faces and red uniform shirts at the Career Day event at Life School Red Oak Elementary, was a sweet reminder at just how bright our future is. What an honor to have a little time carved out in each of their lives to speak to them about our passion for building relationships, building homes, and even of building the future at John Houston Custom Homes. Together with our Vice President of Sales, Jason Dodson and Architectural Designer, Rich Ean, we presented to multiple second and fourth grade classes at Life School Red Oak about the exciting world of home building. From starting with an architectural plan, to meeting with customers, and finally seeing the plan come to life, Rich excited the kids with his passion for creating. He encouraged them to do well in school in the areas of math and science and spoke of how awesome it is to marry that world together with art and creativity and come out with architecture. He encouraged them to go to college and work hard and do well in school.
Waxahachie has experienced a tremendous amount of growth over the last few years and John Houston Custom Homes is excited to be a part of that growth with its newest community, Sandstone Ranch. The brand new model home, "The Titus," is an exciting look into what this exclusive community will feature. Exquisite details and beautiful custom features are staples to the homes in this neighborhood within Waxahachie ISD and conveniently located near all of the best shopping and restaurants that Waxahachie has to offer.