Curb appeal is a very important and often over looked feature in your home. While it is certainly a must have when selling your house, curb appeal doesn't need to go by the way side if you aren't in the market to sell your home. Added curb appeal shows pride in ownership, adds value to your home and your neighborhood and at the end of the day can bring joy to you and those who pass by. Spring is my favorite time to spruce up the exterior of my home. Spring itself is a time of renewal and what better time then now when the days are soon to be longer and warmer to spend some time outside. Here are a few of my favorite ways to add curb appeal and add a little happy to your home this spring.
I know, I know, the calendar still clearly says winter and North Texas is notorious for getting thrown weather curve balls this time of year, but I'm going for it! We're talking spring here people! The weather is so perfect right now and what's 16 days on a calendar when this weekends forecast is clearly the winning indicator here. So, whether you're a North Texas native or you are new to the area, here are some fun things you can do to take advantage of this glorious weather. 1. Get Out In The Yard Help your yard and your homes curb appeal step into spring with a little help from some fresh flowers and mulch. Annuals are an easy way to instantly brighten up your flower garden. But spring is also a good time to plant perennial bulbs that will bloom later in the year and provide beautiful blooms year after year. My personal favorite are tulips and daffodils.
I have to be honest, I have commitment issues when it comes to color. Don't get me wrong, I love color, lots of color, just so long as its in someone else's house. This year however, I resolve to join the rest of the world and add some color to my home. So, I've done some research and I have to say that I am excited about the trending interior home colors of 2016. This year it seems that the base of the interior starts with neutrals (so far, I'm liking the sound of that) that are combined with beautiful jewel tones. Think jade, ruby, rose quartz, you get the idea. There are no shortage of beautiful combinations of these bold colors when paired with understated neutrals and metallics.
We are very excited to announce the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of our beautiful new Hickory Creek model, "The Bentley." Hickory Creek is located in Red Oak, conveniently close to I-35 just 20 minutes south of Dallas. While this is a business friendly community, it has a very relaxed pace and can be found within the Red Oak Independent School District. You are invited to tour this beautiful home and community this coming Wednesday, February 24th from 11am-1pm. Feel free to join us for lunch and be apart of the Red Oak Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
Moving can be a pretty stressful event and is consistently ranked among the top 5 most stressful life events. While there are fun and exciting aspects of it, most of us will admit moving can really take a toll on you and your family. Moving to a new city or state can add even more to the stress level. While I'm no expert, I've moved to different cities and states a few times now and these 6 steps have helped to eliminate some of the stress that comes along with relocating to a new area.
For a lot of us, work is a necessary part of life. A means to an end. But there are a few out there that love their job and I count myself among them. Steve Jobs once said, "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."
Have you ever walked into a house and immediately felt at home? That welcoming feel is unmistakable but it might be difficult to put your finger on what makes it so. Whether you are in the market to sell your house or you just want to set that welcoming mood for you and your guests, here are a list of 5 ways you can do just that. 1. Use Light and Color to Draw Guests In Light has a lot to do with the mood of your home. When you first walk into your home, if there isn't a source of natural light at the opposite end of the entry way, create an accent wall across the room that will draw your eyes inward. Light has a tendency to draw people toward it and it will do the same to draw your guests in.
Building a home is an exciting time in your life and can certainly be a lot of fun! However, with all the design options and latest trends out there, some buyers may be a little overwhelmed with the amount of choices that go into the process. That's where the John Houston design team comes in. Our design savvy team will help you navigate through today's latest trends and timeless elements to help you to build your dream home.
You've probably seen them around town. Walking through the local grocery store, elementary school, church or even sitting next to you at work with beaming smiles. They have been known to congregate on billboards along our highways and through the very local magazines that you enjoy flipping through. Lately, I've even noticed their faces splashed across various social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. John Houston Homes Happy Home Owners. Who are these people you may be asking yourself? Why are they so happy? How can I be just like them? Take heart fine readers, there is a way. Read on and you too can be on your way to becoming a #jhhappyhomeowner.
Santa Claus, Old Saint Nick, Father Christmas...we all know the real reason for Christmas but do you know the real story behind the man in red? (History buffs, you're welcome...) The real Nicholas, as he was called, was born in the 3rd century near modern day Turkey to wealthy Christian parents. At a very young age he lost his parents but had in his short life learned from them the importance of giving to others. He sold off his inheritance to give to the poor and take care of the sick. He became Bishop and later Saint Nicholas and his life became a testament to his love for God and his desire to serve others.
We are a connected society, aren't we? Today we don't even need to leave the comfort of our homes to know what's going on in the world around us. But while we are "connected" on some level, it's difficult to label that connection as personal. At John Houston Homes, building lifelong relationships isn't just an idea, it's a way of life. We strive to do that with every possible connection we make. That means that through every avenue, including the sometimes seemingly impersonal use of social media, we want to make that connection personal. Personal is what makes John Houston Homes who we are. Here are some tips on the many ways that you can connect with us. Through the sharing of our story and the stories of our valued homeowners, we strive to keep a close connection with our ever growing communities.
Set in the Waxahachie community of Windchase, the Baldwin floor plan is a great open concept plan. It features a beautiful entry way and study upon entering as well as 2 of the 3 bedrooms and a full bathroom and utility room to either side of the foyer. As you enter into the main living area, the kitchen, dining room and living room are all open to create one great room perfect for entertaining. The high ceilings and custom features including hardwood floors, granite counter tops and a stone to ceiling fireplace create a stunning living space like we have come to expect in a John Houston Custom Home.
It appears that winter has finally decided to show up in North Texas and show up in a big way! Considering that we were just in shorts two days ago, I am going to assume that you are as unprepared for this cold weather as I am. Despite what the calendar says, my body is in a bit of a shock and I think it's safe to say that your home may be as well. So, let me interrupt your plans to ride out the rest of this year in a food coma/Netflix binge if I may and possibly help save your home and your wallet some stress. 1. Change Out Your Air Filters This is perhaps the easiest of steps because technically you should be changing your air filter out once a month anyways. (If this comes as a shock, quick change those puppies out...I won't tell.) Perhaps you haven't had to use your heating and air conditioner recently so once that heat kicks in, any build up will restrict air flow and make your heater have to work harder than it needs to. This will not only cost you more but could put unnecessary stress on your heater.
You know that song that no one knows the words or meaning to that plays at the strike of midnight on New Years Eve? You may kind of know what I'm talking about, "Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?" Everyone sort of hums the tune and then goes about celebrating because, it's just, tradition. This year it got me thinking, why do we half sing this and what does it even mean!? Auld Lang Syne just so happens to be the name of that old Scottish tune that we attribute to the farewell of an old year and in a nut shell, it means out with the old. When we get rid of the old, we can usher in the new and new is so much fun! This time of year we start to focus on a new healthier self, a renewed commitment to managing our finances, maybe a new job. The list can go on and on but we often resolve to do so much new in the New Year that the shininess of these new ideas wear off by about February. However, here are some things that you can do to your home that can make a new lasting impression that lasts well throughout this coming year.