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Patio Gardening - Perfect for Townhouse Living

Patio Gardening - Perfect for Townhouse Living

Townhouse living is a great way to get more house and luxury for your dollar, in a smaller footprint. That's good news for people living in larger cities who want to build new. Townhouse living has a lot of benefits, but having a yard for gardening is usually now one of them.

Of course you can participate in a community garden - a great way to get your gardening fix, as well as meet new people - but many of us enjoy having a garden close to home for easy access when fresh veggies and herbs are needed.

If you live in a townhouse, you probably don't have much room for gardening. Don't despair, patio gardening can be just as satisfying. Patio gardening can produce a sufficient yield for your family and can be a lot of fun, it's also easy.

Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can successfully grow tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, radishes, and all kinds of herbs. Patio gardening is a great way to grow food for your family all year long depending on the climate where you live.

There are a multitude of planters for patio gardening. And while there are some high tech options that include grow lights with vertical growth, any container will do.

It really depends on the size of your patio and how much space you want to use for gardening. If you're like most patio gardeners, you'll find it can become quite addictive and pretty soon you have pots and containers all over the patio. 

Start your plants from seeds or buy them already started at your local hardware store or garden center. Start seeds in the spring or purchase seedlings to get a head start. Cuttings work well too depending on the type of plant.  

If you're new to gardening choose hearty varieties of tomatoes, carrots, lettuce and beans to get started. These fruits and veggies don't require much more than watering and sunlight.  Speaking of sunlight, it's important to determine how much sun your patio gets. If it doesn't get much sun you'll want to stick with fruits and veggies that don't need much light like broccoli, cauliflower, peas, beets, salad greens and radishes. 

Make sure the containers you plant your veggies in have good drainage. Too much water and your plant's roots will rot. If your pots don't have enough drainage you can drill a hole in the bottom of the container to provide more.  Use a slow release fertilizer to nourish your plants all season. 

Now is a Great Time to Build a Townhouse

Now is a Great Time to Build a Townhouse

There's never been a better time to build a townhouse. If you're looking for a great investment townhouses might be the thing for you. We've got a great selection of townhouse floor plans to choose from, all have been built before so you can build with confidence.

Interest rates are still low, and land for single family homes is only moving further and further out of the city. If you want to build a home in the city, a townhouse is a great investment. 

Whether you build one, two or twenty townhouses, we've got the floor plan to fit your needs. Our townhouse floor plans range from modest (under 2000 sq ft), to the expansive (over 5000 sq ft). 

We've got luxury townhouse floor plans with grand staircases, elevators and rooftop decks. We've got townhouse floor plans for sale with bonus rooms, tuck under garages and chef inspired kitchens. 

You can check out all of our various townhouse floor plans by clicking here.

No matter what type of townhouse floor plan you choose, at Preston Wood & Associates, we've got the right one for your project. 

We also modify plans. If you find one you love, but there are a few tweaks that you need made, we're happy to help. 

For more information on building the townhouse of your dreams give us a call at 713-522-2724.

 

Events in Houston this September

Events in Houston this September

September is here, kids are back in school and Halloween is just around the corner. Time really does fly. There are a lot of great events taking place in Houston this September, check out the list below if you're looking for family friendly entertainment this month.

Events in Houston this September

Houston Artists Mural

When: Now through October 31st, 2021

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

During Earth Day presented by Green Mountain Energy, 13 Houston artists completed murals celebrating the richness and diversity of our community, culture, and natural environment. The 13 artists were chosen from 111 applicants for their designs that envision the Houston we want to see and inspire us to create that shared future together. Their work will be on display at the park through October 2021.

The Houston artists chosen for the project are: Melissa Aytenfisu, Betirri, Hannah Bull, DUAL, Empire, Max Guarnaccia, Kill Joy, Gelson D. Lemus (w3r3on3), Chelsea Mariah, Renee Martinez, Meenr, Amol Saraf and Usagi Wasabi

Many thanks to our sponsors: Green Mountain Energy and Port Houston and to our partners Citizens' Environmental Coalition.

Camp Gladiator at Cityplace Plaza

When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

Where: Cityplace Plaza

1250 Lake Plaza Drive

Houston, Tx

An array of complimentary fitness classes is featured this January on and around CityPlace Plaza. The popular HIIT class, Camp Gladiator, welcomes participants every Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. Try the first session for free, and memberships are available on-site.

Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals

When: Daily

Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Herman Park Drive

Houston, TX

From a huge amethyst weighing more than 850 lbs to a crystallized gold cluster that is one of the most highly coveted objects in the mineral kingdom, the spectacular specimens on display here are true masterpieces — the Rembrandts and Picassos of the natural world.

Discover more than 450 beautifully crystallized mineral specimens, including some of the world’s most rare and beautiful examples. Examine these dazzling treasures in detail from all angles through walk-around display cases illuminated by fiber-optic lighting to provide optimum viewing.

The nearby Smith Gem Vault showcases stunning jewelry and gem-cut minerals.

Faberge: The Art of Presentation

When: Daily

Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Herman Park Drive

Houston, TX

The McFerrin Fabergé Collection is presented in the state-of-the-art gallery in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. This gallery is made possible by the generous underwriting of the Artie and Dorothy McFerrin Foundation.

The first installation in the gallery is the special exhibition Fabergé: The Art of Presentation. Visitors will experience the design artistry and craftsmanship of the Fabergé workmasters in an intimate setting.

Currently numbering over 600 pieces, the McFerrin Fabergé Collection is the largest private collection of Fabergé in the world—a treasure trove of objects reflecting the artistry of the Fabergé firm.

Fabergé: The Art of Presentation explores the international politics, diplomacy, economics and innovation in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Beginning with the magnificent crown jewels of Catherine the Great, the development of Peter Carl Fabergé’s techniques and inspiration are explored.

Lagoonfest Texas

When: Now through October 3rd, 2021

Where: Lago Mar Crystal Lagoon

3240 Lago Mar Blvd

Houston, TX

Houston’s newest summer destination — Lagoonfest Texas — opens with $1.5 million in upgrades May 28 at Lago Mar’s Crystal Lagoons® amenity, 3240 Lago Mar Blvd.The event will be open 10 a.m. to sunset Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 3, with expanded evening hours some days. Some of the improvements to the 12-acre lagoon include deepening the beaches to offer approximately triple the amount of white-sand beach, expanding the food service and bars and adding rooftop party decks. Expanded activities include more kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, sailboats and a catapult swing on the water. Live music and other entertainment also will be added to the mix. Luxury cabanas and loungers can be reserved and come with a custom food-and-drink menu. An evening cocktail cruise will be available for a private group booking.

Barrett Jackson Car Show

When: September 16th, 2021

Where: NRG Park

1 NRG Park

Houston, TX

Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions have drew fans from all over the world for almost 50 years, earning the title of America's No. 1 Attraction for Car Lovers in the 2019 USA Today Readers' Choice Contest. The auctions have developed over the years into world-class automotive lifestyle events, when thousands of the world's most sought-after, unusual, and priceless vehicles cross the block in front of a worldwide audience, both in person and on live national and international television.

Houston Bird Week 2021

When: September 18 - 25, 2021

Where: Houston Audubon and locations in Houston

440 Wilchester

Houston, TX

Houston Bird Week is a celebration of the important role Houston plays in the journey of billions of migratory birds and resident birds. Houston Audubon and local conservation partners arrange a week of virtual and in-person events centered around our region’s birds and wildlife – from birding opportunities to fun activities for the whole family.Visit the Bird Week website at www.houstonaudubon.org/birdweek for details on event locations and times.

 

3 1/2 Story Duplex Townhome Plan for Sale

3 1/2 Story Duplex Townhome Plan for Sale

Looking for a stunning duplex townhouse floor plan with 3 and 1/2 stories? Look no further than this beautiful design - C8271 u5.

All townhouse floor plans are on sale for $1500.

The first floor of this duplex townhouse floor plan includes the 2 car garage, the main entry way, and the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms. The bedrooms share a full bath with walk-in shower.

On to the second floor you'll enter the main living area with open kitchen, dining room and living room. The kitchen is spacious with ample room for preparing meals for large or small gatherings. The kitchen opens into the dining area and then flows on to the large living space. This is a perfect home to host large and small gatherings.

Go up one more level to the mezzanine and you'll access the home office. A lovely space for those who continue to work at home or makes a wonderful study area for the kids. 

Up one more level and you'll find yourself in the master suite. Located away from the rest of the home, this space offers privacy and quiet. The master bedroom is spacious with plenty of light from the large windows. Easy access to the roof deck provides a relaxing area to enjoy morning coffee or nighttime stargazing. The master bathroom features a large soaking tub as well as a walk-in shower.

This townhome plan has 2443 square ft. of living space. This narrow townhouse plan design has a depth of 49'-6" and a width of 20'-0". 

  • LEVEL ONE: 569
  • LEVEL TWO: 890
  • MEZZANINE: 347
  • LEVEL THREE: 637
  • TOTAL LIVING: 2443 For more info on our plans, please call 713-522-2724 or E-mail us.  
    click here for more information on Townhome Plans.
    Preston Wood and Associates (PW+A) is a member of the “American Institute of Building Design." The "AIBD" is a national organization with chapters in every major U.S. city including Charlotte, Huntsville, Fayetteville, Norfolk, and Madison.
  • This town home plan is sold as part of a multi unit building, for single floor plan purchases or plan modifications please call us.

New Home Sales Drop in May as Housing Costs Continue to Rise

In this recent article from the National Association of Home Builders they discuss the drop in new home sales due to the continued rise in the cost of materials and labor. Read the full article below.

(NAHB) 

New home sales fell to the lowest pace in a year, with prices jumping 18 percent on a year-over-year basis, due to the high costs and uncertain availability of building materials, lots and labor. Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 5.9 percent in May to a 769,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The May number follows significant downward revisions to the April estimate and previous months’ readings.

“New home prices have increased over the last year due to higher material costs and delays for deliveries,” said Chuck Fowke, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from Tampa, Fla. “Policymakers must take action to improve supply-chains in order to protect housing affordability. While lumber costs have come down in recent weeks, they are still more than 210 percent higher than a year ago. And OSB prices are up 380 percent over the last year.”

“As expected, new home sales have continued to soften this spring,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “While higher prices have shifted some buyers to the sidelines, NAHB survey data indicates that approximately 20 percent of builders have limited sales activity in recent months in order to manage supply-chains of materials and labor availability.”

A new home sale occurs when a sales contract is signed or a deposit is accepted. The home can be in any stage of construction: not yet started, under construction or completed. In addition to adjusting for seasonal effects, the May reading of 769,000 units is the number of homes that would sell if this pace continued for the next 12 months.

Inventory remains low at a 5.1-month supply, with 330,000 new single-family homes for sale, 3.8 percent lower than May 2020. Supply-side challenges remain an issue, with the count of new homes sold that had not started construction, up 76 percent over the last year. The count of new homes sold that are completed and ready to occupy is down 33 percent.

The median sales price was $374,400, up 18 percent from the $317,100 median sales price posted a year earlier.

“Entry-level buyers are being most affected by higher prices,” noted Dietz. “Just a year ago, shares of sales priced below $300,000 accounted for 44 percent of sales, while this May it has dropped to 26 percent.”

Regionally on a year-to-date basis, new home sales rose in all four regions, up 48.7 percent in the Northeast, 33.5 percent in the Midwest, 32.3 percent in the South and 5.6 percent in the West. These significant increases are due in part to lower sales volume during the Covid crisis a year ago.

The Building Permitting Process

The Building Permitting Process

It can be frustrating to have your project delayed by the permitting process. However, the permitting process is there in order to ensure that the home you build is built right and is safe for your family and future families to come.

In order to make the process a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of the steps you need to take in order to acquire your permit and start building quickly as possible.

Talk with a Plans Examiner or Code Official

If you’re renovating a home a permit may not be required, and if that is the case then the best place to start is by talking with a plans examiner or code official in order to determine if a permit is necessary.

If you’re building a new home, then a permit will be required. Speaking with a plans examiner or code official can still be a good idea. They’ll be able to answer any of your construction questions and lead you on the right path when starting to apply for the necessary permits.

Apply for a Permit

When you apply for a permit you’ll need to provide the drawing or plans of your proposed project. The drawings will need to be detailed enough so that the staff reviewing them would be able to build the home if asked. The drawings need to detail all information about how the construction will occur.

Documents that should be provided and drawn to scale are the following; 

  • Site Plan
  • Floor Plans
  • Foundation Plan
  • Exterior/Interior Elevations
  • Energy Calculations
  • Cross Sections
  • Floor/Roof Framing Plan
  • Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical Drawings and Calculations

 Building Permit Review

Before you are issued your permit, a plan examiner will review your plans and determine if your project is in compliance with local building code requirements. If your construction plans meet all requirements, a building permit will be issued.

Once you have been approved for a building permit you will have the legal permission to begin construction on your home.

On Site Inspections

You have your permit and have finally begun the construction process, but you’re not out of the woods yet. Inspections will be conducted to ensure that the home under construction conforms to local codes and city approved plans. In order to avoid potentially costly mistakes, it can be a good idea to hire a certified building inspector to look over your project.

Complete Your Project

The process to get to this point was a long one, but once your home is completed you’ll feel like it was well worth the hassle. You now have a home that will be safe for you and your family and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you were involved in the development from start to finish.