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2020 Design Trends We Love

2020 Design Trends We Love

Celebrating a new decade often ushers in new trends in home design. The Twenties will be no different. Design trends point to bold colors and big designs with an emphasis on the environment and being as eco friendly as possible. From choosing colors more in tune with nature to recycling materials and up cycling old furnishings, the design trends of 2020 looks to be bold, bright and eco minded.

2020 Design Trends We Love

Multi-Use Spaces

You can thank the tiny house craze for multi-use spaces. Small or large homes benefit from multi-use space. A spare bedroom also serves as a home office, a craft room can be incorporated into the laundry room or maintenance room. 

Multi-Use Furniture

The Murphy bed is making a comeback due to this trend. Your home office can also be a bedroom with the flip of a switch (or the tug of a cord). 

Go Green

The 20s will look a little like the 70s with heavy use of live plants. Statement plants such as large ferns or elephant ear plants have made their way back into our living rooms. Not only do they filter the air in our homes, but they add a lovely pop of color.

Recycled Materials

More and more you can find home furnishings that have been made of recycled materials such as patio furniture made from recycled milk cartons to upcycled furnishings crafted from older furniture but redrafted with a modern twist. Etsy is blowing up with these kinds of furnishings and decor.

Bold Color

You'll find bright, bold colors in most of the new homes being designed these days. And not just a pop of color but a whole wall of lemon yellow or lime green. Often used on textured surfaces. These can be stunning, certainly eye catching.

Sport Courts

The trend might be for smaller homes, but some are actually getting bigger and in those larger homes you'll often find sport courts. These are great in climates where going outside in harsh weather is dangerous, or for sporty families that need to practice and don't want to spend free time driving. Sport courts are also a great draw for the neighbors so be sure you like to entertain before adding one to your home.

Indoors go Outdoors

More and more we're seeing homes that have traditional indoor spaces - living areas, kitchens, dining rooms - taken outdoors. These are not simply porches or patios  - these are living spaces meant exclusively for the outdoors and to be enjoyed in all seasons.

A look Back at 2019

2019 was a good year at Preston Wood & Associates. A strong economy kept us busy. Our townhouse floor plans were chosen for several projects that we're very thrilled to be part of.

Pecan Row of Nashville

We were thrilled to have our townhouse floor plans chosen by Legacy South for Pecan Row in Nashville, TN.

Legacy South is a home builder and developer in Nashville, TN with a focus on both custom homes and move-in ready homes in the heart of the urban core.

Pecan Row is located in North Nashville, a wonderfully diverse community filled with people on the go and on the move. The neighborhood is welcoming and includes all the shops, restaurants and nightlife you could want in an area so close to downtown Nashville.

Preston Wood & Associates attended the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas

It actually snowed for the duration of our stay, but aside from poor weather, it was an educational experience. 

We attended many educational classes, always the most informative part of the show and the part we look forward to most next to meeting others in the industry. This year the classes were exceptional and incredibly informative. From marketing strategies to the latest in tech news, these classes are always so helpful. There were more than 130 education sessions this year, all led by professionals in the industry.

In addition to the educational seminars, the show is about the exhibitors. Truly an international show, we saw products from all over the world. 

The Enclave at Stafford Oaks

Preston Wood & Associates was proud to announce our involvement with Dulles Ventures in a new development in Stafford, TX - The Enclave at Stafford Oaks. We are excited to work with Stafford's city council and planning department in bringing these single-family homes to fruition.

Located on Dulles Avenue, these affordable single-family homes feature exteriors decorated with siding and stone while the interiors include in-demand finishes and amenities. You can view examples of our various floor plans by clicking here.

Student Housing in Fort Worth

Preston Wood and Associates is proud to have been chosen to design the new student housing in Fort Worth, TX.

The floor plan for this stunning design features three stories and a lovely roof deck. This design is a great choice for student housing. The floor plan is open with plenty of room for studying, hanging out, cooking and conversation. 

We look forward to 2020 and providing the best townhouse floor plans for your projects! 

Events in Houston this January, 2020

Events in Houston this January, 2020

Happy New Year! From all of us at Preston Wood and Associates, we hope you have a fabulous 2020!

January is a wonderful time in Houston. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy encluding ICE and the Polar Plunge! If jumping into water isn’t your thing, there are plenty of indoor events in Houston this January as well.

Events in Houston this January

Polar Bear Plunge

When: January 1st, 2020

Where: The Woodlands Resort

2301 N Millbend

The Woodlands, TX

Slide into the new year with a chill at The Woodlands Resort Oasis.

All Community Members are invited to Jump Into 2020 at The Woodlands Resort.

Starting at 11am on January 1st, enjoy Bloody Mary's, Mimosas and cider while getting pumped up to the tunes of DJ Sian Taylor, for the new year.

Slide into the pool (or 2020) at 11:30am and experience lunch will be in Bistro while you warm up.

Galaxy Lights

When: Now through January 5th, 2020

Where: Space Center Houston

1601 NASA Parkway

Houston, TX

Embark on a festive adventure and start a new Space City tradition this holiday season during our all-new experience Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant.

Experience a high-tech kinetic light show where dozens of suspended lights move in precise choreographed sequences above the Main Plaza.

Explore and learn about the technology behind advanced LED and RGB light displays at interactive learning stations where guests can change the colors of lights decorating an artificial tree.

Catch the original film "Holidays in Space" that includes real footage of astronauts celebrating the holidays as well as interviews with retired astronauts about what it was like celebrating in space. The film is shown in Space Center Theater every 30 minutes from 6:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. and lasts 15 minutes.

Marvel at large, 3-D holiday décor in Zero-G Diner while enjoying hot cocoa and other holiday food and beverages available for purchase.

And so much more.

Holiday in the Gardens

When: Now through January 16th, 2020

Where: Moody Gardens

Seven Hope Blvd.

Galveston, TX

Eight Holiday Attractions. One Venue

Ice Land: Christmas Around the World · Festival of Lights · Holiday 3D Films

Rudolph 4D · Ice Skating · Arctic Slide · Train Rides · Photos with Santa

Plus Live Entertainment, Great Food, Group Rates, Hotel Packages and More!

Magical Winter Lights

When: Now through January 5th, 2020

Where: Gulf Greyhound Park

1000 FM 2004

Houston, TX 

MWL is a 20-acre, 52-day, larger-than-life lantern festival with themed lantern sections, nightly acrobatic performances, carnival rides and games, an interactive dino area and lots of holiday fun for the whole family. 

Prismatica at Avenida Houston

When: Now through January 5th, 2020

Where: George R Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida De Las Ameircas

Houston, TX

Introducing Prismatica, an interactive art exhibit created by RAW Design in collaboration with ATOMIC3 and produced by Quartier des Spectacles of Montreal, Canada.

From November 22nd to January 5th, observe these magical prisms brighten the holiday season with every color of the rainbow, reflecting surrounding downtown Houston by day and projecting the full spectrum of light each night.

ICE

When: Now through February 2nd, 2020

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

Ice skating at Discovery Green powered by Green Mountain Energy returns from November 15, 2019 to February 2, 2020!

Glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and embrace the holiday cheer on The Ice powered by Green Mountain Energy. 

The Bridal Extravaganza

When: January 4th and 5th, 2020

Where: George R Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida De Las Ameircas

Houston, TX

America’s largest wedding planning event. Local vendors. Taste cake, see fashion shows and enter to win honeymoons and shopping sprees.

Don't risk selecting vendors you've only seen on-line. Meet your vendors in person at the Bridal Extravaganza! This is your wedding!!!

2 whole days of fashion shows, wedding seminars and over 700 display showcases featuring Houston area wedding service companies. Plan your entire wedding in one weekend.

Ladies’ Night with Samuel Beckett

When: January 10th, 2020

Where: Rec Room

100 Jackson Street #130C

Houston, TX

Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company seeks to challenge audiences and theatre artists by creating and performing bold, innovative, and fresh theatrical works grounded in the best traditions of the dramatic arts. With a strong feminine presence in our artistic vision, we strive to feature the work of female playwrights, actors, and directors, which promotes the empowerment of women through the performing arts. 

Splice Records’ 11th Annual BowiElvis Fest

When: January 11th, 2020

Where: The Continental Club

3700 Main Street

Houston, TX

The 11th Annual BowiElvis Fest is a musical celebration honoring two Capricorns on the shared birthday for both David Bowie and Elvis Presley. The Fest is a fashionable tribute that is all about the preservation of Rock n' roll!

MLK Youth Parade in Midtown Houston

When: January 18th, 2020

Where: Midtown Houston

1200 Holman Street, San Jacinto Street and Elgin Street

Houston, TX

Celebrating! its 26th Anniversary, the MLK Grande Parade is the third largest Parade in the U.S. behind The Rose Parade and The Macy’s Day Parade. During The Annual MLK Grande Parade, 300,000 Spectators are expected and has a Viewing Audience of more than 4,000,000. The Annual MLK Grande Parade parade consists of 15 Parade floats & 30 Marching bands.

4th Annual MLK Peace Through Pie Social

When: January 18th, 2020

Where: St. Matthews United Methodist Church

4300 N Shepherd Drive

Houston, TX 

Join us to celebrate Dr. King's legacy as a peacemaker and his love of pie (Pecan was his favorite). We've partnered with Peace through PIE, a grassroots non-profit Peace Movement, and we're excited to host Houston's Pie Social. It's a great way for neighbors to come together to experience good food and conversation.

Chinese New Year at Lucky Land

When: January 18th, 2020

Where: Lucky Land Houston

8625 Airline Drive

Houston, TX

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 the year of rat with us. There are so many activities, watching the live performances, feeding koi fish, riding the rick shaw, ceramic painting, dress up the authentic costumes, shopping, enjoy the delicious foods and get the red envelop for good luck!

Parrot Festival

When: January 24th – 26th, 2020

Where: Doubletree Hotel Houston

15747 John F Kennedy Blvd

Houston, TX 

For over 10 years, we have hosted the Parrot Festival, an event dedicated to education and love of parrots. This annual conference helps support the birds of NPRPF while also offering support to various other bird organizations and owners through seminars, speakers, and vendors. It is the main fundraising event for NPRPF. Held at the end of January in Houston, TX, it is a great opportunity to connect with fellow parrot enthusiasts while still having fun! It is often called the “Home of Parrot Lovers”. Interested to learn more?

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Preston Wood & Associates, we hope you have a very Happy Holiday!

It has been our pleasure offering you the best in townhouse floor plans throughout the year. 

From our families to yours, have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Lower Mortgage Rates Push Housing Affordability to Highest Level in Three Years

In this recent article from the National Association of Home Builders, housing affordability is at its highest level in three years. Many factors contributed to the increase in affordability including a healthy job market, mortgage rates holding at a three - year low, and median home prices remaining steady in the third quarter. You can read the full article below.

Lower Mortgage Rates Push Housing Affordability to Highest Level in Three Years

(NAHB), With mortgage rates at a three-year low and a healthy job market, housing affordability rose to its highest level in three years in the third quarter of 2019, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released today.

In all, 63.6 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of September were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $75,500. This is up from the 60.9 percent of homes sold in the second quarter of 2019 that were affordable to median-income earners and slightly higher than a first quarter 2019 reading of 62.6.

The national median home price remained steady at $280,000 in the third quarter, flat from the previous quarter, but a jump from the first quarter when the median price was $260,000. At the same time, average mortgage rates fell from 4.07 percent in the second quarter to 3.73 percent in the third quarter, reaching a three-year low.

“With mortgage rates at historic lows, consumers are experiencing greater buying power and increased affordability,” said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde, a home builder and developer from Torrington, Conn. “Despite this positive development, builders still struggle with rising construction costs due to labor shortages and excessive regulations, which will continue to make housing affordability a major challenge.”

“While the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy has helped offset some of the rising construction costs, these headwinds are still affecting builders’ ability to increase inventory, particularly for entry-level buyers,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “These higher production costs and other factors have caused a major decline in housing affordability over the past few years, and we expect that to remain a concern going forward.”

In the third quarter, Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton, Pa., was the nation’s most affordable major housing market. There, 89.3 percent of all new and existing homes sold in the third quarter were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $67,000. Meanwhile, Monroe, Mich., was rated the nation’s most affordable smaller market, with 95.3 percent of homes sold in the third quarter being affordable to families earning the median income of $79,000.

Rounding out the top five affordable major housing markets in respective order were Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind.; Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa.; Syracuse, N.Y.; and Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pa.

Smaller markets joining Monroe, Mich., at the top of the list included Cumberland, Md.-W. Va.; Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa-Ill.; Kokomo, Ind.; and Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, Ky.

San Francisco again ranked as the nation’s least affordable major market. There, just 8.4 percent of the homes sold in the third quarter of 2019 were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $133,800.

Other major metros at the bottom of the affordability chart were located in California. In descending order, they included Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale; Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara; and San Diego-Carlsbad.

All five least affordable small housing markets were also in the Golden State. At the very bottom of the affordability chart was Salinas, where 13.4 percent of all new and existing homes sold were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $74,100.

In descending order, other small markets at the lowest end of the affordability scale included Santa Cruz-Watsonville; San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande; Napa; and Santa Rosa.

Please visit www.nahb.org/hoi for tables, historic data and details.

Editor's Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) is a measure of the percentage of homes sold in a given area that are affordable to families earning the area's median income during a specific quarter. Prices of new and existing homes sold are collected from actual court records by Core Logic, a data and analytics company. This release incorporates the use of Freddie Mac’s 30-year fixed effective interest rates series, following the discontinuation in mid-2019 of the FHFA series previously used in HOI calculations. National and metropolitan area HOI numbers were revised back to the first quarter of 2012 using Freddie Mac’s interest rate series.

Cyber Monday - 40% Discount on All Stock Plans!! Dec. 2nd - 6th, 2019

Cyber Monday - 40% Discount on All Stock Plans!! Dec. 2nd - 6th, 2019

This week we've got a fantastic Cyber Monday deal going on December 2nd through December 6th - all stock floor plans are on sale for 40% off the regular price!!

Whether you're building multiple town houses or only a few townhomes (no development is too large or too small), we've got the perfect townhouse floor plans to choose from.

We've got townhouse floor plans for sale online that are 2000 square feet up to over 500 square feet. 

From perfectly practical to stunningly luxurious, we have a townhouse floor plan available for every possible project.

Cyber Monday 40% DISCOUNT on all STOCK PLANS! Dec. 2- Dec.6

Standard Townhouse Floor Plan

Looking for a more modest townhouse floor plan? Try the Two Story Home Plan E9128. It features a total living space of 1729 square feet on two levels.

Main level living space with open kitchen, dining and living room and 2 car garage. Second level includes master suite, two additional bedrooms, bathroom and utility space.

Perfect for city or suburban living.

Luxury Townhouse Floor Plan

Have plans to build more luxurious townhouses? We've got you covered. Our Four Story Townhouse Plan X0005 features four stories of luxury and charm.

The ground level of this townhouse includes 2 car garage, guest suite with private bathroom and ample storage.

The second story is the main living area with open kitchen and family room, formal dining and stunning great room. There's even a wet bar, and balcony.

The master bedroom suite takes up the entire third floor providing ample space and privacy while the fourth floor includes two additional bedrooms, game room and a covered deck.

This townhouse floor plan has a total of 4300 finished square feet.

Those are just two of our hundreds of varieties of floor plans available online and on sale for Cyber Monday and through December 6th. 

Cyber Monday 40% DISCOUNT on all STOCK PLANS! Dec. 2- Dec.6

Not only do we have one of the largest selection of townhouse floor plans, our plans have all been built so you know you're getting a quality floor plan.

Want to learn more about our floor plans? Give us a call at 713-522-2724 and we'll help you choose the perfect townhouse floor plans for your projects. 

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.