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Is Your Townhouse Ready for Summer?

Is Your Townhouse Ready for Summer?

At Preston Wood & Associates of Houston, TX, we provide some of the most beautiful and affordable townhouse floor plans available. We offer a large selections of luxury townhouse floor plans that you purchase as few as one or as many as you need.

As summer quickly approaches, it's important to get your townhouse ready for a season of getting together with friends and family, days filled with activity and nights perfect for stargazing. 

If you live in a new townhouse there's probably not much you need to do prepare your home mechanically for the season. Checking the air conditioning and making sure it's running smoothly is about all you'll need to do. If you're home is older you'll probably have more items to check off your Honey Do List. Here are just a few of the things you'll need to do to make your Townhouse ready for summer.

Is Your Townhouse Ready for Summer?

Porches and Decks - If your townhouse has a porch or deck you'll want to make sure it's sturdy and ready for company. Check around the base and make sure the support beams are free from rot or decay. Remove any debris such as wet leaves or soil from around wooden supports. If you have a screen porch check screens for any holes where bugs and other small creepy-crawlies can find their way into your party. Patch and replace screens as necessary to make your outdoor living space as free from bugs as possible.

Roof Decks - At Preston Wood & Associates, we sell townhouse floor plans that often include a roof deck. These are great spaces for star gazing, hanging out with friends or just chilling in the evening. Roof Decks are also used to house A/C units so check around the unit, or have a professional check, for any signs of critters getting into the unit. Make sure any railings are secure.

Main Level - In most of our townhouse floor plans, the main level includes the garage and a bedroom suite. These suites include private bedroom and bathroom away from the rest of the home making them excellent for guest rooms, mother-in-law quarters or perfect for live in help. There should be no signs of water leakage if the townhouse is built to code, but if there is call in a professional to tend to any water damage as soon as possible. Fixing water damage and it's cause is a job for the professionals, this is not a DIY project for the weekend handy person. 

Exterior - As most townhomes are part of associations there's probably little you need to do with regard to the exterior of your home. That said, it's good to take stock of the condition of your home's exterior at least once a year. Be on the lookout for signs of erosion around the foundation of your home. If there is any, call it to the attention of your HOA as soon as possible. Likewise, look for peeling paint, siding that's come away from the structure, or damage from hail or nearby trees. Let your association know about any damage so it can be repaired before further damage is incurred.

Windows - Check to make sure windows are free from any cracks or breaks in them. If an older home it might be time to consider replacing older windows with new, more efficient models. Caulk any gaps and repair broken glass to maintain the integrity of the window, and to keep them looking good.

That's really all there is to getting your townhouse ready for summer, now all you have to do is set up the grill for all the BBQs you plan on hosting this summer.

Click here to see the townhouse floor plan pictured above.

Things to do in Houston this June

Things to do in Houston this June

Summer is here in Houston and that means it’s time for great food and even better music. Festival season is in full swing. If you’re looking for family friendly things to do in Houston, this is the list. Grab the kids, and even the pooch, for many of these great events in Houston.

Things to do in Houston this June

Bayou City Jazz Series 2019 – Eric Darius & Jeff Lorber

When: June 2nd, 2019

Where: Wortham Theater Center

501 Texas Avenue

Houston, TX

The Bayou City Jazz Series is excited to bring Eric Darius and Jeff Lorber. Saxophonist, composer, producer Eric Darius likes to play by his own rules. The scintillating sounds of his saxophone will surely mesmerize you. Considered by his peers one of the most exciting musicians on the contemporary jazz scene, Darius packs a punch on stage. Known for his smooth style, weaving together elements of funk, R&B, rock and electric jazz, keyboardist Jeff Lorber helped pioneer the post fusion sound of contemporary jazz. Born in Philadelphia, Lorber is electric. Don't miss this epic night of smooth jazz ...

Wine & Food Week 2019

When: June 3rd, 2019

Where: Woodlands Wateway Marriot

1601 Lake Robbins Drive

The Woodlands, TX

If you love wine and food this is the place to be! Food & Wine Week is in its 15thyear of celebrating all things wine, food and culinary. Multiple events will thrill the wine connoisseur as well as introduce the beginner wine enthusiast to some delicious choices. Must be 21 to attend.

Sonic Playground

When: Now through October 1st, 2019

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki aims to surprise and delight visitors to Discovery Green’s temporary playground on the Sarofim Picnic Lawn. Consisting of several objects that twist, modify, and transmit sound in unusual and playful ways, Sonic Playground allows for serendipitous audible experiences with other visitors to create a sense of community and play.

Sonic Playground was created by Yuri Suzuki (Japanese, born 1980), a sound artist, designer, and electronic musician whose work blurs the borders between design, technology, and sound. He established Yuri Suzuki Design Studio, based in London, in 2013. Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Thursday Concerts Presented by University of Houston – Downtown

When: June 6th, 2019

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

Featuring Marshall Crenshaw (Smart Pop & Roots Rock)

These free, family-friendly concerts showcase the best music of the Gulf Coast. Performers, times, dates, and other schedule changes may occur. Blankets, pets (on leashes), and picnics are welcome and encouraged. Lawn chairs are allowed on the north side of the hill. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase at The Lake House; glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the park. 

The FOMO Factory

When: June 7th, 2019

Where: The Houston Galleria

5085 Westheimer Road

Houston, TX

Leave adulthood behind and return to childhood in this limited-time, immersive art pop up. Journey through 17 rooms capturing iconic moments from the playground to the school dance. Along the way you'll discover tastes, sounds, and even smells that bring you back to the best days of your life.

More than just a series of photo backdrops, The FOMO Factory is designed to truly transport you to another time, to introduce you to your inner child, and to allow people to engage in the healing process of play.

Texas Tacos, Tequila, and Music Festival

When: June 8th, 2019

Where: Preservation Park

130 Spring School Road

Spring, TX

Two stages of non-stop jams • 30 of the best taco vendors in Texas • Frozen, rocks, and hand crafted margaritas • Tequila shots and tastings • Boutique and artisan vendors • Lucha Libre live wrestling • Mariachis and street entertainers • Micheladas and Pineapple Margaritas • VIP with private shaded areas and TONS of perks • Photo areas and live art • A free kids zone with inflatables and games • Best taco contest

Party in the Park Concert & Indie Artist Showcase

When: June 8th, 2019

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX 

Summer Celebration is the largest African American consumer tradeshow and festival in the south. The annual event attracts 20,000 attendees from Texas and surrounding areas as well as over 200 vendors and scores of corporate sponsors. The 4-day experience includes a lineup of top celebrity entertainers, influential speakers, business development seminars, health and wellness exhibits, hair shows, women’s forums, concert performances and more.

For 16 years, this landmark event has been produced by Texas Black Expo, Inc. – a non-profit organization that aims to stimulate growth and development within urban communities by strengthening businesses, inspiring youth, and building better lives.

Juneteenth Celebration at Emancipation Park

When: June 15th, 2019

Where: Emancipation Park

3018 Emancipation Avenue

Houston, TX

Join us in celebrating Juneteenth on June 15th from 10a-5p at Emancipation Park. Our theme this year is 'Celebrating Our Legacy, Bridging Future Generations"

Enjoy fun activities for the whole family including kids zone, stage performance, fun park tours, food, games and much more!

Blacksmithing Sample Class

When: June 15th, 2019

Where: George Ranch Historical Park

10215 FM 762 Road

Richmond, TX 

Looking to get your feet wet with some basic blacksmithing skills? This introductory class is geared toward beginners and is a shorter take on our 7-hour class. We will cover fire-building and maintenance, shop safety, tools, equipment and hammer control. Students will get hands-on experience while working on a small project they will be able to take home.

Participants must wear cotton or wool clothing (no synthetic materials) and closed-toe shoes. Students also must bring their own eye and ear protection. Costs of materials are included in the cost of class.

An Evening with John Cusack & Screening of Say Anything

When: June 16th, 2019

Where: Jones Hall

615 Louisiana Street

Houston, TX 

The 1989 comedy/drama “Say Anything” brought popular culture the love story of Lloyd Dobler (actor John Cusack) and Diane Court (actress Ione Skye). An eternal optimist seeks the heart of a “brain trapped in the body of a game show hostess.” Ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the greatest modern movie romances (and #11 on the list of 50 best high-school movies), “Say Anything” made a star out of John Cusack who went on to success in multiple films including “High Fidelity,” “Grosse Point Blank,” and “Being John Malkovich,” among others.

Now, join John Cusack for a screening of “Say Anything” followed by a LIVE conversation regarding his career and the making of “Say Anything.” Roger Ebert called the movie “one of the best films of the year” when it was released. Fans will now get the opportunity to experience a moderated discussion, with John answering audience questions as well.

Rainbow on the Green

When: June 21, 2019

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

Land Rover Houston Central's 10th Annual Rainbow on the Green® presented by Legacy Community Health - Montrose returns Friday, June 21 for this FREE annual city-wide LGBT celebration at Discovery Green with electrifying entertainment by Chad Michaels and OneUp, along with some of Houston’s best drag performers.

Chad Michaels rose to the top of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2012, and was the first person to be inducted into the "Drag Queen Hall of Fame" after dedicating 20 years to the exciting art of celebrity impersonation. His famous tribute to Cher has earned him international acclaim.

OneUp is made up of Adam Bastien and Jerome Bell. After showing off their vocals during an audition on The Voice, they competed for Kelly Clarkson's team.

Love, celebrate and dance at Discovery Green! Music by DJ Joe Ross. Derrick Shore, co-host of Houston Life at KPRC will emcee. Be sure to arrive early, you don't want to miss any of the opening acts!

Pride Houston

When: June 22nd, 2019

Where: Downtown Houston

901 Bagby Street

Houston, TX 

For more than 40 years, Pride Houston has been a central part of the local LGBT community in Houston. 

Our core mission is to strengthen equality and increase awareness around issues important to our community such as health, safety and marriage equality. Pride Houston celebrates the individuality and diversity of every person as we all strive for acceptance from parents, friends and society-at-large.

From annual charity events to aiding LGBTQIA support and counseling networks, its activities continue to promote social awareness and enrich the diversity that helps the Houston community thrive.

Lower Interest Rates Mean it's a Great Time to Build

According to this recent article from the NAHB, lower interest rates helped to boost sales of new homes last month. If you're thinking of buying or building a new home, now is a great time to do it. In addition to lower interest rates, builders are building more homes that are affordable. Last month, 50% of new home sales were priced under $300k. Finding buildable lots and enough labor to build the new homes remains a concern. Continue reading the complete article below.

(NAHB)

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 692,000 units in March after a slightly revised February report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the highest sales pace since November 2017.

"These numbers indicate that builders who can produce housing at affordable price points will experience sales growth,” said Greg Ugalde, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Torrington, Conn. “However, builders are still dealing with a shortage of construction workers and buildable lots, which limits housing affordability.”

“We saw a large gain at lower price points where demand is strong. In March of 2019, 50 percent of new home sales were priced below $300,000, compared to 39 percent in March of 2018,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “These are the price points that are attractive for renters seeking to become homeowners.”

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 March reading of 692,000 units is the number of homes that would sell if this pace continued for the next 12 months.

The inventory of new homes for sale was 344,000 in March, representing a 6 months’ supply. The median sales price was $302,700 with strong gains in homes sold at lower price points. The median price of a new home sale a year earlier was $335,400.

Regionally, and on a year to date basis, new home sales fell 17.6 percent in the Northeast, 8.1 percent in Midwest and 5.9 percent in the West. Sales rose 9.6 percent in the South, where 58 percent of new home sales occurred in March.

Stafford, TX - a Great Place to Live and Work!

Last week we announced that Preston Wood & Associates will work on developing floor plans for the Enclave at Stafford Oaks development in Stafford, TX.

The development will include 48 single family homes ranging in size from 1300 sq ft to 1700 sq ft. The homes will be 2 and 3 stories and include many of the design features we've become known for including lower level suites, game rooms, main level master suites and other executive level amenities that homeowners demand.

We're excited to be part of a project in Stafford, TX because it is a great place to live and work. If you're thinking about detached town home living in a growing community, you'll want to consider the Enclave at Stafford Oaks.

Located on Dulles Avenue, this new single family home development has it all - smaller yards so very little maintenance, and HOA to take care of what outside maintenance there is and plenty to do with all that free time.

In addition to all the shopping along Dulles Avenue, you'll find some great places to dine and meet with friends after work. Most everything is in walking distance - so leave the car at home and enjoy a leisurely stroll around town. 

If you're looking for more entertainment there's plenty happening in and around Stafford.

Things to do in Stafford, TX

FunPlex

13700 Beechnut Street

Houston, TX

FunPlex is the largest and most exciting indoor entertainment complex in America! It features roller coasters, go-karts, video and arcade games, bowling, and roller skating! They've got an event center for weddings and are happy to host birthday parties for kids of all ages!

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

1150 Brand Lane

Stafford, TX

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is open to people of all faiths and backgrounds and is open all year. Entry is free. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Houston, Texas is a traditional Hindu temple built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. You'll find 33,000 pieces of hand carved Italian marble and Turkish limestone statues. 

Buffalo Park Run

1122 Buffalo Run Blvd

Missouri City, TX

Buffalo Run Park is a stunning nature park which features 3 covered pavilions, a unique observation tower, fishing piers, nature trails, restrooms, a public boat ramp, sand volleyball court, and many other amenities outlined below. All four lakes are connected and navigable by boats.

Parks and Trails in Sugar Land

Sugar Land boasts some of the most beautiful parks in the nation. Wetlands, trails and city parks provide plenty of places to get out and enjoy nature. Whether you're looking for an afternoon hike or a place to host a family picnic, you'll be sure to find it in Sugar Land.

The Redneck Country Club

111110 W Airport Blvd

Stafford, TX

The RCC is the Redneck Country Club, a place where good people can relax and have a beer, a bourbon or some whiskey, and some proper Southern cooking, while listening to a musician croon his heart out around other like-minded people. Acts include - Marshall Tucker Band, Bellamy Brothers, Larry the Cable Guy, and so many more!

Enclave at Stafford Oaks

Enclave at Stafford Oaks

Preston Wood & Associates is 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.

The Enclave at Stafford Oaks

Dulles Avenue

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.

Walkable Community

The Enclave at Stafford Oaks is a community designed for those who commute to or work and live in the Stafford/Sugarland area. This opens up a perfect opportunity to cut down on the drive to work each morning! A great community with a neighborhood feel to it - this community is walk-able and sustainable.

Low Maintenance Living

The Enclave at Stafford Oaks consists of 48 single-family homes. The homes will range in size from 1700 sq ft to 2100 sq ft, will be 2 to 2 1/2 stories high, and have three bedrooms. The homes will have smaller yards which will make them much easier to maintain. There will also be an HOA.

Entertainment in Stafford

With yard work cut down to a minimum, you've got plenty of time on the weekends to explore all that Stafford has to offer including many parks, libraries, shopping, dining and plenty of entertainment.

Schools

Stafford has its own municipal school district, the only one in all of Texas since 1977. Stafford also has several private schools including Everest Academy, and Sugar Creek Montessori. Houston Community College System serves Stafford and includes the Stafford Campus on Cash Road. The city also hosts an Islamic center, Masjid As-Sabireen, who put on community events and teaches about Islamic culture and traditions.

Property Taxes

The city of Stafford eliminated property taxes more than 20 years ago. All municipal spending comes from sales tax in the community. The county and school district still levy property taxes.

Stay Tuned for Updates

Stay tuned and follow along with the project, we'll be updating regularly as it moves through the design process and through the completed construction. 

 

Builder Confidence Holds Steady in March

In this recent press release from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), builder confidence remains strong through March. As the spring buying season begins, builders are encouraged by a healthy market. Affordability is a still a concern, as is the labor shortage and a shortage of buildable lots, but lumber prices have decreased and the economy continues to do well. You can read the complete press release below.

Builder Confidence Holds Steady in March

(NAHB), 

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes held steady at 62 in March, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today.

“Builders report the market is stabilizing following the slowdown at the end of 2018 and they anticipate a solid spring home buying season,” said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde, a home builder and developer from Torrington, Conn.

“In a healthy sign for the housing market, more builders are saying that lower price points are selling well, and this was reflected in the government’s new home sales report released last week,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Increased inventory of affordably priced homes – in markets where government policies support such construction - will enable more entry-level buyers to enter the market.”

However, affordability still remains a key concern for builders. The skilled worker shortage, lack of buildable lots and stiff zoning restrictions in many major metro markets are among the challenges builders face as they strive to construct homes that can sell at affordable price points.

Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

The HMI component charting sales expectations in the next six months rose three points to 71, the index gauging current sales conditions increased two points to 68, and the component measuring traffic of prospective buyers fell four points to 44. Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Northeast posted a five-point gain to 48, the South was up three points to 66 and West increased two points to 69. The Midwest posted a one-point decline to 51.

Editor's Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influenced by any outside party prior to being released to the public. HMI tables can be found at nahb.org/hmi. More information on housing statistics is also available at housingeconomics.com.