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Affordable 2 Story Townhouse Floor Plan

Affordable 2 Story Townhouse Floor Plan

With the economy continue to improve and with housing leading the way, there's probably never been a better time to build a townhouse. We have thousands of townhouse floor plans to choose from ranging in size, levels and design. This affordable 2 story townhouse floor plan features a modern design perfect for any urban setting. Coming in at a total of 2689 square feet, this 2 story townhouse isn't small. There's plenty of room for entertaining in this lovely townhouse floor plan.

The main level of this home features an open living space with easy access to the 3 car garage. Enter through the garage or from the formal entry on the side. From either entry you'll come to the mudroom with coat closet and bench. Access to the upper level and rest of the main level is through the mudroom.

The main living space includes a spacious kitchen open to the dining room and living room. This makes for a lovely space to entertain both small and larger get-togethers. The fireplace adds considerable warmth and charm to the room and there's easy access to the porch.

Head upstairs to the master suite, two additional bedrooms and a home study (no longer an optional feature). The master suite comes complete with balcony and plenty of natural sunlight. The master bath features a double vanity, soaking tub, walk-in shower, and private toilet area. The walk-in closet is opposite the master bath and includes ample space for storage, dressers and other organization.

Down the hall you'll find the study - a spacious area perfect for Zoom calls or when a quiet study space is necessary. Continue down the hall to additional bedrooms both with walk-in closet and private baths. 

Measurements are: 2689-2705 square ft. of living space and has a width of 22'-6'' and a depth of 94'-6". This plan has 3 bedrooms and 3 and a half baths. Highlights include the three-car garage, the study, and the spacious master closet. Three front elevations are available.

  • LEVEL ONE: 1005
  • LEVEL TWO: 1684 (A1.1), 1700 (A1.2), 1689 (A1.3)
  • TOTAL LIVING: 2689 (A1.1), 2705 (A1.2), 2694 (A1.3)

For more info on our plans, please call 713-522-2724 or E-mail us.  
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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.

4th of July Events in and around Houston – Covid-19 Edition

4th of July Events in and around Houston – Covid-19 Edition

Like everything else in 2020, the 4th of July events in Houston will be a little different. Some of the events are virtual, while others have many new policies in place to ensure the public safety.

Whatever you choose to do this Independence Day – spending time with family, watching fireworks, spending time on the water, etc – we hope you stay safe and have a wonderful time! 

4th of July Events in and around Houston – Covid-19 Edition 

Shell Freedom over Texas

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: Virtual Event 

Houston’s signature patriotic celebration is back with a 2020 approach. Shell Freedom Over Texas will feature a vigorous line up of live and virtual entertainers via broadcast and live streaming on Saturday, July 4th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Mayor Sylvester Turner’s mission is to uphold the health and safety of all Houstonians. This year, guests will not gather for the annual festival on Buffalo Bayou in Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks, but will honor the City’s cherished tradition under a new format.

"We will celebrate Houston's diversity and America's Freedom at the city's signature Independence Day event in a new way," said Mayor Sylvester Turner. "This is an opportunity for us to recognize our community for its perseverance through the ongoing pandemic. I am personally grateful to our NEW title sponsor, Shell Oil Company, and NEW fireworks sponsor, Reliant. Their support means we can also honor organizations that have been on the frontlines during the health crisis. I am also grateful for our returning annual sponsors Walmart, Dr. Pepper, and Bud Light Seltzer, who continue to support this important community event."

The evening will kick off with a patriotic tribute by the Houston Symphony, followed by performances with guest artists Houston rappers, humanitarians and philanthropists, Bun B and Trae Tha Truth, nationally acclaimed mariachi band Mariachi Imperial De America, and Houston sibling Norteño trio Los Luzeros De Rioverde. Additional performers to be announced. The 3 hour event will be available via ABC13 Houston.

Independence Day Concert Series – City Centre Houston

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: 800 Town & Country Blvd

Houston, TX

Independence Day welcomes a concert series of live music that you don’t want to miss!*

Live Music schedule for Saturday, July 4:

12:30 - 2:30 PM: Applehead (Blues & Rock)

3 - 5 PM: KDK Band (Pop & Variety)

6 - 9 PM. People’s Choice Band (Country & Pop)

As a courtesy, no outside food or beverages are allowed. Our restaurants offer delicious menu items that can also conveniently be taken to-go.

*Weather permitting; Any changes to the day’s schedule of events will be communicated on CITYCENTRE’S Facebook and Instagram pages. Due to COVID19, we have decided to cancel our annual fireworks show.

City of Bellaire 4th of July Parade

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: Bellaire, TX

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

This year, we are bringing the parade to you!

Interested in being in the parade? Fill out form here! Contact Victoria Arevalo, 713-662-8291 for more information.

For more information, contact the Bellaire Recreation Center at 713-662-8280.

Click here to view a map of the parade route.

4th of July in The Woodlands

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: The Woodlands, TX

Due to COVID-19, please note the festival portion of the 2020 Red, Hot & Blue Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza has been cancelled. 

The 18-minute Red, Hot & Blue Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by St. Luke’s Hospital – The Woodlands, will be launched from the campus of Lone Star College – Montgomery at approximately 9:30 p.m. Experience both the sights and sounds of the Fireworks Extravaganza by tuning in to KSTAR Country 99.7 FM to broadcast the soundtrack live on www.kstarcountry.com or by downloading the app. The app can be found by searching “KSTAR Country Radio” in the App Store or on Google Play. 

Live video feed of the Fireworks Extravaganza will be available on Woodlands Online.

Fireworks will be visible from areas in the immediate vicinity of the college campus, as well as the west side of SH 242 near I-45, including The Woodlands College Park High School and various locations in the College Park Shopping Center. To ensure spectators have the best fireworks visibility possible, fireworks teaser shots will be fired at 9, 9:10 and 9:20 p.m.

Those planning to view the fireworks onsite should practice social distancing and continue following all guidelines recommended by the CDC while viewing the fireworks.

Galveston Island 4th of July Parade

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: Downtown Galveston

Galveston Island will host its annual 4th of July Parade on Saturday, July 4, beginning at 10am.  The parade will begin at 25th Street and Santa Fe Place, continue south on 25th Street, then east on Postoffice Street, then north on 21st,  and continue west on The Strand back to 25th Street.

Common Residential Plan Permit Application Mistakes

Common Residential Plan Permit Application Mistakes

The following list comprises the top ten mistakes that are made in permit applications. Review the list and make sure you’re not making the same mistake!

Another way to avoid any mistakes when applying for a permit, is to hire a professional permitting agency. They’ll help you through the permitting process so that you can start building your home as quickly as possible.

Submitting Additional Information Without the Proper Forms.

Make sure all of the information you’re submitting regarding your home is accompanied by the proper forms. You may think that as long as you send in the proper information, that the city will be able to find the accompanying forms, but that is not the case. If you don’t include the correct forms your application process could be extended by months.

Plans Containing Title Blocks not Signed

A completed permit application needs to have Title Blocks that are signed in ink by a licensed design professional.

Site Plans are not Drawn to Scale 

When you prepare your permit application it is important to ensure that your floor and site plans are drawn to scale. The person reviewing your information should be able to build your home based on the information you submit to them.

Energy Code Requirements are not Provided in the Plans Submitted

Before an application is approved it must go through a test to ensure that it meets certain energy efficiency standards.

Site Plan not Submitted when Projects are Increasing the Footprint of the Property

If you change anything about your project that could make the information you provided to the city become false, you need to submit the new information and receive a new permit. If you don’t you could be issued a stop work order, or be issued a fee.

Design Loads and Standards are Omitted from Submittal

A licensed engineer should prepare calculations and drawing that demonstrate how the structure will resist vertical and lateral loads and is a part of the structural design requirements.

Smoke Detector Locations are not Included in Submittal

One purpose of the permitting process is to ensure that the home you are building is safe and up to code for those that will be living in it. If you forget to include the smoke detector locations your application will be denied. This a very simple yet common mistake to avoid.

Incorrect Insulation Values are Listed on the Plans

When you submit your permit application double check to make sure that all of your values listed are correct. If not this could cause your application to be denied or cause problems down the road.

New Home Sales Hold Steady in April

New Home Sales Hold Steady in April

In this recent article from the National Association of Home Builders, new home sales held steady in April, a welcome sign that the shutdown hasn't shut down the housing market. You can read the entire article below.

New Home Sales Hold Steady in April

In a sign that the housing market is stabilizing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 0.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 623,000 units in April, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The April rate is 6.2% lower than the April 2019 pace.

“The April data for new home sales show the potential for housing to lead any recovery for the overall economy,” said NAHB Chairman Dean Mon. “Because the housing industry entered this downturn underbuilt, there exists considerable pent-up housing demand on the sidelines. The experience of the virus mitigation has emphasized the importance of home for most Americans.”

“The April estimates from Census came in better than forecast, so there is a possibility of a downward revision in the next release,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Nonetheless, the data matches recent commentary from builders and reflects recent gains in mortgage applications. Despite significant challenges in overall economic conditions, the months’ supply held steady at a reasonably healthy level of 6.3.”

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 April reading of 623,000 units is the number of homes that would sell if this pace continued for the next 12 months.

Inventory edged lower to a 6.3 months’ supply, with 325,000 new single-family homes for sale, 3% lower than April 2019. Of that total, just 78,000 are completed, ready to occupy. The median sales price was $303,900. The median price of a new home sale a year earlier was $339,000. Median prices were lower due to increased use of builder price incentives in April.

Regionally, new home sales were up 8.7% in the Northeast, 2.4% in the Midwest and 2.4% in the South. New home sales were down 6.3% in the West.

Will Homes Incorporate Amenities for Covid-19 and other Pandemics?

Will Homes Incorporate Amenities for Covid-19 and other Pandemics?

In this age of Coronavirus, we've all had to make adjustments to our daily life. Instead of shaking hands we wave or nod our heads. Buffets have been closed, along with salad bars and most other self serve food. These things may never come back. When we look at the new normal, we can only speculate about the changes to our lifestyle and how we build homes, cars, and design other spaces where people gather. While it's too soon to know what the new normal looks like, it is safe to say that some of these changes will remain with us for a long time.

HVAC

We've learned a lot about how the virus moves, and one of the areas we'll need to revamp is our HVAC systems. From buses and other mass transit to movie theaters, malls and nursing homes, the way air is circulated in the areas we live and recreate will have to change. 

Bidets

When the pandemic began the first thing people hoarded was toilet paper. In fact, even now it is difficult to come by in many areas. The rise of the bidet is no surprise in light of toilet paper shortages, and it will be interesting to see if they show up more in new home construction. Amazon continues to have back orders of bidets you can install on your current toilet so odds are we'll see more of the bidet in new design trends.

More Bots

Currently our front line workers include doctors, nurses and the people who ring up your groceries. We'll never replace doctors and nurses and the staff who support them in their heroic efforts, but in the near future you may see more bots at the checkout counter. Whether that looks like more self check out kiosks or a design that resembles a large vending machine only time will tell. Likely there will be a hybrid of sorts that ensures the safety of both the customer and the cashier.

Safe Rooms

A decade ago the safe room was all the rage in upscale condos, townhouses and other homes. The idea was for a place to go in the event of a home invasion or natural disaster. In the age of Covid, the safe room could be more like a guest suite in your home that includes a private bath and access to laundry for those who become ill or care for those who are ill, but not ill enough to demand in hospital medical care. We've designed these spaces is most of our townhouse floor plans, few customizations would be necessary for a safe and secure environment within the home for those who are sick and want to keep others from contracting the virus.

Sport Courts

Whether indoors or outdoors, the sport court is going to likely see an explosion. What has been generally an amenity for high end homes will likely see its way into more affordable housing. The sport court allows family members a place to exercise, play, and practice sports without having to be exposed to other people. In the days of home-school and working from home, the sport court could be a lifesaver.

These are just some of the changes we may see in home design due to covid-19. Time will tell what sticks with us and what we refuse to do to stay safe from a virus that can't be seen. 

 

Events in Houston this June - Covid 19 Edition

Events in Houston this June - Covid 19 Edition

Though Texas has begun to open, there are still few live events like we're used to in Houston. The large summertime events that draw thousands, like outdoor music festivals, BBQs, fireworks displays and all those other great outdoor activities we love to enjoy are still on hold. Even though Houston has been reopening, many businesses are being cautious and waiting longer. Sadly, some businesses will not be able to open up again.

There are some things you can do in Houston - you can get a hair cut, you can see a movie, you can visit your doctor and you can go out to eat. All of these things should be done with caution and most businesses will post clear messages about the safety measures they have taken and expect their customers and clientele to adhere to. Stay Safe Houston!

Events in Houston this June - Covid 19 Edition

Live Interactive Online Classes & Camps for Kids

When: Ongoing

Where: Online

Live online classes and online summer camps for kids provide engaging e-learning experiences from home. Virtual summer camps are on sale through May 31! Art, cooking, kids coding, lego, languages, music, math, and dance are popular online courses for kids to do at home. Get an additional $15 off when you attend the virtual camp fair!

The Escape Game Remote Adventures

When: Ongoing

Where: Online

Play our escape games from anywhere! Your team will communicate with each other and a Host at The Escape Game using Zoom. You’ll explore the room by directing a Game Guide that’s streaming a live camera feed from the physical environment and by searching 360 images. Use what you find in the room and the items in your digital dashboard to progress through the adventure. You have 60 minutes, can you escape?

At Home Workshop: Making a Face Mask

When: Ongoing

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Online 

Looking for a practical at-home project? Make your own face mask!

Follow along with Jessica McMahon, who teaches fashion classes at the Glassell Junior School. In this how-to video, she applies her expertise in fashion design to creating PPE (personal protective equipment).

To get started, download the step-by-step instructions—complete with a mask pattern. Then gather your materials, hit “play,” and make your face mask!

Bringing the Zoo to You

When: Ongoing

Where:  Houston Zoo - Online

We’re bringing the Houston Zoo to you through Facebook Live each weekday at 11am CST! We will be sharing daily updates of what our furred, flippered, and feathered friends are up to and how our zookeepers are caring for them while we are closed.

If you miss a live stream, you can view all of our videos and our fun at-home learning activities: www.houstonzoo.org/bringing-the-zoo-to-you/

Our zookeepers, veterinarians, and animal nutritionists continue to provide stellar care to our animals, which is reinforced by your contributions. Learn more about how you can support our Emergency Zoo Fund: www.houstonzoo.org/emergency-zoo-fund/

Swimwear Department

When: June 18, 2020

Where: Discovery Green - Online

Discovery Green Stream Concerts presented by Bank of America:
Swimwear Department

Four-piece concept band Swimwear Department performs danceable punk-rock songs about swimming pools and shopping at the mall.

You can catch the performance when it premieres on the Discovery Green Facebook page Thursday, June 18 at 7 pm.

Bring your laptop, phone or tablet outside, open a beverage and dance like no one’s watching! Until we can all be together again for a concert in the park, we hope you’ll join this community of Houstonians online.

Concerts at Discovery Green are made possible in part through the City of Houston and the Houston Arts Alliance.

The Discovery Green Conservancy needs your help to keep this vibrant green space thriving. Please consider becoming a member today discoverygreen.com/membership.  

STEM Virtual Tour

When: Ongoing

Where: Online

On the talkSTEM YouTube channel, there are 9 unique playlists that connect science, technology, engineering and math to real world examples. Each video are a palatable 2 minutes in average and are appropriate for all ages. You can virtually explore over 20 different destinations in Texas from the safety of your home. Simply pick a theme and start watching the videos. Some videos prompt for a DIY experiment or challenge you can try in your household. You can even create your own virtual field trip - the options are endless!