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3+ Story Townhouse Floor Plan E3009 B1.1

3+ Story Townhouse Floor Plan E3009 B1.1

One of the features I love most about townhouses is that there's a size for everyone. At Preston Wood & Associates we provide a large selection of townhouse floor plans ranging in size from under 2000 square feet to over 5000 square feet. When building townhouses you can opt for luxury townhomes as well as more modest and affordable townhomes.

This month's featured townhouse floor plan is plan E3009B1.1, a stunning 3 and a half story townhouse with roof deck and open floor plan.

The main level of this luxury townhouse floor plan includes the 2 car garage and second bedroom. The bedroom features a private bath and spacious closet making this an ideal space for an older child, a guest suite or mother-in-law area. The square footage of level one is 426.

The second level of this townhouse floor plan features an open design - perfect for entertaining small and large gatherings. The kitchen is open to the dining area and living room. It features a large island and ample counter space. The open designs allows for plenty of natural sunlight to bathe the room with warmth. The powder room is located by the kitchen. Square footage of this level is 970.

Head upstairs to the third floor where the master suite and third bedroom are located. The master suite has been well-designed with plenty of room to spread out. The master bath features a walk-in shower, soaking tub and private toilet area. The walk-in closet is large with ample storage and organization. The third bedroom features a spacious closet and private bathroom. The laundry area is located on the third floor of this townhouse design. Square footage is 970.

Head back up the stairs one more time to access the roof deck - a perfect space to enjoy some stargazing. The stair tower is 93 square feet.

This is a lovely design with many amenities.

This townhome plan has 2462 square ft. of living space. This townhouse plan design has a width of 36'-2" and a depth of 26'-8".

  • LEVEL ONE: 426
  • LEVEL TWO: 970
  • LEVEL THREE: 970
  • STAIR TOWER: 93
  • TOTAL LIVING: 2459

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Single-Family Starts and Permits Post Double-Digit Gains

Single-Family Starts and Permits Post Double-Digit Gains

The home building industry continues to roar back to life following the shut down. In this recent article from the National Association of Home Builders, single family starts and permits posted double digit gains in June. Fueled in part by historic low mortgage rates and an increase demand. Continue reading below for the full article.

Single-Family Starts and Permits Post Double-Digit Gains

(NAHB), Led by solid single-family production, total housing starts increased 17.3 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million units, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department.

The June reading of 1.19 million starts is the number of housing units builders would begin if they kept this pace for the next 12 months. Within this overall number, single-family starts increased 17.2 percent to an 831,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, after an upward revision from the May estimate. The multifamily sector, which includes apartment buildings and condos, increased 17.5 percent to a 355,000 pace.

“Fueled in part by record low mortgage rates, builders are seeing solid demand for housing despite the challenges of the virus and elevated unemployment,” said Chuck Fowke, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders and a custom home builder from Tampa, Fla. "Demand is growing in lower density markets, including exurbs and small metros."

"Single-family construction is expanding off April lows due to lean inventories of new and existing homes," said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. "However, builders face challenges in growing costs, particularly rising prices for lumber."

On a regional and year-to-date basis (January through June of 2020 compared to that same time frame a year ago), combined single-family and multifamily starts are 2.2 percent higher in the Midwest, 0.2 percent higher in the South, 2.9 percent higher in the West and 5.4 percent lower in the Northeast.

Overall permits increased 2.1 percent to a 1.24 million unit annualized rate in June. Single-family permits increased 11.8 percent to an 834,000 unit rate. Multifamily permits decreased 13.4 percent to a 407,000 pace.

Looking at regional permit data on a year-to-date basis, permits are 3.4 percent higher in the South, 8.8 percent lower in the Northeast, 2.3 percent lower in the Midwest and 3.9 percent lower in the West.

Easy Ways to Simplify Your Home

Easy Ways to Simplify Your Home

Last week we talked about the kitchen design trends that are making an impact. One of those trends was the idea of living a clutter free kitchen. In the age of Covid, when we're spending more time than ever before in our homes, we're all finding that getting rid of the clutter feels good.

It can also be a bit overwhelming if you've got a home filled with a lifetime of memories and other things you've picked up along the way.

With more time on our hands and more time at home, there's never been a better time to simply your home environment. These tips and tricks will help get you on your way to a clutter free home in no time. 

Easy Ways to Simplify Your Home

  1. Follow the 6 Month Rule - This is especially useful for the closet. If you haven't worn something in 6 months you probably aren't going to wear it again. If you've got clothing from the 90s hanging in your closet, it's time to let it go. 
  2. If it doesn't fit, pitch it - Don't hang on to clothing that doesn't fit because you think you're going to lose weight and get into it. If you lose the weight that's wonderful. Treat yourself to some new duds, but toss out the ones that don't fit now.
  3. Shred it - It's best to save legal and financial documents for 7 years, but you don't need to save bank statements or credit card statements. In fact, you shouldn't even be getting them on paper anymore. After you've gone digital go ahead and shred or burn all those old statements that are cluttering your desk. 
  4. Books - It's difficult for book lovers to get rid of books, but they take up a lot of space and the odds are really good you're never going to read that Tom Clancy novel again. Save the classics and any favorites if you have room, but get rid of paperbacks and any books you have no desire to read or reread. Donate them to the Goodwill or local thrift store so others less fortunate can benefit from them. 
  5. One Room at a Time - Paring down your belongings can be an overwhelming task. It can also be an emotional task. Take it one room at a time and do it over the course of several weekends. You'll have time to consider what you want to keep and what you can part with without being pressured due to the need to move or some other crisis. 

By paring down ahead of time you'll have the luxury to really consider the things you want to keep and the things you're better off without. Then, when it comes time to move you won't be stressed by those considerations. 

Kitchen Trends

Kitchen Trends

No matter what style townhouse you are considering, there's no doubt that the kitchen is the heart of the home. While once relegated to rear of the home, the kitchen is now front and center in any modern design. 

Homes today, whether they are two story townhouse floor plans or larger 4 story townhouse floor plans, all feature a kitchen that is the main gathering place of the home. Living space is designed around the kitchen with multiple options for eating in and formal dining. 

Kitchen design is always evolving, but here are some of the current trends in kitchen design that we are loving.

Kitchen Trends We Love

Automation

AI is making its way into the kitchen and other areas of the home. These days you can tell your oven to turn itself on and ask the fridge if you're about out of milk. Hands free faucets that are motion activated are both accessible and energy efficient. Home automation will continue to evolve and we can't wait to see what's next.

Blending Design Styles

With open floor plan where one room blends into another, it stands to reason that the design characteristics would carryover into other rooms. Counters and islands in the kitchen are designed to accentuate the built-ins in the main living area and dining spaces. 

Neutral Palette

You may have noticed that many homes today feature a neutral color palette. A neutral kitchen won't look dated in 5 years when trends change. Neutral doesn't have to be boring, you can add a pop of color with less permanent fixtures like drapes or window covering or you can go bold and install a brightly colored sink - more widely available now that this has been trending for a while.

The Pantry

The pantry used to be found in larger more luxurious homes, not anymore. Most homes designed today have a pantry for storage and organization. Not only does a pantry provide a place to keep dry goods, cans and bulk items, but it also provides a place to store appliances that might not be used regularly but that still need easy access. Keep your countertops clear by placing small appliances in the pantry.

 

Uncluttered

There's never been a time when we have appreciate the uncluttered look like we do today. Lockdown will spur even those who tend toward hoarding to get rid of that which does not bring joy. Kitchens today are designed with ample storage so the counters don't ever have to be cluttered. 

 

Builder Confidence Rallies to Pre-Pandemic Level in July

Builder Confidence Rallies to Pre-Pandemic Level in July

In a recent article from the National Association of Home Builders, builder confidence was noted to have reached pre-pandemic levels in July. Interest rates are at all time historic lows which is surely helping to improve builder confidence in these uncertain times. Continue reading the full article from the NAHB below.

(NAHB) 

In a strong signal that the housing market is ready to lead a post-COVID economic recovery, builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes jumped 14 points to 72 in July, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. The HMI now stands at the solid pre-pandemic reading in March before the outbreak affected much of the nation.

“Builders are seeing strong traffic and lots of interest in new construction as existing home inventory remains lean,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke, a custom home builder from Tampa, Fla. “Moreover, builders in the Northeast and the Midwest are benefiting from demand that was sidelined during lockdowns in the spring. Low interest rates are also fueling demand, and we expect housing to lead an overall economic recovery.”

“While the housing market is clearly rebounding, challenges exist,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Lumber prices are at a two-year high, and builders are reporting rising costs for other building materials while lot and skilled labor availability issues persist. Nonetheless, the important story of the changing geography of housing demand is benefiting new construction. New home demand is improving in lower density markets, including small metro areas, rural markets and large metro exurbs, as people seek out larger homes and anticipate more flexibility for telework in the years ahead. Flight to the suburbs is real.”

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.

All the HMI indices posted gains in July. The HMI index gauging current sales conditions jumped 16 points to 79, the component measuring sales expectations in the next six months rose seven points to 75 and the measure charting traffic of prospective buyers posted a 15-point gain to 58.

Looking at the monthly average regional HMI scores, the Northeast surged 22 point to 70, the Midwest jumped 18 points to 68, the South increased 10 points to 73 and the West increased 14 points to 80.

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.

Building Your Own Town Home

Building Your Own Town Home

If you’re like most people at one time or another you’ve dreamed of building your own town home. But how do you turn that dream into a reality?

Many people get bogged down right from the start when it comes to building a town home. They think it’s too expensive, too difficult and just takes too much time to manage the whole process. The truth of the matter is it doesn't have to be with the right help.

We’ll help you through choosing the perfect lot, finding the right floor plan and then we’ll show you how to go about customizing it to fit your lifestyle and specific needs. We’ll ask you how you live so you know what kind of town home floor plan will work best for you, your family and your lifestyle.

We’ll help you learn about the building process and what kind of materials go into your home. If you’re building a home in Houston you want to choose exterior materials that will hold up to the heat and humidity, but you don’t need to worry about snow.

We’ll help you figure out the permitting process and why you need to know about floodplain management. Both of these can be confusing, but we can point you in the right direction for help in this area.

The average person thinks about building a new town home for several years, there is no doubt it is a big decision and that decision is followed by even more decisions. There is no arguing that building a new town home is more time consuming and challenging than purchasing a used home.

While it’s true there are many headaches to be had while building a new town home those are far better than the headaches that come from living in a used home that needs more work that you were prepared for.

Don’t be intimidated by the new town home building process. There are certainly many hoops to jump through when it comes to purchasing the land, purchasing the floor plan and getting all the correct permits, but it’s a manageable experience if you know what you are doing and we’ll help you learn the process one step at a time.

Building a new townhouse doesn’t have to be difficult. And, in fact, it can be a lot of fun.

In a home you build you can create amazing customizations (and we’ll show you some great ones) that you just can’t do in an existing home. Give us a call to learn more - 713-522-2724.