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Preston Wood & Associates is Open

Preston Wood & Associates is Open

Preston Wood & Associates is open. We're thankful to have the technology to have our staff work from home during the Stay at Home order in place in Houston until April 3rd.

Though we are working from home, you can be rest assured that you will still receive the top notch customer service that you've come to know from Preston Wood & Associates. 

You can reach a staff member by calling 713-522-2724, if we are unable to pick up, please leave a message with your name, number and reason for the call and we will return your call within 24 hours.

Our website is also open. If you're looking for townhouse floor plans or other stock floor plans, you can browse our entire library of plans right from home. Click here to search our library of floorpans.

In addition to our library of floor plans, we're still here to help you modify any of our stock floorpans. Just give us a call or email us at info@jackprestonwood.com and we'll get to work.

We know this is a difficult and challenging time, we're all in this together and we will get though this together. 

Preston Woods & Associates

4 Story Townhouse Floor Plan with Lift

4 Story Townhouse Floor Plan with Lift

Townhouse living can be synonymous with luxury living. We've got many luxury townhouse floor plans to choose from including this stunning 4 story townhouse floor plan with lift.

Whether you're building a townhouse as an investment or as a place to live, this traditional 4 story townhouse floor plan, has it all. Townhouse Plan E2221 is a spacious home with 4657 square feet of living space among 4 stories. The traditional design is perfect for those who demand luxury and enjoy the finer things that life has to offer.

The first floor of this beautiful home includes an art studio or 4th bedroom. Access the grand staircase through the entry porch along side the 2 car garage to access the upper levels. Don’t want to take the stairs? That’s okay, take the lift. The full bathroom and lanai finish off the first floor.

The second floor is the main living space of this floor plan. The kitchen and family room are open and access to the covered balcony is through the family room. The kitchen features a large island for eating in or food prep. Plenty of storage and counter space in this design. The butler’s pantry and service kitchen make entertaining in this home a dream. The powder room is located near the lift and staircase. Continue through the hallway to the formal dining area and living room. Both rooms provide ample natural light and the living room focal point is the fireplace.

The third floor of this home is where you’ll find the master bedroom suite and second bedroom. Perfect for a nursery or younger child who doesn’t desire as much privacy. The master bath has dual vanities, walk-in shower, soaking tub and private toilet area. His and hers walk-in closets are located on either side of the master bath. The second bedroom has a private bathroom and large walk-in closet and is located next to the laundry room/utility room.

The fourth floor includes the third bedroom – great for the older children who prefer to have more privacy or live-in help. There’s a game room, covered roof deck and open roof deck for star gazing or entertaining.

This townhome plan has 4657 square ft. of living space. This townhouse plan design has a width of 30′-10″ and a depth of 60′-0″. For more information on this townhome plan and floor plans please call 713 522 2724 or E-mail us.

    • LEVEL ONE:                636
    • LEVEL TWO:              1480
    • LEVEL THREE:            1632
    • LEVEL FOUR:               909
    • TOTAL LIVING:           4657

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Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Drops Slightly in Fourth Quarter

In this recent article from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), many of the same issues are concerning to home builders - cost of materials and labor shortage. Demand in 55+ housing remains strong, but affordability continues to be a concern. Overall sentiment remains high, but these concerns have lowered builder confidence in the 55+ market by four points to 68 in the 4th quarter. Continue below for the full article.

Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Drops Slightly in Fourth Quarter

(NAHB)

Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market dropped four points to 68 in the fourth quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today.

The 55+ HMI measures two segments of the 55+ housing market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each segment of the 55+ HMI measures builder sentiment based on a survey that asks if current sales, prospective buyer traffic and anticipated six-month sales for that market are good, fair or poor (high, average or low for traffic).

“Overall, builder and developer sentiment in the 55+ housing market remains positive,” said Harry Miller III, chairman of NAHB's 55+ Housing Industry Council and president of Regal Builders LLC in Dover, Del. “However, development costs and lack of labor are contributing to affordability concerns and preventing even more robust growth in the market.”

For the three index components of the 55+ single-family HMI, present sales fell five points to 73, expected sales for the next six months dropped two points to 75 and traffic of prospective buyers fell four points to 51.

The 55+ multifamily condo HMI rose five points to 58. All three index components posted increases from the previous quarter: Present sales rose four points to 60, expected sales for the next six months went up five points to 61 and traffic of prospective buyers increased six points to 53.

All four components of the 55+ multifamily rental market went up from the third quarter: Present production increased eight points to 65, future expected production jumped 11 points to 66, present demand increased 10 points to 82—a record high—and future expected demand rose nine points to 83—also a record high.

“Although down from a record-high previous three quarters, the 55+ HMI is still strong at 68 and is consistent with the gradual upward trend the index has shown since 2013,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “The strong performance of the 55+ indices for the multifamily market, meanwhile, is in line with the surge in multifamily starts at the end of 2019.”

For the full 55+ HMI tables, please visit nahb.org/55hmi.

How to Age In Place in a Townhouse

How to Age In Place in a Townhouse

Since townhomes and townhouses are designed with several levels or stories, is it possible to age in place in a townhouse?

Even though our townhouses have 2, 3 and even 4 levels, it is indeed possible to age in place in them. In fact there are many benefits to aging-in-place in a townhouse.

Aging-in-place is the process by which people remain in their homes instead of moving to an assisted living home or nursing home as they become older.  Aging-in-place allows seniors the option to stay in their own home, or a new home to them, that remains in their community, near family and friends. It has been gaining in popularity as the Baby Boomers reach their senior years and defy the expectations of generations before them once again.

Aging-in-place has also become more popular as waiting lists to get into the assisted living home of their choice gets longer and longer.

How To Age In Place in a Townhouse

Aging in place in a townhouse isn't any different than in a condo, villa or single family home. By including specific features in the design of the townhome (or by renovating an existing townhome to meet their needs) homeowners can create a space that is easier to grow old in. 

Many of these features include no-threshold showers, handrails near toilets and other bathroom fixtures, lowered countertops to be accessed by someone in a wheelchair, wider hallways and doors to also accommodate wheelchairs and walkers, and including lifts or elevators.

Tech plays a role too in helping homeowners age in place. Voice activated devices such as Amazon Echo or Apple's Home Pod can provide an easy way to turn on lights, lock doors, engage security systems, as well as provide entertainment and communication. 

We offer many townhouse floor plans that can be modified for those who wish to age in place. Many of our designs have elevators as well as staircases providing easy access to the master suite no matter which level it is located.

Many of our townhouse floor plans include a lift, and lower level guest suite which is perfect for live-in help when the time comes. 

Townhouse Floor Plan: E2126

Townhouse Floor Plan: E2296 A1.1

Townhouse Floor Plan: E2221

Aging in Place in a townhouse has the added benefit of location. As townhouses can be built on smaller parcels of land - usually within urban or city settings - homeowners can live in communities with plenty of activities and entertainment nearby. Grocery stores, hospitals, clinics and easy access to the interstate can mean staying active and living a full and vibrant life. 

Aging in Place in a townhouse also means no yard work - such as cutting the grass or raking, but still provides the option for patio gardening, and entertaining on decks and patios that have been well-designed into our floor plans.

If you've got questions about choosing the right floor plan to fit your needs, we've got answers. Give us a call at 713-522-2724 to learn more about finding the perfect townhouse floor plan for your project.

 

Events in Houston this March

Events in Houston this March

March is a busy month in Houston. There is something for everyone from Spring Break to St Patrick’s Day to the Houston Texans Cheerleader Tryouts, and don’t forget to spring forward on March 8th. The days are longer, the nights are warmer and things are just heating up in Houston. Check out the list below for events in Houston this March.

 

Events in Houston this March

 

Houston Quinceañera Expo

When: March 1st, 2020

Where: George R Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida De Las Americas

Houston, TX

 

Houston Quinceaera Expo will be an unique event in the Houston area. There will be four fashion shows that will consist of two Quinceaera and two Bridal Fashion Shows. With over 100 exhibitors you are sure to find everything that you need for your special event.

 

Earthly Bodies: The Houston Brick Archive

When: March 1st, 2020

Where: San Jacinto College Central Campus Art Gallery

8060 Spencer Highway # C4. 119

Houston, TX

 

Earthly Bodies: The Houston Brick Archive is a conceptual project spearheaded by Houston based artist Alexander Squire that highlights a large collection of commercial bricks salvaged from various sites around the city of Houston. The bricks are studied with scrupulous attention paid to their organic and expressive form and materiality. An archeological enterprise, the bricks are then systematically processed as artifacts and showcased on multi-tiered repetitive grid-like shelves situated within expertly fabricated backlit display cabinets. Featured as unique specimens, the bricks forge a sense of familiarity and immediacy for the viewer cultivating an awareness of their rich history and complex network of migration, movement and interchangeability. The exhibition is further enhanced by compelling video, immersive soundscape and interactive brick rubbings.

 

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

When: March 3rd – 22nd, 2020

Where: NRG Park

One NRG Park

Houston, TX

 

Since 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas. This Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, supported by more than 35,000 volunteers, is the world’s largest livestock show and most innovative rodeo. RODEOHOUSTON® features the best cowboys and cowgirls competing for a purse of more than $2 million, and hosts the biggest names in the music industry. With tickets averaging more than $20 less than the national concert ticket average, the Rodeo is providing a family-friendly and affordable event. A ticket to the rodeo/concert also grants entrance to the NRG Park grounds, where the largest Western shopping mall is open for business in NRG Center. In addition to shopping, great food and a thrilling carnival, kids can experience pony rides, petting zoos, a live animal birthing center and other agricultural displays. There’s something for the whole family at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!

 

Help Restore the Noble House

When: Tuesdays – Saturdays

Where: The Heritage Society

1100 Bagby Street

Houston, TX

 

In 2019, The Heritage Society (THS) celebrated 65 years of working to preserve Houston’s history, beginning with Houston’s oldest building. The non-profit organization was formed in 1954 to save and restore the Kellum-Noble House, which was facing demolition by the city. Originally built in 1847, the home has many stories to tell. Nathaniel Kellum was an industrious man who operated the brickyard and lime plant that produced the bricks and plaster to construct his house. Both the Kellums and Nobles had domestic slaves and some undoubtedly worked in the brickyard, thus contributing to the home’s construction and its story. Zerviah Noble not only lived in the home for decades, but also operated a small school there teaching young Houstonians to read and write, draw and paint, to embroider and appreciate music.  Highlights from the exhibit include original Kellum-Noble bricks, Zerviah’s silver pieces, and a “school room” complete with items from the Middle Bayou School which operated in the late 19th century near Clear Lake.

Over the years, THS has thoughtfully done preservation maintenance, continued historical research, and educated the public about Houston through the lens of the Kellums and the Nobles. Late in 2014, THS began its most ambitious restoration project to date with the goal of stabilizing the building’s foundation. Visitors will see an amazing video that walks you through the work we have done so far and details the future plans for the building.

 

6th Annual Fall Fest

When: Every Friday

Where: North Shore Rotary Pavilion

14350 ½ Wallisville Rd

Houston, TX

 

Part food festival, part music festival, CTC's "Fall Fest" is an excellent opportunity to bring a taste of Chicago to Houston area residents. This weekly, Chicago cultural festival features several food vendors who offer Chicago culinary classics including: rib tips, chicken wings with mild sauce, and pizza to name only a few. Additionally, the event features DJs who will spin a variety of music types including: House music which is an internationally known style of music born in Chicago which gave birth to techno and EDM. Also, the event hosts a dance lounge where attendees can learn Stepping which is a nationally known dance style born in Chicago and similar to this area's two-step and swing out dance styles.

 

Beach Party Kicks off Spring Break at Balmoral

When: March 7th, 2020

Where: Balmoral Crystal Clear Lagoon and Beach Club

15808 Crystal Terrace Drive

Houston, TX

 

Looking for some beach-themed fun in the sun in Houston? Well, it’s pretty much always sunny but it’s not always beachy — except here in Balmoral where you and the family are invited to dive into our Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out Beach Party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7.

 

This don’t-miss party will take place on the shores of our spectacular crystal clear lagoon, 15808 Crystal Terrace Drive. For $10 per person, you can enjoy an entire day of sand, sun and water fun including water volleyball, bounce houses, lawn games, putt-putt golf, swimming and splashing. Don’t forget to enter our sandcastle-building contest. We want to see your creations!

 

Market at the Marqe

When: Saturdays

Where: Marq’E Entertainment Center

7620 Katy Freeway

Houston, TX

 

The Market at the MarqE is a family-friendly Local Market Experience for all ages at the MarqE Entertainment Center! This weekly event is held Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm and features a fun variety of local artisans and makers + live artists, live music from local artists, face painting, & other good timin’ activities for everyone!

 

Petals Pumps and Pearls Entrepreneuher Self-Care Shower

When: March 7th, 2020

Where: Agrarian Wellness Center

17000 El Camino Reel Suite 209

Houston, TX

 

Petals, Pumps & Pearls EntrepreneuHER Self-Care Shower was birthed around the “baby shower” concept. We began to hear about “business showers” in 2019 and thought of ways to create a fun, relaxing but yet meaningful space for women entrepreneurs to come, be pretty, be celebrated, decompress and find resources for their brands! At each shower there will be a chance to network, games, treats, self-care discussions and exercises, raffles and giveaways. It is our ultimate goal to provide 1-2 attendees with the “BIG GIFT”, a basket filled with business supplies and personal care items. Fillings may include: office supplies, gift cards to Amazon/supply stores, gift certificates for business services provided by sponsors, spa items, books, etc. At the time of attendee registration, they will be asked to submit a top 5 list of services or items needed for their business/hustle/brand.

 

International Women’s Day HTX

When: March 8th, 2020

Where: George R Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida De Las Americas

Houston, TX

 

Sunday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, join women from all over the city and abroad, as we attempt to set a world record of women standing in solidarity, celebrating diversity, strength and womanhood in an action packed festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Downtown Houston!

 

St Patrick’s Day Parade & Concert

When: March 14th, 2020

Where: Market Square Park

301 Milam

Houston, TX

 

Celebrate the luck of the Irish at the 61st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (noon-1:30 pm), now with a new route in Historic Market Square. Continue the fun at Market Square Park with food, games and live music. Then head out in your green attire to the neighborhood’s eclectic bars and restaurants for drink specials on all your Irish favorites.

 

St Paddy’s Extravaganza

When: March 15th, 2020

Where: EQ Heights

1030 Heights Boulevard

Houston, TX

 

It's shur to be a St Patrick's Day like no other with Wylde Meade and the return of the incomparable Paul Cooper!! The Sisters, Celia & Ella will join us once more along with outstanding harpist, Terese Weber! So put on yer lucky buckle shoes and head over to EQ Heights for food, drink, fun and frivolity! A full afternoon of Irish Music begins at 4:15pm and lasts 'til closin' time! NO COVER - Tipping fills our Pot O Gold.

 

The Makeup Show Houston

When: March 21, 2020

Where: Hilton Houston Post Oak

2001 Post Oak Blvd.

Houston, TX

 

Get ready Houston, we’re coming back! The Makeup Show is bringing you some of the most influential artists and brands in today’s beauty industry. Join us for a fun and unforgettable two day experience with loads of educational and shopping opportunities in an intimate setting. Follow the celebrity makeup artists and industry experts on our Seminar and Demo stages as they show you the latest trends, techniques and share their business expertise to help guide you to a successful career. Shop for the must-have products in makeup, skincare and hair care brands at pro discount prices. Connect, Collaborate and Create at The Makeup Show, a beauty event not to be missed!

 

2020 Bayou City Art Festival

When: March 27th, 2020

Where: Memorial Park South Picnic Lane

6501 Memorial Drive

Houston, TX

 

SAVE THE DATE for Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park on March 27-29, 2020! The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA) will celebrate 49 years of fine art and giving back to local nonprofits as it spotlights 300 artists at Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park.

 

As the nation’s premier outdoor fine art event, the three-day festival will provide patrons with the opportunity to personally meet artists, view original works, and purchase world-class art. The festival benefits local nonprofit partners and features live music, local food vendors and food trucks, beverages, entertainment, a Children’s Creative Zone and so much more. An exhibition of student artwork composed of the top 30 finalists from the Middle School Art Competition will also be featured at Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park.

 

Houston Mac Attack

When: March 28th, 2020

Where: Midtown Park

2811 Travis Street

Houston, TX

 

Join us for Houston’s MAC ATTACK! The mac and cheese festival you’ve been waiting for! This is the only event in town where you get to sample a huge variety of gourmet, chef-inspired twists on your childhood favorite: mac & cheese! Local chefs and restaurants are cooking up their most creative and delicious mac & cheese while competing for the best mac in town. Be there to sample everything for yourself and cast your vote.

Houston’s Mac Attack is proud to support Heart of America. Over the past 20 years, Heart of America has provided high-quality resources and transformed spaces in under-resourced schools into modern learning environments so that students and communities can learn and grow. They have served more than two million students in need by distributing more than 4 million books, infusing $2 million in technology, and transforming nearly 400 school libraries, cafeterias, gymnasiums, college and career centers, tech labs, and many more educational spaces in communities less fortunate across the United States.

Houston Texans Cheerleaders Tryouts

When: March 28th, 2020

Where: Houston Methodist Training Center

8799 Kirby Drive

Houston, TX

 

Be a part of something truly extraordinary and live out your dream of performing in front of over 72,000 fans on Houston Texans gameday as a Houston Texans Cheerleader (HTC)! Enjoy national television exposure, travel the world on military tours, and be a central piece in giving back to the Houston community!

 

Chef Fest 2020

When: March 29th, 2020

Where: Harvest Green Village Farm

8939 Harlem Rd

Houston, TX

 

Advocates for local living, local eating rejoice! The Fourth Annual Chef Fest event returns to the Harvest Green Village Farm on Sunday, March 29, 2020 to kick off the spring season with a hot new lineup of chefs. TEN(10) of Houston’s best will match seasonal produce straight from our farm with local farm-raised meats to create sensational dishes that celebrate the diverse terroir of our Houston region. Attendees will eat their fill of dishes, sip on signature cocktails, Texas beer and wine, enjoy hands-on experiences presented by our event partners, bid on our silent auction, listen to live music, and stroll through the rows of a working farm. Proceeds from the day’s festivities will benefit Houston Food System Collaborative (HFSC) - an effort to educate, advocate, and grow our regional food system through its focus areas of sustainability, food access, and food enterprise development.

Best in American Living™ Awards Showcase Top Design Trends for 2020

Best in American Living™ Awards Showcase Top Design Trends for 2020

Last month the National Association of Home Builders held their annual International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, NV. Of the highlights of the conventions the awards are always highly anticipated and these awards for Top Design Trends for 2020 are certainly noteworthy. PW&A did not attend the International Builders' Show this year, though we did last year. Continue reading below for the full article from the NAHB - Best in American Living™ Awards Showcase Top Design Trends for 2020.

(NAHB) 

Over 150 single-family, multifamily, interior design, remodeling and community projects were honored at the 2019 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) ceremony held during the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. The awards were sponsored by Monogram Appliances, and the media sponsor was Professional Builder.

Judges awarded eight Best in Region, five Of the Year and one Judges’ Discretionary Award for Innovative Site Design. In addition, one Game Changer award was given as well as one “Wow!” award, a special award given to a project with a jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind design detail. These projects represent the nation’s best in home and community design, interior design and remodeling.

BALA winners showcase top design trends that home buyers can expect to see in homes and communities over the next several years, among them:

Colorful kitchens. Often found first on the island and then on lower cabinets, many designers are finding ways to punch up today’s new and remodeled kitchens. Judges saw cool aquas, dark woods and new, colored textures in many of this year’s applicants. It could take the form of a deep blue, on trend with many of 2020 color forecasts, or fun wallpaper, or earthy tones.

Crisp colors paired with warm woods. More designers are pairing otherwise “stark” or “cool” palettes with warm wood tones—either real wood or manmade—to create a look that is both dramatic, yet homey; high-end, yet comfy.

Curated design details. In every type of housing, from single- to multifamily, from remodels to communities, it’s clear that buyers want their next home to feel personalized to their taste. Every detail matters—from ceiling textures to shelving choices to mullion size—and today’s educated buyers won’t settle for less.

Expansive, large-format windows. Almost considered a standard feature in single-family custom homes, expansive, oversized windows—often with limited vertical interruptions—are on trend in all housing types. Even in denser areas, architects are finding interesting ways to incorporate large panel glass that lets in light but keeps out nearby neighbors.

High-quality signature entries. In our often car-centric society, residents spend a lot of time coming in through garages, but in 2020, expect to see a greater focus on front entries and improved streetscapes. A signature entry, especially on a production home, adds a one-of-a-kind appeal for future owners.

Non-traditional storage solutions. Instead of traditional cabinetry, designers will opt for shelving, both as a storage solution and as a design element. Outside of the kitchen, architects are creating more artful interpretations of traditional storage spaces, like wine cellars or under-stair displays. Artfully crafted, these storage areas purposefully blend into the room, instead of another typical closet door along a hallway.

Personalized lighting design. No matter the price point, buyers want a personalized feel to their homes, whether rental or for sale, and lighting is an obvious choice to offer that personalized feel. Lighting, like other design details, should not be an afterthought, and just installing what’s on hand without added thought about placement won’t fly with the 2020 buyer.

Sophisticated in/outdoor connections. With new technologies and increased availability of glass walls, pocket doors and large windows, new and remodeled homes alike are benefiting from seamless indoor/outdoor connections, both visually and physically.

Texture paradise. In 2020, designers are opting for more mixed metals, mixed materials and mixed textures to add depth to their designs. Wall paper, back on trend, is a great way to add additional texture to a space. Instead of full-room papering, designers are using wallpaper to create statement walls, focal oints or large pieces of art.

Thoughtful, well-edited design: Architects are pushing for more character and uniqueness, especially in production homes. Well-edited doesn’t necessarily equal simpler, but it does mean there needs to be a genuine purpose of place and points of interest that draw the eye across the façade—without all the fussiness of past decades. In plan, architects are making smart spatial decisions to match a cultural preference towards simplicity in living, especially in the age of constant technological interruptions and connections.

Unique wood detailing: The use of wood has been up-trending for the past couple of years, but in 2020, expect unique wood details and use of wood to create texture, ambiance, lighting design and more.

What’s old is new again: A renewed focus on genuine sense of place makes adaptive reuse and historic preservation projects a focus of 2020. By focusing on what came before, designers can build on an existing history instead of starting over, and residents will feel more connected to the place they now call home.

More information about this year’s winners and trends can be found at bestinamericanliving.com.