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Patio Gardening - Perfect for Townhouse Living

Patio Gardening - Perfect for Townhouse Living

Townhouse living is a great way to get more house and luxury for your dollar, in a smaller footprint. That's good news for people living in larger cities who want to build new. Townhouse living has a lot of benefits, but having a yard for gardening is usually now one of them.

Of course you can participate in a community garden - a great way to get your gardening fix, as well as meet new people - but many of us enjoy having a garden close to home for easy access when fresh veggies and herbs are needed.

If you live in a townhouse, you probably don't have much room for gardening. Don't despair, patio gardening can be just as satisfying. Patio gardening can produce a sufficient yield for your family and can be a lot of fun, it's also easy.

Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can successfully grow tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, radishes, and all kinds of herbs. Patio gardening is a great way to grow food for your family all year long depending on the climate where you live.

There are a multitude of planters for patio gardening. And while there are some high tech options that include grow lights with vertical growth, any container will do.

It really depends on the size of your patio and how much space you want to use for gardening. If you're like most patio gardeners, you'll find it can become quite addictive and pretty soon you have pots and containers all over the patio. 

Start your plants from seeds or buy them already started at your local hardware store or garden center. Start seeds in the spring or purchase seedlings to get a head start. Cuttings work well too depending on the type of plant.  

If you're new to gardening choose hearty varieties of tomatoes, carrots, lettuce and beans to get started. These fruits and veggies don't require much more than watering and sunlight.  Speaking of sunlight, it's important to determine how much sun your patio gets. If it doesn't get much sun you'll want to stick with fruits and veggies that don't need much light like broccoli, cauliflower, peas, beets, salad greens and radishes. 

Make sure the containers you plant your veggies in have good drainage. Too much water and your plant's roots will rot. If your pots don't have enough drainage you can drill a hole in the bottom of the container to provide more.  Use a slow release fertilizer to nourish your plants all season. 

Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

We all want to do our best to lessen our carbon footprint, but we can’t all build new, energy efficient townhomes. If you’d like to make your home more eco-friendly without spending a lot of money here are some great tips for an energy efficient home. 

Replace Incandescent Lightbulbs

You can save up to 65% more energy by replacing your old incandescent lightbulbs with LED lightbulbs. Just swapping out one can save up to 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

Open and Close the Blinds

Open the blinds or drapes during the day to let in the sunlight, close them at night to retain the warmth generated by the sun or furnace in the winter and to retain the cool air of the A/C at night during the summer months.

Fix the Leaks

Whether you have a leaky faucet or a drafty window, they’re both losing you energy and money. Repair the leaks and you’ll save on utility costs each month. 

Recycle

Most cities have made it so easy to recycle – by picking up recycled waste weekly and with no need to sort anymore - there is no excuse not to. You can save on your waste disposal costs by recycling items that are recyclable.

Upcycle  

Reusing items or upcycling them by making use of them for a new purpose can save you as well. Turn a worn out, but beloved t-shirt into a lovely shopping bag that fits easily into your purse, or turn those empty wine bottles into works of art, decorate lighting or really just about anything.

Use the Dishwasher

A dishwasher not only saves time, but if run full it will save energy which saves you money. Today’s machines don’t require rinsing so you can save even more time and water. Same goes for the washing machine. Both machines use less energy and water than washing the items by hand so plan accordingly. Run the dishwasher at night when less energy is used during high energy times. Wash clothing on a specific day of the week so that you have several full loads to do.

Houseplants

Houseplants improve the air in your home and add much needed moisture in winter months. If you have pets be sure to plant only non toxic plants in your home.

Bamboo

Bamboo is the wonder textile. It grows fast so is incredibly sustainable, it’s durable and it looks fantastic. Bamboo flooring has been trending for a few years now and doesn’t look to be going anywhere. 

Close the Door

Your father was right, you were not born in a barn, close the door. Whether summer or winter, when you hold the door open it will let in un conditioned air which will either raise the temperature the A/C has worked so hard to lower, or it will lower the temperature the furnace has worked so hard to raise. If you have pets consider installing a pet door which will allow them to come and go as they please but also reduce the amount of surface area that is open.

Low Flow Toilets

Installing a low flow toilet can save upwards or 30% of your home’s indoor water usage. If you live in an older home you could be using up to 7 gallons per flush. Today’s new toilets only use 1.6 gallons of water per flush. That’s a huge savings for a very simple fix.

Cloth Instead of Paper

Use cloth napkins and towels in place of their paper counterparts. 

Energy Star when you Upgrade

As older appliances wear out or break down consider replacing them with Energy Star approved appliances. They may cost a bit more up front, but they will save you much in the long run.

Home Repair Projects You Can Do Yourself

Home Repair Projects You Can Do Yourself

Being a homeowner isn't for the faint of heart. Unless you live in an HOA (and many townhouse owners are part of an HOA) you're going to be responsible for making home repairs inside and outside. While some repairs like a damaged roof or large plumbing problems might require a professional, there are many home repairs you can do on your own. Even if you are part of an HOA, some things are not covered and it's best to learn how to do them yourself.

Home Repair Projects You Can Do Yourself

Unclog a Drain - This may be the easiest repair around the house. It may be, but it also might not be depending on how deep in the system the clog is. Grab the plunger, the flat one, not the one with the flange, and start plunging your drain. If you have a double sink, plug up the other drain before you start plunging. If the plunger doesn't do the job use a small snake to remove any hair and gunk that has gotten lodged in the drain. Once removed run water down the drain to make sure it is clear. You can clear out the gunk stuck to the side by putting a cup of baking soda down the drain and then flushing with a few cups of boiling water.

Toilets - From a leaky base to the tank running all the time, most toilet issues can be repaired without calling a plumber. If you notice water at the base of the toilet and have determined it is not caused by condensation, odds are the wax ring needs to be replaced. It's an easy enough repair you just might need a little help lifting the toilet. You could save yourself upwards of $300 by fixing this issue yourself. Turn off the water supply to the toilet and if the tank is screwed into the wall you'll need to unscrew that (don't forget to remove the water from the tank by flushing after the water has been turned off). Lift the toilet and set aside. Replace the wax ring with a new wax ring and replace toilet. Turn water back on and you should be good to go. It's helpful to wear gloves for this job.

Seal Drafts - Before the cold temperatures hit grab a caulking gun and go to work on the cracks in doors, windows and around the house. Be sure to remove any loose debris before caulking.

Paint - Painting is one of the easiest projects you can do. It's also incredibly forgiving. Don't call a painter, just go to your local hardware store or paint store and tell them what you're going to be painting. They'll help you choose the right paint for the job. Be sure to remove any furniture you don't want to get paint on (or cover with a tarp). Tape off difficult to paint around items like trim and door jambs. Cut into walls first around the ceiling and floor with a small angled paintbrush. Once room is outlined use a roller to fill in walls. Use long up and down strokes. If you can't finish the project in one day you can cover brushes with plastic wrap or tin foil so they don't dry out and get hard. When finished rinse brushes with warm water until water runs clear. Hang to dry.

Change Air Filter - If you use your HVAC system to cool and heat your home you should be changing the filters every couple of months or when dirty. Check each month to see the status of the filter and change accordingly. Depending on your system - the more expensive filters don't make much of a difference. Talk to your installer to find out what they recommend.

 

3 1/2 Story Townhouse Floor Plan

3 1/2 Story Townhouse Floor Plan

If you're looking to build townhouses and in need of unique and inviting townhouse floor plans then be sure to check out this stunning design - 3 1/2 Story Townhouse Plan E5008 A1.2. It features a modern design with 3 bedrooms, 2 car garage, open main living area, and roof deck.

The first floor of this beautiful townhouse floor plan includes the 2 car garage and the 3rd bedroom or home office. The space is perfect for an older child - away from the rest of the family - or a home office for those now working from home. Either way, the private bathroom and large walk-in closet will come in handy in this space. 

Upstairs to the main level and you'll find the kitchen and living area. The kitchen has ample counter space and cabinets - including a large center island. The kitchen is open to the more formal dining space - perfect for larger family gatherings. Through the dining room you'll find yourself in the living room with access to the front balcony. Powder room is located near the kitchen for easy access to the second floor or lower level.

Up to the third floor and you'll find the master suite and second bedroom. The second bedroom has its own private bathroom and large walk-in closet. The laundry room separates the second bedroom from the master suite.

The master suite is spacious with a large master walk-in closet with abundant storage and organization. The master bathroom includes a walk-in shower, private toilet area and two sinks/vanities.

Up one more level and you'll find yourself on the roof deck. A space perfect for getting away from it all and enjoying the night sky. Mechanical is located on the upper level.

This townhome plan has 2436 square ft. of living space. This townhouse plan design has a width of 40'-11" and a depth of 25'-2".

  • LEVEL ONE: 505
  • LEVEL TWO: 908
  • LEVEL THREE: 969
  • STAIR TOWER: 54
  • TOTAL LIVING: 2436

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.

Two Story Townhouse Floor Plan

Two Story Townhouse Floor Plan

In the market for a stunning town house floor plan that is both affordable and beautiful? The modern design features 3 bedrooms, 3 car garage, and 4 bedrooms. This modern 2 story townhouse floor plan - E8176 A1- has 2689 feet of living space and is well designed for today's families.

Enter on the main level through the garage or service door and enter the home through the mud room with easy access to the powder room located on the first floor. Through the main guest entrance and to the open dining and living space. 

The kitchen is open to the dining area and living room. It features a large island perfect for preparing home cooked meals or entertaining guests. The living space is bright with abundant windows and access to the front porch. 

Head upstairs to the second floor to access the three bedrooms, study and laundry area. The master suite is spacious with a large walk-in closet and spa like bath. The bathroom includes a private toilet area, large slaking tub and walk-in shower. The master bedrooms is spacious, bright and has a lovely balcony to enjoy morning coffee or late night star gazing.

Down the hall you'll find the study/home office/game room - perfect for those times when staying at home is in order. The laundry room is beyond the study making it conveniently located to the two bedrooms. Both additional bedrooms have a private bathroom and large closet.

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.  
click here for more information on Townhome Plans.
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.

3.5 Story Townhouse Floor Plan E4102-018

3.5 Story Townhouse Floor Plan E4102-018

This modern townhouse floor plan E4102-018 is an exciting design with a total living space of 2249 square feet. 

A modern yet understated design, this townhouse floor plan features a two car garage, roof deck and open living area.

The first floor of this beautiful 3.5 story townhouse includes the two car garage and second bedroom. The second bedroom is spacious with walking bathroom. This space is perfect for a home office offering privacy from the rest of the house.

The second floor is the main living area and features an open floor plan. The chef inspired kitchen features a large island for food prep and informal dining. Plenty of counter space and cabinet space for storage. The kitchen opens into the dinette area and spacious living room. Half bath is off the living room near the stairs.

Up the stairs on the third floor you'll find the master suite and third bedroom. The master suite has been designed with large walk-in closets and spa like master bath. The bathroom includes a dual vanity, walk-in show and soaking tub. Additionally there is a private toilet area. The master closets are large with plenty of storage room. The third bedroom has a private bathroom and large walk-in closet.

The fourth floor of this lovely townhouse floor plan features the roof deck - perfect for star gazing on those clear nights.

This townhome plan has 2249 square ft. of living space. This townhouse plan design has a width of 27'-0" and a depth of 32'-6".

  • LEVEL ONE: 455
  • LEVEL TWO: 865
  • LEVEL THREE: 876
  • STAIR TOWER: 53
  • TOTAL LIVING: 2249

For more info on our plans, please call 713-522-2724 or E-mail us.  
click here for more information on Townhome Plans.
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.