Wednesday, November 8, 2017

5 Mistakes New Homebuilders Often Make



Designing your own home can be exciting, but it's a lot more work than buying an existing house. With so many moving pieces involved, knowing what works and what doesn't is key. Protect your home's long-term value by sidestepping these five avoidable pitfalls of building a new home.
1. Forgetting About Storage Space
From seasonal items to extra bedding, everything requires a temporary home when not in use. For that, you'll need plenty of storage space. Some simple solutions might include a few extra closets, a sizeable garage space or built-in cabinets and shelving.
2. Skimping on Materials
Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and new home construction is no exception. Even if you're watching your pennies, try not to scrimp on quality, especially when it comes to important things like flooring. The materials you choose can have a huge impact on your home's overall value.
3. Overlooking Energy Efficiency
For an energy-efficient home design, make sure to use earth- and wallet-friendly features like well-sealed windows and green materials during the build. These are your strongest assets in keeping heating and cooling costs down long-term.
4. Losing Sight of Current and Future Needs
Design for your current needs, but keep the future in mind, too. For instance, do you plan to have children? Are you going to pursue a specific hobby, such as woodworking, when you retire? Whatever the future holds, work with your builder to create a dream home that will support your evolving needs.
5. Letting Someone Else Decide
You don't need to keep up with the Joneses to have an ideal space. Only you and your family know what you need most in a new home, so choose and upgrade according to your preferences alone.
In the end, building your ideal home is about identifying both what you want and what you don't want. Choose wisely so your new abode will be comfortable, efficient and attractive to future buyers.

Friday, November 3, 2017

6th Ward OPEN HOUSE & Henderson & Kane Holiday Market Pop Up



“In New York, 6 blocks is your life...” If any neighborhood can make something similar happen in Houston, it’s Sixth Ward... and the Mercantile (Henderson @ Kane) is one of the many keys to making that dream a reality. John and Veronica Avila are putting the final touches on Henderson & Kane General Store, a Sixth Ward corner store they hope to open in January at 715 Henderson (at Kane) that will function like an old mercantile offering hot and cold deli options, coffee, and beer and wine. Henderson & Kane also speaks to a distinctly Houston neighborhood – the old Sixth Ward that has the city's largest concentration of Victorian and early 20th Century bungalow homes. The structure at 715 Henderson is an original 1930s mercantile. Want a peek of what Henderson & Kane will offer? They are holding a one-day Holiday Market on Sunday, November 5 starting at Noon.

While you are out exploring the Sixth Ward, be sure to stop by my Open House at 2019 Decatur St. (http://www.har.com/2019-decatur-st/sale_66972948) from 2:00pm – 5:00pm and visit with the Why I Love Houston Properties team. This gorgeous 3 bedroom 2.5 baths home is priced to sell at $649,900.