Have you ever walked into a house and immediately felt at home? That welcoming feel is unmistakable but it might be difficult to put your finger on what makes it so. Whether you are in the market to sell your house or you just want to set that welcoming mood for you and your guests, here are a list of 5 ways you can do just that.
1. Use Light and Color to Draw Guests In
Light has a lot to do with the mood of your home. When you first walk into your home, if there isn't a source of natural light at the opposite end of the entry way, create an accent wall across the room that will draw your eyes inward. Light has a tendency to draw people toward it and it will do the same to draw your guests in.
Building a home is an exciting time in your life and can certainly be a lot of fun! However, with all the design options and latest trends out there, some buyers may be a little overwhelmed with the amount of choices that go into the process. That's where the John Houston design team comes in. Our design savvy team will help you navigate through today's latest trends and timeless elements to help you to build your dream home.
You've probably seen them around town. Walking through the local grocery store, elementary school, church or even sitting next to you at work with beaming smiles. They have been known to congregate on billboards along our highways and through the very local magazines that you enjoy flipping through. Lately, I've even noticed their faces splashed across various social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. John Houston Homes Happy Home Owners. Who are these people you may be asking yourself? Why are they so happy? How can I be just like them?
Take heart fine readers, there is a way. Read on and you too can be on your way to becoming a #jhhappyhomeowner.
Santa Claus, Old Saint Nick, Father Christmas...we all know the real reason for Christmas but do you know the real story behind the man in red? (History buffs, you're welcome...)
The real Nicholas, as he was called, was born in the 3rd century near modern day Turkey to wealthy Christian parents. At a very young age he lost his parents but had in his short life learned from them the importance of giving to others. He sold off his inheritance to give to the poor and take care of the sick. He became Bishop and later Saint Nicholas and his life became a testament to his love for God and his desire to serve others.
We are a connected society, aren't we? Today we don't even need to leave the comfort of our homes to know what's going on in the world around us. But while we are "connected" on some level, it's difficult to label that connection as personal. At John Houston Homes, building lifelong relationships isn't just an idea, it's a way of life. We strive to do that with every possible connection we make. That means that through every avenue, including the sometimes seemingly impersonal use of social media, we want to make that connection personal. Personal is what makes John Houston Homes who we are.
Here are some tips on the many ways that you can connect with us. Through the sharing of our story and the stories of our valued homeowners, we strive to keep a close connection with our ever growing communities.
Set in the Waxahachie community of Windchase, the Baldwin floor plan is a great open concept plan. It features a beautiful entry way and study upon entering as well as 2 of the 3 bedrooms and a full bathroom and utility room to either side of the foyer. As you enter into the main living area, the kitchen, dining room and living room are all open to create one great room perfect for entertaining. The high ceilings and custom features including hardwood floors, granite counter tops and a stone to ceiling fireplace create a stunning living space like we have come to expect in a John Houston Custom Home.
It appears that winter has finally decided to show up in North Texas and show up in a big way! Considering that we were just in shorts two days ago, I am going to assume that you are as unprepared for this cold weather as I am. Despite what the calendar says, my body is in a bit of a shock and I think it's safe to say that your home may be as well. So, let me interrupt your plans to ride out the rest of this year in a food coma/Netflix binge if I may and possibly help save your home and your wallet some stress.
1. Change Out Your Air Filters
This is perhaps the easiest of steps because technically you should be changing your air filter out once a month anyways. (If this comes as a shock, quick change those puppies out...I won't tell.) Perhaps you haven't had to use your heating and air conditioner recently so once that heat kicks in, any build up will restrict air flow and make your heater have to work harder than it needs to. This will not only cost you more but could put unnecessary stress on your heater.
You know that song that no one knows the words or meaning to that plays at the strike of midnight on New Years Eve? You may kind of know what I'm talking about, "Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?" Everyone sort of hums the tune and then goes about celebrating because, it's just, tradition. This year it got me thinking, why do we half sing this and what does it even mean!?
Auld Lang Syne just so happens to be the name of that old Scottish tune that we attribute to the farewell of an old year and in a nut shell, it means out with the old. When we get rid of the old, we can usher in the new and new is so much fun!
This time of year we start to focus on a new healthier self, a renewed commitment to managing our finances, maybe a new job. The list can go on and on but we often resolve to do so much new in the New Year that the shininess of these new ideas wear off by about February. However, here are some things that you can do to your home that can make a new lasting impression that lasts well throughout this coming year.