Houston’s Most Technologically Advanced Charity Playhouse Yet

HOUSTON BUILDERS Westin Homes seems to be expanding into the luxury replica spaceship playhouse market — at least this summer, anyway, hooking up with HomeAid Houston to imagineer something like what you see here and display it this June and July atMinute Maid Park. (That’s Astros mascot Orbit peeking out, as though a tad reluctant to deboard.) Of course, the playhouse isn’t just for show: It’ll be raffled off, with proceeds going to HomeAid, and it’ll eventually find its way to someone’s backyard, where the lucky winners will enjoy its

. . . space-themed amenities such as a cockpit complete with swivel seats, ‘rocket booster’-framed windows, a 32” wall mounted LCD TV, an XBox, an MP3 player, an iPod docking station with speakers and interior detailing . . .air conditioning and electricity.

It doesn’t appear that the playhouse will be suitable for actual space travel — but there’s always next year. (As Astros fans well know.) Most recently, the nonprofit HomeAid started construction on those 8 single-mothers’ duplexes on W. Bellfort in Meyerland on St. John’s Presbyterian property.

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It Is Official – Houston Home Sales Increase For 24th Consecutive Month in May – Exceptional Sales Are Highest Sales For Any Month Ever

Confirming what you read here May 31, Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR), has just released statistics for May home sales. Single family home sales increased 28.0% over May, 2012 to 7,794. This is the 24th consecutive monthly increase in sales of Houston homes and the highest number of homes sold in a single month, ever. To put it into perspective, single family home sales were 20.2% higher than April 2013 in Houston.

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Houston home sales break an all-time record: Has a white-hot market reached its peak?

The Houston Association of Realtors reported 7,794 single-family home sales in May — the most homes sold in any month in Houston’s history.

The May sales total surpassed the previous monthly record established in June 2006 when 7,688 single-family homes were sold in the Houston area, the realty association reported.

“The market isn’t just red hot, it’s white hot,” says Shad Bogany, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “The Houston market is one of the best in the country.”

Low mortgage rates and strong job growth have generated a frenzy of home selling over the last two years in Houston. Energy firms and other companies have expanded, adding more than 110,000 new jobs to the Houston economy over the last 12 months.

“The market isn’t just red hot, it’s white hot.”

Home prices pushed upward into record-setting territory last month. The median home price, the point where half the homes sold for more and half for less, was $188,000 in May, up about 12 percent from May of last year. It is the highest median price on record, the Houston realty association reported.

Strong home sales are being reported across the city, says Heritage Texas Properties’

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Engineered Wood Flooring in Your Houston Home

Essentials of this Alternative to Solid Hardwood and Laminate Flooring

When renovating, many Houston residents or commercial contractors desire hardwood flooring. Nevertheless, solid hardwood flooring is difficult to install by yourself– you almost always should work with hardwood floor installers for this — and this process can be finicky when it involves moisture. Houston laminate flooring, as much as it appears like actual wood flooring, just is not real wood and you should know the difference. Stopping by and talking with the professional at Houston Flooring Warehouse can remove many misconceptions about the different types of flooring.

Engineered Wood Flooring is Real Wood

Laminate is melamine-infused paper on top, wood chip composite on bottom. Not exactly what you would call genuine wood unless this is what you want specifically. Solid hardwood is real wood, from top to bottom.

Engineered wood, too, is genuine wood. It is a sandwich of 1/16″ to 1/8″ of finish wood on non-finish and leading plywood underneath. So, exactly what you’re looking at is 100% genuine wood.

However do you understand that it’s really much better to have plywood beneath? That’s right: the middle layer of plywood is laid cross-ways to the finish layer, offering extra strength to the flooring.

Engineered Wood Flooring Can Be Sanded

The benefit of engineered wood flooring against laminate is that engineered wood can be sanded after scratches and dings develop. There are 2 catches, though:

  • Limited Sanding – Engineered flooring can not be sanded more than 1-3 times (depending on the thickness of the finish layer).
  • Expert Sanding Recommended – Because of the reduced tolerance for failure with sanding engineered wood, we seriously suggest that you have an expert do the sanding. It is extremely simple to gouge your engineered wood floor, exposing the plywood beneath.

Areas With Light Moisture Can Create Problems

Engineered wood flooring works well in basements, washrooms, and kitchens where light dampness might be present. Still, it does not hold up to actually wet areas such as basements that flood regularly. Nor does it hold up to kids’ restrooms which, as you could know, tend to flood often.

Truthfully, no wood flooring product is fantastic for really wet areas (tile, concrete, vinyl, or other non-organic product is the best option). But relative to various other wood flooring items, engineered wood isn’t bad.

A Range of Installation Methods

Unlike solid wood, which must be nailed to a wood sub-floor, engineered wood can be installed in a different variety of ways. Relying on the kind you order, it can be either:

  • Nail-Down. This is for the 3/8″ thick floor– its slimness requires nailing to boost stability;
  • Glue-Down. The 1/2″ thick floor can be nailed down;
  • Floating. The 5/8″ planks are thick enough to serve as a floating floor.

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