New Model Home Coming Soon to M/I Homes of Dallas / Fort Worth

M/I Homes of Dallas / Fort Worth is eager to announce that a new model home will soon be opening in DFW!  We will be joining the Creekwood development in Saginaw/North Fort Worth with 18 beautiful homesites in Phase 4 of the community, and will be prominently featured in Phase 5.  We will be featuring our gorgeous Heritage Series of new homes in Creekwood and each home will be built out on oversized homesites, with 3-car garages standard in Phase 4.  The model home is our Somerset floorplan, and is one of the best-selling floorplans throughout the metroplex.  The Somerset floorplan comes standard as a 5 bedroom home, which showcases a fantastic use of space and amazing amenities that you’ve come to expect within an M/I Home.

The Grand Opening for this beautiful new community is slated for March, just in time for planning your new home for the 2016-2017 school year!  Creekwood is located just minutes away from the acclaimed Saginaw/Eagle Mountain ISD school complex.  You’ll love this little piece of rural Texan living, nestled between lakes, prairies, with easy access to major commuter highways!

Here’s a sneak preview of our new model home currently under construction!

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Contact us today to join Creekwood’s VIP list to get floor plan information, pricing, features, and other community information before it’s released to the public!  We will also send you information about our Grand Opening event once it has been released!

Warm Up Your Home with an Area Rug

Frosty weather beckons for extra coziness around the house. An area rug is a great way to add warmth to your space during the colder months of the year. With a multitude of shapes, sizes and styles to choose from, it can be difficult to choose the perfect one. We’ve picked out our favorite rugs for any style, to keep your house warm and inviting all winter long.

Warm Up with Wool

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Traditional, durable and plush, wool area rugs are the perfect way to keep your home cozy. Famous for their beauty and seemingly indestructible nature, wool rugs feel warm underfoot while maintaining resiliency in high-traffic areas, even those frequented by kids and dogs. Wool is also known for its ability to stay beautifully structured and saturated in color through cleaning after cleaning, making it one of our top choices for area rugs in living rooms, entryways and hallways.

Say it with Synthetic

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Incredibly durable and easy to clean, synthetic area rugs are popular in all areas of the home. Those made of acrylic, polypropylene and polyester are especially tough and fantastic for particularly busy or mess-prone areas, like the entryway and dining room. Synthetic rugs are also offered at great price points, making it easy and affordable to transform your space as the season changes.

Naturally a Good Choice

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If indestructible and stain-resistant aren’t your main priorities, might we suggest a natural fiber rug? Available in a variety of shades and textures, these rugs add an air of relaxation to any room, especially in larger sizes for the living room and master bedroom. Jute, sisal and sea grass are all great examples of natural fiber rugs perfect for adding texture and cohesion to your home. Want to dress it up or add some color? Consider adding a colorful twill or leather accent border to the rug to pull your space together.

Shop by Style

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If you’re unsure about the material you want to work with, we suggest shopping by style. Traditional design calls for area rugs that are soft and understated, perfect for anchoring a space. These may feature floral patterns, geometric prints and organic designs in soft hues of popular colors like blue, orange and beige. These styles usually play a supporting role in the design of a room and are great for centering furniture in the living room or adding softness to a bedroom.

Those with modern style can look to eye-catching geometric patterns and bold, bright colors for their area rugs. Interesting textures and high piles are also great ways to add flair to a contemporarily styled home while creating a cozy space fit for family and friends at the same time.

Southwestern and eclectic styles are also gaining popularity in the realm of area rugs and are great styles to add warmth to your home. Featuring tribal-inspired designs and earthy tones, Southwestern rugs are the perfect addition to a home styled with midcentury furniture or rustic decor. Eclectic area rugs work best as statement pieces in a simply styled home. Mix-matched colors, patterns, and textures are the perfect way to inject style into an eclectic or contemporary home.

With pets and kids running amok to low doors and high pile problems, choosing an area rug to add warmth to your home isn’t always the easiest home decorating task. Fortunately, with a few of our insider tips in your back pocket you’ll be ready to pick out your traditionally styled carpeting or eclectically elegant rug in no time! What is your favorite area rug style?

 

**Kerrie Kelly is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and an expert on using area rugs as a foundation for room design concepts. She writes on this topic online for The Home Depot. Kerrie is also the author of the popular book Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide. If you want to review Home Depot’s area rug selection, you can click here.

 

Happy Homeowners: The Redding Family

This month’s “Happy Homeowner Interview” brings us to Stephanie Redding, who bought her new home in Austin with her husband Brad in May of 2015.  Stephanie shared with us her experience of choosing and living in her M/I home.

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M/I Homes: Is this your first M/I Home and what convinced you to choose M/I over another builder?

Stephanie: Yes and not only is it our first M/I Home, but it is also our first home together! We picked M/I Homes over other builders because I work for M/I Homes. Even without working for M/I Homes though, we would have chosen them over other builders because of everything that came included in our home.

M/I Homes: What were some of your “must haves” when you were looking for a new home?

Stephanie: 

  • Garage big enough for his truck and my car
  • Open floorplan
  • Closet big enough for us both to share
  • Offices for both of us
  • Guest room
  • Good location

M/I Homes: What is your floorplan called and what features of your home do you especially love?

Stephanie: We built the Kaufman plan from the Heritage Series. We picked out this plan for several reasons

  • The overall layout of the home
  • The openness of the kitchen and the family room
  • The master closet was the size of a small bedroom
  • We are able to both have our own offices/space and still have a guest bedroom when our friends and family come down to visit
  • There were so many features and options included!

M/I Homes: Overall, how was your experience with M/I Homes?  Did you pick your lot and floor plan to build the home, or was the home already started for you?  Do you have any fun memories from building?

Stephanie: While our experience was probably unique in comparison to most buyers, with me being an employee, we still had a good experience!

We picked the lot and the floor plan we wanted to build. Since we had scoped out the new section prior to everything coming available for sale, we knew exactly what lot we wanted! Specifically, we wanted a lot where we wouldn’t have anyone behind us and a lot big enough to fit a larger size garage for both his truck and my car to fit in.

Once things got started it was fun to drive by on the weekends and check out everything that had gotten done the previous week. I remember going in right after it was dry walled and being so shocked by how real it was being able to see the rooms and walk thru our house!

M/I Homes: Was there something about your home that made you immediately know you wanted to move in?

Stephanie: We just really loved the floorplan and the lot that we picked out

M/I Homes: What do you like about your neighborhood / community?

Stephanie: While we didn’t know this before we moved in, what we like now is just how friendly everyone is. We have really enjoyed getting to take our puppy on walks around the community and meeting our new neighbors. The HOA is great and always planning community events. We also have a brand new pool that is almost right across the street! There is also a regional county park right down the street where we can go on walks too!

M/I Homes: Anything you would recommend to someone looking for a new home?

Stephanie: If possible, walk through other homes by the builder to have a good feel for the floor plans, how they are built, and how some of the design options look put together! We took pictures in spec homes of cabinets/floors/lighting that we liked and brought that with us to the design center.

Make sure you know what all is included in the baseprice of your home! If you can talk to other homeowners ask them what they put into their home that they love or what things they wished they added after the fact (or of course ask your sales rep what they see people adding and loving with their home!)

M/I Homes: What is your favorite memory so far, in your M/I Home?

Stephanie: Getting to show both our parents our first home and bringing our puppy home! I also loved decorating our home for Christmas as well!

M/I Homes: Would you purchase another M/I Home if you had the opportunity?

Stephanie: Of course!

**Stephanie Redding and her family live in the Austin area. She is the Marketing Manager for the M/I Homes Austin division and her husband Brad is a Claims Team Manager at State Farm. They have lived in their home since May 2015. In June 2015 they added their energetic and social goldendoodle puppy named Hank! When not at work Brad and Stephanie love to workout and run together or take Hank on long walks around Parkside at Mayfield Ranch!

Popular Places to Move near Houston, Texas

Houston is an attractive relocation spot for many young professionals, families, retirees and individuals in between. With a healthy job market, no state income tax, attractive annual forecast and endless options for home-style barbeque, Houston is a unique metro mixing Texas charm with urban edge. Houston’s real estate market is one of very few in the nation to withstand the Great Recession of 2008, mostly due to the city’s involvement in the energy sector. In 2007, national home values fell 29 percent while Houston home values remained relatively stagnant.

Almost a decade later Houston property prices are still thriving. In the past year, home values in Houston have increased 8.5 percent, and Zillow predicts another 3.4 percent increase in the next year alone. The median home value is currently sitting at $141,300, making the city a relatively affordable spot compared to some of the other major urban dwellings throughout the United States.

If you’re considering a move to Houston to benefit from the strong real estate market but still crave a more suburban vibe, consider the following communities.

Augusta Creek Ridge

Located just 30 miles north of downtown Houston, and only 15 minutes off of I-45, the homes within Augusta Creek Ridge are designed with luxury in mind. Large cul-de-sacs and corner lots provide extra privacy for families or individuals seeking additional ground space. Homes in Augusta Creek come in 3, 4 or 5 bedroom plans, ranging from around 2,300 to 3,800 square feet. The community is conveniently located within the Klein Independent School District for families with school-aged children. The master planned community of Augusta Pines offers a semi-private, 18-hole golf club and a public clubhouse. Residents of Augusta Pines can also spend time relaxing by the community swimming pool, fishing pond and tennis courts. The community park offers a lap pool, splash pool, swimming pool and clubhouse.

Laurel Park

With waterfront views, Laurel Park homes are nothing short of spectacular. The community is located in Spring, TX, just 24 miles of downtown Houston. However, with a quiet surrounding, filled with biking trails, you won’t feel the stress of the city in Laurel Park.  Homes in Laurel Park are constructed on 60, 70 or 80 foot wide lots, and range from 2,263 to 5,509 square feet. Like Augusta Creek Ridge, some Laurel Park homes are also situated on cul-de-sacs for added privacy.

McKenzie Park

Featuring greenbelt trails, three well-stocked and illuminated lakes, a swimming pool with splash pad, Recreation Center, Tres Largos in McKenzie Park is a beautiful, new master-planned community in Spring, TX. Located 1 mile North of the Grand Parkway, 4 miles west of 1-45 and the Hardy Toll Road, and 3 miles south of The Woodlands. McKenzie Park is in the highly acclaimed Klein Independent School District. Families who choose to call this community home.

With waterfront lots available, the gated section of Tres Lagos in McKenzie Park will feature single and two-story homes ranging from 3,885 – 5,509 square feet, and offering sophisticated, smartly designed, open floor plans. These new homes will feature vast entertaining areas along with a variety of options and upgrades suitable for today’s most discerning families.

For all Houston communities, M/I Homes is proud to offer Whole Home energy savings, in-house financing and a 10-year transferable structural warranty. To start your journey to Texas and the greater Houston area, contact M/I Homes for more information.

** Jennifer Riner writes about rentals, home improvement and design for Zillow.

 

50 Cheap and Easy Way to Boost the Saleability of your Home

2016 might be the year that you’re putting your home on them market to get into a new home.  If that’s the case, check out these easy ways to boost the salability of your home!
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Read the full post on these cheap and easy ways to get ready to sell your home from Stormclad.  

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