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NEW LISTING! 1115 Briar Bayou Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 72147379

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home on April 27, 2018 at 6:19 pm

NEW LISTING! 1115 Briar Bayou Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 72147379

This unique custom built home nestled on a lot a little over .25 acre is on quiet and secluded Briar Bayou Drive. Country estate living in the heart of the energy corridor. This street is a hidden gem. Home is a blank slate waiting for new owner’s personal style and touches. Main house offers master suite down stairs that could be enlarged plus three more generous bedrooms upstairs plus an over sized closet that could convert to work out area or extra storage. 1200 sq. foot building in back yard with its own Air Conditioner, plumbing and three rooms, including a small loft. Structure could be attached to main home as guest quarters. Entire exterior home and fences are cedar and have been resealed after Harvey. Roof is 6 years old. First time flooded. Damaged during Harvey due to dam release has been remediated. All new electrical installed and permitted after flood. Sold “as is”.

HAR Link: https://www.har.com/1115-briar-bayou-drive/sale_72147379

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

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14 Garage Organization Ideas Under $50

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Recycling in West Houston, Selling your home on March 2, 2018 at 4:22 pm

If you’ve got a garage, most likely you’ve got waaayyyy more than cars in there. It’s the catch-all place to keep stuff (mostly) out of sight and out of mind.

Put order to the chaos and protect your car’s paint job with simple storage systems and organizing hacks for everything from sports equipment to tools.

Bikes, Skates, and Other Wheels

#1 Hoist bicycles to the rafters with a rope-and-pulley system (starting around $40) that makes it easy to raise the bike and lock safely in place. When you’re ready to ride, release the lock and lower your bike to the garage floor. You’ll need an hour or two and basic tools to secure the pair of pulleys to ceiling joists and thread the ropes. (Similar hoists are available for kayaks or small boats; starting around $25.)

#2 Use a specially designed wall rack to hang helmets and skateboards together;starting around $20. Secure this one to wall joists in less than an hour.

#3 Keep scooters and bikes out of the way with tool hooks installed on a length of 1-by-6-inch lumber. You’ll pay $3 for each pair of vinyl-coated screw-in tool hooks and $1 per foot for lumber. You’ll need only an hour or two to secure the lumber to wall joists and screw the hooks into place along the board.

Sporting Goods

#4 Bring together balls and bats on a convenient wire rack equipped with hangers that hold gloves too; starting around $35.

#5 Stash two pairs of snow skis, poles, and boots in one handy steel ski rack; $45. Securing this rack to wall studs helps it hold the weight of the equipment. If you can’t position it on studs, use wall anchors for a secure installation. You can do the task with or without anchors in an hour or two.

#6 Stow your fishing rods by suspending two wire shelves from your garage ceilingabout 5 feet apart, then threading the rods through the openings. Use shelves left over from a project or purchase a 4-foot-by-16-inch vinyl-coated wire shelf for less than $9, and saw it in half crosswise (or clip with bolt cutters) to make two 2-foot shelves. Snip additional wires where you need wider slots to accept pole handles or reels.

Tools

#7 Hang wrenches and bungee cords using an ordinary vinyl-coated wire tie-and-belt rack, available at big box stores; $8.

#8 Hang metal tools on a magnetized rail, keeping items in view and easy to retrieve; starting around $30. Simply screw the rail to wall studs to safely hold the weight of the tools (it’s an idea you may be drawn to.)

#9 Cushion and protect tools by padding your toolbox drawers with a soft, non-slip liner. The open-weave design keeps moisture away and prevents tools from rolling around. Enough material to line eight average-size drawers is $15. Just cut the liner to length to fit and slip it into the drawer.

#10 Organize small items — such as pencils, box cutters, and tape measures — by stashing them in electrical junction boxes; about $2 each (free if you have spares). Purchase a variety of sizes and shapes and secure them to studs or pegboard.

Yard and Garden Gear

#11 Transform an old filing cabinet into storage bins for various yard tools. Remove the drawers, turn it on its backside, and use a couple afternoons to apply paint and pegboard sides. Less than $25.

#12 Mount heavy tools, long-handled implements, and ladders on long steel rails with extruded holes high on the garage wall and secured to studs. Add hooks and pegs on the rail to hang big tools. Two 48-inch rails sell for $22.

#13 Secure a wooden pallet to wall studs to create a pocket for holding long-handled garden tools. To find free wooden pallets, check with local businesses as well as online classifieds, such as Craigslist. Cost: Free.

#14 Use a can rack to keep bottles of fertilizers, repellants, and lubricants upright and easy to retrieve. Rack ($15) prevents cans and bottles from tumbling off shelves.

By: Jan Soults Walker

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

Budget Kitchen Remodeling: 5 Money-Saving Steps

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park, Uncategorized on February 7, 2018 at 4:03 pm

Major kitchen remodels are among the most popular home improvements, but a revamped cooking and gathering space can set you back a pretty penny. According to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, a complete renovation of a 210-square-foot kitchen has a national median cost of $60,000, and you’ll recover 67% of that cost come selling time.

Despite the big price tag, you’ll be glad you upgraded. In fact, homeowners polled for the “Report” gave their kitchen redo a Joy Score of 9.8 — a rating based on those who said they were happy or satisfied with their remodeling, with 10 being the highest rating and 1 the lowest.

If you can’t afford the entire remodel all at once, complete the work in these five budget-saving stages.

Stage One: Start with a Complete Design Plan

Your plan should be comprehensive and detailed — everything from the location of the refrigerator to which direction the cabinet doors will open to whether you need a spice drawer.

To save time (and money) during tear-out and construction, plan on using your existing walls and kitchen configuration. That’ll keep plumbing and electrical systems mostly intact, and you won’t have the added expense — and mess — of tearing out walls.

Joseph Feinberg, vice president of Allied Kitchen and Bath in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recommends hiring a professional designer, such as an architect or a certified kitchen designer, who can make sure the details of your plans are complete. You’ll pay about 10% of the total project for a pro designer, but you’ll save a whole bunch of headaches that would likely cost as much — or more — to fix. Plus, a pro is likely to offer smart solutions you hadn’t thought of.

For a nominal fee, you also can get design help from a major home improvement store. However, you’ll be expected to purchase some of your cabinets and appliances from that store.

  • Cost: professional designer: $5,800 (10% of total)
  • Key strategies: Once your plans are set, you can hold onto them until you’re ready to remodel.
  • Time frame: 3 to 6 months

Stage Two: Order the Cabinets, Appliances, and Lighting Fixtures

Cabinets and appliances are the biggest investments in your kitchen remodeling project. If you’re remodeling in stages, you can order them any time after the plans are complete and store them in a garage (away from moisture) or in a spare room until you’re ready to pull the trigger on the installation.

Remember that it may take four to six weeks from the day you order them for your cabinets to be delivered.

Related: How to Choose Stock Cabinets for Your Kitchen

If you can’t afford all new appliances, keep your old ones for now — but plan to buy either the same sizes, or choose larger sizes and design your cabinets around those larger measurements. You can replace appliances as budget permits later on.

The same goes for your lighting fixtures: If you can live with your old ones for now, you’ll save money by reusing them.

You’ll have to decide about flooring, too — one of the trickier decisions to make because it also affects how and when you install cabinets.

You’ll need to know if your old flooring runs underneath your cabinets, or if the flooring butts up against the cabinet sides and toe kicks. If the flooring runs underneath, you’ll have some leeway for new cabinet configurations — just be sure the old flooring will cover any newly exposed floor areas. Here are points to remember:

  • Keep old flooring for cost savings. This works if your new cabinets match your old layout, so that the new cabinets fit exactly into the old flooring configuration. If the existing flooring runs underneath your cabinets and covers all flooring area, then any new cabinet configuration will be fine.
  • Keep your old flooring for now and cover it or replace it later. Again, this works if your cabinet configuration is identical to the old layout.

However, if you plan to cover your old flooring or tear it out and replace it at some point in the future, remember that your new flooring might raise the height of your floor, effectively lowering your cabinet height.

For thin new floor coverings, such as vinyl and linoleum, the change is imperceptible. For thicker floorings, such as wood and tile, you might want to take into account the change in floor height by installing your new cabinets on shims.

  • Cost: cabinets: $16,000 (27% of total); appliances and lighting fixtures: $8,500 (15% of total); vinyl flooring: $1,000 (2% of total)
  • Key strategy: Keep old appliances, lighting fixtures, and flooring and use them until you can afford new ones.
  • Time frame: 2 to 3 weeks

Stage Three: Gut the Kitchen and Do the Electrical and Plumbing Work

Here’s where the remodel gets messy. Old cabinetry and appliances are removed, and walls may have to be opened up for new electrical circuits. Keep in close contact with your contractor during this stage so you can answer questions and clear up any problems quickly. A major kitchen remodel can take six to 10 weeks, depending on how extensive the project is.

During this stage, haul your refrigerator, microwave, and toaster oven to another room — near the laundry or the garage, for example — so you’ve got the means to cook meals. Feinberg suggests tackling this stage in the summer, when you can easily grill and eat outside. That’ll reduce the temptation to eat at restaurants, and will help keep your day-to-day costs under control.

  • Cost: $14,500 for tear-out and installation of new plumbing and electrical (25% of total)
  • Key strategies: Encourage your contractor to expedite the tear-out and installation of new systems. Plan a makeshift kitchen while the work is progressing. Schedule this work for summer when you can grill and eat outside.
  • Time frame: 6 to 10 weeks

Stage Four: Install Cabinets, Countertops, Appliances, Flooring, and Fixtures

If you’ve done your homework and bought key components in advance, you should roll through this phase. You’ve now got a (mostly) finished kitchen.

A high-end countertop and backsplash can be a sizable sum of money. If you can’t quite swing it, put down a temporary top, such as painted marine plywood or inexpensive laminate. Later, you can upgrade to granite, tile, solid surface, or marble.

  • Cost: $12,000 (21% of total)
  • Key strategy: Install an inexpensive countertop; upgrade when you’re able.
  • Time frame: 1 to 2 weeks

Final Phases: Upgrade if Necessary

Replace the inexpensive countertop, pull up the laminate flooring, and put in tile or hardwood, or buy that new refrigerator you wanted but couldn’t afford during the remodel. (Just make sure it fits in the space!)

By: Gretchen Roberts

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

NEW LISTING! 2138 Glen Knoll Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 55682693

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on January 10, 2018 at 7:40 pm

NEW LISTING! 2138 Glen Knoll Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 55682693

One story beauty move in ready on peaceful quiet street! Open flowing floor plan wraps around sunny interior atrium with new flooring to bring in plenty of natural light. Huge kitchen and breakfast room is a chefs dream with gas range, new dishwasher and LaViatera Quartz counter tops leads to spacious dining with wood flooring that opens to living area with soaring ceilings, cozy fireplace and big picture windows great for entertaining or family time. Relax and unwind in your master retreat with jetted tub and huge walk in closet. Fresh interior paint, all new carpet with upgraded Stainmaster cushion, 2 Entire new AC system’s plus AC mini split. Never flooded!

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/2138-glen-knoll-drive/sale_55682693

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

NEW LISTING! 14218 Sandfield Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 24831115

In Buying a Home, Environmentmentally Friendly Homes, Home Upgrades, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on October 3, 2017 at 2:54 pm

NEW LISTING! 14218 Sandfield Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 24831115

One story beauty completely remodeled. Step into your spacious living room with high-grade wood laminate and wall of windows for plenty of natural light. Dining area has courtyard views opens to kitchen with granite countertops and new Stainless Steel appliances. Huge flexible room with peaceful backyard view, perfect for study or a third bedroom. Remodeled master retreat with built ins and walk-in closet. Environmentally friendly landscaped front and backyard retreat with nice shady trees and patio. New Air Handler and inside pipes replaced. Never flooded. In Houston’s Energy Corridor. Walking distance to beautiful Terry Hershey Hike and Bike Trails.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/14218-sandfield-drive/sale_24831115

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

NEW LISTING! 2110 Hickory Lawn Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 15701949

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on September 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm

NEW LISTING! 2110 Hickory Lawn Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 15701949

Updated home stayed totally dry in Harvey! Open flowing floor plan with beautiful wood laminate and tile throughout first floor has soaring ceilings, French doors and tons of double pane windows make this home light and bright! Chef’s kitchen with gas stove and granite counter tops open to family room that leads to shady covered patio perfect for entertaining or family fun. Master retreat downstairs with French doors to backyard retreat. Three spacious rooms upstairs with one over sized room great for game, media or study.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/2110-hickory-lawn-dr/sale_15701949

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

NEW LEASE LISTING! 13906 Roxton Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 6765446

In Buying a Home, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment on May 4, 2016 at 6:59 pm

NEW LEASE LISTING! 13906 Roxton Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 6765446

13906 Roxton DriveBeautiful home located in the heart of the Energy Corridor in gated section of Parkway Villages/Charlton Park. Hardwood floors, plantation shutters, crown molding, beautiful landscaping, leaded front door. Open flowing floor plan with island kitchen, huge master retreat downstairs plus 3 more bedrooms, gameroom and extra room upstairs. Walking distance to Terry Hershey park, highly rated public/ private schools. Washer/dryer/refrigerator all included.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/13906-roxton-drive/rent_6765446

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177, connie@knowsrealestate.com   or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

NEW LISTING! 14423 Tivoli Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 3774230

In Buying a Home, Employers Houston Energy Corridor, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Schools, Terry Hershey Park on December 9, 2014 at 9:22 pm

NEW LISTING! 14423 Tivoli Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 3774230

Beautiful home in gated community in hearf of Houston's Energy Corridor

Beautiful home in gated community heart of Houston’s Energy Corridor

Stunning lakefront home with pool and hot tub in gated Terraces on Memorial. Courtyard leads to impressive entry that flows to spacious dining area and family rooms that opens to gourmet island kitchen with wall of windows and serene lake views. Guest suite downstairs with full bathroom plus study. Master retreat with lake views plus three more bedrooms, media room, study nook, walk in attic storage upstairs. 3 car garage. Extensive upgrades too many to list here please see online brochure.

HAR http://search.har.com/engine/14423-Tivoli-Drive-Houston-TX-77077_HAR3774230.htm

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

NEW LISTING! 12455 Briar Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 21601249

In Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Schools, Terry Hershey Park on August 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

NEW LISTING! 12455 Briar Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 21601249

Beautifully updated in the heart of the Energy Corridor. Light and bright, wood flooring throughout all living areas, kitchen with double ovens and granite counter tops. Two large living areas, one could be study or media room. Huge master bedroom with three more bedrooms upstairs. Relax by your sparkling screened in pool that lets the sun in but keeps the bugs out! Walking distance to Terry Hershey hike and bike trails. Move in ready! Too many updates to list here – see online brochure.

12455 Briar Forest Drive

HAR http://search.har.com/engine/12455-Briar-Forest-Drive-Houston-TX-77077_HAR21601249.htm

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact     Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

 

 

NEW LISTING! 14311 Briarhills Parkway, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 55390682

In Buying a Home, Employers Houston Energy Corridor, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Schools, Terry Hershey Park on July 15, 2014 at 7:23 pm

NEW LISTING! 14311 Briarhills Parkway, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 55390682

briarhills-pkwy-14311-003-SmallBeautiful updated home in Briar Hills! Tile and slate flooring throughout – no carpet! Huge family room with soaring ceilings and surround sound, opens to study/workplace. Island kitchen with granite tops leads to dining area with soothing waterfalls – perfect for entertaining. All bedrooms plus bonus family room are downstairs plus a game room upstairs. Retreat to your lush oasis like backyard with soothing waterfalls and disappearing fountains plus outdoor speakers. Steps from Terry Hershey Park, Briar Hills pools and tennis courts.

HAR Link:  http://search.har.com/engine/14311-Briarhills-Parkway-Houston-TX-77077_HAR55390682.htm

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .