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Simple, Low-Commitment Ways to Change the Look of a Room

Want to give your space a makeover but not ready to commit to a permanent change? Sometimes all you need is a little bit of creativity and a few well-chosen accessories to completely change the look of a room.

Try refreshing your style with these temporary updates:

Rearrange the Furniture — Change it up by reshuffling the existing furniture in the space, adding or subtracting a piece or two. You would be surprised at the number of possible ways a room can be set up once you start moving things around.

Add Style with New Accessories — Add a little pizzazz to your room with a few carefully selected accessories. If you consider yourself a design novice, stick with a theme like wood, metallic or vintage items.

Redo Furniture with Slipcovers — Change the look (and feel) of your tired and perhaps outdated furniture with slipcovers. If you can’t find the right size in stores, try this DIY project to make your own.

Add Art — Original art can be expensive, so create your own! Create a gallery wall with your favorite photographs, frame scrapbooking paper, or make your own color block art by painting an accent color on a canvas.

Refresh with Removable Wallpaper — Give your room a brand-new look with removable wallpaper. Because it’s easy to change or remove altogether, don’t be shy about going with a bold design!

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energy saving components of your new or remodeled home

When designing a new home or remodeling an existing one, providing maximum energy efficiency requires careful planning, research, and attention to detail.  Taking the “whole-house systems” approach ensures that you have properly considered all areas affecting energy efficiency, and addresses the interaction between you, your building site, climate, as well as other components of your home.  The components of this approach, the ‘Big 6,’ include:

  1. Appliances and home electronics
  2. Insulation
  3. Lighting
  4. Heating and cooling
  5. Water heating
  6. Windows, doors, and skylights

Appliances and Home Electronics

Appliances typically account for 20% of a home’s energy consumption.  Appliances include washers and dryers, computers, dishwashers, home audio equipment, refrigerator and freezer, air conditioners, televisions, DVD players/TV receivers, and water heaters.  To ensure that your appliances provide maximum efficiency, verify that they are ENERGY STAR-qualified.  The U.S. Department of Energy publishes guidelines for selecting ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances. Click on the image below for a link to these and other products.

Insulation

Proper insulation offers one of the biggest energy saving benefits.  Additionally, proper insulation provides added comfort and noise reduction, improving the overall livability of your home.  Proper insulation involves a good understanding as to where to insulate, and which types and quantities of insulation to use for your particular climate and type of heating/cooling system you plan to install.  Check with the U.S. Department of Energy website for insulation guidelines.

Lighting

Artificial lighting accounts for approximately 10% of a home’s energy consumption.  Using new artificial lighting technologies (i.e., replacing inefficient incandescent light bulbs) can reduce lighting costs by 50%-70%.  Maximizing the use of natural daylight in your home via windows and skylights will further reduce the need for artificial lighting.

Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling typically account for approximately 56% of the energy consumption in your home, making it the largest energy expense.  Whether you are upgrading/replacing an existing system or selecting a new system, make sure that you address supporting equipment such as thermostats and air ducts, which provide additional energy savings opportunities.  Work with your builder or remodeler to consider the wide variety of technologies available for heating and cooling your home.

Water Heating

Water heating can account for 14%-25% of your home’s energy use.  There are many energy savings water heating strategies from which to choose for your home or pool.  These strategies include how hot water is used, insulation techniques, and of course, employing energy saving equipment.  The U.S. Department of Energy website contains information regarding selecting water heating equipment and employing water heating energy savings strategies.

Windows, Doors, and Skylights

Windows, doors, and skylights can gain and lose heat in several ways:  1) direct conduction through the glass or glazing, frame, and/or door, 2) radiation of heat into a house (typically from the sun), and out of a house from room-temperature objects, such as people, furniture, and interior walls, and 3) air leakage through and around windows, doors, and skylights.  When selecting new or replacing existing doors and windows, use their energy performance ratings to tell you their potential for gaining and losing heat, as well as transmitting sunlight into your home. Atrium Windows and Doors is an example of an Energy rated company. Click on the picture below for more information.

In conclusion, builders and designers who use this ‘whole-house systems’ approach recognize that the features of one component in the house can greatly affect other components.  This ultimately affects the overall energy efficiency of the house.  The U.S. Department of Energy website contains vital information on proper implementation of these 6 energy savings techniques.

1. “The whole-house systems approach”,  U.S. Department of Energy

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New Home Construction at Herff Ranch in Boerne

If you are looking for inventory homes that are ready to move in, KB at Herff  Ranch has 5 homes ready to go.

Discounts

104 SIDEWINDER A-2183-3 — 3/2.5 2-STORY           $272,747             $19,000                $260,747 DECEMBER                 Upgrades $40,885

112 ROCKY PATH A-1996-C — 3/2 1-STORY               $320,368             $10,000                 $310,368 JANUARY                   upgrades $53,373

157 DESERT FLOWER F-2239-E — 3/2.5 2-STORY    $249,102            $11,000                  $238,102 JANUARY                    Upgrades $26,307

121 Sandy Shoal        F-2239-E —3/2.5  2-Story       $256,795            $8,000                   $248,795 January                         Upgrades$30,300

Contact us for a showing.

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Highland Home Specials

Call me (210) 818-0669 if you would like to come out to view any spec located at The Preserve in Alamo Ranch and/or Stillwater Ranch.  Highland is running some specials trying to move some inventory homes.  Now is a great time to find great deals on new home construction for inventory homes already completed.  This is typically the slow time of year and many builders have incentives for buyers looking for great deals.  Let us negotiate the best deal for you.  Our fee is free to you and already included in the price of the home from the buyers. Let us use our expertise to make this a smooth transaction.

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New Home Construction Inside 1604 in Castle Hills!!

Meritage Homes has just announced the newest Meritage Homes community, The Preserve at Castle Hills, in San Antonio. With homes starting in the $250s, The Preserve at Castle Hills has an incredible array of unique floor plans ranging from 1,800 – 3,400 sq. ft.

This new community of incredibly energy-efficient homes is conveniently located near the prestigious City of Castle Hills. The Preserve at Castle Hills is situated just minutes from Loop 410, US Hwy 281 and Interstate 10. Also, historic downtown San Antonio, the Riverwalk, the South Texas Medical Center and San Antonio International Airport are both less than 15 minutes away.

If you are interested in getting more information concerning this new community, we would love to hear from you.

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David Weekley New Home Construction

If you are thinking about building a new home in the San Antonio area, now is a great time to take a look at a few inventory homes built by David Weekley.  We are here to assist you get the best deal possible as we can assist you with making offers for any new inventory home across the city.  We can also work with you on any new home that you would like to build.

David Weekley has also just announced the development of some high density homes near 410 and Harry Wurzbach along with a few other up and coming developments.  Stay tuned.

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Fall Buying Season Kicks Off Strong

San Antonio Board of Realtors: October Market Report

San Antonio’s fall buying season kicked off strong in September with a total of 2,280 homes sold during the month – a 14 percent increase from last year, according to the September 2014 Multiple Listing Service report by the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® showed increases as they have all year, with the average rising to $220,366 and the median to $184,700, a seven and nine percent increase respectively. The month ended with 1,757 pending sales.

“This year’s days on market have been some of our lowest in years. September reported just 63 days which is six fewer than September of 2013,” said Missy Stagers, SABOR’s 2014 Chairman of the Board. “Months of inventory was only 4.3 months which continues the trend we’ve seen for nearly two years in which inventory has remained below six months.”

During September, homes priced over $500,000 accounted for nearly a percentage more of total sales than they did in 2013 with those homes making up 4.4 percent of the month’s numbers. Homes priced between $200,000 and $500,000 accounted for 39.4 percent of sales (5.4 percent more than last year) and homes under $200,000 made up the majority of sales with 56.1 percent (six percent less than 2013).

According to Fannie Mae’s September 2014 National Housing Survey, the share of consumers who say now is a good time to purchase a home rose to 68 percent in September, a four percentage point increase from August.  The percentage of those who reported now is a good time to sell grew to 39 percent.

In San Antonio, this is evident in the increase in homes sold in 2014 compared to 2013, with a total of 18,840 homes sold so far this year. That is a four percent increase from the same period in 2013.

“All year we have seen increases over the previous year in terms of prices and total sales, and September is no different,” said Angela Shields, SABOR’s President and CEO. “While the spring often brings out shoppers who may just be looking, we expect to see more serious buyers in the fall.”

-SABOR

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