How to Invest: Home Remodel Trends


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On April 1, the Texas Association of Realtors released the 2015 edition of their Texas Remodel Valuation Report. For those of you considering a remodel in your home, it’s time to tune in and listen up.

 

In this report, TAR outlines a most profitable home remodels based on recoup costs of more than 20 different projects in 2014. These are further broken down by profitability nationwide, marketwide, and in four Texas cities. Here’s a quick summary of the projects that will get you the most bang for your buck in the Texas region, Dallas, and nationwide:

 

Regionally:

Curb Appeal is King: Nationally and in Texas, projects that boost curb appeal have the best return on investment, or ROI. Replacing the entry door, garage door, siding, windows, and roofing all ranked highest on this list.

Practical Remodels: Projects that improve a home’s functionality or sustainability were among the most profitable for the second year in a row, significantly more so than upscale remodels and additions.

Increase Livable Square Footage and Sustainability: Basement remodels, wood deck additions, and backup power generators were also popular.

 

Dallas:

5 Most Profitable: Roofing replacement, vinyl window replacement, basement remodel, steel entry door replacement, garage door replacement

5 Least Profitable: Sunroom addition, home office remodel, fiberglass entry door replacement, upscale garage addition, upscale composite deck addition

 

Nationwide:

5 Most Profitable: Steel entry door replacement, stone veneer accent, midrange garage door replacement, siding replacement, and upscale garage door replacement

5 Least Profitable: Sunroom addition, home office addition, upscale master suite addition, upscale garage addition, midrange bathroom addition

Fresh Listing Friday: Updated in Historic McKinney


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Happy Friday, everyone! This week on Fresh Listing Friday, we’re heading to the Historic Distric of McKinney to take a closer look at the newly renovated home at 505 W. Hunt St. This listing is filled with updates, situated on a large lot, and it’s in a prime location.

 

Here are the important details you need to know:

-Gray brick, two-story home listed for $585,000

-5 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3,843 sq. ft.

-Hardwood flooring, crown molding, and lots of natural light

-Multiple sunrooms, spacious bedrooms, updated paint inside and out

 

Fresh Listing Friday: Updated in Historic McKinney

^Front exterior showing the gray brick facade, covered entrance, and two sun porches on the left side of the homeFresh Listing Friday: Updated in Historic McKinney

^The formal dining room showing hardwood floors, beautiful molding and natural lightFresh Listing Friday: Updated in Historic McKinney

^The living room, to the left of the home’s entrance, features a fireplace, fabulous windows, and access to the kitchen and the first-floor sunroomFresh Listing Friday: Updated in Historic McKinney

^View one of the kitchen shows off marble countertops, stainless-steel appliances, white cabinetry, a subway tile backsplash, natural light, and proximity to the breakfast area, which has storage of it’s ownFresh Listing Friday: Updated in Historic McKinney

^View two of the kitchen shows off more storage, gleaming hardwoods, and a butler’s pantryFresh Listing Friday: Updated in Historic McKinney

^The master suite is one of the five spacious bedrooms. it features stunning windows and molding detailsFresh Listing Friday: Updated in Historic McKinney

^On the second floor, the master bathroom has dual sinks, built-in storage, marble flooring, and a walk-in shower. Not pictured are the claw-footed tub and the walk-in closetFresh Listing Friday: Updated in Historic McKinneyFresh Listing Friday: Updated in Historic McKinney

^Two of the many reasons we love this home are the character and the bathrooms. The two other full bathrooms have built-ins and crisp, white and gray color schemes Fresh Listing Friday: Updated in Historic McKinney

^One of the additional bedrooms with hardwood flooring, thick molding, and natural lightFresh Listing Friday: Updated in Historic McKinney

^The second-story sunroom is the perfect place to bask in natural light and get awayFresh Listing Friday: Updated in Historic McKinney

^The home sits on a .39-acre lot, allowing for a spacious backyard filled with possibilities

We’re always amazed at the wonderful new properties that continue to come on the market, and this listing is no exception. You better act fast, though, because the market is hot.

 

To see all the homes that were new to the DFW housing market this week, click here.

Feature We Love: Crystal Chandelier


One word can be used to describe today’s feature: timeless. Other adequate choices are classic, stunning, elegant, beautiful, regal, glistening. Well, that list could go on for a long time.

 

Crystal chandeliers are a statement piece and an eye-catcher no matter what room they grace with their presence. They instantly elevate rooms to a higher standard. You can bet that an investment in a chandelier is one that will keep on giving for years and years to come. In fact, many become family heirlooms that are passed down for generations.

 

Let’s take a look at the many gorgeous ways crystal chandeliers are being used to bring style and class to homes around DFW. The popularity of this feature means we have a lot of properties to show off!

Feature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^12541 Renoir Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^4463 Brookview Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^4463 Brookview Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^9250 Meadowbrook Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^1001 Stone Cottage Lane, McKinneyFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^1 Kildonan, RichardsonFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^5 Santa Fe Circle, Dalworthington Gardens
Feature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^2260 Bluff Court, Cedar HillFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^5 Abbey Woods Lane, Dallas Feature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^5 Abbey Woods Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^9511 Estate Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^300 W. Bethel Road, CoppellFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^5320 Doral Circle, PlanoFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier^5508 Bent Tree Drive, Dallas

Fresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional


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Happy beautiful Friday, all! This week on Fresh Listing Friday, we’re taking a closer look at the bright, sunny, open home at 4005 Rosa Road in Dallas.

 

Here are the important details you need to know:

-Traditional, one-story, brick home on a corner lot listed for $387,500

-3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,598 sq. ft.

-Open floor plan, hardwood flooring, plantation shutters, French doors and crown molding

-Spacious backyard with a large deck, pergola, and tall trees

 

Now onto the photos!

Fresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^Adorable front exterior showing the light brick, white trim, black shutters and front door, and simple green landscapingFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^To the left of the front door is this chic living room with pops of color, a large window, hardwoods, and a fireplaceFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^The living room is open to the dining room, all of which is surrounded with on-trend light gray walls and natural lightFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^The dining room features French doors that open to the backyard and bask the room in natural light. To the left is a home office/studyFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^The kitchen includes white cabinetry, granite tile countertops, slate floors, stainless-steel appliances, and space for a freestanding island. It is situated off the doing room and there is an additional sink and cabinetry on the opposite wall. Fresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^ The master bedroom features beautiful hardwoods, crown molding, natural light from two windows, and a serene color schemeFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^One of the two bathrooms featuring intricate white tile floors, a tub/shower combination and a chic pink, gold and white color schemeFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^A view of the backyard from the tiered deck showing the pergola, dining area, and gorgeous, tall treesFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional ^Even with the large deck and pergola dining space, the backyard still has a roomy yard for play and gardening

 

Is it any wonder we chose this home to feature this week? It emits charm and personality.

 

To see all the homes that were new to the DFW real estate market this week, click here.

Fresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis


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Happy Friday and happy first day of spring, everyone! In celebration of the new season, this week’s Fresh Listing Friday brings us to a home with gorgeous landscaping and a backyard that is ready for warm, sunny weather. The property at 2260 Bluff Court in Cedar Hill is elegant and made for entertaining.

 

This is a contemporary home with 4 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 7,755 sq. ft. listed for $1.2 million.

 

There are so many amenities and amazing features in this home, we couldn’t just put them all in a list like we normally do. Come with us on a tour as we layout all the reasons why this home is so deserving of being this week’s feature.

Fresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^Front exterior showing the stone construction, circular driveway, layered and mature landscaping and covered front doorsFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^The covered front porch to the left of the front doors features huge, arched double doors with access to the library/office and the living roomFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^The front entrance features a two-story ceiling, tile flooring, thick molding and a set of beautiful, light wood, arched front doors that bask the space in natural lightFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^To the right of the foyer is the formal dining room with stunning, oversized windows, thick crown molding and an elegant brown, cream, and green color scheme
Fresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^The formal dining room is located to the right of the front entry. It has a two-story ceiling in additional to a fireplace and access to the backyardFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^The library/study/office is a dreamy space thanks to large, contemporary windows and walls of books complete with a sliding ladder. It is situated off the formal dining roomFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^The kitchen is light, open and airy. Situated off the main living room, dining room, and breakfast area, it features a combination of light and dark cabinetry with ample storage, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, light hardwood flooring, pendant flighting, a butler’s pantry, a walk-in pantry, two sinks, and two dishwashersFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^The serene, first-floor master suite has a sitting area, a wall of windows with backyard views, a tray ceiling, a fireplace, and backyard access. The large bathroom features dual vanities, a soaker tub, a large glass shower with dual heads, and a walk-in closet

Fresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^Let’s get to the outdoor oasis you’ve been waiting for. It begins with this covered patio located off the master suite and the formal living room. It has a stone fireplace and looks out onto the poolFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^The pool is the centerpiece of this area of the yard, with a flowing shape surrounded by lush landscaping and open patio spaceFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^Off to one side you can see a dining space with a pergola and a barbecue area with a built-in grillFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis^The most private part of the yard is seen above. Find your zen in secluded sitting areas amidst a koi pond with a small bridge and gorgeous gardens

 

How incredible is this? And we didn’t even show you the den, four total fireplaces, the stunning master bathroom, the other three bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, or the media room. You need to take the full tour for yourself by clicking on any of the photos above.

 

To take more tours of home that were new to the market this week in DFW, click here.

Now Trending: Contrasting Cabinetry


One of the best parts about getting to look at pictures of houses all day is picking up on new trends. One of the hottest trends we’ve noticed over the last few months is contrasting cabinet colors. Islands have stepped into the spotlight and are being treated like their own element. No longer are they beholden to the color choices made for outer kitchen cabinetry.

 

This mix-matching shows up most often in brown and white, but we’re loving this new design trend no matter what color scheme it comes in. It adds a dynamic interest to a kitchen and allows homeowners and designers to step out of the box with cabinetry, an area in which most tend to play it safe.

 

Check out a few of the kitchens in which we’ve found this trend popping up around DFW, they may just inspire a weekend DIY in your home!

Now Trending: Contrasting Cabinetry^1066 Woodford Drive, Keller

Now Trending: Contrasting Cabinetry^6940 Hickory Hill Circle, Argyle

Now Trending: Contrasting Cabinetry^7204 Ripley St., McKinney

Now Trending: Contrasting Cabinetry^10715 Dixon Branch Drive, Dallas

Now Trending: Contrasting Cabinetry^9427 Monteleon Court, Dallas

Now Trending: Contrasting Cabinetry^1315 Sunset Ridge Circle, Cedar Hill

Now Trending: Contrasting Cabinetry^7022 Pasadena Ave., Dallas

Now Trending: Contrasting Cabinetry^4060 Chimney Rock Drive, Prosper

Now Trending: Contrasting Cabinetry^6838 Stefani Drive, Dallas

Now Trending: Contrasting Cabinetry^1122 Amy Drive, Allen

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition


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March Madness is upon us. Friends and coworkers are buzzing about stats, brackets, and everything NCAA basketball in anticipation of the beginning of the annual tournament. Amid all the hype, we thought it only appropriate that we put our special spin on things. So, we went hunting on our site for our Sweet 16.

 

This list, in no particular order, contains various spaces, from sport courts to media rooms, that are all ready to pump you up for March Madness!

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^1029 Abbey Lane, McLendon Chisholm

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^2304 Lafayette Drive, Heath

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^4818 Irvin Simmons Drive, Dallas

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^10427 Lennox Lane, Dallas

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^7470 Bent Trail, Mansfield

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^1724 Wisteria Way, Westlake

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^4708 Crooked Lane, Dallas

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^818 Bluff Ridge Drive, Cedar Hill

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^2701 Montford Court, Southlake

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^6162 Shepherds Glen Road, Heath

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^5501 Mahogany Run Court, Plano

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition

^1029 Abbey Lane, McLendon Chisholm

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^10427 Lennox Lane, Dallas

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^3 Sheffield Court, Heath

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^4708 Crooked Lane, Dallas

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^6316 Caroline Drive, Frisco

Fresh Listing Friday: Open and Updated


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Happy Friday, all! This week’s home, at 11406 Valley Dale Drive, puts a light and airy spin on this otherwise dreary, rainy day. This one will go fast, so let’s take a look while we still can.

 

Here are the important details you need to know:

-North Dallas home on a tree-lined street listed for $750,000

-4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3,482 sq. ft. and a 2-car garage

-Handscraped hardwood flooring, remodeled kitchen and baths, and an open floor plan

-Private outdoor space with a pool and spa, open patio and a yard

 

Now for the really fun part- pictures:

Fresh Listing Friday: Open and Updated

^Front exterior showing large windows, mature trees, and the classic brick constructionFresh Listing Friday: Open and Updated

^1 of 2 views of the open floor plan first floor, which is the ideal layout for entertaining. For reference, the entrance of the home is shown behind the brown leather couchFresh Listing Friday: Open and Updated

^Second view of the open floor plan showing the kitchen and a bathroom off the dining roomFresh Listing Friday: Open and Updated

^This detailed shot of the main living room shows the home’s beautiful floors and abundant natural light. Visual separation from the rooms is provided by the dropped beam in the ceiling Fresh Listing Friday: Open and Updated

^This detail shot shows two sets of French doors and the neutral color pallet throughout the home- perfect the way it is or ready for customizationFresh Listing Friday: Open and Updated

^The classic white kitchen includes light granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, ample storage, natural light, and an island with room for seating for fourFresh Listing Friday: Open and Updated

^The master suite features a sitting area, French doors to the backyard, views of the pool, and dual closetsFresh Listing Friday: Open and Updated

^This master bathroom has granite countertops, dual sinks, and a spacious showerFresh Listing Friday: Open and Updated

^One of the secondary bathrooms. Again, with granite countertops and dual sinksFresh Listing Friday: Open and Updated

^The home office/study is just one of a couple bonus rooms. There is also a game room on the second floorFresh Listing Friday: Open and Updated

^The private backyard is perfect for outdoor entertaining.

Seriously, we can’t imagine that this listing will stay on the market long, so act fast!

 

To see all the homes that were new to the DFW real estate market this week, click here.

Interior Lighting: How To Do It Right


Did you know that lighting is one of the most important elements in your home? We’ve talked about the importance of natural light, but interior light is just as important. When natural light isn’t available, due to lack of windows or time of day, the mood and brightness of your home is dictated by interior lighting. Additionally, light fixtures are a large part of design and personal style. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your lighting:

 

1. Diversify: Use multiple sources for light so that the ambiance just right. Think about a mix of recessed ceiling lights, chandeliers, sconces, floor lamps, table lamps, and under mounted lighting solutions. A combination will throw light in different directions and create more generalized glow.

 

2. Focal Points: Use task lighting and directed light to highlight art, plants, dining tables, and unique decor.

 

3. Dimmers: Consider installing dimmers in entertaining spaces like dining rooms, media rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms. Being able to set the mood for a meal, movie, or cozy night by the fire makes a high difference.

 

4. Read the Room: Different rooms call for different lighting heights, sizes, and illuminations. For example, overhead lighting makes more sense in a kitchen than is does in a bedroom. Smaller lamps, sconces, and delicate chandeliers are better suited in bedrooms and bathrooms than large living spaces.

 

5. Which Watt?: Always follow the instructions on your light fixture for maximum wattage, but don’t be afraid to take it down a notch. If the light fixture is more for decor than actual illumination, consider using low-wattage bulbs, which use less energy. Typical wattages range from 40 (for reading) and 80 (for putting on make up), but this wattage can be achieved with multiple fixtures.

 

6. Decor: The fixtures you choose have an impact on your space visually as well. Make sure to keep the overall look and feel of the room in mind when selecting fixtures, but don’t be afraid to go bold. A statement floor lamp or chandelier is the perfect way to pack a big punch of style with just one piece of decor.

 

DFW homeowners clearly know the importance of interior lighting, just look at great examples found in our homes for sale. From modern to victorian and floor lamps to recessed lighting, there’s a lighting solution that will “brighten” your home and mood in just the right way.

Interior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^6838 Stefani Drive, DallasInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^9427 Monteleon Court, Dallas (For Lease)Interior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^1412 Teaberry Court, PlanoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^12744 Hawktree Road, FriscoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^2411 Laguna Lane, ArlingtonInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^6316 Caroline Drive, FriscoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^12744 Hawktree Road, FriscoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^1412 Teaberry Court, PlanoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^1823 Canyon Court, AllenInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^5055 Addison Circle #204, AddisonInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^8000 Choctaw Lane, McKinneyInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right^7022 Pasadena Ave., Dallas

Images via Ebby.com & Shoot2Sell

Kids Only!


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Childhood dreams are coming true all over DFW! We’re seeing an influx of homes for sale with kid-friendly spaces that are just waiting to be filled with laughter and new memories.

 

From a pink princess room to the perfect game room, we tracked down 7 spaces that any kid would be lucky to call their own.

Kids Only!

^6865 Lorna Lane, DallasKids Only!

^6865 Lorna Lane, DallasKids Only!

^6312 Falcon Ridge Lane, McKinneyKids Only!

^6406 Mountain Lake Court, ArlingtonKids Only!

^9109 Glen Springs Drive, DallasKids Only!

^3109 Ridge Trace Circle, MansfieldKids Only!^3109 Ridge Trace Circle, Mansfield