Landscaping Tips for the Beginner DIY-er

Tired of too much open space in your yard, but don’t want to pay the hefty price for a landscape designer? Do the landscaping yourself! There are all kinds of resources that can help you figure out the look you want and how to proceed, though you have to take into account both time and budget constraints when considering your options. These landscaping tips can help get you started sprucing up your yard yourself without breaking the bank or ending up with regrets.  Give it time. Your yard is going to be with you as long as you live in that house, so recognize that what you want it to look like now may not be what you want it to look like later. Take your time, plan it out, and move forward slowly; let it take shape in your head for a bit before jumping into the installment process. You may also want to add things here and there over time instead of doing it all at once.  Make a list of everything that you need and want in your space. Do you want a vegetable garden? Do you want a patio? Do you have kids who need a place to play? Start making rough sketches of what you want and where you would like to place those things in your yard. Pay attention to sun and wind patterns. Sometimes certain placements will need to be altered because of these things, so take them into account when designing your space. For example, you may not want to put your patio on the west side of the house, because...

Economic Activity in the Lake Houston Area

The Lake Houston area has been buzzing with activity over the past several years. There have been many new development projects in the area which have had a positive effect on the economy. Lake Houston Area Economic Development Partnership released an Overview of Recent Economic Activities for December 2014 and they are encouraging the sharing of this information. They break down the development in that area into seven major categories. We list those areas below with examples of projects for each one. Mixed Use Development: S.PA – Generation Park is currently constructing a 52-acre corporate lifestyle center unlike any other place in the world. Intercontinental Commerce Park – A 190 acre mixed-use project by Skymark Development Company. Kingwood Parc – Mixed-use development at HWY 59 N and Kingwood Dr. Including 600,000-square-foot development designed to include shops, apartments, restaurants and an office tower, all in a pedestrian-friendly, modern environment. Generation Park – Second largest privately owned tract of land in the Greater Houston Area. Medical Development: Visionary Health I – A 14k SF single-story medical office/retail building on Highway 59 in Humble, just south of Kingwood Medical Center. Kelsey-Seybold Summer Creek Clinic – Recently broke ground on a new $10.8 million multi-specialty medical clinic at 8233 N. Sam Houston Parkway East. Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center – The first of its kind for the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, the new Convenient Care Center located at 14201 East Sam Houston Pkwy Beltway 8 near Summer Creek High School will deliver a new model of care for patients. Humble Pediatrics – An 8,000-square-foot building occupied by an affiliate of Texas Children’s Hospital,...

Fun Things to Do in Houston Over the Thanksgiving Holiday

If you are looking for fun things to do over the Thanksgiving holiday, have family and friends from out of town to entertain, or just want out of the house for a few hours, then here are some activities and events to attend in the Houston area: Free Wortham Tree Lighting Ceremony – Wednesday, November 26 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at Wortham Theater Center’s Grand Foyer. Great Gobblers Thanksgiving Parade – Wednesday, November 26 beginning at 1:00 pm. Kids will design banners, vests, and pennants for the parade beforehand. Then visit with Santa from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Located at 1500 Binz. City Hall Farmers Market – Wednesday, November 26 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm. It’s a food-lovers delight at Urban Harvest’s City Hall Farmers Market. The market hosts more than 40 vendors with an array of locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as a variety of prepared lunch items made from local ingredients. 65th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade – Thursday, November 27, 2014. TXU Houston Turkey Trot – Thanksgiving morning, Dillards by the Galleria, 7:00 am. Second largest foot race in Houston. Uptown Holiday Lighting – This takes place Thanksgiving Day night. Join this spectacular Houston tradition for the 29th annual kick-off of the holiday season. Galveston Tree Lighting – This will take place at Hotel Galvez Friday at 6:00 pm. Galveston Ballet and other talent will perform at this free family event. Zoo Lights – TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights every day from November 19 – January 4 (closed December 24 and 25) from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The ICE at...

How To Winterize Your Home on a Budget

Safeguarding your home against the winter weather is one of the top concerns for most homeowners. No matter where you live or what type of harsh weather you experience, it makes sense to secure your home against the elements in order to protect your investment, and more importantly to ensure your family is safe and comfortable. At The Doug Erdy Group, we like to keep our clients, community members, partners, and neighbors up-to-date on the latest in home improvement, protection, and technology. We also like to give tips on how to do things on a budget because nowadays we can all use a little extra in our wallets. Below are suggestions for how to winterize your home on a budget: • Basic caulk gun and tubes of caulk to fill gaps in siding, windows, and doors. A caulk gun is usually around $20 and tubes of caulk are approximately $8 a tube. You will probably need anywhere from three to five tubes. • Plastic film window insulating kit, which will cost you about $20. You’ll need enough for five to six windows. • Weatherstripping for windows. You will need four 17-foot rolls, which may run you about $5/roll. • Replacement filter for your central heat and air unit. It’s important you change your filters on a regular basis. We suggest changing your filter once a month. The cost for a filter is usually around $8. • Door threshold/sweep strip to fill air leaks beneath doors. Most homes have three doors that face outside. Typically the strips cost $25 each. • Door gasket to fill leaks around doors. You’ll need...

What’s Happening in The Woodlands?

At The Doug Erdy Group, we like to keep you – our clients, community, and partners – current on what’s happening in the communities that we serve. This week we are focusing on The Woodlands. Listed below are events occurring in The Woodlands during November: Woodlands Township Veterans Day Tribute – Residents and businesses are invited to attend this special event honoring veterans from The Woodlands. The Woodlands Township will hold the event at Town Green Park on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Local veterans from all branches of service are welcome to participate. For more information, please call 281-210-3800 or visit The Woodlands Township’s website. America Recycles Day – The Woodlands Township will be celebrating this awesome event at the 3R Bazaar on Saturday, November 15, 2014, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, at 8203 Millennium Forest Drive in The Woodlands. The public is invited to attend to learn more about recycling. For collection guidelines, visit The Woodlands Townships’s website or contact the Environmental Services Department at 281-210-3800. The 3R Bazaar is a program of The Woodlands Township with sponsorship from The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N., Waste Management, The Woodlands Development Company and H-E-B. Luxury in Lights – This awesome celebration will be held at Market Street on November 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm. At the celebration they will unveil their 70-foot Christmas tree, which will be synchronized to twinkling lights and holiday music. Smile With Santa – Bring your children to have their photos taken with St. Nick beginning Friday, November 21 through Wednesday, December 24, 2014. Market Street is hosting this special event...