Category Archives: Remodeling

Information about remodeling, trends, investments

JUST LISTED: 5332 Balcones Drive, Unit I

Sophisticated and modern hideaway close to everything.

Urban hideaway in the heart of Central Austin We are pleased to offer 5332 Balcones Drive, Unit I for sale.  This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is ideally located in the heart of Central Austin near the intersection of 2222 and Mopac.  This location is loved by many for its close proximity to downtown, the…

REAL ESTATE REHAB: How one client took their home from good to perfect

Updated living space at our client's North Loop home | Homesville Real Estate

If you find yourself boxed in by Austin’s low available home inventory, there are solutions.  With a little vision and ingenuity, you can turn a “good” home into the “perfect” home you’ve been looking for.   Here’s how one of our clients did it. Back in 2015 we helped a young professional couple find their first…

How to choose a property to flip in Central Austin

Homesville Real Estate's guide to choosing a property to flip in Central Austin

Over the years we’ve made significant investments in Austin’s real estate, sometimes holding properties, and sometimes flipping them.  We are in the process of updating a Central Austin condominium for resale, so we thought we’d share some of the top things we look for when choosing a property to flip.  This video covers the basics,…

Austin Home Design Trends for 2017

Houzz predicts 28 home trends for 2017. Here are the ones we think you'll see in Austin this year.

Houzz’s Predicted Home Design Trends for 2017 One of my favorite Houzz contributors, Mitchell Parker, recently posted an article on Houzz identifying the 28 home design trends he predicts we will see more of in 2017.  You can check out the full article here.  Of the 28 trends Parker identified, below are the 10 home…

HOUSE LOVE: Updated 1920s bungalow & new alley house

I love it when old homes are refurbished rather than demolished.  Don’t get me wrong, I like new construction too, but there’s something about the soul of an old home that you can never quite capture in a new house.  The character and patina of old homes can take years to replicate.  Plus, I think…

Remodel Your Way Into Central Austin

You’ve heard me say repeatedly that Austin’s market is hot, hot, hot.  If you want to get into a Central Austin home but you can’t afford new construction, there are still plenty of “diamonds in the rough” that can be modernized with some simple remodeling.  Today I want to share with you an example of…

New ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) regulations in the City of Austin

If you follow Austin neighborhood politics like I do – you know there is a lot of debate surrounding the little garage apartments a lot of us lived when we went to UT. They are technically called ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Units) but more commonly garage apartments and granny flats. I had one of these behind…

Advice for people looking to upgrade their homes

Front of Allandale home

In the last 2 days I have gone on 2 very fun (for me) home visits. Not to list homes or sell them, but to counsel homeowners on what they should be doing to maximize their home’s resale value when considering potential home improvement projects. It occurred to me that many of you might not even know…

Flooring in Greece

I’m in the middle of the world’s slowest remodel on my house. My bathroom just took me 6 months because I wasn’t in a rush. 🙂 Since I am agonizing over the best flooring options for the kitchen and family room in my 1957 home in Barton Hills, I looked around for inspiration when I…

Classic Hyde Park Austin Porches

Summer is best tolerated in Austin, Texas under a nice front porch with shade. It also helps to be in a walkable neighborhood like Hyde Park where almost all your neighbors hang out on them and really get to know one another. We think these homes and porches are really cool. (no summer pun intended but…

How much remodeling should I do before selling my Central Austin home?

I recently decided to sell my Hyde Park investment property and have to make some decisions about how much remodeling/restoring to do before it goes on the market. It’s a tricky problem – you can’t sell the house in it’s current state and sell it again after you fix it and see how much more you get….