See Your New Custom Home With a Touch of Holiday

Christmas on MainStreet is going on right now at MainStreet America, where 12 of our finest homes are displayed. This is a great opportunity to bring the entire family for an evening of fun and thrills, while also getting the chance to view our homes that are fully decorated in Christmas theme. Each home is fully adorned with Christmas trees, wreaths, nutcrackers, Santa's, and everything else you would want to find in a home during the holiday season. If you're wondering what your home would look like with lights strung on the rooftops or with decorative deer in the front yard, now is the time. Even the V…

Origin Architects Completes Life-Size Gingerbread House

Origin Architects, the architectural firm located inside MainStreet America, completed its seasonal project of a life-sized gingerbread house. The firm designed the holiday house for MainStreet America's annual tradition of Christmas on MainStreet, which is being held every Saturday till Dec. 20. Javier Medina, principal of Origin Architects, said designing and building the gingerbread house was a project his firm took very seriously. Constructing the house took a little more than a week to complete, using PVC pipes for the candy cane chimney stacks, plywood cornice work, scalloped composition shingles si…

Builder Confidence Continues to Rise Through November

This year has seen a lot of positives in the housing industry. Consumer and builder confidence continues to increase, and this past month is just more proof. According to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), builder confidence for new single-family homes increased four points to hit 58. The HMI gauges the overall builder perception of single-family home sales and the expectations of sales for the following six months. The HMI is gauged according to a scale of "good," "fair" or "poor." The rate of prospective buyer traffic is also gauged and rated as "high…

Why Houston Is Experiencing Massive Growth

Houston and the state of Texas has been thriving and leading the nation for quite some time now when it comes to the economy. Job creation continues on an upward trend at a rapid pace and the construction of homes continues to follow suit. Just recently, Texas was named one of the nation's leaders in international home sales, Forbes reported Houston to be first in new construction building, and the publication, Big Builder, claimed the state had four of the nation's top 15 counties to build in. The numbers do speak for themselves. According to Lowell Pinnock, Houston Division Sales Manager for Design Tech…

Texas Has 4 of the Top 15 Counties to Build In

According to a recent article by Big Builder, four of the 15 best counties to build in are in Texas. The Lone Star State has continued to see an increase in job opportunities as more large companies continue to move in, which has directly affected the state's housing market. The positive housing market should come as no surprise to anyone. Although the demand has provided the escalation of home prices in Texas, it has not deterred home buyers from buying, and therefore not home builders from building. The median home value in Texas has increase by 5.9 percent over the past year to $135,400, according to Z…

Forbes Names Houston #1 for Construction Building

When it comes to construction, Houston is at the very top. According to a recent report by Forbes, Houston has taken the top spot for most construction that involves building homes, buildings or other dwelling structures. For most Houstonians, it would be no surprise if the city was first in traffic construction as well. The article based its findings on research conducted by Dodge Data, formerly known as McGraw Hill Construction. In 2013, the country's new construction projects reached $535 billion, but the research company projects it will increase by 5 percent to $564 billion. There have been more than…

Origin Architects Building Gingerbread House for Christmas on MainStreet

On Nov. 29, Christmas on MainStreet will begin and one of the biggest attractions won't just be the 12 decorated showcase homes in the MainStreet America Park. Origin Architects, architectural firm located inside MainStreet America, has designed a life-size gingerbread house which will be constructed by Design Tech Homes. This kid-friendly gingerbread house will have walls 9 ½ feet tall with a chimney that reaches 13 ½ feet high. The entire width of the house will be 12-foot by 9-foot 8 inches with entrances that are suited specifically for children. Javier Medina, principal architect of Origin Arch…

Positive September: Home Sales Increase, Along With the Price

Let's take a moment and thank September for a great month in national home sales. The rise in home sales continues and this past month is quite indicative. For existing home sales–5.17 million, it was the strongest month in an entire year, according to a report by Zillow, a real estate research company. This total is also up 2.4 percent from last month. The volume of these existing home sales had been on a decline, but this month turned that around. Not only was existing home sales up, but also the price of these homes. The average cost of these homes was $209,000, which was up 0.6 percent from Augu…

New-Home Sales Reach Highest Total Since 2008

The housing market has been on a slow progression upward after taking the fall in 2007 and 2008. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, this past August saw the highest seasonally adjusted rate of new home sales since 2008. The report showed a rate of 504,000 units, which was an 18 percent increase. These units are single-family homes. "This jump in sales activity is in line with our latest surveys, which indicate builders are seeing increased traffic and more serious buyers in the market for single-family homes," said Kevin Kelly, chairman of the N…

Origin Architects Attending the Better Home Show EXPO

The Better Home Show EXPO will take place at MainStreet America this Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., which will host various home improvement, home technology, and home décor product companies. One of those companies will be Origin Architects, the architectural firm that designed the 12 showcase homes of MainStreet America. Javier Medina, the principal of Origin Architects, will be on hand to answer questions and schedule appointments. Come learn how the design process works for creating a custom home, and how the firm and Medina focus solely on the clients' needs. At the Origin Architects boo…