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Can a Shipping Container Home Be Stylish? Check This One Out!

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

A shipping container for hauling heavy freight in trains, trucks, and ships isn’t often associated with anything glamorous. But the housing industry wants to prove otherwise.

Photos by: Rocket Lister, rocketlister.com

This 3,000-square-foot home in Phoenix is made up of stacked shipping containers, but you’d never know it once you walked inside. It’s modern, open designed interiors matches the style and spaciousness of any other single-family home today.

Homes constructed of shipping containers are drawing more attention in the building industry. These homes are flood and fire-proof, eco-friendly, energy efficient, and there’s certainly no shortage of them to transform. Worldwide, an estimated 24 million empty shipping containers are retired, just waiting to find a new purpose. Could real estate be it?

Some housing experts predict shipping containers to make up a bigger footprint of homes and buildings in the future. One shipping container can be transformed into a tiny home, several molded together could form a standard-sized single-family home, and hundreds stacked together in a Lego-like way could make for an apartment complex. Shipping containers can also be transformed as add-ons to existing homes, such as a garage.

But can a shipping container be stylish? Shara Terry, a real estate pro with Berkshire Hathway HomeServices Arizona Properties in Phoenix, certainly thinks so. She’s listing a three-bedroom, four-bath single-family, shipping container home for $610,000. The home, which is a hybrid of two stacked containers on its east side and two stacked on its west side, is designed by engineer Jorge Salcedo and Colombian architect Gregorio Baquero.

“A lot of people who’ve visited it have been curious, and they can’t believe it used to be a shipping container once they step inside and they see how open and seamless it is inside,” Terry says. “There really are only two subtle reminders in the interior that show a portion of the red container,” but even those have been blended into the overall decor. The exterior includes some writing on the containers that were preserved for character, including a stamp in Vietnamese showing its former location.

Overall, the home’s industrial exterior blends to a more modern interior. Take a look at the staging by Kelly Hester with KH Staging and Redesign in Phoenix.

Photos by: Rocket Lister, rocketlister.com

Photos by: Rocket Lister, rocketlister.com

Photos by: Rocket Lister, rocketlister.com

Photos by: Rocket Lister, rocketlister.com

Photos by: Rocket Lister, rocketlister.com

Photos by: Rocket Lister, rocketlister.com

Photos by: Rocket Lister, rocketlister.com

Community Real Estate

The Woodlands 51 Rhapsody Bend

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The Woodlands. Looking for a slice of heaven? This custom leisure home on the Player Golf Course, tucked away on a cul-de-sac for privacy is it! Step inside to discover travertine floors flowing effortlessly throughout most of the home, windows to the backyard haven with outstanding outdoor living! Huge kitchen is perfect for any chef, and great for entertaining. The study and master are located at the back of the home, each offering views of the pool and back gardens. 2 secondary bedrooms, each with their own ensuite bath. The dining room ceiling is finished with tile for a beautiful feature. The infinity edge pool is the focal point in the backyard, flanked with fire bowls, and outdoor living space is complete with kitchen, and space for various seating options. The garage can be air conditioned for the hobbyist. Walk to the Player clubhouse and course, and just a short bike ride to YMCA, library, shopping, dining, and minutes to the Park and Ride! This is time for you to enjoy what you have waited for in life!

Visit Michele Flory for more information, photos, and floorplan.

Staging and Style

High-Tech Home Design From CES 2019

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

As more homes get teched out, how do you make a home smart but stylish too? CES 2019—Las Vegas’ annual mega tech show—is showing off thousands of high-tech products, including a growing number to outfit a smart home.

From smart mirrors to rollable TV screens, CES 2019 vendors are evolving the look and function of many everyday household items. Particularly interesting is a gradual movement to the attention of detail in how these high-tech products are being integrated into a home’s design. It’s becoming less about having a massive monitor on display or smart speaker on your coffee table, and more about integrating and blending the tech into the home subtly.

The Rollable TV

Photo Credit: LG

The bulky, rectangular television set has long been a centerpiece of many family rooms. But LG Signature’s OLED TV R is disguising it. This rollable 65-inch television disappears into a box below a modern, silver credenza when not in use. When you do need it, it unrolls to its full height in seconds. You can also put the TV in “line view,” so that only about a quarter of the screen is showing. In this wide, rectangular view, the TV can be set to just display a clock, weather, personal photos, or other designs.

LG debuted a prototype of the wallpaper TV back at CES 2018, but it will be available to the public starting in the second half of 2019. Pricing has yet to be determined.

Not Just Any Wood

Photo Credit: Mui

That two-by-four piece of wood on the wall looks like a stylish accent that blends into the room, but it’s actually a smart home assistant. Voice-assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant, are getting stylish makeovers and embedded into more products. The Mui smart block can be controlled via voice. Homeowners can take control over music, lighting, thermostats, and more through this discreet Google Assistant. When it’s not being used, the LCD display turns off and it looks like just any other piece of wood again. When activated, words appear on the screen and you can talk to it. It’ll be available in early 2019 for $999.

Picture Frame and Wireless Charger

Tech chargers aren’t exactly the prettiest accessory to leave lying around. Enter Twelve South’s PowerPic. It’s a picture frame that doubles as a wireless charger for your devices. It appears as a typical wooden 5×7 picture frame, but it contains a hidden wireless charger behind that favorite photo being displayed. You can place an iPhone or other compatible device inside of it to start charging. (This retails for $80.)

 

A Smart Mirror

This isn’t your ordinary mirror. It’s a touchscreen mirror with Google Assistant-embedded inside. This smart mirror from Capstone Connected Home allows you to ask it anything you typically would of a standard voice assistant. You can even compose email and messages from it and type directly into the mirror. The mirror is available in various sizes, starting at 19-inch by 22-inch. It’ll be available in early 2019. Pricing has yet to be determined.

 

Mood lighting

Photo Credit: Philips Hue

Pick a mood and let your lights match it. Philips Hue offers a range of smart bulbs that allow you to take control over the lighting to fit the setting. Adjust your dining room lighting to create an ambient atmosphere for a dinner party, or turn a living room into a home theater with dimmed lights. Many of the bulbs can also now be controlled via voice, allowing you to change lighting without ever having to flip a switch.

Restaurants

TRIS

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In my opinion, TRIS is the best restaurant in The Woodlands or surrounding area.  It can easily hold its own with the best Houston has to offer.  It has amazing food, great service and is a beautiful space. I love that it does all three of those things beautifully — food, service, ambience.  The food is amazing.  Chef Austin Simmons sources from the best farms and ranches in Texas, and it shows in every bite.  They have a crab appetizer that is incredible.  The crab is cooked in brown butter and served on a kimchi pancake. I order it every time and would pay twice what they charge.  It is that good.  The hamachi tostado is also an amazing appetizer.  It is shredded cabbage, Peanuts, Shaved Onion, Serrano, and Thai Vinaigrette mixed with hamachi and served on a crispy thin tostada.  My husbands favorite is the Tom Yum shrimp soup.  I think every entree on the menu is amazing too.  The Patagonian Toothfish is fantastic.  The fish is always cooked perfectly.  The surf and turf is a dish to write home about.  It is a filet and lobster thermidor.  Beautifully plated, either dish would stand alone as an amazing meal, but together they are a party on a plate.  I’ve recently had the duck and the venison entrees and both were perfectly paired with side dishes that brilliantly enhanced the protein.    It is rare that a restaurant has amazing appetizers, entrees AND dessert.  But TRIS  has some of the best desserts around.  My favorite is the pecan pie.  I grew up in the south and this is perfection.  The chocolate cake is also great.  The deconstructed banana pudding is probably the most surprising.  It looks fancy, but tastes like Grandma’s. The bread pudding is amazing, and that is saying something for this Louisiana born girl.  There aren’t enough superlatives for this place.  Besides dinner, TRIS has an amazing happy hour and lunch.  They’ve put some real thought and playful experimentation into their cocktails.  The green monster is so flavorful.  There is a Chef’s burger on the happy hour menu that is superb.  I might be addicted to their french fries too. Lunch is priced right and still has the caliber of food you expect at night. The space is elegant yet never stuffy.  The artwork is playful and sophisticated.  It is a place that I absolutely love.

Community

6823 Preston Grove In Auburn Lakes

Auburn Lakes Lennar Next Gen home complete with “Mother-in-Law” suite including living, kitchenette, bedroom, bath with large shower & utility closet! Think parents, kids coming home to visit…more. This home offers 4 full bedrooms, each with their own bath. Lovely stone & brick exterior, welcoming front porch, spacious rooms and huge kitchen. Never run out of cabinet or counter space. Kitchen is open to family for easy entertaining. Family room has corner fireplace keeping wall space for entertainment. Master suite has large windows offering lots of natural light. Bath includes double vanities, whirlpool corner tub, linen and BIG closet. Split bedroom arrangement, with another secondary bedroom down with full bath. Upstairs is another bedroom with full bath. So many ways to make this flexible floor plan work for you. Nice covered patio in the back. Close to schools, shopping, Grand Parkway & Woodlands amenities!

Visit Michele Flory for more details