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2400 Carriage Lamp In Carriage Hills Community

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Definition of complete privacy is this home! Charming 1.5 story w/ gorgeous landscaping, is hidden in the trees offering you the ultimate in seclusion! Mostly wood floors, updated kitchens & baths, upstairs bedroom is so big & could be a gameroom! Huge covered patio. 2 car attached garage & 3rd bay is a separate garage w/separate drive on side. Zoned for Bush Elem, Mitchell & TWHS! So close to all The Woodlands amenities, yet, in a neighborhood with primarily half acre lots! Quick access to I45!

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19 Betony Pl

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This gorgeous Weaver custom home is centrally located in Fairbranch & zoned for Buckalew, Mitchell & TWHS! Enjoy having both formals w/ views of the pool & back gardens! Beautiful staircase! Spacious kitchen w/ granite, SS appliances & breakfast bar. Family room is tucked away for privacy. Master has screened porch on back & to die for recently remodeled bath! Bonus room up is handy! Hop on a hike & bike path to Buckalew, neighborhood park with courts, pool and access to Bear Branch Reservoir!

Community Restaurants

Deacon Baldy’s

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A few Saturday nights ago, I wanted to go eat at Deacon Baldy’s. It was 6pm and I had to drive around the parking lots for about 8 minutes before I finally gave up and left. There was not a single place to park and even the iffy places were taken. This is THE most popular place on weekends and that speaks for itself. It is a food truck park that has about four to five regular food trucks, visiting trucks on the weekends, lots of craft beer, and live music on the weekends. The best trucks for me are BBQ Godfather and Beefy’s. But Cousins Maine, Craft Burger, and The Greek Squad are also great. Beefy’s has amazing asian pulled pork and even offers tater tots with it on top. Genius! It has the perfect amount of heat to give it depth. I crave this for days on end. The BBQ at BBQ Godfather is amazing whether you are eating the perfectly rendered brisket or the awesome sides. The burgers at Craft are big, juicy, and worth the wait. Their fries are some of my favorites in the area too. All of these items pair perfectly with the large selection of craft beers — if you consider 40 taps a large selection! For folks from the northeast, the lobster rolls at Cousins are just like I had in Maine last summer. They fly the lobster in so it is authentic. This is a really fun place to catch up with friends, grab a cold one, and everyone gets to eat what they want. Just plan to go early so you can find a place to park!

Staging and Style

5 Ideas to Increase the Value of a Basement


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The basement doesn’t just have to be a space to throw all of that extra storage. Show it as usable space, and it may even help you increase the value of the home. Basement remodels typically recoup about 70 percent of their costs at time of resale, which can add a tremendous amount of value to your home.

Making it the coolest room in the house may not be too difficult either. After all, basements tend to stay cooler during the summer months, making this an ideal place for the family to hang out when the weather heats up outside.


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1. Create an In-Home Theater

Basements not only are typically cooler than the rest of the home, but they’re also usually darker. For that reason, they’re an excellent place to add a theater to watch movies on those hot summer nights. Best of all, you don’t have to do a complete basement remodel, with costs around $50,000, to gain this space. A TV mount costs around $250, while built in seating costs around $840 – $1,680. (Just be sure for safety to completely waterproof the room before running wires through the basement.)

2. Make a Children’s Play Area

Basements are often neglected areas of the home, used primarily for storage and not much else. So why not turn your unused basement space into a new playroom for your kids?

Start with the staircase. Most basements have only partially finished staircases so installing a new one will help make the space more comfortable as well as safer. Next, ensure that you have egress windows installed, and that the basement is fully waterproofed. From there, you can carpet the floors to make the space more comfortable, and move your children’s toys downstairs to make more space in their rooms.

3. Create an Adult Entertainment Space


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If you love to entertain, consider building a bar into your basement. Basements are already the ideal place to install a wine cellar, so why not take it a step further and put in an entertainment area and bar for parties as well? Basements that walkout onto patios can be the ideal place for summer entertaining, giving guests a way to get in out of the heat or a summer rainstorm. Consider putting in a tile floor to give the room a finished look and keep the floors easy to clean. Match the bar countertop to the color of the floors for a fresh, stylish appearance.

4. Create a Garden Utility Room

If you spend any time out in the garden, you probably know about the dirt, tools, and pots that accompany this hobby. Basements are a great place to install a utility sink and counter, and to store all of your garden paraphernalia. Installing a french drain and a hose will make cleanup a snap, while shelving placed just beneath the windows will give your plants a place to sprout before you take them outside for the summer.


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5. Create a New Family Room

Family rooms often get even more use than the more formal living room, so family rooms in a cooler basement can get a lot of use during the summer months. Basements finished as family rooms may be coveted by homebuyers too, giving you the maximum return on investment. This includes not only tiling or carpeting the floors, but also putting up drywall to complete the walls as well. Consider adding a suspended acoustic ceiling to help insulate the basement from the sounds above, while making the rooms more attractive at the same time.

To find out more about projects to tackle around the home, be sure to visit the Cost Guides.

Staging and Style

Hot Home Trend to Watch: The Two-Toned Kitchen

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Two-toned colored kitchens are gaining popularity this year. White and gray painted cabinets are dominating kitchen color schemes, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Particularly gray-toned kitchen cabinets are seeing a surge in popularity lately.




Other colors are getting mixed in too, adding a little more pizzazz to kitchen design. For example, the surrounding kitchen cabinets may be white and then the center island may feature gray cabinets. Or, white cabinets may be on the top and then gray cabinets on the bottom.



Other materials are getting mixed in the kitchen too.  The combinations, however, are mostly muted and simple. “Clean lines with no fussy moldings or trims,” one NKBA survey respondent said. “White kitchens are never going away, but I’ve recommended mixed countertop materials, mixed cabinet colors and frequently use lots of light/dark materials for contrast.”




That said, for the more daring, blue or black-toned cabinets as well as high-gloss finishes are gaining popularity in kitchen designs too, according to NKBA’s survey.





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