The Beauty of Natural Stone Countertops

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Natural Stone Countertops
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With developments in Houston and throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, First Texas Homes is a leader in residential building. The in-house architectural staff at First Texas Homes understands the importance of design flexibility in helping clients create their dream home. Options for interior finishes are constantly evolving, particularly in the kitchen. When choosing a countertop material, home buyers have options that extend far beyond standard laminate, including natural stone.

Granite provides a rich-looking surface that can complement the cabinets in any kitchen. Available in many colors, granite is extremely durable and can resist heat, scratches, and stains. Maintenance involves regular applications of sealant.

Marble is durable and timeless. Though it stains and scratches more easily than granite, its elegance cannot be denied. Depending on type, marble can be significantly more expensive than granite.

Long used in science labs, soapstone is emerging as a popular countertop material in residential kitchens. Extremely durable, soapstone is nonporous and impervious to chemicals. To increase its sheen, it can be sealed. Soapstone is generally comparable in cost to granite.

Quartz, or engineered stone, countertops are made of 93 percent crushed natural quartz that is blended with color and plastic resins. Quartz, available in many colors, is scratch-resistant and nonporous.

Natural stone countertops, while initially more expensive, lend a luxurious feeling to home environments. The durability, longevity, and beauty they provide make them well worth the investment.

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Advanced Technological Features in Homes by First Texas

 

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First Texas Homes is a leading private home builder in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. An industry leader in energy efficiency, First Texas Homes employs advanced energy-efficient technologies in its homes to assist in environmental sustainability and help keep energy costs low for homeowners.

One of these advanced technologies is Low NOX, which are high-efficiency gas furnaces. The system’s ductwork is mastic-sealed at each air handler and register location to mitigate energy loss as the heated or cooled air is distributed throughout the home.

Further, First Texas uses Low-E glass and double-paned insulated windows, which help to lower energy usage and related costs. Low-E glass also protects furniture and finishes from harmful UV rays radiating from the sun, which can result in fading and degradation of textiles and other materials. Heat and cold transfer is significantly reduced through the insulating vinyl window frames as well, which also helps to protect against the occurrence of sweating and moisture accumulation throughout the seasons.

First Texas Homes Builds Energy Efficiency Houses

 

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Energy Efficiency Houses
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First Texas Homes is one of the largest private homebuilders in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. First Texas Homes offers its customers long-term value by building energy-efficient homes that reduce the overall cost of homeownership.

The homebuilder leverages the latest developments in energy-saving building practices to produce homes that conserve energy, reduce expenses, and contribute to environmental sustainability. Subject to applicable code restrictions, First Texas utilizes PEX plumbing systems in every new home constructed. This system retains heat better than copper (for superior energy efficiency), expands up to 300 percent of its original size without damage, resists freezing, and helps to ensure that the home’s water supply is free of harmful contaminants such as lead and other toxins.

First Texas also uses tankless gas water heaters. Designed for high efficiency by heating water only when required, an advantage over common tank-style water heaters, tankless gas water heaters can produce energy savings of up to 40 percent. These are just some of the innovations applied by the homebuilder in constructing its industry-leading energy-efficient homes.

First Texas Homes’ Quick Move-In Model Offerings at Creeks of Legacy

 

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Creeks of Legacy
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Providing quality custom-made homes for more than a quarter of a century, First Texas Homes operates in the Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth areas. First Texas Homes offers a variety of customizable home models to suit the needs and budgets of home buyers, including buyers looking for houses at the Creeks of Legacy, a new community in Celina, Texas.

The Creeks of Legacy community features two amenity centers, a lap pool, family pool, basketball and tennis courts, and bike and jogging trails. The community is close to the downtown square of Celina, only minutes from the Dallas North Tollway, and within the popular school district of the Prosper Independent Schools.

Quick move-in home models offered by First Texas include the 3,320 square-foot, two-story, four-bedroom Birchwood; the 4,291 square-foot, two-story, five-bedroom Brentwood II; and the 3,268 square-foot, two-story, four-bedroom Brighton Front Swing II. The prices are in the range of $420,000 to $513,000.

A Hudson Home by Gallery Custom Homes at Prairie View Farms

 

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A market leader operating in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston area, First Texas Homes is a builder of customizable homes, constructed with an emphasis on quality and value. One example of First Texas Homes’ approach to home design is a ready-for-occupancy Hudson model home built by Gallery Custom Homes, a family-member company.

The Hudson home is located at Prairie View Farms in Denton County, Texas. The community offers one-acre home properties and is close to city amenities, all within a small town atmosphere. The featured home is two stories with a floor area of 4,857 square feet. It has five bedrooms, four and a half baths, two dining areas, a living/family area, a study room, a game room, and a media room, as well as a three-car garage.

Adding to the home’s appeal are the nail-down wood flooring, splendid fireplace, and custom cabinets. The open gourmet kitchen features granite throughout and an oversized island. The home is filled with amenities, and offers a covered patio, perfect for entertaining.

How First Texas Homes Survived the Great Recession

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Still family-owned, First Texas Homes has been doing business for more than a quarter of a century and has more than 45 years of experience in the residential design and construction market. Over the years, First Texas Homes has consistently achieved high customer satisfaction and revenue goals.

The company was among a select group of Dallas-area firms that not only survived the Great Recession of 2007-09, but also thrived during this period. Executives attributed their success to a combination of strategic lot purchases and access to their own capital-funding streams for new construction.

The company’s housing starts totaled close to 900 in 2010, representing a 55 percent increase over the preceding year. It additionally added half a dozen new communities to its portfolio in 2010, a difficult achievement given limited accessibility to lots in desirable locations.

These statistics put First Texas Homes in the top three home-building companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The year 2009 had been particularly difficult for the region’s commercial and residential new construction market, with a record number of foreclosure filings and the depreciation of existing housing inventory.

Home Automation with Savant

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Throughout its 30-year history as a home construction company, First Texas Homes has offered high quality customer service and energy efficient home design. Many customers at First Texas Homes choose to install Savant, a home automation system that has revolutionized life at home.

Savant Automation has made life easier for countless families across the United States and beyond. In terms of entertainment, the Savant Remote allows users to control all of their multimedia systems from a single source, enabling a seamless switch between television, Blu-ray, Sonos, and many others. Savant Music provides lossless whole-house audio, ideal for family time or socializing with guests.

Users can experience maximum comfort with Savant Climate Control, which keeps the temperature at consistent levels. The accompanying smartphone app allows users to control the climate of their home remotely, meaning that they can start the heating or air conditioning shortly before they arrive.

Savant Automation is also widely recognized for its home security feature. Users can set up cameras anywhere in their homes, using a smartphone app to monitor them from any location with Internet connectivity.