Austin Texas Real Estate Blog

Remodeling Returns

We have lived in many homes over the past years. In fact, we tend to move quite regularly yet I feel that we have finally found a home that we will live in for many years to come – fingers crossed!

That being said, the majority of the homes in the Four Points Area, on average, tend to be around 10 – 20 years old. If you haven’t given thought to it before, it may be time to think about re-modeling or simply updating your house.

Updating can be done in varying stages. You can choose to make small changes, like replacing old cabinet handles with new ones; removing blinds to add shutters or simply replacing the carpet. 

Or, you can focus on a larger scale project like maintenance or remodeling.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to renovating. One is to view the cost you put in your home as an investment. You should know your return on investment as well as the time it will take to recoup your investment.  Typically, you...

Slip 'N Slide History

Waterslide, yard slide….Slip ‘N Slide…whatever you call it, this fun summer activity has been providing years of enjoyment for kids of all ages.  Back in 1960 a kid named Mike Carrier, in typical boy fashion, spent an afternoon sliding down a wet, painted concrete driveway - ouch!  When his father arrived home and saw his son, he decided that there had to be a better and less painful way to have fun.

Mikes dad, Robert Carrier, was an upholsterer by trade and brought home 50 feet of waterproof Naugahyde. In an effort to make a safer slide, Mr. Carrier put the sheet in the front yard, laid a hose on it and watched as neighborhood children gravitated towards his yard. That was the day that an idea was born.  After modifying the sheet to include a side pocket with small holes to safely house the hose and allow the water to sprinkle out, Mr. Carrier filed for patent and sold his idea to Wham-O.  (The same Wham-O that brought the Frisbee, hula-hoop...


Slide Into the 2014 Steiner Ranch Concert in the ParkGene Arant Team SlipnSlide Austin, Texas Real Estate

When we were kids, we didn’t have a pool in our backyard to swim. Instead we would run in the sprinkler or play with a hose.  Our most cherished cool-down activity was to commandeer a few plastic shower curtains, line them up in the yard, being sure to clear the path of rocks, squirt some liquid soap on it and add a hose. You can see where we are going with this can’t you?  After a good running start through the lawn, we would “superman” across the slide, belly-laughing the length of the slide until we hit the grass. Sliding would only take a few seconds yet we spent hours running back and forth,...