What Are the Perks of Relocating to El Paso?

Mom and son holding a moving box labeled bedroom while they are relocating to El PasoWhether you’re relocating to El Paso because you need a fresh start, because of the military, or whatever other reason, there are many perks. Plus, if you need help finding or custom building a home, Accent Homes can help. Now, let’s talk about perks.

  1. Small Town Feel Without the Small Town

Many people dream of living in a small town. Others dream of taking on a big city. With El Paso, you get both. Not only is El Paso big enough to be divided into different sections (west, far east, northeast, etcetera), it’s also small enough for you to meet and care about many people–and to actually see them frequently around town. El Paso gives you that neighborly, small town feel with the opportunity, attractions, and events of a big town. By relocating to El Paso, you don’t have to compromise.

  1. Affordable Schooling

One of the best perks of relocating to El Paso is having options for affordable schooling. Here, we have The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), El Paso Community College (EPCC), PIMA Medical Institute, and Southwest University. If you’re in the market for affordable, traditional schooling, UTEP and EPCC offer four-year and two-year degrees respectively. They also offer professional certificates and you can go up to your Ph.D. in many programs at UTEP.

El Paso also has many trade schools, including Southwest University and PIMA Medical Institute, that offer professional programs in business, health, and automotive specialties.

  1. Tasty, Authentic Mexican Food

You can’t find better Mexican food anywhere else in the country. Being situated right next to Cuidad Juarez gives El Paso a great advantage; Mexican food and culture. El Paso is heavily influenced by Mexican culture and this results in El Paso residents having access to delicious enchiladas, tacos, gorditas, tortas, flautas, machaca, burritos, and much, much more! Plus, you can experience many great things from Mexico’s culture, including the music, the dancing, artwork, history, and more.

  1. Affordable Housing

Come for the Mexican food, stay for the affordable cost of living. One of the most beneficial things about relocating to El Paso is saving money on your cost of living. Plus, Accent Homes can help you find or build the home of your dreams. So not only will you be saving money, you’ll also be living in the home you dreamed of all your life. Call Accent Homes today to learn more!

Decorating Tips for Your New Custom Home

woman with paint color samples holding them up against a wall that is being paintedSo you hired home builders to build your dream custom home–now what? Well, it’s time to decorate. Whether you’re purging your old stuff and starting over completely or you want to decorate with all of your favorite knick knacks you’ve collected since you were a kid, these tips and hacks can help you make the most out of custom homes.

Tip #1: Utilize Shelf Space

Custom homes, no matter how big you have them built, only come with so much space, meaning you have to create your own. One of the best ways; shelves. Many homes have high walls, ascending up and up, but ultimately going to no use. Shelves can change that. Some ideas include:

  • Creating diagonal bookshelves- Even with tablets and such, hard copy books are still not out of style. Adding bookshelves can not only be great for decorating, but can also add more space. You can even color code the shelves for a nice rainbow effect.
  • Pictures frames, knick knacks, and collectibles- Adding shelves can also make room for all of your family pictures, knick knacks, and collectibles–so you don’t have to get rid of them no matter how much your spouse nags you.

Tip #2: Pick a Theme or Color Scheme

Picking a theme or color theme for your house–or for the individual rooms in your home–can help you narrow down how to decorate it. You can go for a warm, homey feel, with checkered table cloths, dark colored furniture, and warm colors or an abstract scheme, utilizing grays, blacks, and whites and minimalistic decorations to give your home a clean, artsy feel.

Tip #3: Think About Furniture

Your furniture really makes a room. They tell a story and they are usually the thing that helps you decide on how to decorate it. There are many things to consider when buying new furniture, including:

  • Wood
  • Color
  • Size
  • Comfort
  • Aesthetic appeal
  • And more!

Furniture is one of the best ways to make custom homes feel like home.

Tip #4: Wall Colors

In custom homes, the walls are yours paint over and over again until you are satisfied with the room. You can try pastel colors for a cozy, modern look, bright colors for a bold statement, or white and cream-colored paints for a fancy, official look. Either way, your home is yours to paint!

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If you’re in the market to build a custom home, Winton Homes in El Paso can help. Call us today!

The Perks of Building a Custom Home

hands up framing a home that is going to be builtIf you’re looking to buy a new home, you have the option of building a custom home–a popular trend that shows no signs of stopping. With a custom home, you aren’t limited with how much space, amenities, or number of rooms you need like you ordinarily would be with a house that has already been built. The El Paso home builders at Accent Homes can help you build the home of your dreams. These are some of the perks a custom home has to offer.

  1. Accommodates for Your Family

The whole white picket fence, two kids, American dream thing has evolved over time. Maybe your “two kids” has evolved into three toddlers and a baby on the way. Maybe your “two kids” actually consists of four dogs, two cats, and an iguana. We’re not judging, but if you’re looking for your forever home, El Paso home builders from Accent Homes can help you build your ideal home for you and your ideal family.

  1. You Can Get Creative (Literally)

Maybe you don’t plan on having children, but need a house that can accommodate your lifestyle, like if you’re a musician, artist, or writer and need a studio space or office. Or maybe you sell cars for a living and need a home with an office and a large garage. Either way, a custom home can give you the creative space you need.

  1. Affordability

While it may seem like a good idea to buy an already built home because it’s cheaper, the home may not fit your needs later on, and all of the expenses you’ll have for home additions and renovations and so on can add up. It’s better to spend a little extra in the beginning than to have to worry about finding the money for it later on. A custom home allows you to do just that.

  1. Choose Your Location

You can find lots for sale all over El Paso, meaning you’re not limited to a side of town. This gives you the freedom to choose a location based on schools, shopping centers, or whatever else you are looking for in a location.

Quality El Paso Home Builders

If you’re looking for El Paso home builders, Accent Homes is the place to call. We can help you build your home sweet home, no matter what your definition of home sweet home is. Call us today for more information.

How To Prepare Your Kids When Moving Out

happy family with two kids packing up boxes for moving daySo the time’s come to move your growing family into a bigger house. Although moving is a very common fact of life, it can still throw your young ones for a loop! Winton Homes is ready to help you avoid the stressful situations that may arise from moving into a new home. El Paso is a big, beautiful city full of excellent schools and wonderful parks. There are many ways to help your children (and family) cope with the relocation, whether it’s to a home a few minutes away or all across town.

Why It’s Important To Prepare

If you changed houses when you were young, you may understand how traumatic the event can truly feel. And it’s understandable! Young children might’ve been living in your previous home for their entire lives so their fear is understandable. One of the best ways to prepare your child for the “uprooting” is by letting them know that it’s going to happen sometime in advance. Instead of pulling the rug out from under your child, let them know what will happen a few weeks ahead. Explain to them why a move is necessary and about how exciting it can actually be! Let them know about the new home, perhaps take them to an open house or let them choose their room.

How To Deal Moving Day

As move day draws near, it may best to let your child say goodbye to their old home. This can get very emotional so be prepared for some waterworks. In the end, it will help your child move on and feel better about moving out. Take them through every room, recall happy memories in each room. Also, perhaps point things out such as the size of the rooms. If the new home will have more rooms (or large rooms), point this out and explain how your new house will be bigger and more comfortable. This will help your child detach from the old home and get used to the thought of the new home.

Now, the hardest thing may be getting your child used to a new neighborhood. When you choose Winton Homes, you can rest assured knowing your new neighborhood will be homey and comfortable. Perhaps there are parks nearby or other fun, nearby locations. You could also get your child accustomed to the neighborhood prior to moving out entirely so they can be as familiar with the neighborhood as possible. Then, when your family moves into your new Winton Home, there won’t be any traumatic memories! Instead, it will be a positive and joyful experience. Contact us today to learn more.

Should I Buy an Existing or New Home in El Paso?

one of the many beautiful new homes for sale from Accent HomesWhen it’s time to upgrade to a different home, the age old question remains: should I buy an existing or new home? Both have their own ups and downs. However, at Accent Homes, we are pretty confident in the quality houses we build. Nonetheless, we have an honest answer to your question.

The Benefits of Buying a New Home

Moving into your brand new home is a benefit in itself. You don’t have to worry about cleanliness or squeamish surprises. Countertops, tile, and closets will all be brand new and your family will be the first to fill it up. If you do end up with any kind of problems, it is nothing that the warranty won’t cover. The customizations that come with a new home are another great aspect. When you walk into the finished product you will have a true sense of home after seeing everything you have chosen in your very own style. Choosing the floorplan that will fit your family’s need the best is a great aspect as well. Your family will also benefit greatly from new cost and energy-efficient appliances and home-building methods.

A Few Downsides of New Homes

The awesome feeling of new homes is often trumped by having to settle for specific neighborhoods that aren’t completely developed yet. However, with Accent Homes we have new builds in several parts of home with great commute times as our new developments are close to major freeways. Another aspect of moving into a newly built home is the wait. If the home is not pre-existing you will have to wait for construction to be completed. But, once you move into the fresh home with all your customization you may just forget all about the wait.

Benefits and Downsides of Buying a Pre-Existing Home

Pre-existing homes have ups and downs of their own. While you can search for homes in your preferred locations, the homes will be much older. This means they will come with older HVAC systems, appliances, and possibly outdated kitchens and bathrooms. This will cost you for updating in the long run. Older homes could also hide problems that inspectors can’t see. Rusted ductwork or badly patched roofs can turn into leaks in the future. Buying a pre-owned home may also come with mature trees and better landscaping, but again, the flipside is the fact that the existing landscaping may not be your style or preference.

Accent Homes Knows All About New Homes

When it comes to finding the right home with an affordable price tag in the right neighborhood, Accent Homes definitely knows how to help. We have a wide variety of homes to choose from. Please, contact us today so that we can answer your questions and help you start your search.

Creative Ways to Fill Spacious Homes

example of how to make the most of a window nook in spacious homesAt some point or another, we’ve all dreamt up our ideal home. While some of us dreamed of having a writing room and our very own ice skating rink, others thought more practically. We imagine a cute, Disney-themed nursery, wide open backyard, and walk-in closets. None of our ideal homes are identical, but they all usually have one thing in common; space. Most people dream of spacious homes where they can raise kids and own a bunch of pets and grow old in. Even people who live in tiny homes find ways to make it more spacious. Spacious is better, right? But sometimes it’s hard to effectively fill all of the spacious nooks and crannies of your home. Luckily for you, we here at Accent Homes have some pretty good tips on how to do so.

Tip #1: Make Use of “Dead Space”

Dead space refers to oddly shaped corners, crannies, and everything in between in homes that many people feel like they can’t be used for anything. Quite frankly, many people let precious space go to waste. Whether you’re trying to fill out your spacious home or find more space in a cluttered, but spacious home, dead space can help you with that.

Some tips include using dead space for decoration or for extra storage. If you want your home to feel more decorated, hanging plants, pictures, or hooks to hang things on can really bring an oddly shaped corner to life. You could also add more storage by putting up a corner shelf or cabinet (yes, they exist). Shopping around at furniture stores, garage and estate sales, and even thrift stores can help you find the furniture piece you need to fit that space.

Tip #2: Add Play Areas

We mean play areas for both children AND adults. For children, you could use dead space above a staircase to create a playroom. Or you could use it to put a ceiling hammock. (If you don’t believe us that this is possible, Google it! It’s pretty cool!) You could also renovate an attic, old office, or storage room for a playroom for your children. Once they’re grown, you could make it into an art space, sewing room, or guest bedroom! Pretty neat ideas exist out there if you take the time to look.

For adults, you can get really creative. You could turn an old guest bedroom into a home theater or video game room. Maybe you’ve always wanted to start a band and need a cool place to jam? You could always use an extra room to practice. If you’re worried about the neighbors complaining (Even if you’re playing wicked jams, some boring people may complain. Every party needs a pooper, am I right?), you could always soundproof that room. Either way, there are ways to get creative with extra space.

Finding a Spacious Home in the El Paso Area

If you’re in the market for a new, spacious home in the El Paso area, Accent Homes can help! We have a wide variety of homes available for you to choose from. Call us today and let us help you take the first step to finding your dream home!

Mistakes to Avoid When It Comes to Custom Floor Plans

close up of custom floor plans with pens and a protractor on topMost people who are given the option of creating their own custom floor plans take the time to make sure they include everything they want and need. However, they often fail to come up with a list of options that they absolutely do not want. This can lead to unthought of problems and turn the dream into a nightmare. Therefore, it is important to take into consideration whether your family will be expanding or if you will be aging in place. You also need to contemplate what will work with the amount and type of entertaining that you do.

Room Placement and Custom Floor Plans

As the saying goes, failure to plan is planning to fail. In addition to including your lifestyle and habits, it is also important to think long term so that you know what you will need from your home in the future. Beyond that, also be sure that there are plenty of windows and outlets for light fixtures in each room, as well as where to place each room in order to make the most of the space you will have with your custom floor plan.

When it comes to room placement, be sure to take into consideration how far you are willing to drag the laundry when it needs to be done. That will help you decide where to put the laundry room. Additionally, be sure that the bedrooms are places so that they are affected by the least amount of noise as possible. Moreover, the master bedroom should be located away from the central living areas, at the far end of the house, at the end furthest away from the garage. When deciding where to place the kitchen on your custom floor plans, be sure to remember that you will be both bringing in groceries and cooking for guests who will be located in the dining, family, and living rooms. Therefore, it should be centrally located and also near the garage. You also need to decide how much traffic will go through your garage in order to determine its placement.

Avoid Underused Rooms with Custom Floor Plans

Many people have good intentions when they add spare rooms to their custom floor plans. However, without proper planning, they become dumping grounds and/or storage areas. It is important that the room is able to transition from one purpose to another. It is not uncommon for a home office to have to also be a guest room and then turn into a child’s bedroom. Therefore, do not get too attached to the gym equipment. Especially if all it does is help you dry laundry.

If you are looking for help with your custom floor plans and are building in the El Paso area, contact Winton Homes. We have been building homes for almost 30 years. Let’s help you get started on your dream home- contact us today!

Why You Need An El Paso Home Builder To Build Your Dream Home

happy family living at homeHave you decided to build a brand new home? If this is the case, finding an El Paso home builder will be very beneficial to you. While some people do decide to build their dream home all on their own, many people choose to go with home builders in order to get the job done and get exactly what they want without any major issues. Building a home is an investment and you want the work to be done right. Accent Homes, in El Paso, is the home builder you need. Our team understands the importance of getting the home you paid for and we will take all your concerns and wants into consideration.

Your El Paso Home Builder will Help You Stay Organized And Receive Suggestions

Teaming up with a home builder is a great way to stay organized and make sure your home is being built exactly the way you want it. A home building company can give you a lot of guidance and help you pick the best options for every aspect of your new dream house. From the floor plan to the kitchen sink, to the tiles in the bathroom, they can help you pick it all. Our team at Accent Homes can do all of this and more for you when you decide to hire us. We love a challenge and no job is too big for our team to handle. Not only can we build you a home from the ground up, we can also offer you one of our beautiful prebuilt homes.

Ask For Examples Of Previous Building Work

An El Paso home builder should be experienced and reliable. The best way to ensure this is the case is to request certifications and examples of previous work. Our team at Accent Homes is proud to provide you with examples of our hard work! We take pride in all of the gorgeous homes we’ve been able to build for people all over the El Paso area. We will offer you the best quality materials when building your house. Our team cares about building homes that do not deteriorate or have issues soon after being finished. We are a home building company you can trust!

Contact Accent Homes Today

If you are in El Paso, come chat with us about when and how we can start building your brand new home. We look forward to working with you and cannot wait to start building your dream home. So, if you have any questions about our building process or how you can get started building a home, please reach out to us today!

What Should You Consider When Creating Custom Floor Plans?

Building a home is an opportunity that many people wish they could do, but that only a select few actually get to do. Finding the means and financing the build play a huge factor in whether or not building a dream home will come true. Those that do get the opportunity to do so have a million different options to choose from when they are ready to begin. One of the most significant and valued options is the ability to create custom floor plans for your home. Our team at Winton Homes, in El Paso, can help you build the home of your dreams with a custom floor plan all your own.

Write Down Every Detail

When it comes to a floor plan that is completely tailored to your needs, you will want to make sure you don’t leave anything out. Sitting down and writing out your wants and needs will be important in order to get an end result that you are incredibly happy with. The basic layout needs to include all of the rooms you want and where you want them located in your home. Once you have determined where each room will be, you need to decide what size you want them to be as well. Being able to choose the size and location of each room in your home is a very valuable option that not all new homeowners get. Once you have done this, you should point out small details you want in each room such as bay windows, jetted bathtubs, and a fireplace.

Plan For The Future

When creating custom floor plans, you should always keep in mind what you want for the near or far future. A major factor to take into consideration is if you will be having children or entertaining and housing guests frequently. It will be good to have extra room and not feel like you are cramped or running out of space. Including all the features and amenities that you want will ensure that you don’t have to move elsewhere or renovate your home in the future.

The Location Of Your Build Will Matter

Custom floor plans will depend on the area that you choose to build on. If your property lot is shaped a certain way or has limited space, your custom floor plan may not be exactly how you want it. If you want full freedom when it comes to your floor plan, you should try your best to seek out a piece of property that allows you to build however you want. Building a home is an exciting time and getting the option to lay out your house exactly how you want it is an opportunity of a lifetime. If you are interested in creating a custom floor plan for your new home, Winton Homes is here to help. We would love to answer any questions you have, so please give us a call today!

Preparing to Purchase a Starter Home

 

a starter home from Accent Homes on the West Side of El PasoMany homebuyers opt to move out of an apartment to venture onto a property they can actually own. Taking this leap is often hard as a first-time buyer. However, you can have some peace knowing you are in good company. Back in 2010, 50 percent of the market was first time buyers. Most believe it is a beneficial financial decision, which it certainly can be. However, there are some things you can do to prepare for your starter home.

Plan for More Than Just a Down-Payment

A lot of young couples save vigorously to have 10 percent of their future starter home cost as a down-payment. But the mistake is thinking that a down-payment is the only cost you will have. First-time homebuyers don’t realize that there are actually a lot more up-front costs than that. Closing costs, a home inspection, and an appraisal fee are just a few of the costs that come with buying a home. You also have to stop and think about what kind of appliances and furniture you will need.

Know What You Want in Starter Homes

Oftentimes, buying a starter home means comprising. You probably won’t get everything you want for the price tag you are looking for, but it is still good to know what you want and need in a new home. You will more than likely spend five to ten years in this home so you have to look at the future as well. Will the location still be best? Will you have additions to your family in that time period? A number of bedrooms, size of the yard, location, nearby schools all make the difference for each home you like it. It will be important to decide which features you need and which are less of a priority for the price tag that you can afford.

Location is Everything

When you are looking at starter homes location can make a huge difference. If you have children, schools will make a difference. Not only that, the same home can have two different price tags in different locations. If you are willing to compromise on location, it can save you money in the long run.

Accent Homes Has Great Options

Because of our responsible building methods, we are able to offer affordable homes with great floor plans and square footage.We have several homes to choose from in different areas of El Paso. Contact us today to find out more.