6 Leftover Turkey Recipes

At John Houston Custom Homes, we believe in Building Lifelong Relationships. With the Holiday Season nearing, we are given the opportunity for these relationships to grow and expand. Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. We are able to gather together with family and friends to stuff our bellies with delicious food. However, if you’re anything like our families, you’re left with an impossible amount of leftovers, leaving you with a fridge full of Tupperware. Today’s blog is for YOU! Say goodbye to turkey sandwiches and hello to these quick and easy recipes that are sure to be a “crowd-pleaser”!
Turkey Chili | New York Times

Turkey Pot Pie | Taste of Home

Turkey Fettuccine | Taste of Home

Turkey Tostadas | Eating Well

Turkey Cobb Salad | Countryside Cravings

Turkey Breakfast Casserole | Amanda's Cookin'

With these delicious recipes, there can never be too much turkey! We hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. See you next time on The Story!

New Open Spaces Transform Cramped Kitchens

Many homeowners prefer closed concept kitchens for many reasons such as privacy. Other’s may differ in opinion and prefer an open concept kitchen due to the feeling being cramped or even claustrophobic in their home. Today on the blog, we are going to talk all about open concept kitchens and how they transform a home.
Let's take a closer look!
(Model: South Pointe)
What makes an open concept kitchen?
When you step into an open concept kitchen, you will not only notice the obvious (Being “open”) but you may notice a few other details. First the placement of the pantry is typically located in the kitchen, but off to the side not to be separated but also not the main focus in the kitchen. 
(Model: Springfield Lakes)
In an open concept kitchen, you may also find quite a bit of cabinet space and high ceilings. 
(Model: Autumn Run)
Most open concept kitchens is have a significant amount of counter space that helps the overall flow the rooms nearby. Take for example, having an island can serve a…

12 Home Office Storage Ideas

For families that often work from home, having a home office is a necessity. The best way to create a productive home office is to focus on your needs and the amount of space that you have. At John Houston Custom Homes, we understand the importance of taking the time to find organizational tools and items that help make life easier.

1. Built In Storage Unit

Investing in built-in storage units is a wonderful idea when it comes to getting organized in your home office. How perfect is this built-in unit in our South Pointe model home?

2. Portable Cart

Having a portable cart is an inexpensive organization tool that can be used in any room of your home, not just your office.

3. Receipt Jar
Does anyone else fall into the trap of accumulating receipts in areas such as your car, wallet, and even your desk area? Using an extra jar that you may have in your kitchen is a perfect way to keep track of your receipts!

4. Power Cord Labels
Sometimes it can be a tad bit frustrating trying to figure out what c…

10 Succulent Plants for the Home

There is no doubt that one of the biggest trends in home gardening is succulent plants. These beautiful plants come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Succulents can be grown indoors as well as outdoors. They are generally pest resistant and their cuttings can be used to grow new plants! Not only is their exotic look a great conversation starter, but they are low maintenance and a must have for your John Houston Custom Home! Check out our top 10 favorites!

#1 Burro's Tail
Sedum morganianum, also known as Burro's Tail, is a popular and easy-to-grow succulent that has rows of tear-dropped shaped leaves. These succulents are excellent for hanging planters, or they can be used as trailers in small pots. Flowers bloom in late summer in hanging clusters of red, yellow or white. This beautiful plant requires full sun so it is perfect for a sunny window in your home.

#2 Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi)
The Christmas Cactus does not have spines and they do not have true leaves as…

Back to School Season: For the Home

Many of you have young children and college students that have already gone back to school or are preparing to shortly. These few tips will help make the transition from summer into the school year, much smoother. Take a closer look! 

First, get back on a routine. It is common for students to go back to school exhausted simply because their bodies are used to staying late and waking up a few hours later than normal. You may also find it helpful to create a schedule that makes it easier for you and your student to re-adjust to the new hours. Now that your student will be busier with school, it is important to make sure that responsibilities and chores are not forgotten.

Next, if you haven’t already, create a workstation where your student can be creative as well as focused. Getting back in the swing of things can be difficult as it is, but it can be much harder to concentrate on homework if there are a lot of distractions. A clean, organized workstation will help you both feel more put t…

Rooms of the Week: Living Rooms

At John Houston Custom Homes, we believe in building more than homes. We believe in building lifelong relationships. We do this by providing our customers with a trustworthy and experienced team throughout the home purchase and development process. Our commitment to service and quality has earned us countless loyal customers. As it was with each of them, we would feel truly blessed to be your Custom Homebuilder. We love seeing how our clients have turned their brand-new houses into a home.
Each home is special because not one living space is the same. One of the most amazing things about purchasing a new home is taking the time to purchase d├ęcor that truly fits the style of your family. This week on the blog, we asked a few of our clients to send in their favorite photos of their living rooms. Take a look at a few of these living rooms.  

This beautiful living room has a mixture of light colors and earth tones, making it warm and welcoming. The beams on the ceiling and personalized touc…