Home Safety Tips for the Winter

We are very fortunate that our snow in El Paso only lasted a couple of days and was not too dangerous. However, if you know a bad storm is approaching, there are a few things you can do around your home to prepare for a power outage. House Beautiful gives their tips:

Prepare Your Emergency Kit
No matter where you live, it's good to have an emergency kit prepared in your home. It should have several items, including "a hand-crank or battery-powered radio, flashlights, a first aid kit (with gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, a blanket, non-latex gloves, scissors, hydrocortisone, thermometer, tweezers, and an instant cold compress), extra batteries, a whistle, hand sanitizer, garbage bags, and a tool kit.

Fill Up Your Car
It's safer to NOT drive during a storm, but in case you do, make sure to fill your car prior to the storm. And, always carry an emergency kit for your vehicle.

Stock Up on Food and Water
House Beautiful suggests "stocking up with enough water for three days — one gallon of water per person per day. You'll also need food for at least three days and a can opener. "

Fill Your Tub
In case you water gets shut off, you can skip the shower, but use water from the tub to keep filling the toilet. 

Keep the Refrigerator and Freezer Closed
To keep your food lasting longer, keep the doors closed. Food can be safe up to four hours without the electricity. However, after the storm, be sure to toss "any perishable foods (like meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy and leftovers) that have been above 40 degrees for over two hours."

To see the rest of House Beautiful's tips, click here. If you find yourself in a storm, follow these tips and stay safe!

Building New Homes for You in El Paso

Pointe Homes is one of the best home builders in El Paso, TX.  Our new homes are designed and built with top quality materials and equipped with high quality features to ensure your new home will have durability and innovation to last for years and years.

If you are ready to move in to a new home, our agents can show you several model homes and floor plans that we have available. We are currently building in several communities in El Paso and offer over 30 floor plans that can be modified and customized to personalize your home to your unique style, needs, and budget.

Are you looking to design and build a custom house from scratch? Our in-house custom design studio can listen to your great ideas and help you design your dream home. Your needs and budget are important to us, and we are dedicated to building you a new home that accommodates everything important to you and your family

Send us a message or give us a call today at 915-790-1515 to see some of our model homes, to start building your custom home, or if you just want more information. 

Fireplace Safety in Your New Home

Yes, we still have warm days in El Paso, but the nights are getting chilly and we'll soon feel the temperatures drop! And when it gets colder, it'll be time to turn on the fireplace in your new home. While it is still warm outside, here are some tips you can follow to care for the fireplace to keep it safe and working well throughout the winter. 

Before using your fireplace, be sure to get it inspected and have your chimney cleaned, whether your fireplace is wood or gas burning, to prevent buildup of hazardous soot and debris. It's important to call a certified chimney inspector instead of trying to clean it yourself because they can also check for gas leaks (gas chimneys), and structural and lining damage, which can lead to house fires and poor-quality air buildup.

Only use dense firewood, like maple and oak. These types of wood an produce more heat and burn longer. Using firewood that is green or comes from resinous tree species, like pine can be very dangerous because it is prone to combustion.

Only use kindling like dry twigs or sticks as igniters instead of flammable liquids or paper. Always make sure the wood is placed on a grate toward the back of the fireplace and never build the fire too large. This can cause too much smoke and heat, which crack your chimney.

Fire screens or metal curtains in front of the fire to keep sparks and fallen wood pieces from flying into the room. Make sure the screen covers the entire opening of your fireplace or debris could find its way through and be dangerous to your family and your home.

Lighting a fire in your fireplace can be very cozy. But you are near fire, which can be dangerous. So be sure to take all the necessary precautions. Make sure your smoke detectors have working batteries and have your fire extinguisher inspected by a professional. Once you are finished with the fire, make sure it’s fully extinguished before leaving your home or going to bed. Never leave a fire unattended.

We want you to enjoy your new home, but we also want you and your family to stay safe. Before lighting the first fire in your fireplace of your new home, follow these tips so you and your family can have many happy years in your home. 

Fireplaces in New Homes | El Paso Home Builders

The weather is starting to become chilly here in El Paso! It may be time to turn on that fireplace to warm up the house. 

Fireplaces can be focal points in new homes, and depending on the material and style, they complement the house nicely. A fireplace doesn't necessarily need a mantle. The stone tile surrounding this two-faced fireplace makes it visually pleasing. 

However, if a classic fireplace with mantle is more your taste, it can still reflect the style of your new home. You can mix material, like stone with wood, especially if you have other wood elements in your home.

Fireplaces are not limited to the interior of your new home. How about an outdoor fireplace? An outdoor fireplace can give a patio a comfy feel. The stonework surrounding it gives is a timeless look and is a nice contrast to the wooden floors.

Pointe Homes is one of the top homebuilders in El Paso. Whatever your style may be, we can custom build your dream home. Give us a call today and let us build for you!


Elegant and Custom Living Rooms

You can create an elegant and custom living room in your new home with some simple steps! Better Homes and Gardens discusses ways to "create high-impact style" and how "an elegant living room can take on many personalities, whether it is opulent and ornamented or sleek and restrained."

For example, high-impact style can be created with "...crystal chandeliers, metallic wall coverings, and mirror-faced tables that maximize your space and boost its appeal." 

Whether you want to add a touch of elegance to your home with custom tile, countertops, or fixtures, Pointe Homes will listen to your needs and build your new custom home!  

Read the full Better Homes and Gardens article here.



Custom Kitchens & El Paso Home Builders

For a more comfortable family dinner at home, step away from a traditional dining table and gather around an island in a custom kitchen!

Natural light creates a spacious home design, while unique lighting pendants spotlight the island and contribute to the contemporary look. White cabinets against white floors gives the home a sleek ambience while a metallic backsplash adds a dazzling accent.

Pointe Homes can design a custom house that is unique to you. Share your great ideas with our in-house design team, and we can help build your dream home!

Home Builders in El Paso, Texas

Come home to a place that is yours. Whatever your needs and budget may be, Pointe Homes provides you with the right home through an easy and enjoyable process. We answer your questions and meet your needs from the moment you open our doors, until the day you close on yours. 

Pointe Homes is proud to serve the El Paso area with new and custom houses. We build in several great communities throughout the city. Call us today to see some of our new houses!