As promised, we are devoting the majority of our October issue to recovery and restore with a special section on “After Harvey.” We hope our articles inspire you to move forward toward new beginnings, and we continue to keep everyone in our thoughts and our prayers. As shouts the popular motivational slogan seen everywhere on T-shirts, banners, bumper stickers and more, we cheer, too, for “Houston Strong.”
Let’s start by celebrating heroes, from first responders to big-hearted neighbors to brave new friends from all over the country, who came to our rescue and many of whom continue to reach out to people in need. “Heroes & Help” takes a full bow to these incredible people, including Gallery Furniture's Jim McIngvale who’s fondly known as Mattress Mack, as well as to companies and corporations, charities, religious groups of all denominations, restaurants and generous individuals. The list is impressively long... and is growing by the minute.
“Recovery & Steps” offers practical advice for those thousands of homeowners who are dealing with flood damage. Take photos, schedule a mold inspection and don’t wait to renovate. And watch out for contractors offering fast and cheap fixes; only hire Texas-licensed and -certified companies. We have the contact info so you’ll be sure you — and your home — are in qualified hands.
Two of your top priorities in reclaiming your house are to check the roof and replace any waterlogged walls. “Roofing & Siding” walks you through the basics of these key components with pros and cons on the different types. We present this article in a “101-style” format to help you start your own research.
Don’t forget about doors and windows. “Repair or Replace?” talks about how to make these determinations. Doors standing in water may have swelled or warped. And if water damage was severe, even windows may lead to mold problems if not attended to.
“The Wash-N-Wear House.” What a great idea! This personal story of a Meyerland-area couple flooded out for the umpteenth time is based on their collective brainstorming to make dealing with floodwaters less of a life trauma and more of a maintenance issue. HardiBoard rather than Sheetrock, FEMA-approved glass blocks for easy cleanup and a decorative touch, freestanding stainless steel work stations in the kitchen in place of low kitchen cabinets…read about it!
How do you know if your swamped plants have a chance to recover? And what do you do to help them thrive again? “Garden & Soul” addresses these questions and more about bringing life and joy back to your landscape. Big key: Permanent soil amendment.
Our “Pet of the Month” resumes soon, as members of our SPCA partner are busy now working to reunite Harvey-victim animals with their owners. Best wishes to everyone.
Get out and enjoy the sunshine at the beautiful Bluejack National master-planned community where Morning Star Builders and a host of contributors bring Texas-style luxury to this year’s Southern Living Showcase Home. Our featured house on the Annual AIA Home Tour seamlessly and fabulously combines indoor and outdoor living, the result of collaboration of architect and design pros from Australia and Houston, as well as the vision of the homeowners.
In closing, Houston House & Home will continue its “After Harvey” series with more on recovery tips. I must personally thank our core staff and contributing writers and photographers for their perseverance to make this issue happen. Many of them are dealing with their own “After Harvey” issues, too. Let’s all stay “Houston Strong.”