3D Showcase Virtual Tours of Luxury Homes in The Woodlands & Houston Area

3D Showcase virtual tours of luxury homes in The Woodlands and Houston

If you haven’t experienced Frankel Building Group’s 3D Showcase virtual tours of luxury homes in The Woodlands and Houston area, check it out now. The 3D home tours enable you to get inside and walk through new homes from virtually anywhere, as if you were there. A tour of the FBG Design Studio is also provided.

These high-quality 3D Showcase tours are powered by Matterport, which provides the “most realistic, immersive way to experience a property online.” It is the latest technology in virtual reality for home buyers.

The virtual tours of luxury homes include a walk-through similar to a Google street view, enabling you to experience the feel of the home without actually being there. Walk through the interior, spin around to see from any angle and move in any direction to explore each of the rooms. Click the arrow to move up to the second floor of the luxury home and see those rooms, too.

The Dollhouse view offers a multi-level view of the home without the exterior walls. You can spin it around, then click to move inside through the walk-through view.

The 3D home tours also offers a flat Floor Plan view of the home, similar to a blueprint. As with the Dollhouse view, clicking on a room takes you into the walk-through view.

Tour Luxury Homes in The Woodlands Area

The available 3D Showcase virtual tours of luxury homes in The Woodlands area include an exquisite model home at 6913 W. Warwick Lake in The Lakes of Shadow Creek, an upscale gated neighborhood in the Augusta Pines community near The Woodlands. This five bedroom, five and half bath two-story home provides an example of the high-quality custom home Frankel can design and build for you in this popular Spring community.

Also available for virtual tour is a model home in The Woodlands Reserve, a prestigious new gated community in The Woodlands’ Village of Indian Springs. This new five bedroom, five and half bath two-story luxury home is located at 86 Simon Lake.

Tour Luxury Homes in Houston, Greater Uptown

The 3D Showcase tour of luxury homes in Houston includes two new homes in the gated Villas at Broad Oaks in the Greater Uptown area. These exceptional custom homes for sale in Houston are located at 21 East Broad Oaks B  and 21 East Broad Oaks C.

Take the 3D Showcase tours to explore each of these stunning homes designed and built by the award-winning Frankel Building Group. All four showcased homes feature high-quality construction and the finest in new home finishes. They are also all LEED certified, offering luxury green living with high energy efficiency.

Tour the FBG Design Studio

In addition to virtual tours of the luxury homes in Houston and The Woodlands area, Frankel Building Group provides a 3D Showcase tour of the FBG Design Studio, created as an exclusive service for the firm’s custom home builder clients and their interior designers. Click the link above to read about the design studio and take the 3D tour.

To inquire about or request an in-person tour of new luxury homes in The Woodlands or Houston area, please contact Frankel Building Group.

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New Homes in The Woodlands, a Community Ranked #1 Best Place to Live in Texas

New home in The Woodlands Reserve

This new home in The Woodlands Reserve, currently a model home, is ready for a quick move-in.

If you are moving to Texas and looking for the best place to live, Frankel Building Group can help. Building new homes in The Woodlands area, a community recently ranked No. 1 among the Best Places to Live in Texas, is currently a key focus for this leading custom home design-build firm.

The Woodlands Ranked # 1 among Best Places to Live in Texas

According to a recent study from NerdWallet, The Woodlands is the best place to live in Texas. Looking at data from various sources, NerdWallet ranked the state’s 50 largest cities on quality of life indicators such as crime rate, education, employment, walkability, housing and demographics. The Woodlands topped the list of best places to live.

The Woodlands’ Long History of Awards & Accolades

This recent No. 1 ranking for one of the country’s first master-planned communities adds to The Woodlands’ long list of awards and accolades that began over 40 years ago when the community opened in 1974.  You can see a list of major awards here.

In addition to those awards, The Woodlands topped a list of Top 10 Cities on the Rise in Texas in 2014 and Best Texas Cities for Young Families the previous year, as well as Houstonia’s list of the 25 Hottest Neighborhoods, the Best Places to Live Right Now. The Woodlands has been among the nation’s top selling communities every year for the last two decades, and the housing market in this award-winning community remains strong in 2015.

Building New Homes in The Woodlands Area to Meet the Growing Demand

As more people move to be near the new ExxonMobil campus and other companies relocating to the area, the inventory of homes in The Woodlands remains tight. Frankel Building Group has a limited inventory of new homes for sale in The Woodlands area, and is currently building new homes in The Woodlands Reserve as well as in The Lakes of Shadow Creek, a new Augusta Pines community near The Woodlands.

New home in The Lakes of Shadow Creek

This model home in The Lakes of Shadow Creek with great view of the lake is currently available.

We welcome you to explore these exceptional communities and our available inventory of new homes for sales as well as lots for building a custom home in The Woodlands area. (See maps of available lots in The Woodlands Reserve and lots for building custom homes in The Lakes of Shadow Creek.)

For additional information, contact Frankel Building Group.


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Model Homes in The Woodlands Spring Area Open for Tours

Frankel Building Group recently opened new model homes in The Woodlands area communities, The Woodlands Reserve and The Lakes of Shadow Creek. Both North Houston communities officially opened March 5th.

Tours of the luxurious LEED certified model homes provide potential homebuyers the opportunity to see the FBG quality design-build and imagine their lives in these exceptional neighborhoods.

Model Home in The Woodlands Reserve

The Woodlands Reserve is a new gated community well positioned in The Woodlands’ Village of Indian Springs. Frankel Building Group is the exclusive custom home builder in this upscale neighborhood located off of Gosling Road and Woodlands Parkway.

Within The Woodlands Reserve are 55 residential lots ranging from 12,000 to 23,000 square feet. Frankel Building Group offers a mix of coastal French and southern coastal homes ranging from 4,000 to 6,000 square feet. Prices start at $1.4 million.

Frankel Building Group is currently constructing 13 of the new luxury homes, including 10 presold, in The Woodlands Reserve.  The fully furnished 5-bedroom-5 ½ bath model home, located at 86 Simon Lake, features a beautiful view of the lake. Tours are available daily from 10am-6pm.

Model Home in The Lakes of Shadow Creek

The Lakes of Shadow Creek is a new gated neighborhood in the Spring TX community, Augusta Pines. Just south of The Woodlands off of Rayford Road, The Lakes of Shadow Creek is in a beautiful, premium locale about 10 miles from the new Exxon Mobile corporate campus.

Frankel Building Group will design and build custom homes on 44 wooded/water lots in The Lakes of Shadow Creek. Lots range in size from 11,200 to about 25,600 square feet.

With a mix of coastal French and southern coastal, homes in The Lakes of Shadow Creek will range from 3,500 to 5,500 square feet. The luxury homes will be extremely energy efficient and meet LEED certification. Prices start in the $800,000s.

Frankel Building Group is currently constructing four new homes in The Lakes of Shadow Creek and recently completed the five-bedroom, 5,436 square foot home model home.  The home is open for tours from 10am- 6pm daily.

Tour Both Model Homes

Frankel Building Group invites potential homebuyers to come out and tour both model homes; it is a short drive between each and maps are provided. See and get a feel for these family-friendly communities. View the available lots for building your new custom home and discuss your options.

For additional information, contact Frankel Building Group.

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Frankel Building Group Wins Best Custom Builder in Houston Award & More

Frankel Building Group, voted the Best Custom Builder in Houston, recently won multiple distinguished awards. In the 2014 Houston’s Best PRISM Awards, Frankel walked away with 8 top awards, including the Custom Builder Grand Award. Frankel Building Group also won two awards, including the People’s Choice Award, in the 2014 Bellaire Fall New Home Showcase.

The Greater Houston Builder’s Association received about 650 entries for the Houston’s Best Prism Awards. The annual awards recognize the best products, people and promotions in the homebuilding and real estate industry. A panel of industry professionals from around the country chose the award recipients.

Winners were revealed to a sell-out crowd of nearly 800 people during the 007 Diamonds are Forever GHBA black-tie gala at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Oct. 4th.In addition to the prestigious Custom Builder Grand Award, Frankel Building Group won Houston’s Best Green Building Single Family Project of the Year along with the following product category Prism Awards:

  • Custom Home Design – $2 Million to $2.5 Million
  • Custom Home Design – $1.5 Million to $2 Million
  • Custom Home Design – under $500,000
  • Custom Home Elevation – $2 Million to $2.5 Million
  • Custom Home Elevation – under $500,000
  • Custom Home Bathroom – Home under $1 Million

Frankel Building Group previously won Houston’s Best Custom Builder PRISM Grand Award in 2013 and 2010, and the Greater Houston Builder’s Association Custom Builder of the Year in 2011, in addition to numerous other distinguished awards.

Frankel Wins 2014 Bellaire Fall New Home Showcase Awards

A featured builder in the 2014 Bellaire Fall New Home Showcase, Frankel Building Group opened the doors of the recently completed custom home built for Scott Frankel and his family for tours. Scott’s new home won Frankel the People’s Choice Award. Frankel also won the Bellaire Fall New Home Showcase Best Exterior Award.

See more of  Frankel’s home builder and project awards won in recent years.

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Frankel Custom Home in Bellaire Fall New Home Showcase: Buy Tickets Now

Frankel Building Group recently completed the design and construction of a new custom home in Bellaire, Texas. As you may have read in the  Houston Business Journal, this new Bellaire home was custom designed and built for FBG co-principal  Scott Frankel and his family.

As a featured builder in the upcoming eighth annual  Bellaire Fall New Home Showcase, Frankel will open the doors to Scott’s family home for Showcase tours October 18, 19, 25 and 26. By purchasing a ticket to the Showcase, you not only get the opportunity to tour Scott’s beautiful new home, along with 8 other featured homes, and meet with the builders, but can also help support the Texas Children’s Hospital.

Preorder Tickets through FBG to Support Texas Children’s Hospital

For every friend of  Frankel’s Facebook page / former or potential FBG client who pre-orders a ticket to the Bellaire Fall New Home Showcase, Frankel will match the ticket price with a donation to the Texas Children’s Hospital. Request tickets by emailing Holly at  hc@frankelbuildinggroup.com and they will be available for pick up during the event at the FBG entry (Scott’s new home). Children 12 and under are free.

Interested in Buying a Custom Home in Bellaire? See the Latest Designs

Tickets purchased for the Bellaire Fall New Home Showcase provide access to all nine showcase homes from the Houston area’s top builders. If you are thinking about building, remodeling or buying a new home in Bellaire, the Showcase provides a terrific opportunity to see some of the latest trends and designs in new Bellaire homes.
Pre-order your tickets now and begin your tour at the new Frankel custom home in Bellaire. Tours start at 11 am Saturday, October 18th. We hope to see you there!

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Building a Healthy Home: Health Benefits of LEED Home Design & Build

Building a healthy home is an important step toward improving and maintaining the health of your family. LEED home design and construction can help you easily take that step.

Green home owners say having a healthier place to live is one of the top 3 benefits of living in a green (LEED) home. Better indoor air quality is a primary reason LEED homes make healthier homes.

Poor Indoor Air Quality Puts Your Health at Risk

We think of our homes as a safe haven, but according to the EPA indoor air pollution in a home can pose a greater health risk than outdoor pollutants. Levels of pollutants inside a home can be 2-5 times, and in some instances 100 times, higher than those of outdoor pollutants. Considering that on the average we spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, an unhealthy indoor environment significantly puts your health at risk health.

If you don’t live in a healthy home, your indoor environment can cause or contribute to a wide range of chronic, and even fatal, health conditions such as:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney, liver and central nervous system damage
  • Chronic lung disease, including asthma
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Allergic reactions
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Loss of hearing
  • Memory impairment
  • Neurological dysfunction
  • Hyperactivity
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Headaches, dizziness

Children, the elderly, and those with a compromised immune system are more susceptible to indoor pollutants.

Improving Indoor Air Quality for a Healthy Home

Various factors including inadequate ventilation, indoor chemical contaminants, and biological contaminants such as mold, bacteria, viruses and pollen cause problems with indoor air quality. Outdoor pollutants ranging from radon gas to pesticides can also enter a home and contribute to indoor pollution.

Designed and built to help prevent such problems, LEED homes have improved ventilation and advanced moisture control, among other measures to protect the health of the home’s occupants. To achieve LEED certification for a home, builders must meet criteria set by the US Green Building Council that include these measures for high-quality indoor environment.

Among the required criteria are air filtering that reduces particulate matter from the air supply system, combustion venting to limit the leakage of combustion gases in living areas, and ventilation to reduce moisture problems and exposure to indoor pollutants. Builders must meet criteria for protecting occupants from indoor pollution coming from an adjacent garage. They also use safer building materials during construction such as paints, carpets, sealants and other materials that emit little to no dangerous volatile organic compounds.

The result is a healthier home.

To learn more about building a healthy home in Houston or surrounding area, contact Frankel Building Group.

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Building Energy Efficient Homes in Houston

If you are planning to build a home in Houston, or anywhere for that matter, now is the time to think about energy efficiency. Designing and building an energy efficient home makes it much easier to save on monthly utility bills after you move in. Energy efficient homes provide a more comfortable, healthier indoor environment, and also help reduce the use of our natural resources.

Building Energy Efficient Homes Takes a Whole House Systems Approach

Building a home to be highly energy efficient requires careful planning and attention to detail. Energy efficient home builders and designers take a whole-house systems approach, looking at the home as a whole system with interdependent parts. Like the human body, if one part does not function efficiently, the entire system is affected.

Before planning and building a new house, an energy efficient home builder will look at the site condition, consider the local climate, and talk to the homeowners about their lifestyle and home preferences.  Based on those variables, the home’s designer can look at energy-saving strategies such as framing techniques; forming a tight thermal envelope; placement of windows, doors and skylights; landscaping options and more to create the most energy efficient home design.

Create a Tight Envelope for Your Home

Energy efficient home designers and builders know the importance of creating a tight thermal envelope.  A home built for a tight envelop from the foundation to roof will generally deliver the best performance and energy-efficiency.

A building envelope is the shell of a house, the enclosure that acts as a barrier to outside elements. It includes the foundation, roof and walls. Creating a well-sealed envelope also involves insulation, windows, caulking and more.

Spray Foam Insulation for Energy Efficiency

One way to improve a home’s thermal envelope is the use of spray foam insulation. Energy efficient home builders such as Frankel Building Group consider CertainTeed’s open cell polyurethane spray foam insulation the best material for insulating a home. It fills gaps in walls and floors, and seals windows, doors and electrical outlets.  It provides an air barrier, reducing your electricity usage. Because your HVAC system doesn’t need to work as hard in a home with a tight envelope, your maintenance costs are reduced and life of your system extended.

Acting as a moisture barrier, spray foam helps reduce mold and mildew growth. It also cuts down on dust and pollen that enter a home, adds strength to the home’s structure, and reduces sound travel.

Improve Energy Efficiency with a Home Automation & Control System

You know the conveniences home automation can provide, but did you also know a home control system can make your house more energy efficient? The Crestron home control system Frankel Building Group adds to new houses is an energy management and control system. Connecting every room and system in your house, you can easily control your home, from climate control and security to lighting and entertainment, and monitor and manage your energy usage from virtually anywhere.

As you can see, building energy efficient homes involves much more than installing efficient appliances and lighting.  When you are ready to talk about building your new home in Houston or surrounding area, contact Frankel Building Group, the leading green home builder.


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Before Building a Custom Home, Should You Buy a House Plan Online?

Before building a custom home, some people think they need to buy a house plan first so they can design their own home and then show their builder the type of home they want constructed. If the plan requires modifications, they assume the builder can tweak it as needed.

Although many new home builders will use and make modifications to your plans, and can even offer stock plans for you to select from, the process is different when building a custom home with Frankel Building Group.

FBG a One Stop Design-Build Firm

Frankel is a one stop design-build firm. What that means is Frankel builds custom homes from scratch. Every home is different, uniquely designed for the homeowner.

It also means Frankel will personally work with you in designing your custom home. Rather than modifying a house plan or outsourcing the design process to an architect, Frankel provides in-house home design. Doing so enables Frankel to work more closely with a homebuyer in creating a true custom home. It also streamlines the homebuilding process.

The home design process involves a site survey and studies of the ecology and environment of the property you plan to build on, a meeting with the designer who creates a sketch as he learns about your lifestyle and what you want in your home, 2D and 3D sketches and more. Read about the home design process here.

Already Purchased a House Plan?

If you already purchased a house plan, it will need to be engineered for the builders. Some house plans are modifiable, others are not. You are welcome to bring the plan with you and discuss it with our designer.

However, if you did not already purchase one and you select Frankel for building your custom home, save yourself the time and money of buying a house plan or hiring an outside architect. Talk to Frankel first.


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Building New Homes in The Woodlands Area to Meet Energy Industry Demand

The Woodlands Area is becoming an energy corridor as more companies directly related to the energy industry relocate to South Montgomery County and North Harris County, Texas. Along with this growth comes an increased demand for residential housing.

Home for sale in The Woodlands Building new homes in The Woodlands Area, Frankel Building Group is proudly helping to meet that demand.

Energy Industry Growth in The Woodlands Area

Construction of ExxonMobil’s new campus just south of The Woodlands is underway with about 3,000 workers on site daily. Located near I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road in north Harris County, the massive 385-acre corporate campus will open to some employees later this year and employ about 10,000 when fully open in 2015.

This new ExxonMobil campus represents one of many companies in the energy industry moving to The Woodlands Area. In a recent ABC13 article, Karen Hoylman, president and CEO of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, said energy is the newest and most growing area of business in The Woodlands Area.

“We are becoming another energy corridor here,” she said.

Many major employers in The Woodlands Area today are ones in the energy industry, such as Anadarko Petroleum, Baker Hughes, Huntsman, Strike, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Tetra Technologies and Newpark Resources. Speaking in a recent roundtable discussion coordinated by The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership and hosted by Anadarko Petroleum, U.S. Senator John Cornyn said he was pleased with the “impressive growth and job creation taking place in The Woodlands.”

“This is a community that has fully embraced the Texas economic model of low taxes and limited regulation, and as a result, it has become one of the most desirable places to live, work, start a business and raise a family,” said Senator Cornyn.

About The Woodlands Area

Located in South Montgomery County, Texas, The Woodlands Area includes the cities of Shenandoah and Oak Ridge North as well as The Woodlands, the country’s most successful master planned community.  Nationally and internationally recognized as a model for community planning and development, The Woodlands is the top ranked community in Texas, an honor annually earned for several years.

The Woodlands opened in 1974 and has since earned a long, impressive list of accolades including awards for its environmental planning and design. For the 19th consecutive year, The Woodlands made the top 10 list of the best-selling communities in America, and it is recognized as the best city for young families and the hottest neighborhood in the Houston area, among other bests. The Woodlands is also one of the country’s top shopping destinations.

FBG is Building New Homes in The Woodlands Area

If you are planning to move to The Woodlands Area and are interested in buying a new home, contact Frankel Building Group, the area’s top home builder. Frankel is the exclusive custom builder of 58 luxury homes in ParkGate Reserve, the newly developed Shenandoah neighborhood in The Woodlands Area, and is also developing The Woodlands Reserve, a new addition to The Woodlands’ village of Indian Springs.

Frankel Building Group is a full service custom home design/build company building to LEED® certification standards for the finest in ultra-modern, energy efficient living in a healthier environment. Read about the home building process and how Frankel compares with other luxury home builders. When you are ready to talk about building your new dream home, contact us.

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Before Building on Your Lot, Consider Installing Root Barriers

If you have a lot and are planning on building a home on it, take some time to examine your existing trees and any plans for future trees. Trees could pose a problem for your home if their roots grow underneath its foundation.

When tree roots grow underneath your home, they can suck all the moisture out of the soil and cause the soil to dry out and shrink, which can cause a condition known as differential settlement.

Differential settlement occurs when the part of your house that sits atop dry, compacted soil sinks while the part of your house that sits atop moist, expanded soil remains level. When one part of your house sinks, its structure can become seriously damaged.

One way to defend your new home against differential settlement is to install one or more root barriers around trees before you build on your lot.

What Are Root Barriers?

Root barriers are physical underground walls that are placed to inhibit or direct tree root growth and prevent tree roots from growing up underneath your home. Broadly, root barriers are used to deflect the growth of tree roots in a different direction or deeper into the soil, where they will cause less damage to your home, sidewalks, and curbs.

For young trees, root barriers can be set up a certain distance away from the root systems to guide the natural growth and direction of roots as the trees mature.

For mature trees, which may need to have their roots cut, root barriers deflect the growth of new, regenerated roots from the cut end. That way the roots won’t simply grow right back into the areas from which they were cut.

3 Kinds of Root Barriers

There are three kinds of root barriers: physical, geo-textile, and chemical.


Physical root barriers are solid walls, typically made up of 90-degree, raised rib plastic panels made of polyethylene, polypropylene, or polystyrene. Physical root barriers can also be made of poured concrete.

Because physical root barriers are either totally or mostly impermeable, they have the added benefit of doubling as moisture barriers. Moisture barriers can be important for maintaining more constant moisture levels around your home’s foundation.


Geo-textile root barriers are made of heat-fused nylon mesh and typically requires support, such as proper backfilling, to stand vertically.

Although these kinds of root barriers can be effective, some plant and tree species actually engage or escape in the fabric. Still, because geo-textile mesh can offer an ideal rooting surface, it may also encourage roots to grow deeper by creating deeper corridors in the soil that have greater oxygen availability.


Some fabric root barriers contain chemical herbicides that impede root growth by burning off root hairs. The chemical is either heat-bonded to the fabric or attached to the fabric in pellet form. The chemicals are usually non-toxic and do not leech into the soil. Like geo-textile barriers, chemical barriers need support to stand vertically.

Controlled-release chemical barriers work best, as single-application barriers release too much chemical initially and then weaken rapidly over time.

A word of warning: if you use chemicals to limit the growth of a tree’s main root system, you’ll need to increase irrigation so that it can develop higher-density feeder roots to compensate.

Root Barrier Installation

Installation of root barrier systems is pretty straightforward:

  • Dig a trench in the ground between the side of trees or other plantings and the home, sidewalk, or curb you’re looking to protect
  • Install the root barrier
  • Cover up the trench

Plastic root barrier panels are connected by couplings, strips, or glue in a linear fashion. Concrete root barriers are simply poured in the ground. Fabric geo-textile and chemical barriers are rolled out and laid out in the trench.

While some guides recommend installing root barriers between 12 and 24 inches deep, other sources recommend installing three feet deep (36 inches) so that the barrier ends up at least one foot deeper than your foundation.

Root Barrier Life Expectancy

While it may seem like a lot of work to install a root barrier system, the good news is that physical barriers made of plastic or concrete should last indefinitely.

If you go with a chemical barrier, you can probably expect a lifespan of about five years. Just keep in mind that the amount of water that your yard gets will strongly influence that figure. The more water you get, the shorter a chemical barrier will last.

Why Root Barriers Should Be Installed Before Building

Many people wait until they have a problem to install a root barrier system. But take it from us, you don’t want to wait until part of your home starts sinking and you’re on the verge of serious structural damage before you install a root barrier. Instead, plan your system at the very beginning, before you build on your lot.

Contact Frankel for questions about whether you should develop plans for a root barrier system before building on your lot.

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