12/11/15 2:00pm

COMMENT OF THE DAY: THE GROHE IN THE SHOWER, THE CHICKEN ON THE FLOOR, THE ‘CAUFFERED’ CEILING, AND OTHER TALES OF CAREFULLY OBSERVED RENOVATION Bathroom, 1718 Tannehill Dr., Lazybrook, Houston“So yeah, I didn’t know this site existed until my realtor pointed out that my shower head was on here — and of course he told me not to comment, but who am I to listen? I am a woman. For the record, all of the electrical, plumbing and insulation has been replaced or is new, and we actually fired two contractors because we felt like their quality wasn’t up to par with our expectations or something that we would be proud to sell, but after working with them, I can see why @commonsense would feel that way . . . we felt the same, but I promise ALL corners weren’t cut, just the ones that no one would notice. :) I’m kidding — honestly, it is costing us a little more because of it, but I am a Grohe and Hansgrohe girl, and no one could tell me that we were using any other shower faucets and fixtures. Thanks for complimenting the paint color, it is Repose Gray from Sherwin Williams, freaking goes with everything. @Lykos, my realtor swears it was a mistake, but I told him to leave “shower heard” because I thought your comment was hilarious. But then I thought, “shower hear” might be funnier because of the play on “here” and “hear”. Also, I think he was drinking with the ‘cauffered’ thing while listing this. He is correcting that, and we appreciate your pointing it out. Please keep thinking we’re funny. @Texmex01: Right? I would have thought the same thing, but location, and who am I to judge? @Gisgo: Again, market. I actually prefer that the kitchen be separate, so that if I accidentally drop someone’s chicken on the floor and have to put it back on a plate, no one knows but me. This whole open concept thing means I’d be cooking another chicken breast. @Toby, you’re welcome to come take more professional shots, the wide angle seems to drain the battery so the flash wasn’t working at that point if I remember correctly. Regardless of all of that, we had a party there with some investor friends and there is leftover beer and wine, so if you did want to see it in person, I’d be happy to meet you there. :) Oh, and @Benjy, this is for you: https://mubi.com/films/plan-9-from-outer-space” [Kile, commenting on Houston Home Listing Photo of the Day: It Came to Me in the Shower]. Photo: HAR

04/09/15 3:45pm

SKYHOUSE MANAGEMENT: THAT’S FUNNY, NOBODY SAID ANYTHING ABOUT OUR PICTURE WINDOW TOILETS BEFORE Entrance and Toilets, SkyHouse Houston, 1625 Main St., Downtown HoustonSure, the SkyHouse Houston features from-the-street views of window-side toilets on the second and third floors of the new Downtown highrise. But a spokesperson for the management company in charge of the 24-story tower and 2 other largely identical SkyHouses still under construction in Houston tells the Chronicle‘s Craig Hlavaty that the prominent display of bathrooms was not part of any marketing strategy. Simpson Property Group’s Thornton Kennedy says he wasn’t aware that anybody had even noticed the toilet views before Swamplot readers began writing about them: “We have nearly 10 [SkyHouses] completed from Florida to the Carolinas and over to Texas and we’ve never gotten a call about this,” he says. “But we get it.” Kennedy’s explanation for the Pease St. display involves a reference to window coverings in the photo (above) published earlier this week on Swamplot. “Those units that were photographed are not yet occupied, and therefore those blinds are open all the time,” he explains. [Houston Chronicle] Photo: Swamplot inbox

04/07/15 11:45am

Entrance and Toilets, SkyHouse Houston, 1625 Main St., Downtown Houston

SkyHouse Houston, 1625 Main St., Downtown Houston“Not sure if you can see from this picture,” writes the Swamplot correspondent who sent the image at the top of this story, looking into a few of the units in the new 24-story apartment tower at 1625 Main St. from Pease St., “but it appears the ‘view’ from the bathrooms at the new SkyHouse will be excellent.” Of course you already knew that.

Bonus: The design of the SkyHouse Main going up across the street will be identical.

Photos: Swamplot inbox (view); Simpson Property Group (tower)