If the number of nicknames measured a city, Houston, Texas, would be at the very top. Though it only possesses one official alias, "Space City", because of its longstanding commitment to space exploration—including being the base for NASA’s historic Manned Spacecraft Center—thanks to the area’s growing prosperity in the avenues of energy, trade, commerce, music, and the arts, the city has since collected a wide array of unofficial aliases, each based on a number of its major accomplishments.
With a population of 2.2 million and rising, "Hustle-town"—known as such for being an international hub of commerce and trade, as well as a purveyor of modern music and art—has become one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. The "Bayou City", as it’s also known, with its intricate waterway system, major trucking and railway systems, and its three major airports, plays host to 23 Fortune 500 companies, over 600 trucking firms, and more than 40 colleges, universities, and institutions. In fact, only 21 countries other than the US have a GDP exceeding that of Houston’s regional gross area product.
But above being named "Clutch City" in honor of its multi-championship-winning Houston Rockets, or "Crush City" in honor of its homerun-hitting Houston Astros, and above it being called "The Magnolia City" thanks to its natural beauty, or "The Big Heart" thanks to its major contributions to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, the moniker that moves the needle most for many Houstonians—economically speaking, at least—is that of being "The Energy Capital of the World". And with more than 5,000 energy-related firms in its midst, from oil and gas exploration to its more recent endeavors in solar energy, it’s no small wonder why.
Backyard Skyscrapers and Red-Hot Housing
Thanks to a lack of zoning laws, the city of Houston, especially the area within the 610 loop, can be described as a neighborhood full of skyscrapers. You can walk a block to the local car dealership, hop off the porch and already be at the local bar, or relax in the backyard of your standalone home with a backdrop of the city’s skyline staring down at you.
What with the boom of local industry and rising traffic concerns, many are finding it wise to live closer to the city’s center, especially that of the trendier west side. Townhomes and condos are quickly becoming a popular trend, and some of Houston’s other inner-city areas are being looked at for revitalization efforts.
However, for the money, many are willing to swallow a long, traffic-filled commute for the opportunity to live in one of Greater Houston’s growing suburbs. A trip along I-10 or up US-290 and you’ll find neighborhoods aplenty offering more home and increased comfort for well below the price of the same inside the loop.
Home Improvement Services
The great state of Texas knows all too well the affects that weather can have on a home. For the longest time, Houstonians worried most about the heat. Pool construction and maintenance, outdoor living amenities—i.e. decks, patios, and outdoor kitchens—and A/C inspection and repair are what concerned most citizens.
But these days, with the pendulum swing of droughts and rain, Houston residents are growing increasingly worried about the effects of flooding on their businesses and homes, which means foundation maintenance and repair and water damage and mold restoration are quickly becoming necessary services for the health and well-being of both newer and older homes.
However, not all home improvements are done in the vein of rain these days. Thanks to the rebounding economy, many in Houston are finding the time and the money to refurbish old homes, add on to new ones, and make the upgrades and improvements they’ve been dreaming of for a long, long time.
Whether you’re expanding your home, updating its style, or just trying to keep it functional, clean, and worry-free, it’s important to hire someone who knows what they’re doing. That’s why, in order to save you time, money, and energy, we take our time vetting and verifying each and every contractor in our guide and on our website before guaranteeing their work and granting them the official title of Best Pick.
For more information on the permits, licensing, and insurance required to begin, implement, and complete a home improvement project, please see the section below.