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Just wondering if anyone has lived or lives in a Life Forms home from the 80's. I have been in love with their architectural style for a long time, and have always felt the homes sort of "melt" into the landscape of the Woodlands. The homes' styles seem to be a part of the woods, rather than looking like they're fighting it. We almost bought one three years ago, but the sellers didn't accept our offer. Now we are thinking of making an offer on another one. I have never seen any homes quite like these anywhere in the Houston area. I believe Life Forms is exclusive to The Woodlands, but it's interesting that no one has copied their signature details and styles elsewhere.

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lifeforms is a company that one of george mitchell's sons either created or had some influence on.

i live in a lifeforms home built in 1978. outside of the small bathrooms, the open floorplan is very livable. i believe that when renovations are completed, it would be easy to sell (not that i'm planning on it). there are several things to consider when buying any 20-30 year old home; however, the timber used to build these older homes is a far cry from what is being used in new homes today. one other consideration, many of the lifeforms homes were built within feet, sometimes inches, from young trees. if those same trees remain, they are 20-30 years older. i made the mistake of not hiring a foundation guy (as well as an ac/heat guy, a roofing guy and so on) for an inspection before i closed. fortunately, the foundation is sound. i was lucky. there were other considerations i could have used as a bargaining tool if i had hired inspectors for each part of the house i was concerned about.

feel free to IM any questions you have.

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Here are some former listings that you can see. I apologize that the pics are smaller than the ones in more current listings. I guess they do that for storage purposes.

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Hey, wow, thanks bachanon. Will do. :)

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Thanks for the info and the pics ;) Im a big lover of trees and greenery, but i have to say, trees that close to the house would raise a red flag for me. Leaves on the roof, tree limbs growing over the roof, brushing against it and causing damage....not so good.

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Thanks for the info and the pics ;) Im a big lover of trees and greenery, but i have to say, trees that close to the house would raise a red flag for me. Leaves on the roof, tree limbs growing over the roof, brushing against it and causing damage....not so good.

We backed off from a really neat house in Champions due to the trees too close to the house issue.

As for Lifeforms homes, we looked at several in The Woodlands when home shopping back in 2004. Didn't like them much. If I'm not mistaken, there was an entire section of homes in The Woodlands built in the early to mid 1990's that's having to have major mods/rebuilds done due to some structural issue.

I prefer more classic looking homes, so I have a natural aversion to Lifeforms-style homes, but to each his own. They are synonomous with The Woodlands, and my Uncle who was one of the original Woodlands residents had one.

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That was a mold issue due to the stucco fronts they were using. Unfortunately there were many builders around Texas that were caught up in that issue, as they were all using the same stucco (or faux stucco, as it were). The homes to which I refer are not the stucco kind.

I grew up in Kingwood and we had several large trees close to the house, and never had a problem. I will be sure to check, though, with whatever home we choose. :)

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Those Life Forms homes look awesome. They have dimension and character/substance unlike most of the cheaper non-custom homes found all over suburban Houston that feature gables, those little accent things, arched windows, and lots of brick all over the front of the house. My house is a great example of this sort of thing, only it's not as bad as most of the others, because the brick is an unusual peach color, and the design is unique, with a super high single-columned arch front porch and windows making up most of the house's front side. Of course, once I move to the Woodlands, I'll either try to get a Life Forms house, or if I can't find one on the market, I'll just do the urban living thing and get an apartment or condo/townhome close to Town Center.

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the lifeforms homes lend themselves to tasteful upgrades. there are a couple i've seen that have added stone and beveled glass to the entries and front facades, completely updating and "upscaling" (hate that word) the property. update the front facade, bathrooms and kitchen, then the 20-30 foot high entries, open living areas and split floor plans will do the rest.

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Yeah, I've seen that (note my above post), I understand they were being sued at one point. I also understand Life Forms, along with Ryland, Lennar, and Trendmaker are suing the stucco company that sold them the horrible stuff....so what can I tell you? Almost every home builder in this country has been sued for one thing or another. BTW, ALL homes have mold. Life Forms has tried very hard to help anyone out that was affected by the issue, but like everything else, some people just aren't going to be happy.

Pure Auteur, right on! That is EXACTLY how I feel. Bachanon's right, with a little savvy one can bring the 21st century in quite easily in an earlier Life Forms home. Below are pics of the one Matt and I almost bought. Oh, how I was in love with this adorable abode! Alas, it was back when we had no little baby or big ol' dog, just two cats...now it's too small for us.

BTW, when you do move to the Woodlands, let me know! I can name almost every street that has these little gems on 'em. :) Part of my obsession :lol:

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Not a whole lot done to this house, some slate and paint! That's the beauty of their earlier stuff.

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Yeah, I've seen that (note my above post), I understand they were being sued at one point. I also understand Life Forms, along with Ryland, Lennar, and Trendmaker are suing the stucco company that sold them the horrible stuff....so what can I tell you? Almost every home builder in this country has been sued for one thing or another. BTW, ALL homes have mold. Life Forms has tried very hard to help anyone out that was affected by the issue, but like everything else, some people just aren't going to be happy.

Pure Auteur, right on! That is EXACTLY how I feel. Bachanon's right, with a little savvy one can bring the 21st century in quite easily in an earlier Life Forms home. Below are pics of the one Matt and I almost bought. Oh, how I was in love with this adorable abode! Alas, it was back when we had no little baby or big ol' dog, just two cats...now it's too small for us.

BTW, when you do move to the Woodlands, let me know! I can name almost every street that has these little gems on 'em. :) Part of my obsession :lol:

Not a whole lot done to this house, some slate and paint! That's the beauty of their earlier stuff.

They're very period. These kinds of things will be highly valued one day when vintage 80's architecture comes into vogue. There's something about them that I don't quite care for...but they're certainly better than 90% of the homes built in that era.

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Just wondering if anyone has lived or lives in a Life Forms home from the 80's. I have been in love with their architectural style for a long time, and have always felt the homes sort of "melt" into the landscape of the Woodlands. The homes' styles seem to be a part of the woods, rather than looking like they're fighting it.

I really like that house you've posted, Parrothead. I could see myself living in that. especially with the woodsy setting.

It reminds me of a modern version of the Craftsman/Arts & Crafts bungalows that were built 90-100 years ago; the "melting" into the landscape and a floor plan and styling designed for simple living and high thinking.

I agree with Niche that these could end up being desirable as collector homes many years from now, especially if there are continous neighborhoods with them. Of course, that means the "tasteful upgrades" that Bachanon mentioned will be regarded as butchering and remuddling and those cheesy bathroom vanities might be highly valuable :) .

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@ parrothead: what do you mean by affordable? that is a cool house.

That house sold for around $129K if I remember correctly, that was in 2003. It was a little under 1700 sq ft. They vary in size, anywhere from a bungalow-like 1200 sq ft to a nice 2800 sq ft. Newer Life Forms homes (1995 +) are MUCH larger, but much different. The thing with Life Forms that I find so appealing is, you feel as if you are in a larger home than what it really is. The high, high ceilings and openness, and AMAZING use of space, makes square footage almost seem pointless. You end up just looking at the space and saying, "Yep, this is great!" Plus, most of the Life Forms homes (like the Treehouse, which is one of my favorite plans) have one or more screened porches on the back. It creates more livable square footage instantly. Many of the homeowners have extended that by building multi-level decking outside. It's wonderful and so appealing if you enjoy that lifestyle. One of my favorite things about growing up in Kingwood was that I had the woods right in my backyard; my imagination went into overdrive when it was time to go out and play. I loved it! I would very much like my daughter to have that too.

I also like that the older Life Forms are in the front part of The Woodlands; very close to both Park & Rides, and of course all the wonderful new shopping and restaurants. The neighborhoods almost have a woodsy, deep tropics feel, if that's possible...lots of philodendron, sagos, ferns, agapanthus, etc, plants that thrive in low-to-medium filtered light. They're done very informally, but very well, and it all seems to work. It makes for a pretty drive, that's for sure.

I really like that house you've posted, Parrothead. I could see myself living in that. especially with the woodsy setting.

It reminds me of a modern version of the Craftsman/Arts & Crafts bungalows that were built 90-100 years ago; the "melting" into the landscape and a floor plan and styling designed for simple living and high thinking.

I agree with Niche that these could end up being desirable as collector homes many years from now, especially if there are continous neighborhoods with them. Of course, that means the "tasteful upgrades" that Bachanon mentioned will be regarded as butchering and remuddling and those cheesy bathroom vanities might be highly valuable :) .

Boy, I cried when they rejected our offer (and I am not a "crier"). It's the first time I thought that this was MY house. :lol: I'd looked at several and I knew that this was just IT. Apparently the owners didn't think so :lol: What's sad is, that house sold for less, 3 months later, than what we offered with a 60-day contingency. All's well that ends well, eh? But I knew I was on to something...that this was the kind of house I wanted.

I think that you all are spot-on when you say these will become "collector" homes. I really feel that has already begun. Two years ago, you could find 20+ Life Forms homes on the market like these at any given time. Not this year--it's been almost impossible. Newer ones, yes, but it seems owners of the older ones are beginning to realize just what gems they have. I like the Craftsman analogy, definitely true in this case.

I am hoping we will be able to get up there today to see this house! I will report back if we do. It's on Trace Creek (a great neighborhood in Indian Springs) and is a FANTASTIC price. They are looking to move quickly and the house needs some work...so we'll see how much! ^_^

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indian springs is beautiful! it has rolling hills. it's quieter than grogan's mill.

i've sat quietly, listening to fans of googie architecture and ranch style homes circa nineteen fifty somthing, wondering if they knew of the "loft-like" homes lifeforms had built in the woodlands. these homes can be outfitted with DWR furnishings, craftsman or prairie style elements and look great. you aren't "remuddling" the floor plan or ideals if you stick within these boundaries. these are solid homes with "timeless" floorplans. that is simply an opinion to some. me thinks it is a big secret. you can't ruin these homes with the type of interior design i've mentioned above. you can "upscale" them (again, i hate that word) easily.

of course, the current "upgrades" to these homes tend to include ugly wallpaper, traditional colors and style not really appropriate for these floor plans. fortunately, this is changing.

parrothead gets it. i get it. it is becoming clear to me that others........."get it".

by the way.......there are now TWO (not one) houses that have sold off of north millbend that were under $115k three years ago that have sold for $135K to $140K. the "town center" effect is in full swing. there are less than 100 houses (not all on the market) in this price range near north millbend and town center.

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Did Life Forms ever build inside the loop? The houses on Diane Street around Old Timbergrove and Heights Annex look similar to the one in the photo.

I'd like to see some homes built in the late 1970s to see how the style compares to my old neighborhood, Woodland Trails West, off Fairbanks White Oak. Many of these homes, including my old home, have been bought out by the county and removed. They got hit with three big floods in a 6 year period, which forced many of the homeowners to move. Now there are many cleared lots where houses used to be. The entire neighborhood was custom homes, and each one seemed to be unique. When I was a kid, I always knew exactly where I was just from looking at the houses. You can't do that in neighorhoods built in the 90s/00s, where the houses all seem to look the same, no matter how different the floor plan.

They re-routed the White Oak Bayou over there, and did some things to where the flooding shouldn't be as bad in the future. Does anyone familiar with that area know if they'll ever rebuild the subdivision? Or will all the homes eventually get taken down? It's really a shame, because it was good land with lots of tall pine trees. I wasn't sure if I should go to "Great Northwest" or "Other Houston Neighborhoods" to post something about this.

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indian springs is beautiful! it has rolling hills. it's quieter than grogan's mill.

Agree. I liked this area a lot when we were home shopping back '04.

Is this where Landsdowne is?

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BTW, when you do move to the Woodlands, let me know! I can name almost every street that has these little gems on 'em. :) Part of my obsession :lol:

Hi Parrothead,

I really like these early Life Forms homes too. My aunt was an interior designer for Life Forms in the mid-90s and I always thought they had great designs. Would you mind posting the streets with the early Life Forms homes?

Thanks!

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I really like that house you've posted, Parrothead. I could see myself living in that. especially with the woodsy setting.

It reminds me of a modern version of the Craftsman/Arts & Crafts bungalows that were built 90-100 years ago; the "melting" into the landscape and a floor plan and styling designed for simple living and high thinking.

I agree with Niche that these could end up being desirable as collector homes many years from now, especially if there are continous neighborhoods with them. Of course, that means the "tasteful upgrades" that Bachanon mentioned will be regarded as butchering and remuddling and those cheesy bathroom vanities might be highly valuable :) .

they still sell those "cheesy bathroom" vanities at home depot. they will never be highly regarded. a stylish cabinet vanity uprade will not only update the home but politely nod to the woodsy craftsman or 70ish contemporary style. again, there are so many options for updating these homes.

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Hi Parrothead,

I really like these early Life Forms homes too. My aunt was an interior designer for Life Forms in the mid-90s and I always thought they had great designs. Would you mind posting the streets with the early Life Forms homes?

Thanks!

No problem! These are what I know of, certainly not a comprehensive list; I bet bachanon knows of more from that era and maybe even some that are older. I suspect many that I like in Grogan's Mill are pre-1980 Life Forms, but I can't say for certain. There are also some that are early-mid 1990's in Alden Bridge that are nifty, but totally different.

I am listing them to make it easy for you to drive around in each area, should you wish to do that.

Village of Grogan's Mill

N. Mossrock

S. Mossrock

Village of Indian Springs

Sandpebble Dr.

Reedy Pond

Shallow Pond

Fire Flicker

Breezy Point

Leaf Trace Ct.

Twisting Birch Place Ct.

Sandprint Ct.

Trace Creek

Wilde Yaupon

Leaf Point Ct.

Village of Cochran's Crossing

Otter Pond

Gannet Hollow

Song Sparrow

Sand Piper Place

Village of Panther Creek

Lehigh Springs

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No problem! These are what I know of, certainly not a comprehensive list; I bet bachanon knows of more from that era and maybe even some that are older. I suspect many that I like in Grogan's Mill are pre-1980 Life Forms, but I can't say for certain. There are also some that are early-mid 1990's in Alden Bridge that are nifty, but totally different.

Village of Grogan's Mill

N. Mossrock

S. Mossrock

Village of Indian Springs

Sandpebble Dr.

Shallow Pond

Fire Flicker

Breezy Point

Leaf Trace Ct.

Twisting Birch Place Ct.

Trace Creek

Wilde Yaupon

Leaf Point Ct.

Village of Cochran's Crossing

Otter Pond

Gannet Hollow

Song Sparrow

n. timber top. these homes were built as a kind of corporate housing. they are all the same. there are like three floor plans for the whole neighborhod. there are million dollar homes across the golf course and 200k and up homes across grogan' mill. buy, buy, BUY!

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This may be off topic but...does anyone know what happened to Life Forms? It seems like they just disappeared. I can't find their website, and according to a random PDF I found while searching for them, the last neighborhoods they built in were Summerlyn Waye/Summerlyn Layne (Alden Bridge), Beckonvale, Sterling Pointe and Ashbury Square (Sterling Ridge) which closed out a couple of years ago. Since they played such a large role in building in the earlier villages, I find it odd that there aren't any more Life Forms neighborhoods (they did, after all, call themselves the "Neighborhood Builder") in some newer parts of The Woodlands. Another nice thing about them...it seems like all of their neighborhoods have small parks or tot-lots in them.

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When we were looking for a house in The Woodlands last year, I fell in love with several Life Forms houses in our price range in Panther Creek and Cochran's Crossing which were built in the late 1980's and early 1990's. The "woodsy craftsman" style as described here, and the way it "melds into the landscape" is just awesome. But after long study and consideration, here's what we found:

* If you like the "woodsy craftsman" style on the exterior, then you're going to be very disappointed to find bland, undstinguished interiors. You'd almost expect to find wood paneling, wood beams, and other craftsman touches on the interior - but you'll find no such thing. The properties we looked at didn't even have wood floors.

* As noted earlier, Life Forms have been dogged by a terrible reputation for being poorly-built homes. One of our criteria was a well-built home.

While a Life Forms wasn't right for us, I still think they're awesome.

Now, if you want to talk about Jerry Kirkpatrick custom homes (if anyone knows what those are)... :)

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Spring, that's too bad! Many of them have just that, wood paneling, wood floors. I am sorry you did not get a chance to see them! :(

I wouldn't call their houses poorly-built. I understand they had issues as noted above, but also noted was that it affected a particular group of houses in a particular neighborhood that used a particular stucco. I particularly like the word "particular". :lol:

Did you end up moving to a Jerry Kirkpatrick home? I am not familiar with him. Are they like Life Forms?

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Spring, that's too bad! Many of them have just that, wood paneling, wood floors. I am sorry you did not get a chance to see them! :(

I wouldn't call their houses poorly-built. I understand they had issues as noted above, but also noted was that it affected a particular group of houses in a particular neighborhood that used a particular stucco. I particularly like the word "particular". :lol:

Did you end up moving to a Jerry Kirkpatrick home? I am not familiar with him. Are they like Life Forms?

Real Estate Agents really rag on Life Forms, even the newer ones, to this day. We went with George Weaver. Great family and company.

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Real Estate Agents really rag on Life Forms, even the newer ones, to this day. We went with George Weaver. Great family and company.

that's a no-brainer. if i were going to spend upwards of 800k on a george weaver custom home, lifeforms wouldn't be on my radar. lifeform homes are about more house on a budget. i don't think anyone in the 150k price range would be considering a george weaver home as an option. :)

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that's a no-brainer. if i were going to spend upwards of 800k on a george weaver custom home, lifeforms wouldn't be on my radar. lifeform homes are about more house on a budget. i don't think anyone in the 150k price range would be considering a george weaver home as an option. :)

Bach, there are many Life Forms in an area called Beckonvale that are larger and were built in the past few years.. And Weaver homes didn't hit that crazy level until recently, in fact three years ago they weren't much more than those Life Forms they are/were building. I was speaking of companies, not price ranges.

But more to my point, realtors continue to dog the company, maybe unfairly. If the problems were fixed and resolved, I would think fair practices would let the issue go.

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the perception of life forms is cheap. there have been problems (or a problem) with specific life forms and realtors are a fickle bunch. IMO they (realtors) tend to find out what excites you and then attempt to get you to spend as much as possible regardless of the neighborhood. Personally, I do not care for the opinions of realtors. I've been misled in order to make the sale more than once, but that's another thread.

katiedidit, when i read your first post about george weaver, i immediately recalled the available homes on their website (800k) and up. i had not heard of george weaver until recent months.

i do intend to check out beckonvale for a "look see" (as grandma would say).

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Its crazy where customs homes start at in 2006, compaired to 5 years ago. Even companies like Village and Horton have gone off the the deep end in my opinion. What's amazing is the land value in the newer sections is only about 75k, your value is in the house..........that's rather a scary thought for a Houstonian. Your house better be a good one, and I guess that's what was the hardest thing for those Life Form owners when the stucco hit the fan.

But this sharp upswing is good for The Woodlands I guess. But I am very skeptical about those Brownstones going for 800 up in Eastshore. That's almost as much or more than an intown garden home,with a strip of grass. I can't understand how the apraissals are going through, the land is worth so little.

As to Beckonvale, I think its a really cute neighborhood and many of the houses have that Craftsman feel. We looked at a few with the idea that we would upgrade some of the standard materials. In the end, we thought with the reputation Life Forms had and the lack of land value up here, they weren't worth the price and resale was risky. Plus, I have to agree with a previous post, these particular homes were cute on the outside but the bedroom areas were like a rabbit warren. BUT, those Life Forms are now selling for 100k more that when we were looking...so there ya go.

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Ah yes, George Weaver. He does build beautiful homes, but he's a little out of our league. We're in our thirties and hubby is just beginning to see some perks from his field. Of course, we'd like to eventually own our house outright, so maybe we'll just be sticking with the LifeForms :lol:

*edit* I just talked with a couple of friends from the Keller Wiliams Woodlands office and neither one had a bad thing to say about Life Forms, I guess it just depends?

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I live in a Life Forms, but a little later... circa 1995 VINTAGE. Basically, they built the houses out of cedar, using board dimensions that are difficult to find. Maybe someone else knows of a local lumber yard which has the materials for rep[airing these homes. I found some and have been a little lucky but then again, once I could not find any boards and had to have them custom made. I like the feel of living in the woods. My living room istwo stories and I can loop at the birds and squirrels in the tree tops and lower from my sofa. IN our bedroom, I can watch the squirrels play in the tree limbs in my backyard in the morning from my bed. The woodpeckers often will wake me in the morning. There are two varieties which routinely visit the backyard. The canopy shades my home and cuts the cost of electricity in the summer. The downside is the coldnes of the high ceilings for a couple of months in the winter. We normally do not spend much time in the living rom in the winter as a result, but the rewst of the house is cozy in the winter. I supose I am saying that we have a summer home and a winter home all in one.

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Just wondering if anyone has lived or lives in a Life Forms home from the 80's. I have been in love with their architectural style for a long time, and have always felt the homes sort of "melt" into the landscape of the Woodlands. The homes' styles seem to be a part of the woods, rather than looking like they're fighting it. We almost bought one three years ago, but the sellers didn't accept our offer. Now we are thinking of making an offer on another one. I have never seen any homes quite like these anywhere in the Houston area. I believe Life Forms is exclusive to The Woodlands, but it's interesting that no one has copied their signature details and styles elsewhere.

:)

Life Forms was founded by George Mitchell's (founder of The Woodlands) son, architect Scott Mitchell. They originally began building custom homes, then decided to become a production builder so that they could bring the Life Forms "concept" to more people. The company got the name "Life Forms" because in the beginning Mr. Mitchell would come to live temporarly with the family he planned to design the house for to observe the way they lived. Life Forms placed themselves as being much more unique than production builders (such as Ryland and David Weekley) because of their dramatic architecture but less than a custom home. Their first complete neighborhood as was Slash Pine located off of South Millbend in Grogan

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The downside is the coldnes of the high ceilings for a couple of months in the winter. We normally do not spend much time in the living rom in the winter as a result, but the rewst of the house is cozy in the winter. I supose I am saying that we have a summer home and a winter home all in one.

A trick for winter is to do a lot of baking of meals. Use your oven more. The heat from the oven in conjunction with your home heating system will help heat the house and keep the heating bill done as well ;) Bake things like roast or brisket chicken etc etc etc. It works ;)

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To the poster to "bachanon", the homes built on North Timber Top in Grogan's Mill were not built by Life Forms, built by Centennial Homes, which later changed their name to Trendmaker Homes.

damn that realtor. you gotta watch those guys. the floor plans are open and similar in some ways to life forms. i had no reason to question her. fortunately, i bought the house for its location. i lucked out with a cool floorplan.

great post by the way. welcome to the forum archdaniel. you're a welcome addition.

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damn that realtor. you gotta watch those guys. the floor plans are open and similar in some ways to life forms. i had no reason to question her. fortunately, i bought the house for its location. i lucked out with a cool floorplan.

great post by the way. welcome to the forum archdaniel. you're a welcome addition.

Thanks fot the welcome. The homes in Timber Top are very close to Life Forms product line. They have a great location both on the golf course and near the Town Center, like you said! :)

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Cute houses... very 'cabin in the woods'. I wish I was into the 'open' floorplan look, if I was I'd certainly look at them. Very unique and different from traditional.

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ArchDaniel thank you for that information! :) Makes me feel even more confident that it is what we truly want.

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I went and saw a listing on Gannet Hollow on Sunday. It is an example of how to upgrade inside without downgrading the integrity of the architecture. They did a beautiful job, down to replacing the garage door with a replica of the original. It is listed for $194K, a bit steep IMHO, but I am sure it will sell anyway! They replaced all the tile with beautiful slate, which goes incredibly with the dark cherry finish on all of the trim. They kept the big square bathtub, which is really a must-stay and sort of a trademark of theirs...and they kept all the cabinetry intact, which I also like (though not fond of the white in the kitchen). They used a short frieze carpet (this particular home did not have hardwoods) and the original glass-plate front door is also intact and looks great. You definitely can upgrade these houses properly if you really want to.

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Just wondering if anyone has lived or lives in a Life Forms home from the 80's. I have been in love with their architectural style for a long time, and have always felt the homes sort of "melt" into the landscape of the Woodlands. The homes' styles seem to be a part of the woods, rather than looking like they're fighting it. We almost bought one three years ago, but the sellers didn't accept our offer. Now we are thinking of making an offer on another one. I have never seen any homes quite like these anywhere in the Houston area. I believe Life Forms is exclusive to The Woodlands, but it's interesting that no one has copied their signature details and styles elsewhere.

:)

Wow -- so I'm not the only one obsessed with Life Forms! I used to live in The Woodlands (in a nice but very typical/boring Pulte home) and loved Life Forms! I was quite upset to learn that they went out of business. I know of no other production builder that builds with such creativity and charachter. I looked into buying a home in Summerlyn (Alden Bridge) but they were almost built out by the time I started looking.

It's a shame they fell victim to the whole EIFS debacle. Other than that I've heard nothing but praise for the construction and design of their homes. As far as realtors "bashing" them, I have no idea why they would. Look on HAR or in any real estate magazine and the listing proudly mentions the Life Forms name. I just don't understand why more production builders don't follow their design example.

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welcome to the forum.
I too am a lover of Life Forms homes. I just found out that they are no longer around. What a shame :( . I live in a Life Forms home that was built in 1994. I am trying to find the contractor or anyone who knows who put the thermostats in my home., I can't figure out how to work the thermostat. I went to the company's site but had no such luck.

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I'd find other owners of Life Forms homes from your street or neighborhood and ask them--I bet they can help!

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This is a list of Life Forms homes (1976-1990) that are on the market currently:

11427 Slash Pine $196,700 (one of the very first Life Forms homes--circa 1976)

34 Mossrock (no pics yet) $170K

94 Treescape $199K

32 Gannet Hollow $194K

10 Shallow Pond $179,700

8 Otter Pond $174,900

20 Gannet Hollow $165,900

10 Fire Flicker $147,220

If anyone is interested in seeing any of these homes, send me a PM. :)

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In my quest to move from a 60's semi-modern Meyerland Ranch, I looked all over the Houston area. I wanted a real mid-century modern house, but didn't like any that I could find and afford.

I looked all over the area. The instructions to my agent were to find something truly interesting. If it was too weird for most of his clients, I wanted to see it.

I'd not been in the Woodlands for a decade, and drove out. The first homes we browsed were a new Lifeforms subdivision - the houses were tiny, but I instantly fell in love with the inspired floorplans and amazing use of space. I ended up purchasing a LifeForms Treehouse, circa late-80's, in Indian Springs. The back yard backs up to a greenbelt, and it's got a half-dozen 80' trees, and countless smaller ones. Almost all of the non-landscaped parts of the yard was covered in flagstone, creating a park-like atmosphere.

The interiors are wonderful. Pecan floors had been installed, lots of ceiling fans, and more windows than I've ever seen in a production house. I had to change my style a bit; mid-century seems to harsh for this house. Fortunately, Danish Modern works very well - Lifeforms put in a great deal of wood detailing, including some gorgeous hardwood cabinets and built-ins.

Here are some photos. (The interior shots are from when we were looking at the house - the furnishings are NOT my idea of attractive. LOL.)

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