Heights Community Improvement Awards

The Houston Heights Association held their annual Heights Community Improvement Awards dinner last weekend, and two of our trusted partners were big winners! It was an exciting evening celebrating the best in our community, and we are very proud to work with such outstanding companies.


Laith Daik of Texas Loan Star took top honors in the “Commercial New Construction” category. Nominees were judged on architectural integrity and appropriate style, compatibility with the neighborhood, site planning and landscaping, and economic and environmental factors. The property for which Daik won the award was 2233 Yale, a beautiful Creole-style commercial building on the corner of Yale and 22nd. Texas Loan Star is located in the building, so winning for this location was cause for special celebration. Congratulations, Laith!


Colin Shelton of Southland Homes had a very exciting night, winning the “Residential New Construction” category, and being nominated for two properties in the “Residential Renovation” category. Colin’s winning home is a lovely grey bungalow at 917 Columbia Street, designed to fit in perfectly with the surrounding neighborhood, despite being nearly a century newer than some of the nearby homes. Not only was Southland Homes the builder of the winning home, the company also built the other two new homes nominated in the category.

Southland’s renovation projects at 1648 Cortland and 1811 Harvard were among the three finalists in the Residential Renovation category. The amazing transformations that these historic homes underwent have to be seen to be believed! Shelton and Southland Homes took them from dilapidated and drab to the envy of the neighborhood. Well done, Colin! 


While there were only a few awards given out, everyone involved truly was a winner- including the community, which benefits tremendously from the preservation and revitalization efforts of all of the nominees! We appreciate all of these businesses, architects, and builders who worked so hard to make the Heights more beautiful and maintain the historic charm of our neighborhood. 

For more information, please visit: http://www.houstonheights.org/html/com_community.html