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Century-Old Building Sparks New Development

Filed in Awards, Design, Multifamily by on April 11, 2018 0 Comments
Century-Old Building Sparks New Development

The warehouse building that became Boury Lofts in Wheeling, W. Va. was a mystery. Over the years, it was home to a biscuit factory, a coffee roaster, a wool and ginseng exporter, a cold-storage facility and many other businesses. The building had been abandoned for decades, but a collaborative effort from area developers and designers brought it back to life and turned it into a chic, 72-unit multifamily structure.

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3 Trends to Watch in Smart Lighting

Filed in Design, Housing Trends, Multifamily, Remodelers by on April 10, 2018 0 Comments
3 Trends to Watch in Smart Lighting

An excellent bellwether for advances coming to residential lighting solutions is the biennial Light + Building show in Frankfurt, Germany. The show — which boasts a staggering attendance of 220,000 global visitors — exhibits trends in lighting design, electrical systems and building automation. Here’s what we learned.

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Timber Towers Face Key Vote

Filed in Design, Multifamily by on March 29, 2018 0 Comments
Timber Towers Face Key Vote

Proposals for an innovative method of wood construction that could allow 18-story wood residential buildings face their first key vote for incorporation in the 2021 edition of the International Code Council’s International Building Code.

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Hidden Tech: Stashing Speakers and TVs

Filed in Design, Home Building, Technology by on March 21, 2018 2 Comments
Hidden Tech: Stashing Speakers and TVs

Speakers, subwoofers and TVs can disappear into a room with the proper planning and the right installer.

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Free Webinar: What Makes a ‘Home for Life?’

Filed in Design, Education, Home Building, Remodelers by on March 20, 2018 0 Comments
Free Webinar: What Makes a ‘Home for Life?’

In the free webinar Design Highlights from the 2017 Homes for Life Single-Space Category Winner, 2-3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 28, you’ll get the winners’ latest tips on incorporating aging-in-place and universal design features into your next project.

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First-Time Home Buyers Deflated, but not Deterred

Filed in Design, Economics, Housing Trends by on March 8, 2018 1 Comment
First-Time Home Buyers Deflated, but not Deterred

Competition is stiff in housing markets across the country. Limited inventory of existing and entry-level homes, combined with inevitable interest rate hikes are causing prices to rise and expectations to decline — particularly among first-time buyers.

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The Big Voice Trend Ahead in Smart Home Tech

Filed in Design, Home Building, Multifamily, Remodelers by on March 6, 2018 2 Comments
The Big Voice Trend Ahead in Smart Home Tech

What are the big developments in smart home technology? And what’s on the horizon in the next year or two? Gordon van Zuiden, founder of the San Francisco home technology company cyberManor, has the answer to both questions: Voice control.

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80 Years and Counting: More Storage, Please

Filed in Design, Home Building, Housing Finance by on February 20, 2018 0 Comments
80 Years and Counting: More Storage, Please

Despite eight decades and a multi-generation divide, prospective home buyers in 1938 expressed preferences for many of the same features and amenities favored by today’s home buyers.

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55+ Builders See New Housing Trends in Florida

55+ Builders See New Housing Trends in Florida

The latest models and plans for 55+ community designs were on display last month during the International Builders Show in Orlando.

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3 BALA Hall of Fame Inductees Revealed

Filed in Awards, Design, International Builders' Show by on February 8, 2018 0 Comments
3 BALA Hall of Fame Inductees Revealed

The Best in American Living Awards™ program recently inducted its sixth class into the BALA Hall of Fame, honoring innovative, well-respected individuals and companies that have significantly affected residential design and construction. The 2017 BALA Hall of Fame class includes: Lita Dirks. Dirks, owner of Lita Dirks & Co. in Greenwood Village, Colo., is an […]

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