Sustainable Features Are Serious Selling Points for New Homes

Sustainable FeaturesNew homeowners across several generations are showing increasing preference for sustainable features in new homes.

The Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report, published by the National Association of Realtors, details the breakdown of types, sizes and characteristics of homes purchased by five different generational demographics. The categories include: Continue reading Sustainable Features Are Serious Selling Points for New Homes

How to Offer Universal Design Techniques to Your Home Building or Remodeling Work

While universal design is frequently used in projects responding to aging-in-place or mobility issues, it’s not a construction technique intended to respond strictly to those factors. In residential construction, universal design is intended to create living spaces that can be used by the most people to the fullest extent possible without the need for additional assistance, adaptations or specialized design. In your home building or remodeling projects, you can help your clients by offering some of the following universal design concepts and techniques: Continue reading How to Offer Universal Design Techniques to Your Home Building or Remodeling Work

How Stone Is Making Its Way Into the U.S. Home Building Marketplace

Homeowners are choosing stone as an exterior accent and cladding material at an increased rate. Stone use in home building has risen 6 percent in the years between 2004 and 2002, according to Builder.

This data on stone use in was published in the most recent Builder Practices Survey, conducted by Home Innovation Research Labs. Continue reading How Stone Is Making Its Way Into the U.S. Home Building Marketplace

Remodeling Trends for Kitchens and Baths Across the U.S.

Current kitchen and bath remodeling trends are more likely to emphasize smaller size, improved spatial flow between kitchens and surrounding areas, and better conservation of water. Here are some of the most recent kitchen and bath remodeling trends, as reported by Shelley D. Hutchins on the Builder website. Continue reading Remodeling Trends for Kitchens and Baths Across the U.S.

Metal Roofing Making a Mark as a Durable “Last Roof” Option

A lighter, sturdier and more wind-resistant roofing material is becoming increasingly popular among residential construction professionals and home improvement companies. Metal roofing, a style of roofing material made of lightweight but extremely durable steel or aluminum, is becoming more common in American construction and remodeling projects, according to an article at Remodeling.

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Traditional Exterior by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Frederick + Frederick Architects

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Is Solar-Powered Sanitation the Wave of the Future? Here Are the Latest Developments

Solar-Powered SanitationAn experimental solar-powered sanitation system promises to bring better health and hygiene to developing countries. At the same time, the system shows promise as a practical alternative to current bathroom fixtures in the United States and other industrialized nations. Continue reading Is Solar-Powered Sanitation the Wave of the Future? Here Are the Latest Developments

Silica Dust Standards and Innovative Products Work Together to Keep Workers Safe

Silica Dust StandardsWith new standards for exposure to silica dust under consideration, new products are already being fielded that improve silica dust safety and reduce the amount of airborne crystalline silica on constructions sites.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed new rules that improve silica dust exposure standards by reducing the permissible exposure limit (PEL), which is the maximum amount of silica dust an employee may be exposed to during a full work shift, according to a definition on the OSHA website. Continue reading Silica Dust Standards and Innovative Products Work Together to Keep Workers Safe

Meritage Homes Expands Home Building to Southern Region

Meritage HomesA Top 10 national homebuilder has expanded its operations to cover the southern region of the United States. Meritage Homes has opened a new South Region office in Atlanta, Georgia. The new regional office will incorporate offices in Nashville, Tennessee, along with operations in Atlanta and the Greenville-Spartanburg area of South Carolina, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Continue reading Meritage Homes Expands Home Building to Southern Region

Solar-Powered Homes: Where and Why Are They Becoming So Popular?

The use of solar power for generating electricity isn’t a new technology, but in the last few years, it’s become more popular as an option for homeowners and builders.

Solar power offers a range of benefits that make it an extremely attractive and economical option in residential construction. These benefits include: Continue reading Solar-Powered Homes: Where and Why Are They Becoming So Popular?

Homebuilder Confidence on the Rise After the First Six Months of 2014

homebuilder confidenceA major measure of homebuilder confidence shows increased consumer optimism among first-time homeowners and residential home builders in the United States in the latter part of 2014.

In July, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo sentiment measure — a leading indicator of homebuilder confidence — rose almost 10 percent, to 53 from June’s 49, according to Bloomberg. This increase beat Bloomberg’s forecasts of 50 for the month. Continue reading Homebuilder Confidence on the Rise After the First Six Months of 2014