Homebuilders offer new ideas for additions that make room for more family members.Lennar, the home builder, is selling a new multigenerational house in Irvine, Calif., that I would have loved to live in 10 years ago when I was sandwiched between a mother with Alzheimer’s and a toddler daughter.Lennar’s floor plan shows a neat way you can add on to the typical traditional home to make room for...
Homebuilding did not get off to a good start in 2014. David Crowe,
chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, blames
the harsh winter that plagued many states east of the Rockies for
bringing homebuilding to a virtual standstill at the beginning of the
year. A sluggish economy didn't help either, he noted.
As such, housing production is not making much advancement in 2...
Friendswood Development Company’s newest master-planned community: Tavola. Meaning gathering place in Italian, Tavola is
nestled within acres of woods filled with miles of greenbelt trails, serene
lakes and breathtaking views. With
immediate access to US 59 and the future Grand Parkway expansion, Tavola’s
convenient location caters to major employment centers incl...
Today’s housing market offers opportunities and challenges. We sort out the latest trends for you in our weekly news roundup.So far the summer months have brought more than just sunny days and heat waves. Housing trends show promise — homes are selling more quickly, there are fewer distressed properties, and values are going up thanks to tight inventory. But that also means millennial buyers are s...
There is a great new neighborhood coming to Northeast Houston
nestled in “the woods”. The Groves is
located about 2 miles south of 1960 on Lake Houston Parkway in Northeast
Houston. The Groves is master planned by
Crescent Communities. The community is
built around nature so many of the native trees are being preserved. Those that are cut down are being
Marianne Cusato, designer and author of Just the Right Home
(Workman Publishing Co., 2013), has spent years talking to home owners
about their homes and recently talked with BUILDER online about a common
topic: buyer’s remorse.“Financial surprises are at the heart of most regrets,” Cusato says.
“Hidden expenses beyond the monthly mortgage are typically to blame for
the surprises. The exp...
In the third quarter, nearly 17 percent – or 59 of 350 metros -- returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index. That represents a year-over-year gain of seven markets on the index. “The markets are recovering at a slow, gradual pace,” says NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly. “Con...
Life in suburbia is finally beginning to get some respect. Hofstra University on Long Island, home to Levittown, the original suburb, runs the National Center for Suburban Studies, aimed at advancing public consideration of suburban living. Additionally, Johnson County, Kansas, is moving forward with a National Museum of Suburban History. Officials behind the effort say that with 50 percent o...
If my spouse had bad credit before we were married, will that affect a credit score?
If you hold a joint credit account, have co signed a loan or have authorized use of another person's credit, these items could affect a score if they appear on your credit report. It's important that joint account holders or authorized users understand that their credit behavior does affect the other joi...
Builders spent six months building a custom 5,300-square-foot house with
ocean views in Hammock Dunes, Fla., but when the Missouri couple who
had the home built went to look at their new beachside abode, they found
an empty lot.Home builder Keystone Homes had mistakenly built the couple's
three-story vacation rental on the lot next to the one the couple owned.
"We are in total disbelief, ...
This lightweight, panelized mini-house is so simple to build, even you could do it.This house can be built using just a screwdriver. Image: Teal International CorporationIf your tool skills are limited to a screwdriver and a bottle opener, you can still build your own house.Teal Panels makes structures from molded polyethylene panels that fasten together using nothing more than a Phillip...
How far will you go to get your green on? Would you live in the treetops? Share toys? Tell us what you think.They’re sustainable — built with scrap wood and mortar — and their thick walls reduce the need for energy to heat and cool. Would you live in a cordwood masonry house? Image: Tony Wrench/That Round HouseSustainable living has very little to do with shiny new stuff. Think about that reusable...
MainStreet America in Houston aims to make shopping for home products an entertaining experience.MainStreet America in Houston is a theme park dedicated to home improvement. Image: MainStreet AmericaA new 14-acre superstore wants to reinvent how you purchase home-related products.Home improvement junkies in and around Houston, it’s time to rejoice. MainStreet America, the first them...
A drop in single-family home sales – both new-homes and
existing-homes – over the past few years equates to a real estate market
that is at least 700,000 shy in annual home sales, according to
estimates by David Crowe, the chief economist for the National
Association of Home Builders.
He arrived at that estimate by taking into account historical market
averages in the late 1990s and ear...
Huge, open kitchens continue to grow in popularity, getting bigger and bigger. But is bigger really better?Big kitchens are on trend — but home owners often use them as gathering spaces, not necessarily to cook in. Image: Burdge & Associates Architects Inc.Houses with cozy eat-in kitchens are common. But enormous kitchens that consume most of a home’s square footage continue to be the tre...