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Will 2015 be the year smart home technology finally goes mainstream? All signs point to yes, according to GigaOM senior writer Stacy Higginbotham: “The future of the connected home is continuing to evolve, and with more startups pitching products, the ship date of older crowdfunding campaigns hitting customer homes and big name companies warming to the space, […]

Across the country, more homeowners who would have in the past chosen suburban living are instead settling in the city. One downside to this urban renaissance: tear-downs. Never mind the sights and sounds of construction in otherwise quiet neighborhoods. In many cases, these demolish-and-rebuild projects have drawn the ire of neighbors and city planners alike […]

As they say in football, every inch counts. The same is true with home ownership, where the U.S. Census Bureau’s Characteristics of New Single-Family Houses Sold finds lot sizes have shrunk dramatically over the past two decades. Over on the National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog, Paul Emrath writes that a football field might […]

  Perhaps this should come as no surprise, but according to the Houzz Decorating Trends Survey of more than 1,700 Houzz users, when it comes to home decor, homeowners are nothing if not fickle. The survey found 66 percent of homeowners have recently decorated the same room they are currently tackling. What’s the fun in […]

If we’re being picky, there are plenty of downsides to outdoor gathering spaces. Mosquitoes, fallen tree debris, precipitation, scorching sunlight — decks and porches are great, but they’re not impervious to nature’s woes. There’s a very strong case to be made for the screened porch, especially because many modern designs implement large screen panels in […]

How exactly should a building professional feel about all of the popular home remodeling programming on television right now? On the one hand, these shows help homeowners understand the transformational ability of a single remodeling project. On the other, they may be dramatically misinforming homeowners on project budgets and timelines. Recently, Tim Regan of Remodeling […]

The amenities that attract a prospective home buyer to a neighbor varies by age group, right? Wrong. According to John Burns Real Estate Consulting survey of more than 20,000 home shoppers, nearby groceries and restaurants were the No. 1 and No. 2 attractions across three age groups: Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Gen Yers. One […]

In case you missed the must-read feature in the Wall Street Journal, a number of urban dwellers are rather creatively putting the “house” in warehouse amid limited inventory in major U.S. cities. WSJ’s Candace Jackson writes, “Across the country, adventuresome and sometimes deep-pocketed home buyers are converting urban diamonds in the rough into one-of-a-kind residences […]

It wasn’t so long ago “spending time in the yard” was interpreted as mowing the lawn, pruning shrubs and maybe even tending the garden. These days, more homeowners are looking to their outdoor spaces not as a reason for weekend labor, but everyday leisure. The Spring Houzz Landscaping Survey of more than 4,5000 Houzz users […]

For the homeowner who takes pride in his/her culinary skills, a fully-outfitted kitchen with the latest high-performance appliances is a must. But don’t overlook the simpler features, such as the pantry. Every trained chef knows a great meal starts with a meticulously organized kitchen. As you’ll see in the photos below, many new pantry designs […]

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