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In the wake of last week’s violent tornado outbreak in Oklahoma, many homeowners have been forced to consider where they would go in their home with a severe storm bearing down. From basements to bathtubs, every homeowner’s emergency plan is somehow unique. But what if there was a more practical solution, an actual safe room […]

With all the chatter about new construction and eager buyers battling for a limited housing supply, it’s easy to overlook the uptick in remodeling activity. Believe it or not, not everyone is looking to move. When it comes to making upgrades, nothing can refresh a home like a new kitchen or bath. (Or both!) Over […]

Ask anyone outside of the building industry the last time they stepped foot in a brand new home and they may need to pause and think. Surely for some, it’s been quite a while. The housing bubble burst nearly six years ago, and only recently has new construction picked up. It’s worth noting the design […]

Chances are few builders actually identify themselves as “green builders,” but given the way energy efficient solutions have flooded the marketplace, it seems every builder is  building greener homes these days — intentionally or not. Call it circumstantial expertise or specialty by default. Building, in general, is bustling with exciting new “green” products and materials. […]

Interior remodeling projects may be more sexy, but a new survey from Professional Remodeler indicates more home owners are addressing exterior projects to improve curb appeal and energy efficiency. Reasons may vary, but one Midwestern remodeler told the magazine, “People are looking for a high-value, low-maintenance exterior product at the lowest price, but a product […]

The third and final day of the 2013 International Builders’ Show finished up with exhibitors, sponsors and attendees being treated to a closing concert from Cheap Trick. Fresh off of their most recent tour with Aerosmith, the rock band tore down the house with a 90-minute concert featuring many of their greatest hits. But before […]

Energy remained high throughout the convention center for Day 2 of the 2013 International Builders’ Show. Following the big announcement on day one that IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show will be held simultaneously in the future came the news that the shows will remain in Las Vegas for the next four years. […]

Explaining the upward trend in new building starts is a complicated task, but a Cliffs Notes version might go a little like this: While taking advantage of record-low mortgage rates, prospective buyers have gobbled up foreclosures and existing homes the same, leaving markets across the country with dwindling inventory amid ever-increasing demand. So, prospective buyers […]

This time of year, it’s common practice to look back at the year that was, the stories and trends that shaped 2012. An optimist might claim it was this was the year the housing market angled its way back on track. A bruised and battered industry began the healing process, and in some places, even […]

While the year hasn’t closed out just yet, evidence both actual and anecdotal suggests 2012 was a comeback year for a housing industry that sorely needed, leaving many to wonder if — a big “if,” to be sure — the housing recession is really over. Numbers aside, it was a great year for design. Architects, […]

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