The Oasis kitchen from The Evans Group

Photo: courtesy The Evans Group

The kitchen as focal point lives on, with increased emphasis on islands and pantries.

The (Not So) New Role of Cannabis in Construction

Hempcrete provides natural insulation, is airtight yet breathable, impervious to mold, and virtually fireproof

The New Face of Solar Panel Buyers

A residential photovoltaic installation in Bayview, Wisc., in 2007. Photo: Mjmonty/Flickr

As music and film streaming becomes more on-demand, so do energy-efficient utilities

High Speed Internet Boosts Home Prices

Researchers found that high-speed internet can add up to three percent to a home’s price

9 Key Home Trends for the New Buyer

Room for personalization in homes is key

Tract houses being built.

Survey reveals home builders' quest to find the ideal weather, air, and thermal barrier.

Millennials are not necessarily flocking to cities, the Urban Land Institute reports.

A recent study by the Urban Land Institute found that millennials aren't swapping the suburbs for city living as many prefer to dwell in centrally located neighborhoods.

Residents of Lancaster, Pa., and Raleigh, N.C. are the most likely U.S. adults who think their current home is ideal.

Joint Center for Housing report assesses state of the nation's housing

Ownership at 25-year low; demand for rental housing remains strong

The cottages of Heritage Sands, in Cape Cod, Mass., feature Eastern white cedar shingles for an authentic Cape Cod feel.

To sort out options in siding, consider climate, home style, and most importantly, budget.

An aerial rendering shows Emerson Green, phase one of Devens, which is adjacent to a 1,700-acre nature preserve and will respect the topography and mature trees. Developer Dan Gainsboro says, "The siting is carefully considered to encourage walkability, views, and socialbility and neighborhood connection." Illustration: Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

The team approach to designing a community results in a more cohesive result—and one that's often more creative.

One expert says activity from first-time buyers is crucial to avoid the market from slowing down too much later this year

Interior of one of the homes in the Victory at Verrado development in  Buckeye, Ariz.

The 1½-story rotunda entry foyer with a view to the den. Victory at Verrado, built by T.W. Lewis by David Weekley Homes, Buckeye, Ariz. Photo: courtesy David Weekley Homes

The team approach to designing a community results in a more cohesive result—and one that’s often more creative

Local Builders at the Top of Their Markets

In an era of consolidation, here's how four regional builders are staying independent while maintaining a lead spot.

Beware of the dangers of a hot real estate market

Brisk business means increased revenue, happy salespeople, and satisfied shareholders. If you're less than prudent, it can also spell danger.

National Green Building Standard Green Certification Program Marks Milestone

Home Innovation Reserach Labs recently achieved a major milestone with its National Green Building Standard certification program.


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The kitchen as focal point lives on, with increased emphasis on islands and pantries.

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