There is a veritable geyser of data tracking housing today. From existing-home sales, to house prices, to new-home permits, to starts—housing metrics abound.
Affordable high design
A look at 14 economical upgrades for single-family homes.
Go ahead, vent
One of architect John Edwards’ favorite inexpensive products is Cor-a-Vent’s polypropylene strip vent. “It helps to clean up those hard-to-paint-around soffit vents that we all dislike and gives the roof a sharp, crisply defined edge,” says Edwards. The company’s S-400 strip vent blends in with cedar or other stained or painted roof overhangs, and can be installed in any design from boxed-in eave to zero overhang.
Architect: LS3P | Neal Prince Studio, Greenville, S.C.; Photo: LS3P | Neal Prince Studio
In the suburbs of Detroit, home builders and buyers alike are going crazy for wing walls, reports architect J.R. Ruthig. “They’re mostly decorative, but they can spice up front elevations,” Ruthig says. Wing walls help screen the garage doors from the street and make a clean transition from stone to brick going down the garage side of the home, “saving a few dollars and [making the home look] like it was designed that way instead of [as] an afterthought.”