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.
It’s wide, but not wood
According to PPG’s New Home Construction Trends 2013 survey, wide-plank wood flooring is all the rage. Ruthanne Hanlon, national color and design consultant for PPG Architectural Coatings, says the whitewashed look offers vintage appeal. Pale woods with an untreated appearance are also popular. But if solid wood flooring is too cost prohibitive for your project, try laminate. The design choices include Armstrong’s Rustics Premium collection. Shown here is X-Grain Khaki/RoughCut Khaki, which simulates rough-hewn planks of white oak, deeply textured with knots and saw marks.
Photo: Armstrong Laminate Floors
Use brick as an accent
Reclaimed brick, when used as a partial facade and strategically placed, can make an inexpensive but significant visual impression.
Architect: LS3P | Neal Prince Studio, Greenville, S.C.; Photo: LS3P | Neal Prince Studio