The year 2016 was an eventful one for home building.
Spring Lake Village, in California wine country, offers soup-to-nuts accommodations, airy spaces, walking paths, and gourmet dining. NAHB’s 55+ Awards, given by NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council, named it Best Repositioned Community. Developer/Builder: Cahill Contractors; Architect: Perkins Eastman. Photo: Chris Cooper.
The best homes for older buyers now offer a place to be for a lifetime—not just one life stage
Aamodt Plumb Architects designed this contemporary home in central Texas. "It has a less rigid form to it," says Mette Aamodt. "It still has very clean lines, which is generally true of modern architecture; a great connection between the indoors and outdoors; and an open floor plan. Photo: Casey Dunn. Click here to enlarge.
Contemporary design has permeated the consciousness of homebuyers and changed the elevation lineup for many builders
Focusing a project inward can help residents make important connections with one another
This display at the Earth Elements Design Center shows some of the wood flooring options. All photos: courtesy Earth Elements Design Center
Blythe Beaubien, marketing manager for Earth Elements, talks about the genesis of the design center and what sets it apart
Artful solutions to the challenges posed by density
An outdoor living room like this one, by Boulder-based DTJ Design, makes a home live bigger. The demand has taken hold nationwide.
As the demand for outdoor living continues, interior trends are making their way outside
Sway’s 1850 Clubhouse is an open-air lounge with private nooks, a community bar, and a custom billiard table. Photo: Adrian Tiemens Photography. Click here to enlarge.
Demand for rental housing is at an all-time high, fueled by a wave of Millennials who are taking their first steps into living on their own.
Homes at The Edge satisfy Costa Mesa’s parking requirements, says architect Alan Scales: “You’re getting two cars in the garage and a third car in the driveway.” The exteriors have a transitional flavor, he points out, with elements of traditional design such as lap siding and warm, earth-tone colors and veneers, but placed to offer an innovative look.
High-density detached housing offers maximum value on small lots
“We sell a lot of upgrades,” says Drees Homes’ VP of national purchasing and operations, David Metz. “But they’re not the main focus of the design studio. Our philosophy is that it’s there to enhance the home-buying experience and make building a house easy and straightforward.”
Today’s design centers take a page (or two) from successful retailers to improve the buyer experience