Could some of the most in-demand housing markets be cooling off?
Single Family Homes
Single Family Homes
HousingZone's articles, surveys, ideas, trends, and tips on single family homes for residential builders, remodelers, and architects serving the residential construction industry.
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Lennar and KB Home are among builders building homes for multiple generations
Brookfield Residential and architect SDK Atelier employed an innovative piazza
concept at La Vita at Orchard Hills where homes are clustered in groups of four
around shared motor courts. The courtyards also serve as community gathering spots.
Photos: Eric Figge
At La Vita at Orchard Hills, Tuscan-style homes clustered around small piazzas bring a little Italian flavor to Orange County
Smaller-scale infill designs are not just for well-established urban areas anymore.
Architects and designers see more L-shaped great rooms, more spatial definition, and a stronger connection to the outdoors.
Seattle architect Ross Chapin knows all about designing smaller, smarter homes. Chapin, principal of Ross Chapin Architects, Langley, Wash., has long been a proponent of conserving resources by cutting down on unnecessary square footage.
Whether a home is large or small, the master bath continues to demand a great deal of attention.
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 417,000 units in March, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Although the idea of a great room has been around for many years, the design and definition have both evolved.
Nationwide housing production edged up 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000 units in February, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes paused for a third consecutive month in March, with a two-point reduction to 44 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).