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Windows in Bathrooms

If you have a window over your bathtub (not unusual by any account), do you really want to step into the bathtub to open or close them?

Home Design Details That Add Distinction

Drawn from winners of the 2020 Best in American Living Awards, these design details can inspire home builders with fresh new ways to differentiate their homes in a competitive market


How Home Builders Can Benefit From Good Design

Editor Nigel Maynard chats with an architect and production builder about what classifies as "good design" and how builders can include more of it…

Home Design

Female Homebuyers Want Practicality

According to Housing Design Matters, more times than not, a woman makes the decision whether to purchase a home. Through years of housing design…

Award-Winning Projects

Design Winners: Best of BALA 2019

These 11 projects from the Best in American Living Awards are a road map to design details that resonate with today’s homebuyers

Design Best Practices

Is This Hidden Hazard in Your Listing Photos? examines how to avoid potential hazards by looking at real estate listing photos like a home inspector.


Pro Builder Design Awards

2018 Professional Builder Design Award Winners

This year’s awards competition recognizes superb attention to detail and innovative problem-solving with a range of exciting, inspiring work

Lean Building

Lean Design for Home Builders? A Primer

The home building industry’s approach to design, plans, and specifications needs a comprehensive overhaul to find and eliminate waste in product and process

Lean Building

Building Lean? Beyond Value Engineering

Builders rightly obsess about cost reduction, but there's a revolution brewing under the banner of Lean operations. On the surface, it resembles traditional value engineering, but there are crucial distinctions

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