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PB October 2004


Builders Beat Florida Hurricanes

Homes built to statewide code resisted structural damage due to wind, but the devil's still in the details.

Two Types Of Housing Bubbles

Economists believe 'housing bubbles' exist in many markets and have the potential to severely damage the industry and the national economy.

New OSHA Web Site

In the bustle of last summer's busy construction season, an important new resource for our industry may have gone largely unnoticed by builders working 24/7 to meet the extraordinary demand for new homes: the Occupational Safety and Health Administrati...

Carving a New Niche

A leading builder brings the great outdoors into view in a Manatee County, Fla., home designed for social living. In the process, he makes a move-up for himself, into the luxury market.

Clay Plaster Looks, Feels Old World

As Tuscan and other European-styled homes continue to capture buyers' hearts, builders may again be looking for the earthy, Old World feel of plaster.

HVAC

Get Your HVAC System Sized Just Right

The lowdown on proper sizing, design, and installation of air handling systems

Handy Hangers

Simpson Strong-Tie has created an Architectural Products Group as a response to a clamoring from builders and architects for attractive connectors for exposed wood applications.

Contemporary Craftsman

Wisconsin’s oldest New Urbanist plan, a move-up family and a custom builder’s parade lot set the stage for a bold update of the Arts & Crafts idiom.

Limits To Boomer Wealth

Net worth among the baby boom generation has grown substantially, but it may not be enough to get them through retirement without Social Security and pension plans.

Design Sketchbook: Foyers

First impressions last, so put your best foot forward in the foyer. Know when to make a grand spash with a second entrance or stairway, and how to share space in compact designs.

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