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HousingZone's projects, project ideas, trends, and tips for residential builders, remodelers, and architects serving the residential construction industry.



4 expandable house design concepts

4 expandable house design concepts

Features
March 18, 2011

In the latest installment of Professional Builder's House Review collaborative, leading architects and designers present four creative plans designed to grow as the family grows. Rather than creating designs where expanded areas become obvious add-ons, these homes maintain both functionality and outstanding curb appeal as they are expanded.

Professional Builder webinar: 35 Moneymaking Ideas for Builders in 2011

Professional Builder webinar: 35 Moneymaking Ideas for Builders in 2011

Features
March 18, 2011

Making money as a builder has never been more demanding than it is today. New tools and ideas are required to achieve success. Join Professional Builder's editors Patrick O'Toole and David Barista and columnist Scott Sedam for a fast-paced, one-hour webinar loaded with ideas you can use in your business today. This free webinar is available on demand.

5 narrow-lot housing concepts for today's market

5 narrow-lot housing concepts for today's market

Features
February 27, 2011

In the latest installment of Professional Builder's House Review collaborative, four leading architects and designers present five narrow-lot housing solutions that address such critical elements as garage placement, the value of side yards, and maintaining privacy without losing views.

5 trends in infill housing

5 trends in infill housing

Features
February 20, 2011

As demand for new housing in established neighborhoods increases, home builders are finding ways to create marketable projects on smaller infill sites.

7 best practices for building affordable green homes

7 best practices for building affordable green homes

Features
February 20, 2011

Going green doesn’t have to cost more. Experts at the NAHB Research Center have identified design and construction tactics that builders have used to minimize the cost premium for green.

Features
February 14, 2011

There are a number of reasons builders might make the decision to switch building products, materials, or systems. A different product may offer first-cost or labor savings over your current product. Or perhaps it will make your homes more energy efficient or green, and thus more marketable to potential buyers. Regardless of the reason, switching products does pose risks and challenges for builders.

News
February 04, 2011

Pulte Homes has purchased enough land to build 70 townhouses in Washington state, according to the Issaquah Press.

News
February 04, 2011

Starwood Land Ventures has recently acquired the Summerlake planned community in the Orlando, Fla., area for $28 million, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company is looking to sell the roughly 1,500 home sites on the 557-acre plot to builders who are betting on the area’s recovery.

First-time buyer survey: Family features, ample storage most desired amenities i

First-time buyer survey: Family features, ample storage most desired amenities in a home

Features
January 31, 2011

Neighborhood schools, ample garage space, walk-in-closets, and walking/biking paths are among the community and home features most desired by first-time buyers, according to a survey of Professional Builder readers. Other desirable home features include an open-plan design, walk-in shower, master bathroom with dual vanities and separate tub and shower, and energy-efficient systems.

Builders need to carefully assess the risk of completing and selling unfinished
Features
January 23, 2011

With the right price and the right location, the numbers on any unfinished house or neighborhood can look like a great deal. But the key to making money on partially completed projects is thorough due diligence and an incredibly clear understanding of the liability issues. Here's what you need to know before taking on unfinished projects.

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