Q2 Multifamily Production Index (MPI) Gained 5 Points

By Ann Adamson The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said for Q2 the Multifamily Production Index (MPI), a leading indicator for the multifamily market released byposted a gain of five points to a reading of 58. The good news is that this is the 10th quarter with a reading of 50 or above. MPI measures...

Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference: House Plan of the Future

Last month’s Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference (PCBC), one of the largest housing industry events in North America,  brought together a reported 7,000 influential architects, developers, building scientists, investors, lenders, marketers, product manufacturers, and residential builders at the Moscone Center in San...

Biggest Trends in Single Family Home Building from the 2013 Survey of Construction (SOC)

Among some other trends, we do know that American homeowners are now up sizing to a “forever home” that can accommodate family members for future senior living, thanks to all the baby boomers who are coming of senior age these days.  According to a recent study called the “2013 Characteristics of New...

View Your House Plan in 3D

It may seem a little bit far-fetched, but 3D printing of house plans is now enabling customers to purchase and view their house plans in 3D. The latest printing technology can use software files to convert your house plans or blueprints into an actual physical model of your home. It is great for home builders...

Goodbye Dining Rooms, Hello Open Floor Plans

Open floor plan image of kitchen and dining area in vaulted space.

Young Families and Millenials Ditch the Dining Room and Embrace Open Floor Plan Layouts. Traditionalists may never be able to give up their formal dining rooms, but young Americans and homeowners are increasingly looking at houses with dining rooms re-imagined or removed from the floor plan entirely. A trend that began over a decade...