Defining a Good Neighborhood to Build a Home

City neighborhoods are no different than residential neighborhoods when it comes to looking at all the facts.

Now that the housing market has recovered, many people are examining their options when it comes to selling their homes, upgrading, looking at online house plan websites like The Plan Collection and moving to new neighborhoods. What should a person look for when they are going through this process? Most real estate agents will tell...

Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes to Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban

Shiregu Ban Design

Shigeru Ban,  56, as named as this years winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Viewed as the Nobel prize of architecture, the prize was established in 1979.  Ban joins previous prize winners including: . Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Philip Johnson. Ban is well known for his designs and work building community...

After a Slowdown the Housing Market Should Rebound in March

Feb. Housing Market

The inflated U.S. housing market posted the latest house prices data of 180.27 (SPCS10) published at the end of December 2013 for October 2013 — which put the U.S. housing market momentum at a high of 13.5 percent per annum. But, expansion in the housing sector (and manufacturing and autos) showed signs of slowing. These...

Builder Confidence Levels Out in January 2014

Housing confidence levels out in January.

According to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), in January 2014, builder confidence for newly built, single-family homes fell by one point to 56 after a somewhat unexpected jump in the last month of 2013. As markets continue to improve, future home sales continue to look positive given...

2014 Decorating Tips and House Plan News

design trends for 2014

In 2014 it appears as if more folks will be needing to store their stuff, so one of the hot utilitarian decorating item includes storage – from storage cubes to multifunctional furniture such as ottomans.  This tip is according to Editor Sheila Schmitz from Houzz which is a popular design and renovation site. Schmitz talks...