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We provide ideas and comments that support sustainable realism whether your dream home is a cabin, a quite palace in the country or modern home on a city street.
This, my friends, might be the solution. And how can we propagate it? Ideas?
This Market Watch Article doesn't mention Denver, so the numbers are not realistic for Colorado, but it may make sense to look into a lot, if you can find one for sale!
It pleases me to have been chosen for the 6 week limited seating, city planning academy. I'm looking forward to learning more about the process of looking forward for a city...
Let's look for balance, proper bulk, well spaced voids... anyone for beauty? Also, let's design to fit the neighborhood. Don't oversize the secondary bulk...
Washington post article indicating that home ownership is down to 69%, the lowest since 1965, and that is on a national level.
As the population increases in Denver, City leaders are struggling to keep affordable housing available. We looked at a lot in Westwood, but couldn't obtain it for a price that would enable us to keep it in the neighborhood price point. It actually was a house, with a failing foundation, so would have been a scrape.
In a supply/demand market, if housing permits are difficult to obtain, or it takes a long time to get through the process, housing prices increase, as there is not timely infusion of units into the marketplace. Goes along with a recent LinkedIn post regarding zoning in our town of Lakewood being such that nothing can be built on a lot we were looking at which is for sale.
US News and World Report declared Denver to be the best place to live. I Believe it! Building is happening, everywhere.
Make small spaces spacious. The trend towards enlarging your space without moving your walls is a pursuit undertaken in many countries, specifically in over-crowded cities. Here’s an example from Mumbai, India. The living/dining/kitchen space is especially impressive. Take a look at the floor plan and see what they were able to do with 80 square meters (861 square feet). (from Designboom.com)
If you are not replacing windows, yet still want to harvest electricity on your sun-drenched windows, there is a film that can be added (also to walls). It may not yet be cost effective, but technology is amazing.
Install these windows and eliminate you utility bill. One of the most fascinating prospects in new technology is solar collecting, power generating windows. While it seems more practical for city skyscrapers than for private homes at this point in time, the future looks good for sunshine being turned into a power source. And it looks like in the long run, this may be a more economical way to generate power than solar collecting grids and wind turbine generators. Click on the URL to learn more.
Builder mag. does a great job of lining out some of the variations in a per square foot cost, when discussing this with a client. What is included? Most everyone excludes the tap fees, land acquisition cost, and landscaping. Some limitations must apply. is the driveway 50' long or 250' long, and is that included? Vinyl windows? or AL clad wood windows? Lots of variables, but this conversation allows you to build credibility. Best!
It has been a few years, but our work was displayed at a similar event. I'm planning to go. who will join me?
Empire Drafting and Design is pleased to announce that Michael Payne has renewed his LEED-AP BD+C Credential.
For too long, we have discouraged our youth from following careers where they get their hands dirty. The average HVAC worker is 55. We must refill that pipeline...
This article provides some of the background of how the HGTV programs are creating false realities. Particularly regarding the time a project takes. When cabinet companies require 6-8 weeks for delivery, a 7 day project is not realistic, unless... a warehouse is filled with materials prior to beginning a project.
Here is the Entry for Elk Run Bed and Breakfast. One of the few we designed and built... A garage will be added this summer, with Master Bedroom above.
Wonder if my friend Steve Mouzon was the designer on these homes that have been relocated to SEA SIDE to provide housing for students @ $50/ night in a $1000/night community?
Wanting to bookmark this page as it looks like plenty of good ideas reside here...
Perhaps not micro, but not far from it