Dream Home Blog

The Dream Home Blog expresses ideas from a sustainable realist.

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.

Aug 28, 2016

A degree in Craftsmanship!

This, my friends, might be the solution. And how can we propagate it? Ideas?

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Aug 25, 2016

Build new? Buy old?

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!

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Aug 15, 2016

Lakewood CO Citizens planning academy

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...

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Aug 10, 2016

McMansion uglies

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...

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Jul 29, 2016

Affordable housing Nation wide, Crises

Washington post article indicating that home ownership is down to 69%, the lowest since 1965, and that is on a national level.

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Jul 28, 2016

Affordable housing in Denver

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.

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Jul 25, 2016

Long delays for building permits increases housing costs

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.

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Jul 25, 2016

Denver North Building

US News and World Report declared Denver to be the best place to live. I Believe it! Building is happening, everywhere.

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May 24, 2016

Live small, but feel like you are living Large

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)

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May 20, 2016

Power Generation on your existing windows

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.

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May 18, 2016

Power Generating Windows - solar

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.

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Mar 14, 2016

Square foot cost

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!

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Feb 10, 2016

Arapahoe Community College Student exhibit

It has been a few years, but our work was displayed at a similar event. I'm planning to go. who will join me?

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Dec 02, 2015

Credential Renewal

Empire Drafting and Design is pleased to announce that Michael Payne has renewed his LEED-AP BD+C Credential.

Feb 27, 2015

Construction brings the American Dream

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...

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Feb 26, 2015

HGTV impressions are false!

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.

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Feb 24, 2015

Elk Run Bed and Breakfast

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.

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Feb 23, 2015

Katrina Cottages for affordable housing

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?

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Feb 19, 2015

Good Home Designs

Wanting to bookmark this page as it looks like plenty of good ideas reside here...

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Feb 12, 2015

Shipping container homes off grid

Perhaps not micro, but not far from it

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