News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Justin Doom / Bloomberg / September 11, 2013
Solar panels are the next granite countertops: an amenity for new homes that’s becoming a standard option for buyers in U.S. markets.
At least six of 10 largest U.S. homebuilders led by KB Home include the photovoltaic devices in new construction, according to supplier SunPower Corp. (SPWR) Two California towns are mandating installations, and demand for the systems that generate electricity at home will jump 56 percent nationwide this year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
“In the next six months, homebuilders in California and the expensive-energy states willRead More
Shelley Hutchins / CUSTOM HOME / July 29, 2013
Custom Home editors recently caught up with several of the foremost kitchen designers from around the country. We asked them to talk about trends they’re spotting in custom kitchens for both new construction and renovations. Mick De Giulio of Chicago-based De Giulio Kitchen Design says kitchens are increasingly becoming number one on clients’ priority lists, so keeping up with what’s hot is good practice for custom builders, residential architects, interior designers, and other industry pros.
Nick Lehnert / BUILDER / June 10, 2013
From spalike master baths to super-large kitchens and beautiful outdoor spaces, a range of consumer preferences is driving home design. My newly compiled list of lifestyle and design trends details what consumers want in a home now and in years to come.
• Smaller homes. According to the results of a recent AIA Design Trends Survey, there is a growing interest in smaller home sizes and volumes due to an effort to contain energy costs. The era of the McMansion could be over, and a significantly higher number of architects have reported demand for smaller homes. The key is to create scale and functionRead More
Jean Dimeo / June 7, 2013
Low-interest rates and shared payments are allowing young adults to buy their first homes with mulitple upgrades.
Millennials are the largest demographic group behind the baby boomers, and a growing number of national and regional home builders are—or soon will be—courting them with technology upgrades and multigenerational spaces as many of these 18 to 34 year olds prepare to buy their first house.
During an interview at PCBC in San Diego this week, Doug Bauer, CEO of Tri Pointe Homes, noted that a recent survey revealed that 84% of millennials want to buy a home. “That’s good for us,”Read More
Daniel DiClerico / Consumer Reports / June 3, 2013
In putting together this year’s special report on kitchen remodeling trends, Consumer Reports spoke to designers, architects, remodeling contractors, among other professionals. But we also checked in with our Facebook fans to learn what people love and hate about their kitchens, as well as the lessons learned from their own kitchen makeovers. Here are some of the responses from the hundreds we received. You can join in the conversation by visiting Consumer Reports on Facebook.
What’s the best decision you’ve ever made on a kitchen remodeling project
- Putting in energy