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The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
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.
Greig O'Brien / ARCHITECT / July 24, 2013
In June, the American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Billings Index saw a continuation of what we reported in May—a return to growth in the demand for architectural design services. April had seen the first dip into negative territory for the index in nine months, which now seems for certain to be an outlier. With a national score of 51.6, down from May’s 52.9, June’s overall rate of growth did cool off a little, but the industry is still on the rise. (A score above 50.0 in the index means that demand is increasing; below 50.0 means that demand is contracting.)
But the slight softeningRead More
Alexandra Rice / ARCHITECT / June 13, 2013
The AIA and partner organizations emphasize rebuilding smarter with ideas competition.
In the past couple of years, tragic storms have ripped through New Orleans; Joplin, Mo.; and New York City; to name just a few. In Joplin, more than7,600 homes were destroyed by the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history. Even as design efforts to build better post-disaster housing and storm bunkers are under way, many people are asking why we aren’t developing more sustainable housing in the first place.
Natural disasters offer, if nothing else, a chance to rebuild stronger. And with the helpRead More
Ryan Taylor Architects LLC / June 12, 2013
Increased activity in the luxury home market and an increase in the average home size point to a return to larger homes. This reverses a trend of decreasing home sizes from 2007 through 2009.
The luxury segment of the US housing market seems to have two components:
1) luxury buyers and the people who understand how to provide service to them by anticipate their needs, and
2) people who want to participate in the luxury market because they think they can get luxury buyers to fork over some of their money.
When the housing market began to fall apart as the housing bubble burst, it was amazing to see how manyRead More
Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated. Inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose.View Article