If you could build yourself a new home and have your choice of any exterior finish, what would you choose? It seems like the majority of Americans would choose vinyl according to the Census Bureau's Survey of Construction and an analysis by the National Association of Home Builders. Stucco and brick came in a close second, but vinyl remains the most used across the country. Of course, the level of popularity varies by region and can depend on climate and access to materials. Check out more information on the study here. Though vinyl may not be our exterior finish of choice, it could make sense from a monetary or pragmatic standpoint. What are your thoughts on vinyl?
The homebuilding landscape has changed a lot since 1981, when Moffitt Built began developing and building homes in the KC area. Methods and homebuilding commonplace practices have changed but so have consumer needs and wants, as noted in this neat video from CNN tracing the evolution of the American home. In the past 40 years, the average home square footage has not quite doubled and amenities such as fireplaces and air conditioning units have now become standard. Exterior materials have also seen quite the evolution...read more here. What a neat progression to follow!
True. Being green involves further planning, can incur additional costs, and can sometimes take more time and certainly, requires a level of experience and the proper legal certification. As a Certified Green Builder, we understand the process and detail that goes into planning homes that rank high on the "Green Scale." This is why the new KC green apartment development caught our eye. Kansas City has rapidly become a forward-thinking modern marvel of a city in the past few years capturing national attention for everything it has to offer. With the construction of these new riverfront apartments, it looks like KC will continue to rival the best of the big cities in lifestyle amenities as well. According to national experts and the development team, the two buildings will comprise the largest U.S. multifamily apartment project using Passive House Institute-certified construction, a system that’s more energy-efficient than the highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building standard! Set for a 2017 tenant move-in, this is certainly a development to watch over the coming year!
We can't deny evolution. We see it in everything from fashion to cars. One such area where evolution should most definitely be recognized is in the home. The way we live our lives as a household unit has changed just from last year to now, let alone from say, the 1950s to today. There are obvious updates to modern-day homes that come as no surprise like the addition of home offices, the 'movie room,' and the walk-in closet, just to name a few. Other updates are more subtle; the "power pantry," is an example of an update that may not be recognized as a necessity but should be considered when drawing out plans for your new home. This article perfectly outlines the growing need for an update in kitchen storage space to enable and support our modern-day habits.
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