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What’s Your Cost Per Square Foot?

What’s Your Cost Per Square Foot?

What's Your Cost Per Square Foot? For most home builders, asking them, “What’s your cost per square foot?” is a little like asking a mechanic what it’s going to cost to fix the engine in your car before he’s had a chance to look it over. Without knowing more, a price...

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When Smaller Is Smarter

When Smaller Is Smarter

WHEN SMALLER IS SMARTER She's 59. He's 61. And their kids have finally moved out for good!   Retirement's just around the corner. Their 2,700 square foot two-story served its purpose well, but it's been too big for the two of them for years. They want to build a...

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The Entertaining Kitchen

The Entertaining Kitchen

Many of the best times of our lives revolve around being with family and friends. Whether it’s hosting a formal get-together, holiday dinners or your children’s birthday parties, the kitchen is the hub of activity. A little extra attention spent planning flow, layout...

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What Does Green Mean For You?

As a Nation, We Can Do Better According to the U.S. EPA, the average home creates more pollution than the average automobile. It’s not surprising there is increasing interest in building environmentally responsible homes, and today it is possible to build “green”...

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The Three Faces Of Design

The Three Faces Of Design

How form, function, and social design elements influence our product purchase decisions. Her Home Magazine spoke with some unlikely bedfellows: Kohler (plumbing products), ThermaTru (exterior doors,) InSinkErator (food waste disposers,) and Wilsonart (counter tops,)...

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The Practical Side Of Design

The Practical Side Of Design

Beethoven had his piano. Picasso his brushes. Similarly, today’s homebuyers tend to initially judge builders on their“ artistic” architecture—with blueprints their sheet music and their 3-D canvas of wood, glass and stone. But beyond the visual and social appeals, it...

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The Organized Kitchen

The Organized Kitchen

For many years, dishes, utensils, cookware and supplies were organized by groups. Since today’s kitchens are often arranged by zones determined by function (e.g., prep, cooking, baking, serving, clean-up zones), point-ofuse storage has become a practical way to save...

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The Craftsman House

The Craftsman House

Design Elements of the Craftsman House If traced far enough, the roots of Arts and Crafts homes began with Hindi bangalas, thatched roof cottages with porches and low, heavily overhung roofs. British officers occupying India in the late 19th century brought the Indian...

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