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  • 3 WAYS TO MODERNIZE THE TRADITIONAL BARN

    Think “modern design” and “barn” doesn’t immediately spring to mind. But with a motivated client and a strong vision to connect the inside with outside, Silver Maple Construction and Joan Heaton Architects turned the traditional barn design into a sleek, contemporary home with expansive windows overlooking the Adirondack Mountains. Along with wowing their client, the

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  • WHAT’S WRONG WITH HOUSING IN AMERICA?

    Why the way we are trying to fix this isn’t working: Adding fees to residential development for affordable housing. Does anyone think you can make housing more affordable by making it more expensive to build? It makes more sense to put affordable housing fees on new commercial development, since the roots of new housing demand

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  • WHAT DRIVES THE PRICE OF A SQUARE FOOT?

    Over the past five years, the median price per square foot has increased in each of the 50 largest new-home markets in the country, according to Hanley Wood’s research arm, Metrostudy. Housing’s recovery from the Great Recession is undeniably a factor in the increase of median price per square foot from 2012 to 2017, and

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  • Rumors of the Death of the Housing Market may be Exaggerated

    Rumors of the death of the housing market are exaggerated, economists said. The chief executive of Redfin RDFN, -1.98%  sounded alarmed, speaking of a “significant slowdown,” as the real-estate website issued a profit warning. “There have been a lot of stories that housing is done. These stories are a little premature,” said Richard Moody, chief

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  • Survey: Millennials Rank Homeownership Above All Else

    A new survey from Bank of America finds that 23- to 40-year-olds are placing homeownership above nearly all else, with 72% of millennials saying owning a home is a top priority, second only to being able to retire (80%), and far outranking marriage (50%) and having children (44%). Millennials also tend to equate homeownership with

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  • Five Popular Kitchen Island Features

    Why are kitchen islands so popular? Because they’re one of the most useful design pieces you can integrate into a kitchen. And features like waterfall countertops, under-counter appliances and hidden charging stations are taking the trend to a whole new level. So if you can work a kitchen island into your home without compromising on

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