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BALA: Summer 2014 - It's all about the details

The NAHBs Summer news letter has been released! Check out what is happening all across the country in the building industry. See what our very own Wayne Visbeen has to say in the "it's all about the details" section featuring a slideshow of some our waterfront home designs and the details that make them great.





Published by National Association of Home Builders
Best In American Living
Summer 2014
It’s summertime, and Best in American Living is looking at all things outdoors: expanding infill homes out; the green features buyers really want (but can they afford them?); making water an amenity; and rewarding a disabled war hero with a special, eco-friendly home.
We’re also celebrating our Big 3-0! Yes, Best in American Living Awards has watched American communities—and values—change for over three decades now. Take a trip back in time with us to see 30 years of design trends.
The Drawing Board
Designing a Home for a Wounded War Hero
Three teams of architects competed at the International Builders Show to create the best house plan for a disabled veteran. One very considerate plan was the winner.
Jaclyn S. Toole, Assoc. AIA, CGP
Tools and Techniques
City Living Gets a Share of the Great Outdoors
These narrow-lot infill homes wrap around courtyards for great outdoor living and beautiful indoor light.
Steve James, AIA
Proofs and Truths
Keen for Green
NAHB's recent Housing Market Index survey reveals which green products and practices builders are finding most cost-effective and attractive to buyers.
Paul Emrath, Ph.D.
Portfolio
Healthy Ever After
Low-income rental housing can meet more than economic needs. Arbor House in the South Bronx addresses the typical health issues of an urban "food desert."
Brooke Fishel
It's All In the Details
Waterfront Homes
When designing waterfront homes, builders and architects must consider water views, outdoor spaces, outdoor rooms, prevailing winds, shading, and more. Here's how to put all the pieces together.
Wayne Visbeen
Special Section
30 Years of BALA Design Trends: What's Changed, What's Stayed?
A look back at BALA winners across three decades provides insight into how American communities—and American values—have changed over time.
Brooke Fishel
NAHB

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