I’m a wee skeptical of The National Association of Home Builders 2018 survey of “thousands of U.S. homebuyers” for must-haves.

I have no doubt these things were tops on consumer’s wish list, and were accurately reported. I just think housing preferences are more regional. And this list is too national. 

These are features buyers ranked as most likely to be required in a house:  (more…)

By Phil Crone
Executive Officer, Dallas Builders Association

 

 

Unlike prior years, 2019 will not be full steam ahead for our area’s housing market. The predicted return to normalcy after a run of several frenzied years will be hard to characterize with a broad brush (though many will try). While more nuanced and complicated than before, there will be no shortage of opportunities and no reason why we cannot continue to be the envy of the nation.

Looking ahead, here are four things to watch in the year to come and why they matter:

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A U.K. firm has created a water absorbing concrete that I seriously think we need to take a look at and begin using or making here in the U.S. STAT.

This concrete is called “TopMix permeable”  and it acts as a giant concrete sieve/sponge, allowing the rainwater to drain right through it. Working on the traditional Indian model of rainwater harvesting and infiltration, this concrete can save more than 880 gallons of water per minute. But I think its use will be vital in our increasingly dense, urban infill areas that are flat, where water pools and floods during wild rain storms.

  • On an average, it can up take 36,000 mm water per hour
  • The level of water absorption may vary from country-to-country based on its climatic conditions
  • Many Texas areas would benefit from the reduced rainwater

TopMix Permeable can help cities better manage storms — watch this video —  just please don’t tell those folks who still want a tollroad next to the Trinity!

 

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Does this look familiar? Every Spring the elements wreak havoc on satellite dishes

If you have lived in North Texas for any period of time you know what happens to your satellite dish when the weather takes a turn for the worse.  It’s neither fun nor pretty.

When the rains come, wind blows, and hail makes its way to North Texas, it’s a guarantee that your Internet will stop working and favorite television show will turn into a fuzzy screen. Nothing can be more infuriating when watching your show or playing your game and the TV and Internet signal are interrupted or lost.

Furthermore, a satellite dish are an eyesore.  That is, until now.

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Huge crowds at the recent Design and Construction Week in Orlando, Florida Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Huge crowds at the recent Design and Construction Week in Orlando, Florida Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

This year is off to an exciting, fast-paced start! This Lifestylist® has spent the month traveling coast to coast in search of design and construction trends that we’ll see a lot of in 2017. After attending the International Builders Show, Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, Design and Construction Week, The Dallas Home and Gift Market, and the winter Las Vegas Market we’ve got a lot to talk about! Here are our favorites that we can expect to be see in a home near you. (more…)

A rendering of the property.

Vantage Design

Consumers, buyers, are so darn tootin sophisticated in what they want these days: Clean lines. Transitional. Open floor plans. Granite and lots of real stone. Hardwoods. Huge professional type kitchens with all the latest gadgets installed as soon as they arrive in the US.  High ceilings (but not too high). Vessel bathtubs. Spa master baths. Outdoor living areas, maybe now separating the outdoor grill/stove from the living area to reduce smoke. Smart home electronics you can manage from your iphone.

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Deion Sander’s spa bath

And now, apparently, $12,000 coffeemakers. At least that’s what they are putting in a Beverly Hills home for the discriminating California home buyer. Which means, the trend will soon be heading east and south to Texas.

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Neo Pastiche

Neo Pastiche Banality.  The Tuna Noodle Casserole of Housing

Let’s face it, homes have always been a collection of areas for cooking, sleeping, and primping surrounding a common family or group dining and living area. Sometimes these functions occurred in a single room and sometimes a series of rooms. The more schmancy you get, the more specialized the rooms and the larger the rooms become.  At some point, homes can become their own self-contained city like Barbra Streisand’s underground shopping center or overly task-specific like Candy Spelling’s gift wrapping room.

Yes, differing eras have sought to either open or close off rooms. Interestingly, in addition to overall wealth, it seems that what a society thinks of its women has something to do with interior spaces. When women were thought to be barefoot, pregnant and without meaningful opinions, homes were more closed off.

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