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Aging in Place – Scoop San Diego: Family Living

Most people prefer to stay in their home or apartment for as long as possible. The best way to make this a reality is to plan ahead of time to make the amenities in your home as safe and accessible as possible. It can be hard to imagine that tasks around the house that were once done with ease can one day pose a challenge. Anticipating the challenge and planning accordingly may allow you to remain in your home for an extended period of time. Often, with some minor modifications, your home can be adapted to help you stay as long as possible even with some loss of mobility.

via Aging in Place – Scoop San Diego: Family Living.

White a popular new design trend | Homes-Extra | More | Edmonton Sun

Interesting trend.

We are seeing a lot of white: fabulous white bathroom fixtures, delicious white kitchens, pops of white in room settings and even larger pieces of white furniture set into industrial or earthy spaces. Crisp, clean and purely fabulous — white is a hit for home!

via White a popular new design trend | Homes-Extra | More | Edmonton Sun.

‘Bar Rescue’ goes bad: Work permits were not obtained

Get your permits first…

The reality show is called Bar Rescue, but the Tempe bar owners say it was more of a bar fail.

The owner of the heavy metal bar in Tempe says he gave permission for the show and its producers to do whatever they wanted.

But within 24 hours of the bar rehab, the owner says he was getting calls from the city with some serious concerns.

via ‘Bar Rescue’ goes bad: Work permits were not obtained.

Building Safety Department to continue IBC meetings Monday – Camp Verde Bugle – Camp Verde, Arizona

CAMP VERDE – On Monday, the Town of Camp Verde’s Building Safety Department will host another in a series of public meetings to discuss the potential adoption of the 2012 International Building Codes.

The Nov. 4 meeting will be the final meeting regarding possible changes to the International Residential Code (IRC), one of 11 building codes. The meeting will focus on plumbing and electrical sections of the IRC, said Kendall Welch, Permit Technician for the Camp Verde Community Development Department.

The Building Safety Department encourages architects, builders, contractors and designers and residents of Camp Verde and the surrounding areas to attend.

“The public meetings are a great forum for the people that live and work within Camp Verde to give their input to the personnel that are enforcing the codes,” said Kristi Gagnon, fire marshal for the Camp Verde Fire District. “The Town of Camp Verde and the Camp Verde Fire District want to hear how these codes affect businesses and homeowners.

via Building Safety Department to continue IBC meetings Monday – Camp Verde Bugle – Camp Verde, Arizona.

Forecast: Phoenix Housing Market Could Outpace Most Metros in 2014

Phoenix generated a flood of housing-related headlines in 2013. It’s easy to understand why. This was one of the areas hit hardest by the national housing crisis and subsequent recession. Home prices in and around Phoenix began plummeting in the summer of 2006 and didn’t hit a firm bottom until five years later, in the fall of 2011. Foreclosures surged as homeowners watched their equity levels sink into the red. The local real estate market ground to a halt.

Flash forward to the present. It’s November 2013, and Phoenix is now one of the most rapidly rebounding housing markets in the country.

Based on data provided by S&P/Case-Shiller, Clear Capital and others, we predict that home prices in the Phoenix metro area will rise by nearly 20% in 2013. That would put it among the top-performing metro areas in the country (most of which are in California), in terms of year-over-year price gains.

via Forecast: Phoenix Housing Market Could Outpace Most Metros in 2014.

The Roadmap to Reducing Solar PV “Soft Costs”

The Energy Department’s DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL recently issued a new report, “Non-Hardware ‘Soft’ Cost-Reduction Roadmap for Residential and Small Commercial Solar Photovoltaics, 2013–2020,” funded by DOE’s SunShot Initiative and written by NREL and Rocky Mountain Institute RMI. The report builds off NREL’s ongoing soft-cost benchmarking analysis and charts a path to achieve SunShot soft-cost targets of $0.65/W for residential systems and $0.44/W for commercial systems by 2020.

 

Non-hardware costs — also referred to as soft, balance of system, or business process costs — include permitting, inspection, interconnection, overhead, installation labor, customer acquisition, and financing. The report also highlights that certain processes often categorized as soft costs, such as permitting and interconnection, may not appear significant when measured in terms of dollars-per-watt, but are costly in that they pose significant market barriers which slow PV deployment.

via The Roadmap to Reducing Solar PV “Soft Costs”.

Sunny Side House / Wallflower Architecture + Design | ArchDaily

From the architect. The site would not appeal to most local homebuyer as it immediately ticks several negative boxes for what are deemed liabilities in a residential semi-detached plot. It is long and narrow, with both the long side and front facing the western afternoon sun. The plot lies a metre below a public road that bounds the front and the ‘sunny’ side. In the local context, there would be environmental, layout and cultural issues to overcome.

The clients, a family of five, wanted a home that revolved around familial living and bonding. The implication of this ideal is that spaces need not be arranged or defined too rigidly for formal or cultural hierarchies. There are advantages to be had from a narrow plot as it naturally restricts the depth of rooms. The resulting spaces receive more natural light and are better ventilated due to the shallower proportion. The 1st storey is conceived to be a contiguous linear space, where living, dining, kitchen functions are serially arranged, but have little in the way of physical demarcation.

via Sunny Side House / Wallflower Architecture + Design | ArchDaily.

Eclectic home design: How to pair the old with the new | The Naperville Sun

As you begin to find furniture, artwork and accessories to bring your own style to your home, you may find it difficult to stick to one design style throughout every room. With the right decorative strategy, however, you can create a look that is all your own while mixing vintage pieces with new furniture and contemporary art.

Stay in a single color scheme

When you are juxtaposing contemporary design with fun vintage pieces, you can create a harmonious look by working with a consistent color palate. If you have vintage furniture or accessories in neutral tones, you might update them with a contemporary touch by accenting with bright, bold tones in the room’s paint or artwork.

via Eclectic home design: How to pair the old with the new | The Naperville Sun.

Phoenix housing market up, but commercial sector still struggles

As values on residential property in Phoenix continue to recover post-recession, experts say growth in the commercial sector will take more time.

The city is saturated with commercial space, experts say, but they have seen positive signs in certain areas.

Experts say the housing market is the first to go down in a bad economy and the first to bounce back. The commercial market follows.

via Phoenix housing market up, but commercial sector still struggles.

Phoenix luxury home market seeing a summer rebound – Phoenix Business Journal

While the chronic supply shortage of homes for sale across metro Phoenix pushed prices up dramatically yet again in June, the luxury home market has been particularly hot this summer, according to the latest monthly housing report Monday by Arizona State University.

The Valleywide median single-family home price — which includes all type of sales — was $190,000 in June, up by nearly 27 percent from a year ago and 2.7 percent from May, the report said. Normal resales were up about 11 percent year-over-year to a median price of $200,000 in June while new homes surged 27 percent on annual basis to $271,885.

These dramatic price increases are largely due to the fact that there are very few homes available for sale.

via Phoenix luxury home market seeing a summer rebound – Phoenix Business Journal.

Introducing the new Arizona Living Collection – The Explorer: Real Estate

Maybe just maybe the architects are starting to be influenced by market requirements. Should builders have product managers? The answer is a no brainer

In essence, the new home designs answer the question, “What do home buyers really want?” According to national studies, post-recession consumers want as much value as they can afford while maintaining the ability to have choices in their home design preferences. The National Association of Home Builders’ 2012 What Home Buyers Really Want Survey indicates home buyers want help with organization and storage, among other things. These plans anticipate homeowner preferences and provide solutions.

via Introducing the new Arizona Living Collection – The Explorer: Real Estate.

‘One size fits all’ rules don’t work with energy codes for new construction – The Prescott Daily Courier – Prescott, Arizona

The 2012 IECC Code does have some sensible requirements that will benefit buyers of new homes. But the value of some requirements is debatable. And I wonder about a “one size fits all” energy code. The new code has “climate zones,” but some of these zones go coast to coast. Prescott is in zone 4. So are Seattle, Wash., and Washington, D.C. So is Long Island, N.Y., and Independence, Calif. (near Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental U.S.). The temperature, humidity and architecture are very different in these areas. Prescott has about 300 days of sunshine a year; Seattle has about 300 days of rain. Prescott has drastic temperature changes, both seasonally and daily. Seattle is near a coast and has mild temperature differences. But the same energy code will apply to all these areas.

via ‘One size fits all’ rules don’t work with energy codes for new construction – The Prescott Daily Courier – Prescott, Arizona.

Council postpones final vote on energy codes

The Flagstaff City Council took a step back Tuesday night from requiring new, stricter energy-efficiency construction for new homes.

The group decided instead to come back to the issue on July 16 for a possible decision.

The council is looking at three options: Leaving building requirements for new homes the same as they were in 2006; changing them to 2009 international recommendations (the middle-of-the-road option); or bringing them to 2012 international standards (the most demanding option).

Council postpones final vote on energy codes.

Peoria aims to speed building-plan permits

Peoria plans to launch a pilot program for design professionals to self-certify their building plans as a way to expedite the city’s permitting process.

via Peoria aims to speed building-plan permits.