Tips for Modifying Single Story House Plans to Fit Your Needs


As the U.S. economy slowly exits the recession, home construction is leading the way. In February 2013, permits for upcoming construction climbed to their highest point in five years. Many consumers are buying homes to take advantage of extremely low interest rates. Some are buying constructed homes, while others are buying house plans and modifying … Read more

Which Design Elements Can Make a Small House Plans Feel Big?


Some factors contribute to the popularity of small house plans in the U.S. For context, let’s remember that today’s average home is still much larger than the typical American home in the 1970s. Indeed, in 2010 the average new home was 44 percent larger than the average home in 1973. Still, heating costs, environmental concern, … Read more

Unobstructed windows are a wonderful option for your home


Balancing Light and Privacy Windows let the light in, but they can also let your neighbors get a great view of your home’s interior. For secluded areas or areas with a gorgeous view, large, unobstructed windows are a wonderful option. In less private areas, however, it’s a little more difficult to get that outdoor connection … Read more

BC Place revitalized and completed renovated


Shortly after serving as the Olympic Stadium during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, BC Place closed to the public. Fewer than 18 months later, it reopened, revitalized and completed renovated. This ambitious project was possible only through a collaborative team approach that prompted the chair of the BC Pavilion Corporation, David Podmore, … Read more

Two types of contracts that builders use to price new homes


Did you know that there are two types of contracts that builders use to price new homes? Those two types of contracts are called “fixed price” and “cost-plus.” If you’ve never build a home before, you’re probably wondering which type of contract is better. We’ll show you the ins and outs of both contracts so … Read more

Will The Smart Windows Be the Next Innovation in New Home Construction?


You’ve probably heard about refrigerators that warn you when the milk is getting low or kitchen tables that double as stovetops. But there are a few innovations that aren’t getting quite as much attention, even though they could seriously impact the way we design, build and live in our homes. Smart windows are one of … Read more

The Newly Renovated Four Seasons Resort Lanai

The Hawaiian island of Lanai is home to the newly renovated Four Seasons Resort Lanai, owned by Oracle founder Larry Ellison. Guests will be swept away by the hotel’s luxurious amenities, including well-appointed suites and facilities, high-end restaurants, luxury spas, retail stores, and an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The resort’s lobby showcases a … Read more

Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a state-of-the-art national museum


The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is a state-of-the-art national museum located in the historic Forks area of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Designed by world-renowned architect Antoine Predock, it is targeting LEED Silver certification, and it is Canada’s first national museum outside the Ottawa region. Itis 260,000 square feet and 12 levels of unique and iconic design. … Read more

5D Macro BIM is giving the ideas of architects and designers the respect they deserve


Five dimensional building information modeling (5D) Macro building information modeling (BIM) is giving the ideas of architects and designers the respect they deserve. What is 5D BIM? 5D BIM is the real-time display of fully valued parametric building components within a virtual model. It’s a type of Macro BIM, which is a technology that allows … Read more

Preserving and honoring its historical roots During Western Michigan University Demolition Project


In December 2012, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, announced its controversial plan to demolish the original buildings that comprised the college from its inception, including several of its East Campus buildings: East Hall, North Hall, West Hall and the Speech and Hearing Building. All four had been gifts from the community when the university … Read more