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July 25, 2017

This 2,800-Square-Foot Stunner Makes Them Slam On The Brakes!   I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Schumacher from Schumacher Homes a few years back while doing plan reviews at the International Builders Show. Besides the fact that she is witty and charming, she is also brimming with wisdom. She told me that she always […]


July 25, 2017

Think “Leave it to Beaver.” Homes designed for traditional neighborhoods should have the following characteristics: Design that encourages a sense of community. Designed to minimize the impact of the automobile. A sense of historical correctness to the massing and fenestration. Historically correct detailing. To encourage a sense of community, many TND-styled homes will have large […]


July 25, 2017

  Look ma! The war cry for young show offs world wide. I’m sure you have had a “look ma” moment or two in your life. I don’t know about you but mine typically ended with skinned knees and tears. It was 1986 and my car du jour was a 1974 Monte Carlo with a […]


July 25, 2017

  Imagine you are in a cement box quickly filling up with water. The box is sealed on all sides, yet you still find a way out and survive. How? I will get back to that one. This week we have a plan that works to solve the riddles presented by today’s buyers. Read More


June 5, 2016

In today’s market, creating a house that has built-in value is key to sustainability for both homeowner and builder. In an attempt to reduce costs many builders are opting for the “value box” approach. The value box concept is to completely stack the second floor over the first floor walls. This includes the walls in […]


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