Dreambuilder Custom Homes announces Dreambuilder Twelve: a new kitchen renovation

Dreambuilder Custom Homes is pleased to announce its latest kitchen renovation project:  Dreambuilder Twelve. Demolition has already taken place, which included donation of the current cabinetry to the Habjax ReStore, in preparation for the electrical and plumbing work.  In addition to new cabinets, granite coutertops and appliances, the home’s 50-year-old electrical system will be brought…

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30-year mortgage rates at 4.81%

Source: Associated Press/AP Online
Publication date: March 24, 2011

By JANNA HERRON

NEW YORK – Fixed mortgage rates edged up this week, but even 30-year rates below 5 percent have done little to boost home sales.

Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rose to 4.81 percent from 4.76 percent the previous week. It hit a 40-year low of 4.17 percent in November.

The average rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage increased to 4.04 percent from 3.97 percent. It reached 3.57 percent in November, the lowest level on records dating back to 1991.

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11 Emerging Kitchen and Bath Design Trends

Custom Home Online features an article this month on the latest in kitchen and bath design trends.  Highlights include: Darker cabinet finishes still strong French door refrigerators are gaining popularity LED lighting is emerging as an energy-conserving alternative Vessel sinks in bathrooms Matte-finished faucets such as brushed nickel See the complete list and a slideshow…

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Spring is on its way: time to spruce up your outdoor entertainment space!

With spring right around the corner, now is the time to begin planning that long-overdue renovation to your backyard.  Patio?  Covered porch?  Summer kitchen?  Deck?  Pool?  Dreambuilder can handle all of it for you in one unified project from design to completion.  We can even help you divide the project into phases that  you can…

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Hold the Salt: House Converts Salt Water to Fresh Water

By  Jenny Sullivan, BUILDER magazine 

There’s plenty to admire about this cliff-dwelling house off the Southern California coast. It’s got a 60-foot infinity pool, retractable glass doors that open wide to the breeze, radiant heat floors in the kitchen and bathrooms, and a unique exterior skin of chili-pepper–red steel-trowel stucco, accented with quartzite stonework. It’s also insulated with recycled denim cotton panels and is armed with two solar hot water systems—one that supplies the house and another that generates 500,000 BTUs per day to heat the pool year-round.

Building the 7,000-square-foot residence on a perch that most would consider better suited for an osprey nest required some acrobatics. “We went in with a bobcat and tiered the site on different levels,” explains custom builder Gregg Golenberg. “Rather than coming in with large equipment and massively grading, we had to do everything with small machinery.”

But perhaps the coolest aspect of this luxury residence is its water story. In an area where fresh water is often scarce, it’s got the requisite low-flush toilets (which use salt water) and a side yard and third-floor deck outfitted with synthetic turf. To keep the natural landscaping healthy and prevent erosion, the house is equipped with a desalination system that uses reverse osmosis to convert 800 gallons of salt water per day into fresh water for irrigation.

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