Dreambuilder Nine progress photos on our Facebook page

Dreambuilder Nine, our master bath remodel for the Hughes family, is now in progress, and you can see construction photos on Dreambuilder’s Facebook page.  Be sure and check back every couple of days as new photos are uploaded.  This remodel will take about three weeks to complete.  This week, the first week, consists of demolition…

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Slow Home Movement Focuses on Building Homes That Work for Occupants

Dreambuilder found this interesting article on what’s known as the ‘slow home’ movement.  Though the name is not very catchy, there are some great concepts here regarding effective home design, livability and sustainability.  While we don’t agree with every detail of the concept, we firmly believe that every house should be designed around the family that will be using it — no ‘cookie cutters’ here.  Sizes and locations of rooms, optimized storage spaces and efficient use of square footage are just some of the considerations for home design.  At the same time, the home should be created to be not only functional but beautiful and unique.  Lines of site, use of windows and views and artistic construction all have a place when in proper balance with other elements.  These are just a few of the details that Dreambuilder considers when designing a custom home for our clients.  Visit our Dream Home Gallery to see our original designs, and contact us today to see how we can help you imagine and create the home of your dreams, so you can live the life you’ve always wanted.

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By Mary Beth Breckenridge

RISMEDIA, March 1, 2011—(MCT)—John Brown believes a home should ease the stress in life, not contribute to it.

Brown is the founder of the slow home movement, a philosophy of home design that emphasizes livability and sustainability. It’s about building a home that works for the occupants, not one that’s intended to impress.

The concept was inspired by the slow food movement, with its focus on healthful, sustainable ways of producing and preparing food, explained Brown, an architect, real estate broker and architecture professor in Calgary, Alberta. “You can think of the typical cookie-cutter house as being like fast food”—often supersized and designed to satisfy our craving for beauty, he said. It’s a house that’s designed to seduce us into buying by feeding our fantasies of a more glamorous life, he said, not one that’s necessarily easy to live in or easy on the environment.

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30-year rates back below 5%

Source: Associated Press/AP Online Publication date: February 24, 2011 NEW YORK – The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell below 5 percent this week, as investors sought more Treasury notes amid growing tension in the Middle East.Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year loan slipped to 4.95 percent from 5 percent.…

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A calm, contemporary kitchen from Kitchens.com

Last week we shared this great kitchen design website with you at Kitchens.com, and a section that shows you different kitchen designs and a ‘swatch board’ of all of the style selections that go into each one.  Currently Dreambuilder is working with a prospective kitchen remodel client on a contemporary kitchen that will look very…

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Average rate on 30-year mortgage dips to 5 percent

Source: Associated Press/AP Online Publication date: February 17, 2011 NEW YORK – Fixed mortgage rates inched down this week, following a dip in Treasury yields.Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage slipped to 5 percent from 5.05 percent last week. It hit a 40-year low of 4.17 percent in November. The…

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