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    Throughout America, many of the top private golf and country club communities are recapitalizing and reimagining their amenities. For the most part, these investments are an ongoing effort to stay relevant to existing residents and attractive to prospective members in an extremely competitive market. By one measure, golf course renovation […]

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  • 09/24/18--05:43: Strata Clubhouse
  • Project team Architect/designer: KTGY Builder: Lennar Multifamily Developer: Lennar Multifamily and Resmark Interior designer and merchandiser: Possibilities for Design Landscape architect/designer: Norris Design Photographer: Eric Lucero The design directive was to create as many amenities and gathering spaces as possible, for a broad appeal to both design-forward millennials, and active […]

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    This Highlands, N.C., home is designed to maximize views along the Whiteside mountain ridge, and a linear floor plan ensures breathtaking views from almost every room. The ridge-top location is exposed to many severe storms and requires a wind speed design of 120 mph along with creative hidden details to […]

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    By Tess Wittler Research continues to show that a growing segment of the population, regardless of age, is yearning for a more connected, vibrant lifestyle of urban living. They want to walk down the block for coffee or meet friends after work for drinks, and they want cultural centers and […]

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  • 10/03/18--09:11: Home of the Week: Lighthaus
  • The owners wanted the experience of living in a “glass lantern” in their family retreat on Lake McQueeney (Texas), along the Guadalupe River. The compact, three-story home was designed to feel both connected with and grounded to the site with its wood-clad lower level… …which is used for storage since […]

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    Sweet Briar Farms by Jim Chapman Communities, a private gated age-restricted neighborhood in Woodstock (Cherokee County), has already accepted 37 contracts since it opened for pre-sale in February 2016. This represents almost fifty percent of the total number of 85 new homes available on 68 acres of former farmland, which […]

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    This contemporary spin on American heritage architecture won a Best in American Living™ Platinum Award for Detached Home, 2,501-3,000 Square Feet. Located in In Irvine, Calif., Juniper blends well within the surrounding community. A spacious, open floor plan concept home with up to 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths appeals to […]

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    Located in Houston’s upscale Tanglewood/Uptown neighborhood, Tate at Tanglewood is a NAHB Green Bronze certified, 431-unit infill residential apartment community with brick and metal warehouse-like exteriors and multiple internal courtyards and open spaces. From the covered brick entry into the motor courtyard and its adjoining hotel-style lobby, to the individual design […]

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    Boca Raton’s local planning policy encouraged a move toward contemporary architecture and nontraditional planning, which was originally a challenge for this Best in American Living Awards Gold winner for Attached Townhomes Built for Sale. But the changes actually led to the project becoming a focal point in the city. Glass […]

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    A speedbump. A hiccup. A slight pause. A small slow down. At the Fall Meeting of the Urban Land Institute last week in Boston, the narrative was consistent. Ten years into the recovery from the Great Recession, the talk in the community development and home-building world is about a housing […]

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    This 12,000-square-foot, single-family home boasts classical, French-style architecture, with a limestone façade and lavish gardens fitting perfectly into the vernacular of Chicago’s Lincoln Park. It was a Platinum Best in American Living Awards (BALA) winner for One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home Over 8,000 Square Feet. With more than 50 different types […]

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  • 10/25/18--06:32: Adding On
  • By Matt Dixon Whether they’re called granny flats, in-law suites, or carriage houses, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are challenging the makeup of modern neighborhoods and city zoning codes alike. ADUs can be attached or detached from a main home but occupy a single lot, increasing density in a neighborhood without […]

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  • 10/30/18--14:15: The Missing Middle
  • By Michael Medick Once upon a time, a young boy lived with his parents in the second-floor apartment of a triplex. Technically, it was a duplex, owned by his grandparents who lived next door in the attached two-story apartment. It had been modified to accommodate a ground-floor apartment; an elderly […]

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    This existing Long Beach, Calif., house looked like Darth Vader’s helmet—dark and foreboding. But the redesign saved it from the “Dark Side…” …bringing it into the light, and winning Gold in the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) Entire Home Remodel $250,001 – $750,000 category. The project encompassed the complete […]

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    By Tess Wittler What’s driving the evolution of amenities? Lifestyle—or more specifically, how people want to live. Amenities have evolved to help residents “Live, Work & Play” within their community, which means they no longer have to go off property to get what they are seeking. When done right, they […]

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    This Las Vegas community’s rugged, contemporary styles mix flat and shed roofs with stone, bronze, rusted metal, wood tiling, and plaster, creating warm, rustic, modern homes. The Best in American Living Awards (BALA) Gold winner for Detached Home, 3,001-3,500 Square Feet is designed with a 30-degree rotation of the rooms […]

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    By Deborah Myerson A Creative Happy Hour in Bloomington, Minnesota, hosts activities ranging from live salsa music and dance instruction, free hot chocolate and dessert table, to an interactive 3D mural. In Los Alamos, New Mexico, the monthly downtown “On Tap” series promoted by Creative Los Alamos engages participants over […]

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    By Adam Davidson Unlike the majority of industries that have changed over recent decades—mostly due to new technology—the processes for constructing a new home have not changed in more than 100 years—until now. Up until this point, residential builders have followed a standardized set of building practices in order to […]

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    To be honest, this project that combined talents of a Texas HBA and local high school students was one of our absolute favorites! Casa Uber Alles, The Best in American Living Awards (BALA) Judges Discretionary Award winner for Educational Building Trades Program, is a Tiny House on the Fredericksburg, Texas, […]

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  • 11/15/18--04:00: Our Fall BAL Issue Is Here!
  • A beautiful home is made better when it’s surrounded by a beautiful community, and crafting that connection is what our Best in American Living™ 2018 Fall Issue is about! Whether the development is new and energy-efficient (from one Alaska university’s study on building in cold climates, or from high-performing windows and doors)… […]

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