It’s summertime, and Best in American Living is looking at all things outdoors: expanding infill homes out; the green features buyers really want (but can they afford them?); making water an amenity; and rewarding a disabled war hero with a special, eco-friendly home.
We’re also celebrating our Big 3-0! Yes, Best in American Living Awards has watched American communities—and values—change for over three decades now. Take a trip back in time with us to see 30 years of design trends.
Here are a few of our features…
30 Years of BALA Design Trends: What’s Changed, What’s Stayed?: A look back at BALA winners across three decades provides insight into how American communities—and American values—have changed over time.
The Drawing Board
Designing a Home for a Wounded War Hero: Three teams of architects competed at the International Builders Show to create the best house plan for a disabled veteran. One very considerate plan was the winner.
Tools & Techniques
City Living Gets a Share of the Great Outdoors: These narrow-lot infill homes wrap around courtyards for great outdoor living and beautiful indoor light.
Proofs and Truths
Keen for Green: NAHB’s recent Housing Market Index survey reveals which green products and practices builders are finding most cost-effective and attractive to buyers.
Healthy Ever After: Low-income rental housing can meet more than economic needs. Arbor House in the South Bronx addresses the typical health issues of an urban “food desert.”
It’s All in the Details
Waterfront Homes: When designing waterfront homes, builders and architects must consider water views, outdoor spaces, outdoor rooms, prevailing winds, shading, and more. Here’s how to put all the pieces together.