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BSB Design, Inc. is a national, award-winning architecture firm headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.

Achieving Affordable Curb Appeal: Part 3

By Mike Crocker A note from the editor: Mike Crocker, design director at BSB Design, wraps up his three-part series with a discussion on the iconic front porch. In part one, Mike shared how simple massing and limited but specific details can help establish a home’s architectural style – without breaking the bank. Part two […]


Achieving Affordable Curb Appeal: Part 2

By Mike Crocker In his last article, Mike Crocker, design director at BSB Design, shared how simple massing and limited but specific details can help establish a home’s architectural style – without breaking the bank. Click here if you missed it! Regardless of style, doors and windows play a major role in how a home […]


Achieving Affordable Curb Appeal: Part 1

By Mike Crocker Curb appeal remains one of the most important factors for consumers as they consider purchasing a new home. In fact, during a recent webinar, Mollie Carmichael, principal at Meyers Research, shared that buyers rank curb appeal second only to interior lifestyle design in their list of priorities for a new home. Some […]


Workforce Housing Case Study: Veranda

New rental construction has focused on the upper end of the market, but what about those who cannot afford $2,000 a month on rent? As more luxury style apartments appear, workforce housing has become critical. According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University’s State of the Nation’s Housing report, the number of […]


Efficient Designs for a Small Footprint

BSB Design’s Director of Design in Tampa, Ed Binkley, AIA, presented ideas about efficient design practices during the recent Southeast Building Conference. In case you missed it, a few highlights from his speech follow. Small home design concepts start at the site and make their way around the home room by room. The lot itself […]


What’s Next in Housing: For-Rent Single-Family Homes

Townhomes have become the go-to option for many first-time buyers, but some builders are upping the ante with new detached rental products that redefine the path to homeownership. As millennials experience major life changes, like marriage, children and advancing careers, they are embracing another possibly high-cost, and at least semi-permanent change: homeownership. However, renting by […]


Designing Affordable Homes on Expensive Land

Denver in 2007 was a much different place than it is today. The population was 582,000, the unemployment rate was 4.3% and the median price of a home was $157,000. Denver has been expanding during the last 10 years and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The growing population is now more than 700,000 residents, unemployment is at […]


New Paradigms for Attainable Housing

The concept of attainability makes sense at all price points, not just at the lowest end of the price spectrum. All buyers, regardless of their socioeconomic status or budget, can benefit from design concepts that impact the efficiency of the building by reducing labor, direct costs and cycle times. These three components contribute significantly to […]