Author: Susan Bady

Susan Bady

Susan Bady is a veteran journalist who has covered home building and design for more than 30 years.

(Pre)cast in Concrete

Precast concrete is not used as much in residential construction as in commercial development, but that could be changing.


Innovation Drives Factory-Built Housing

By Susan Bady One aphorism (or cliché if you like) that is particularly apt for factory-built housing is “necessity is the mother of invention.” Faced with affordability concerns, the home building industry turns towards innovation – in the form of prefabrication – as a tool to address construction time and attainability. Moreover, manufacturers of modular, […]


BALA Regional Winners: The Best of the Best

By Susan Bady To be named Best in Region in the Best in American Living Awards, projects must have already won a Platinum award in one or more categories. Therefore, regional winners can be anything from a one-of-a-kind custom home or a glittering urban high-rise to a repurposed commercial building. It’s their thoughtful planning, creative […]


New Legislation Favors ADU Development

By Susan Bady Accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, continue to make a big impact on the urban landscape, as city planners craft legislation that make it easier to develop backyard space in established neighborhoods. ADUs are an affordable housing option in cities where young professionals, as well as empty nesters, are being priced out of […]