Table of Contents January 2013

Editor's Notes

  • John McManus Editorial Director

    One Square Foot

    Recovery for U.S. home builders will be lumpy, and it's each one's ability to distinguish their "square foot" on both the cost side and the value side that will determine who makes it to resilience.



House of the Month

  • NCSU Chancellor Residence, Raleigh, N.C. Architect /Designer: Marvin Malecha and Weinstein Friedlein Architects, Raleigh, NC and Carrboro, NC; Builder: Rufty Homes, Cary, NC; Interior Designer: Design Lines, Raleigh, NC Photo: Dustin Peck

    Lofty Ideals

    The new Chancellor's Residence at North Carolina State University features a kitchen that's as hardworking as it is beautiful.


Field Report




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    Truss Worthy

    Exposed wood scissor trusses feature industrial fittings.


Perfect Fit

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    Pinned Down

    Taylor Morrison used photographs frequently repinned on Pinterest to inspire the interiors of its new San Antonio model homes.


Game Changer

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    Tall Order

    Taller wood structures could be a byproduct of this design competition.


Success Story

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    Million Dollar View

    Minto Communities buys a rare, turn-key waterfront development from St. Joe Company at a bargain price.



Editor's Pick

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    High Style

    Patricia Urquiola designs a new line of glazed porcelain tiles for Mutina.


Sound Off

Crowe's Economy

  • David Crowe

Chief Economist 


Washington, D.C.

    Sales Improve

    New-home sales have been on the upswing, contributing to a brighter, more positive outlook for the housing industry.


Build Smart

Construction Detail

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    Jump Footings

    Where foundation footings change elevation, forming and pouring a continuous footing is problematic.


How To


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    Island Living

    Architect James Wentling shows production builders how a hard-working kitchen island makes for a smarter, more flexible open plan.



National Beat

Chairman's Letter

  • Barry Rutenberg

Chairman of the Board, NAHB

Washington, D.C.

    Reliable Resource

    NAHB membership offers numerous perks and is crucial to success for everyone involved in the process of constructing new homes.


NAHB Research Center Corner

  • Free Registration

    New registration process for the NGBS Green Certification Program is free.



  • ¢¬Genius¢¬¢ At Work Maurice Lim Miller says he'll use his MacArthur grant money to explore low-cost modular housing.

    Prefab Solution

    Maurice Lim Milller wants to use a $500,000 award to attract investors and developers.