Archive for March, 2011

I L-O-V-E this house!

I love this house and think I’ve finally found a place to put it.

The house is modest size but plenty big enough for most people.  It oozes character due to the great details.  It has the flexibility to be a master up or down, an office, or guest suite.  Formal dining room.  Cozy kitchen.  Usually “cozy” is code for small, but here there’s plenty of room in a good layout and seating for a few, not the whole neighborhood.  I’m kind of a sucker for shingle houses, and this one is a beauty.  Proportions are teriffic.  Details and materials are spot on.  This won’t be a cheap house to build, but the end result will be stupendous.  You can see more of the plan on the http://www.HousePlans.com web site, plan #444-26.

The spot I’ve got picked out is a large prominent lot in Lynwood Park (Brookhaven) that due to setback requirements on two streets has a rather small buildable area — but big enough for this compact gem.  We’ll be posting it on the website soon with more information.

Let me know what you think.  Thanks.

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Can it be?

There’s a whiff of optimism in the air concerning the home building industry. Can it possibly be?

First, the Oracle of Omaha, aka Warren Buffet, says, “A housing recovery will probably begin within a year or so. In any event, it is certain to occur at some point. […] These businesses entered the recession strong and will exit it stronger. At Berkshire, our time horizon is forever.” You gotta love that last sentence.  And to back up the talk, he is putting hundreds of millions of dollars into his housing related businesses (Shaw, Johns Manville, etc.) which is why they will exit the recession stronger.  See WSJ article.

THEN, Ivy Zelman says maybe things aren’t so bad after all. This is completely out of character.  See Diana Olick’s Realty Check blog . And last week her blog’s title was It May Be Time to Believe in Housing Again.

These things are just too marvelous for me to get my head around.