The Great Recession wreaked havoc on the housing industry, putting an untold number of builders, remodelers, and designers out of business. But not all areas of the country endured the same hardships, and not all are experiencing the same kind of recovery. At its 2006 peak, the housing market was supporting 2.27 million housing starts a year. These days, that number hovers at about 1 million, despite extremely low interest rates. That may not say much for an overall recovery, but across the country there are a multitude of markets that are rebounding in their own way—markets where designers, builders, and homeowners have found their niches in this recovery. Sean Groom gives statistics for a variety of areas in the United States where they’re making it work. Photo: Robert Wallace/Corbis
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