Hdr Annualissue
Houses 2009
from the editors of Fine Homebuilding magazine

Not moving anytime soon?

The slowdown in the real estate market has a lot of home owners asking questions about their current residences. After all, the market may have tanked, but life lurches on. The kids need their own bedrooms. Where can we add one? Can we carve out some space for a home office? Will some artful reworking of the exterior make it more appealing to a potential buyer?

Architect Lynn Hopkins has been solving these kinds of problems for more than two decades, for clients with budgets that range from generous to just plain modest. In Designing an Addition that Looks Right, she puts her experience at your service with an article that will help you evaluate your home's potential for an upgrade that will make you happy to stay put. Learn how even a small addition can make a big difference.

No building component combines the power of a window to influence the look and thermal performance of a house. Why does one window cost $100, and another of the same size cost $500? Why is a window that performs well in a hot climate the wrong choice for a cold climate? If you’re building anew, or replacing the old windows in your house, Sean Groom’s Buyer’s Guide to Windows is must reading. It explains the pros and cons of the five common types of windows, and tells you how to select the right windows for your climate.

In this issue of Houses, we pay special attention to remodeled homes that have been transformed with bold strokes. In St. Paul, architect Michael Roehr (The Upside-Down House) recast a dreary cottage into a light-filled contemporary home for a family of four. In Berkeley, architect Geoffrey Holton (Living Lightly on the Whole Lot) updated a 1920s bungalow into an energy-smart house that generates its own electricity, heats the shower water with the sun and irrigates the garden with an engineered grey-water system. In addition to these and other savvy remodels, the issue profiles a trio of new houses that show how appealing designs and energy-saving construction don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

This year’s Design Gallery rounds out the issue with a close look at three studios small enough to fit in a backyard, yet large enough in spirit to feel like a vacation destination. Why move?

If you’ve got a project that you think we should know about for a future issue of Houses, we’d be happy to take a look. Find out how to submit a project on our Call for Entries page.

Charles Miller
Special issues editor

Softcover Magazine, 8-7/8 x 10-7/8 in., 112 pgs.
Published 2009, ISSN 1096-360X, # 020203

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