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    Custom home with barn on 10 acres in Fishing Creek Valley for 940K: Cool Spaces – - April 24, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Everything but the horses is included on this private gated fence-lined 10-acre property in a secluded area of Fishing Creek Valley in Dauphin County.

    The horse lovers dream is turn-key ready with a heated eight stall barn including automatic waterers, wash stall, feed/tack room, fly spray system and Dutch doors that open to the separate fenced-in paddock areas throughout the property.

    An indoor arena measuring 60- by 90-feet, with premium footing, is attached to the barn.

    Other outbuildings include a four-bay workshop and a multi-bay 16-foot by 42-foot run-in shed.

    The custom 3,150-square-foot home, built in 2002, beckons its occupants outdoors with a large wrap-around front porch offering a view of the horses, and a generous balcony off of one of four bedrooms, offering an elevated view of the property and nearby mountains. A screened-in covered back porch allows for entertaining and dining with the convenience of kitchen access.

    The home has an open gourmet kitchen and family room area with a semi-private formal dining room and kitchen breakfast nook area. A stone fireplace is the centerpiece of the family room.

    Hickory wood floors carry through the entire first floor down the hall to the large sunlit laundry room/mud room, which opens via a pocket door to a full first floor bath with steam shower. Two exterior doors in the laundry room allow easy outdoor access.

    The wood staircase leads up to the large open hallway, which completely circles the staircase. French doors lead to the master bedroom with stone fireplace and wood mantel. A large master bath includes walk-in closet, double bowl vanities, tile floors and walls and large window-lit stone surround shower with multiple spray heads.

    The basement level includes exterior access, office space and a second laundry room for horse-related wearables.

    Located at 1841 Potato Valley Road in Middle Paxton Township, the home is listed for $939,900 by agent Steve Black, with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

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    In the market for a luxurious home? This tour highlights 8 new communities hidden in the Texas Hill Country – KSAT San Antonio - April 24, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Have you been shopping around for a new home? Perhaps one in or near Boerne?

    You can now take a tour of some exquisite homes in the beautiful Texas Hill Country during the 2021 Spring Tour of Homes.

    Spring Tour of Homes, also known as the biggest open house in Central Texas, is happening this weekend, April 24-25 in San Antonio, Boerne and New Braunfels.

    The annual tour, presented by the Greater San Antonio Builders Association, offers eight key communities and 39 new homes.

    Homes range in price from $200,000 to more than $1 million and can suit most budgets and lifestyle needs.

    Featured in the tour is Monticello Homes, which will offer homes in The Estates at Hinder Ridge at Kinder Ranch, located off Bulverde Road north of Stone Oak.

    Located in the gated enclave of Hastings Ridge, The Estates features spacious estate-sized lots with eight luxury semi-custom home options from Monticello Homes Legacy design series.


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    Cypress wood brings a dash of spice and style – Mountain Democrat - April 24, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    In todays homes kitchens serve a multitude of purposes beyond being a space to whip up a meal. Theyre the heart of your home, the command center, the family gathering spot. So its no wonder why kitchens are where homeowners invest their renovation budget and why homebuyers pay a premium for an updated look.

    Savvy design professionals agree, spicing up your kitchen with stylish, timeless and natural materials like cypress is a recipe for success.

    Planning a new or remodeled kitchen can be an exciting yet overwhelming time. Designer Erika Powell from Urban Grace Interiors in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., says making the process less stressful boils down to ensuring the layout meets your needs.

    When starting a project we first like to sit down with our clients in order to get to know them and how they will be using their kitchen, she said. If an architect is involved, we also like to work hand-in-hand with them so that any overarching architectural vision they may have is included in the interior design as well.

    Nowadays homeowners are mostly looking for open-concept floorplans with kitchens that open up to living and dining rooms. And because theres less available wall space, there are fewer upper cabinets. To compensate modern kitchen layouts feature expansive islands with seating and storage, a pantry for canned and dry goods and a butler pantry to hide away less frequently used items.

    Once we determine the layout, then we get to work on selecting building products and finishes, Powell said. While there is a wide range of products to choose from, our style focuses on fine materials and classic design elements. Being near the beach, our clients gravitate toward light and natural materials products like real wood are just more beautiful. A wood like cypress is stable and durable with unique charm. Its a fixture in many of our kitchen projects.

    When it comes to choosing cabinetry, architect Ben Patterson from Bossier City, La., says it doesnt take long to notice the difference between cabinetry thats built with solid wood and what you can find at the big box stores.

    In my experience homeowners value the natural character and quality of solid wood cabinets, he said. Im a full-service architect and usually design custom cabinets for the projects I work on. And I like working with local materials, so my cabinet designs usually have a cypress face with a birch box.

    Selecting a finish can be tricky but Patterson said trends come and go. Painted cabinets seem to be all the rage these days but a natural wood finish is tasteful and timeless, he added. And thats another reason I love cypress. Whether new growth, old growth, sinker or pecky, cypress is simply beautiful.

    If your kitchen feels a little bland, luxury homebuilder Matt Cain from Dallas-based Tatum Brown Custom Homes says whats overhead is often overlooked.

    In kitchens, we typically install a wood plank ceiling treatment to add visual texture and aesthetic warmth, he said. There are a lot of materials to work with, but I prefer cypress especially pecky cypress because it offers such a specific look and homeowners just fall in love with it. In fact, Ive never painted a cypress ceiling; its too beautiful to cover up.

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    Could tiny homes help families who lost houses in the Creek Fire? – - April 24, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) Could tiny homes help those who lost houses in the Creek Fire?

    The Creek Fire destroyed 853 structures last year, including hundreds of homes.

    Rebuild Our Sierra is partnering with Operation Tiny Home to help some families make a quick return to their property.

    Dylan Johnson, one of the co-founders of Rebuild Our Sierra, says it takes three or four years to rebuild a full home and less than three months for a tiny house.

    Operation Tiny Home founder Gabrielle Rapport says, A lot of times when people go tiny they are interested in that more minimalist lifestyle. Its not for everybody.

    Operation Tiny Home is known for projects like housing veterans in volunteer-built and self-built tiny homes.

    Rapport says, We do like to tailor it custom built to the needs of whoever it is we are building for. In these situations where we are building for people who lost their homes in the fires, we know that they want to have all the amenities and it might take them some time to rebuild their lives. They want a washer and dryer and they want access to a full size kitchen and a full size refrigerator. In these homes we can absolutely provide that for them.

    Tiny homes are popular because they are often affordable, customizable and eco friendly.

    Rapport says, It definitely does take a tremendous amount of creativity when youre building a small space like that. You really want to be thoughtful and use multifunctional furniture. So everything in the home typically has more than one function. You have a table that folds up or moves over and becomes a cutting board. You really do have to get creative.

    Rebuild our Sierra already has four families set to receive tiny homes through the partnership with the first to be delivered this summer.

    Sometimes local regulations dictate sizes of homes allowed and whether some may be permanent or temporary. Rules often differ community to community.

    Rapport says, Our warehouse is in Oregon and we are building these homes to be able to transport them to the location and then they can be taken off that trailer. Theyre not intended to be moveable tiny homes. We do build moveable tiny homes but we also like to work within local zoning laws and whatever is allowed for the community where we are building it.

    Johnson says, We dont have enough money to do it for them all. So thats why were looking for folks who believe in this and help support us make it happen. For more information on Rebuild Our Sierra visit the website here.

    Operation Tiny Home is also donating $20,000 in power tools to support 18 families rebuild. These will be distributed at an April 30 Creek Fire Resource Event in Prather.

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    ADUs are now reality for California. Heres some of what to expect when you build one. – Monterey County Weekly - April 24, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Editor's Note

    SPRING BRINGS LONGER DAYS AND WARMER WEATHER, reminding gardeners to get outside and put their hands in the dirt. Spring cleaning is a tradition with a long (if vague) history, related to a time of preparing our homes for something new. And after a year-plus in lockdown, we are perhaps in more need than ever of finding ways to rejuvenate the spaces we live in. This Home & Garden issue covers everything from interior upgrades (think shades and pillows) to medical gardening, plus bigger trends and policy questions related to housing, like whether we cost-effectively use Accessory Dwelling Units to increase density. Whatever your budget enough to buy a succulent for the windowsill, or rehab a historic house there are ways to invest in and improve where you live.-Sara Rubin

    Not just any someone, mind you. Wizard, a Seaside City Councilmember whose day job is as a housing element coordinator with San Francisco-based YIMBY Law, and Hare, a registered nurse, had in mind someone who really needed housing, but might have trouble finding it in the Monterey Peninsulas pricey rental market.

    In my mind the right person is not some bachelor from the Navy who has the BAH, Wizard says, referring to the Basic Allowance for Housing, which some believe helps contribute to high rents and low rental inventory on the Monterey Peninsula.

    Our goal is to rent it out to someone who has the need for a two-bedroom apartment, Wizard says. A single parent with kids, or a couple of students. We dont really know who the person is, but we want to do it all legally and properly and because we think its a good thing to do.

    It is a good thing to do, and the couple is still doing it, but what was to have been a garage conversion instead became a tear-down and new construction, after a city of Seaside building inspector took a look at the existing garage and said something to the effect of, Not a chance in hell.

    The 70-plus-year-old foundation on the garage wouldnt have supported it, and building codes are stricter now than they were then. So tear it down they did and now the ADU construction is in process, with a new foundation poured and plumbing roughed in, awaiting an inspection.

    Building an ADU is so much more complicated than you can even imagine, Wizard says. His advice to people interested in building one? Have patience, ask questions and be persistent with your local permitting agency.

    ADUS ARENT NECESSARILY GOING TO GET CALIFORNIA OUT OF ITS WIDESPREAD AND ENTRENCHED HOUSING CRISIS, where too many people are competing for not enough space, new construction moves at a glacial pace and affordable housing construction usually doesnt move at all. But they stand to make a dent in that crisis.

    California legalized ADUs for all cities in 2017 meaning cities and counties couldnt actively prohibit them, although it also didnt mean jurisdictions had to make it easy. The easy (or easier, anyway) part came in 2019, when the state legislature passed new bills aimed at making the process easier; Gov. Gavin Newsom signed all three into law.

    SB 13, from Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, tackled the issue of high permit fees and prohibits jurisdictions from requiring the replacement of parking spots if a garage, carport or covered parking is demolished to build an ADU. AB 881, by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, removed owner-occupancy requirements from ADUs. And maybe the most important of the three, AB 68, from Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, requires jurisdictions to approve one ADU and one junior ADU (or JADU, a unit no more than 500 square feet) per lot.

    In comments to the press in 2019, Ting said the legislation was necessary because cities had been erecting barriers making it difficult to build ADUs, either through high permitting fees or by slow-rolling applications through the permitting process.

    Craig Riddell, a former Pacific Grove planning commissioner and owner of Monterey Bay Design Group, which works with Hare Construction and local architects and designers on custom home design, has started to eat, sleep and breathe the ADU process, and is in the midst of writing a book on them. With a working title ofMaximizing Your Largest Investment, the theme is how to turn a home into a revenue stream via ADUs and JADUs.

    He echoes Tings sentiments, about the early initial roadblocks that jurisdictions put up when it came to permitting ADUs.

    We had the initial response from some districts where they were in denial, maybe, but now a lot of them are embracing it, Riddell says. He goes through a list of cities Seaside has its pre-approved plan program, Pacific Grove is on board and very strong and positive. Carmel, he says, has a lot of issues, Monterey is fine but has no water, and Marina is also positive. The county is another animal, because there are more zoning issues and septic systems can be a limiting factor, he says.

    Throughout the state, the number of ADU permits issued has increased exponentially since 2017, when 5,000 permits were issued. In 2019, almost 15,000 ADU permits were issued. And, Riddell notes in a sample chapter from his book, a study from Freddie Mac (or Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation) found 1.4 million properties in the U.S. with ADUs, with the fastest growing areas in high-cost states in the South and West.

    Its clear the state is for ADUs, and cities have resisted for a long time, Riddell says. But, he adds, post-WWII, housing was built for nuclear families, with two parents, 2.5 kids and a dog and it was fine.

    Now, though, 62 percent of homes have fewer than three people living in them. And fewer people living in larger homes means theyre paying for more housing than they may want or need.

    Were in this situation where weve created a housing problem for a lot of reasons, he says. One of the concerns with ADUs is that its intensifying a propertys use, but in reality, Im not sure we are. Some people call it hidden density. ADUs are interlaced into a neighborhood, theyre built by homeowners and can become a lifesaver for that homeowner.

    How is it a lifesaver? It can house an adult child moving back home from college. It can house an elderly or infirm parent and avoid the need for a more expensive care facility. Or it can serve as a rental that provides an income stream and enables a homeowner to stay in their own homes as they age.

    Building them isnt cheap, though. Construction is construction, and the soft cost of lumber has risen 170 percent during the pandemic, as some places have stopped cutting and processing lumber and a beetle infestation in Canada has taken out a number of trees. Meanwhile, speculators are buying lumber on the supposition it will be worth more in the future.

    In general, if the area standard on per-square-foot cost for construction is $550 a square foot, thats what an ADU is going to cost you, Riddell says. You have all the parts plumbing, bathroom, foundation, utilities. You have all of that. Its one of the reasons garage conversions and JADUs look good right now.

    RIDDELL RECOMMENDS THREE THINGS FOR PEOPLE CONSIDERING BUILDING AN ADU, whether its an ADU that comes from a garage conversion, one thats carved out of space in an existing home or from building a free-standing unit in a backyard.

    First, figure out the purpose of the unit: Will you use it as space for family, as a rental unit or some other use, such as a home office or art studio? Second: Figure out your budget your real budget, not your fantasy, pie-in-the-sky budget. Third: Make sure your designer and your general contractor communicate effectively, and start that communication early in the process.

    If you dont throw in a budget conversation, if that conversation never gets started, theres no use in going through a whole design process, Riddell says. Figuring out a rough budget and making sure you have a general contractor lined up is helpful, and working with a designer and general contractor together is a good idea.

    Wizard also points out financing can be a problem, in that theres no good mechanism for financing ADUs.

    You cant go to a bank and get a mortgage for an ADU. You have to get a home equity line or a consumer loan from 8 to 15 percent, and thats not a great financial strategy, he says. The consumer financial market has not met the moment of creating funding mechanisms.

    Both former Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018 and Newsom in 2019 and 2020 vetoed an ADU financing bill to create a funding mechanism for consumers to borrow against. Still, Wizard says, Seaside has seen a lot of ADU activity, allocating 5 acre-feet of water for people who want to build one, but didnt have existing water credits. So far, 1.5 acre-feet have been used and the city has issued 36 ADU permits, with 19 of those finaled.

    People want to build these because its an income stream, theyre critical to aging in place and for younger families buying a home, its a way to build wealth and provide stable housing.

    Its a good use of the built environment, Wizard adds, and it concentrates human uses on already disturbed land and doesnt contribute to sprawl.

    Hanif Panni is one member of a younger family looking to do just that build wealth and provide stable housing. An artist and DJ whose wife works in conservation communications, both have aging parents who live elsewhere, and they wanted to have a place for grandparents to stay. They availed themselves of one of Seasides pre-approved plans, and received their construction permit earlier this month.

    We thought the water issue was going to make it impossible, but we started looking into it and found it was attainable, Panni says. Seasides package looked nice and theyre sexy plans. Theyre very future-thinking, forward-thinking. Where the [building] hardships will come is yet to be seen.

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    House of the Week: Live outside the traditional box in Northboro French Colonial, $824,900 – Worcester Telegram - April 24, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    DebbieLaPlaca| Correspondent

    NORTHBORO This brick-front French Colonial in desirable Woodstone Estates is not your traditional box, and the location offers the best of both worlds.

    The 4,200-square-foot, 12-room home at 18 Woodstone Road is on the market with Karen Scopetski of Coldwell Banker Realty Northborofor $824,900.

    Scopetski says Woodstone Estates is an executive neighborhood with homes on 2- to 4-acre lots, so its private, spacious and spread-out.

    We love the setting, homeowner Patty Border said of her four-bed, four-bath home. This property is lovely on almost 4 acres. We love our yard; its private, but its in a neighborhood so its the best of both worlds.

    Inside, the home features lots of French doors, custom molding, including shadowbox trim, large windows, six fireplaces, hardwood flooring in most roomsand terra-cotta tiling in the kitchen area.

    Or as Scopetski put it, Its a unique Colonial; its not your traditional box.

    The two-story foyer with open staircase has a marble floor with custom inlay. Off the entranceway are a home office with fireplace and French doors for quiet, and a formal living room with fireplace.

    The formal dining room shares open space with the living room and gives access to a three-season sunroom.

    A butlers pantry alcove leads to the informal dining area in the kitchen, which has a striking terracotta tile floor and a wall of glass with views of the tree-lined backyard.

    The kitchen is large and has an abundance of countertops and glass-faced cabinetry.

    The family room has a cathedral ceiling with skylights and open beams, and a stone surround fireplace.

    A second staircase off the family room leads to a sky-lit bonus room over the garage that would be suitable for a media room or a fourth bedroom.

    Upstairs holds the master bedroom with large bathroom, and two other bedrooms, all with fireplaces.

    The walkout basement has two finished rooms and a full bath.

    This property is about 20 minutes from downtown Worcester and offers quick access to Route 290 for those who commute east.

    Built: 1987

    List price: $824,900

    Living space: 4,200 square feet

    Total rooms: 12

    Bedrooms: 4

    Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half

    Climate: 6 zone forced air heat

    Fireplaces: 6

    Land: 3.93 acres

    Assessed value: $765,000

    Taxes: $13,097 in 2021

    Parking: 3-car garage

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    Boris Moroz: Celebrating the centenary of a community builder in every sense of the word – The Suburban Newspaper - April 24, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    I first met Boris Moroz when I was a youth member of the Canadian Jewish Congress Eastern executive and he was one of its leaders. The 1970s were stormy years in Quebec from the FLQ Crisis to the election of the first PQ government. And CJC was right in the middle working to protect the interests of the Jewish community. What Boris taught - drawing from his own life of overcoming challenges - was how to deal with authority with pragmatism not dogma and where everybody comes out with something. Everyone is perceived as winning something. His lessons were not lost on me through my years of public engagement. Last Wednesday Boris celebrated his 100th birthday in fine form and as sharp as ever. His has been an exceptional life of an exceptional man.

    Boris Moroz was born on April 21, 1921 in a small town in Poland called Gabin. He lived in the industrial city of Lodz growing up, which was the second largest in pre-war Poland and a European centre of the textile trade. The population was fairly even split between Poles, Germans and Jews. His family lived in the German area and so they spoke as much German as Polish. Boris was educated at a Hebrew school.

    As far as he can remember, his family always wanted to immigrate to Canada where his mothers two brothers had settled and opened a printing business called the Service Linotyping Company. Although his family had visas to emigrate in the late 1920s, due to the stock market crash in 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression, immigration to Canada stopped. It did not re-open until 1935,when Boris family was able to leave for Canada. They arrived in November when Boris was 14 years old.

    He had always wanted to be an architect. He loved to draw ands went to art school in Poland. In Montreal while in High School, Boris attended classes at Lecole des Beaux Arts and took art courses which were a pre-requisite for architecture. After finishing high school, Boris entered McGill University in 1939 in the School of Architecture. However, with the prevailing conditions at that time due to the outbreak of World War II, it was not a good time for architecture, with only six new students enrolled in the program. McGill was to discontinue the school and so, on the advice of architects and engineers, Boris switched to engineering and entered the first year pre-engineering program.

    Boris spent five years at McGill, four of them in Mechanical Engineering. He did well scholastically receiving the honor of being named a University Scholar and graduating in 1944 with the Gold Medal.

    Engineering students at the time had to take summer jobs in their field. After spending a month in survey school, his professor suggested Boris join a war-time emergency job surveying for an oil pipeline from Portland , Maine to Montreal East.

    At that time the Germans were sinking our oil tankers with submarines at sea. Boris continued working on the construction of the pipeline in Canada. He wrote a paper on his work which won him a prize and was published. He went on to work at the Dominion Bridge Company, where he worked on design and construction of moveable bridges. Boris was always interested in construction, and as soon as the occasion arose, he took a leave of absence from Dominion Bridge and started his own business and built his first set of duplexes on Somerled at the corner King Edward in NDG.

    Boris began drawing plans from his own duplex that he owned and began building on Lacombe Avenue next to where he lived. When his father in law Karl Kussner, moved to Montreal from Northern Ontario, Karl joined Boris in the business. Together they built duplexes on Maplewood, Van Horne, Carlton, Mckenna, and apartments on Decelles and Decelles Place.

    Boris first began building in Hampstead with duplexes on MacDonald Avenue between Hampstead Road and Dupuis. Karl Kussner and Boris Moroz formed a partnership with Joel Sternthal and his son in law Aaron Gelber under the name of Planned Homes and bought a farm in Cote St. Luc adjacent to Hampstead. They built homes on Pinedale, Alpine and Kay Roads. This was the first development in Cote St. Luc with sewers instead of septic tanks. They put in their own domestic sewers and street drainage lines on these streets.

    Boris then bought land in Hampstead, part private land and part from the sale of the Golf Course. He designed and built custom homes, south and north of Fleet Road, including his own at 300 Dufferin Road, where he lived for more than twenty years.In later years, Boris formed a realty company named Hampstead Realties and after his move to Florida, opened a company called Hampstead Realties of Florida.

    But Boris never forgot the importance of giving back. He was always active in community affairs. He started his volunteer service in the 1940s and for over 30 years was active in Bnai Brith , Hillel, BBYO, Camp Bnai Brith, worked on fundraising drives , was Vice- Chairman of Israeli Bonds , formed the Eastern Regional Council of Bnai Brith with 31 Lodges, and became the 11th President of Canadian Bnai Brith (District 22), Chaired the League for Human Rights and the Soviet Jewry Committee, and was Vice President of the Eastern Region of Canadian Jewish Congress.

    Frank Diamant , the long-time Executive Director of Canadian Bnai Brith said, As a leader in Bnai Brith Canada District 22 he will always be remembered for his strong activist positions on behalf of Soviet Jewry. He was a champion, advocating on behalf of the Jews, trapped behind the Iron Curtain. His strong leadership was also evident in both the Canada-Israel Committee and the Joint Community Relations Committee, which oversaw the battle against anti-Semitism in Canada.

    On this the occasion of his 100th birthday, may he continue to be blessed with the love of his family and the knowledge that the Canadian Jewish Community appreciates his great contributions to its welfare. The name of Boris Moroz is synonymous with proud national Jewish leadership.

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    Tour a Modern San Diego Home That Was Completely Constructed and Decorated During the Pandemic – Architectural Digest - April 24, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Perched on a rugged terrace along the San Diego coast, the affluent beach community of Encinitas is dotted with craftsman- and ranch-style homes that help give the municipality its authentic, laid back surfer vibe. So when architect Soheil Nakhshab, whose work often employs a minimalist, midcentury aesthetic, was commissioned to design and build a home there last year, he aimed to create a modern dwelling that would gracefully interact with the more traditional neighboring properties.

    Adding to the projects allure: he was also allowed to plan and construct the home without any input from the client. I had the good fortune to have free rein on the entire process, says Nakhshab, founder of Nakhshab Development and Design in San Diego who brought in Michael Hilal from the Bay Area and Julie Crosby from San Diego to work together on the interiors. I was simply told to design and build as you see fit and give me the keys when you're done.

    A navy blue velvet sectional sofa, accented with a throw by Acne Studios and pillows by Raf Simons for Kvadrat, anchors the family room. A burl wood top coffee table from Therien & Co. sports a bronze-and-plexiglass base. Tall, carved pottery lamps adorn the console. A Pierre Paulin Archi chair sits next to a black Matter Made stool.

    The results, a sleek and unobtrusive residence with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, went well beyond simply pleasing the client. Settled on a hillside among the owners horse stables, the cantilevered stone-and-steel structure is being hailed by locals as an architectural gem. The most impressive part? The entire project was complete in just 11 months, all amid the pandemic, by relying on local resources to help reduce timelines.

    The idea of being dependent on out of state or overseas manufacturing is detrimental in many ways because it makes a project like this more costly. [A]nd, [it] creates a negative carbon footprint, says Nakhshab. Using local resources not only benefited our clients timeline and overall costs but also helped the economic growth of our micro-economy.

    Two low, cream-colored sofas anchor the living area, surrounding a vintage gold mirror-based cocktail table with a rosewood top and two midcentury Italian chairs. A custom ottoman topped with Herms fabric for Dedar and a tree trunk-shaped floor lamp by West Hollywood designer Robert Kuo accent a room that includes a floating fireplace and a custom silk-cashmere rug.

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    KingsGate Luxury Homes, a ThreeBestRated award-winning home builder, states the pros & cons of custom-built homes – PRUnderground - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Are you someone who is planning to build a home of your choice? It is easily one of the most important decisions we make in our life. And theres a lot that goes into building your dream home. The idea of having a custom-built home sounds exciting. However, it could be a tiring process. So, make sure you are aware of the pros and cons of building a custom-built home.

    We sat with Kingsgate Luxury Homes, a 2021 ThreeBestRated award-winning home builder in Toronto, Ontario, to know about what goes into constructing a custom-built home.

    Setting up a home can be a very thrilling and beautiful experience. However, we can also not deny the fact of how very tiresome a process it is as well. That is where our services and expertise come in handy. The services offered by KingsGate Luxury homes make this process a lot easier and less exhausting for you by offering everything under one roof., says Afshin Shirdarreh, the president of Kingsgate Luxury Homes.

    While talking about the significant advantage of a custom built-home, Afshin says, Creating your own custom-built home has lots of advantages which are why we have seen a sharp upturn in such demands in recent years. The most important of them is that you are in control of all the elements of the build so you can create your dream house.

    When it comes to the disadvantages, custom-built homes could be expensive, and the time taken to complete the project would be longer.

    About Kingsgate Luxury Homes Toronto

    Kingsgate Luxury Home is a luxury custom home builder in Toronto. They have been designing and building luxurious custom homes in Toronto and GTA since 2001. They specialize in a wide array of construction practices and provide superior service at affordable prices. Afshin Shirdarreh, the president of the company, has been a respected name among the GTA home builders since 2001. Afshin and his team have a reputation for their design, craftsmanship, service, and reliability.

    Kingsgate Luxury Home services everything from project management, floor plans to interior designing. They aim to create beautiful living spaces that meet the clients aesthetic, functional, and economic goals while respecting the environment. Afshin says, We treat each project individually. We prefer quality over quantity, and that is why we only take a few projects over the years so we can ensure that our builds get all the time and attention to detail they deserve.

    Afshin says, People are the heart of our business, and everything is focused on doing the best for them. Our quality, flexibility, and reliability over the last several years are why clients trust us and come back to us time after time. He also says, It is the attention to detail and dedication to our customers that sets us apart from other companies. Among several recognitions they have earned for their service, Afshin feels honoured and proud to receive the 2021 ThreeBestRated home builders award. KingsGate Luxury Homes undertakes projects in GTA. Visit their website to get in touch with them.

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    Hoying & Hoying enters 44th year of building homes – - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    ANNA Since 1977, Hoying and Hoying Builders (HHB) has been building custom homes in Shelby, Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and the surrounding counties. With over 200 years of experience amongst their employees, they have become the premier homebuilder in the area.

    We are going on our 44th year of building quality homes. Our expertise continues to be designing and building custom homes and emphasizing customer satisfaction. Part of our success is from having some of the best and experienced employees. We have a great group of highly skilled employees who care about their work and what they do for a living. We continue to monitor our practices to find ways to improve our building process and look for ways to cut costs without sacrificing the quality we are known for, said President Paul Hoying.

    Hoyings report continues:

    Hoying and Hoying Builders is very pleased with the progress they made in 2020 and anticipate 2021 to be a strong year as they continue to design and construct custom homes for families. Despite the unknowns of 2020, HHB was able to complete eleven custom homes, two outbuildings, and three basement remodels. They were also able to lend a hand with designing, coordinating, and constructing a house for a well deserving family through Habitat for Humanity, which will be completed in early spring 2021.

    With the increasing demand to build, Hoying and Hoying Builders started building the first of many custom homes on their lots located on Roettger Road, northwest of Kettlersville. They have completed three homes thus far with two to begin in the upcoming months. In total, there will be around ten houses. The single-family home lots are 2.5 acres, which are located within the Anna School District. They have access to high-speed fiber optic internet service and are in close proximity to New Bremen, Minster, Sidney, Honda, and I-75, which makes it an ideal living location. For additional information on pricing, call Hoying and Hoying Builders at 937-394-7144 or visit their website at

    We are preparing for new challenges and opportunities in 2021 by building upon what we have learned in 2020. Our employees faced new obstacles this year as the construction field experienced delays with building materials, but we grew as a team and are prepared for any other difficulties that may arise in 2021. We are very thankful for all the homeowners that chose to build with us and learned with us along the way when building a home in 2020 and years past. We look forward to working with future clients in 2021 and beyond when designing and building their custom home, outbuilding or completing their addition and remodel.

    For more information about Hoying and Hoying Builders, please visit their website or visit their Facebook page. You may also call them at 937-394-7144.

    Hoying and Hoying Builders, holds memberships in the Western Ohio and National Home Builders Associations, National Federation of Independent Business, the Better Business Bureau, the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, and the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce. They are also a Certified Pella Contractor and partnered with Energy Star and Touchstone Energy programs.

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