The 2021 show featured the Best of IBSx Awards. A jury of industry veterans and journalists honored five products, and the winner in the Most Innovative Building Material category was a siding product from Alside called ASCEND. The new composite cladding system is composed of patented glass-reinforced polymer and graphite-infused polystyrene, or (GP)2 Technology.

The fact the new product can be installed with as few as ONE person is a huge plus for builders and subcontractors facing labor shortages. “My vinyl installer had no problems and completed it easily,” reports Greg Rowland, owner of Georgia-based GR Exteriors LLC. “Plus, ASCEND looks great. Everyone thinks it’s fiber cement.”

The ease of installation is explained by ASCEND’s self-aligning stack lock, ideal for one-person hanging. No sealing, touching up, joint flashing, or caulking, either. Ditto for weight: An ASCEND plank weighs just 25% of a comparably sized fiber cement panel.


A sofa inspired by Donald Judd has cushions covered in a Schumacher linen

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A sofa inspired by Donald Judd has cushions covered in a Schumacher linen, the steel cocktail and side tables are custom designs, the vintage floor lamp is Danish, the paintings, from left, are by Howard Hodgkin and Conrad Marca-Relli.

The former owners had tried to polish the loft’s pitted concrete walls; Mill and Jones chiseled them further to give them back their industrial, dynamite-blasted texture.

“I wanted a more soulful space,” explains Mill. He and Jones both know that you can’t design a space around everchanging artworks: The trick is to provide a versatile setting. This dynamism is not just crucial to Mill’s aesthetic, but also to his philosophy of living with art.

Too often, he says, “We design our space and don’t look at it anymore. I never want to stop looking.”


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Best Home Inspector Training Programs

Home inspection training programs vary by state requirements but generally include both educational materials and field training to become a home inspector. They may include residential and commercial real estate inspector training or just residential training.

These programs generally train inspectors on how to generate comprehensive inspection reports, use home inspection software, and properly inspect the systems of a home. Continue reading to learn about what home inspector programs offer and which one is right for you.

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Can a Garage Be Too Big? Apparently

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Among the most requested new home design items are oversize or three-car garages – with more space surrounding the cars. In fact, more than 20 percent of single-family homes built each year since 2013 have included three-car garages.

And according to Housingzone.com/Professional Builder Magazine, “the newest symbol of status in home ownership is the size of the garage to fit the family’s SUVs.” With the shift to bigger/taller SUVs and pickups, today’s garages are being built or remodeled to make space for the larger vehicles and provide enough room for storage.

To fit the taller vehicles, the 7-foot-height overhead-door clearance has been changed to 8 feet – and some builders even go as high as 12 feet to accommodate loaded roof racks.
As vehicles become the version of adult toys, homeowners are making their garages wider, taller, and longer, and adding rooms to the back.


Style Home Transforms Into a Zen Paradise

When designer Shanty Wijaya, of Allprace Properties, got to work on the midcentury home she was renovating in Los Angeles, she knew that she wanted to incorporate a mix of two of her favorite styles: Japanese and Scandinavian design aesthetics.

Using that exact combination, dubbed Japandi, she artfully worked the look into the entire space to completely transform the three-bedroom hillside home. “To me, each of these design influences support a healthy, meaningful lifestyle and reinforce a connectedness to nature,” she says. “From the zenlike tranquility of Japanese wabi-sabi to the minimalist, warm, and neutral elements of Scandinavian hygge, I wanted to create a fusion of cultures that was intentional, artful, and sustainable.”

Upon entering the home, you’re greeted with a natural, muted, and earthy color palette and a minimalistic, light-filled space. “Even though the color choices were mainly natural and muted, we mixed and used lots of different textures and materials to add the interest and complexity to the look,” says Shanty. In the kitchen, for example, there’s lots of plaster used, and throughout the space, you’ll see concrete, limestone, and ample amounts of reclaimed wood. For the designer, incorporating big windows and sliding doors to make the views and landscaping a major focal point in the house was also essential.

“We brought the outdoors inside by using potted hanging plants and greenery throughout the home’s interior,” says Shanty. Japanese garden plants and rocks as well as different types of bamboo, Japanese maples, bonsai, and pine trees are all present along with specially sourced rocks that mimic the look of a mountain.

Despite the fact that the home centers around a scaled-back sense of design, there are unique and one-of-a-kind details that make it feel fresh. For example, vintage, reclaimed, and handmade pieces rather than mass-produced furnishings are scattered throughout the home—such as the wooden chair in the living room and the raw wooden table in the dining area. A rough-hewn reclaimed French oak was refinished with a dark stain and used for the kitchen countertop. “Throughout the home, we utilized materials that can naturally patina over time,” says Shanty.


(principles) Ecological architecture

Ecological building

The philosophy of sustainable development applied to architecture focuses on the design and construction of environment-friendly buildings. By extension, once the building has been completed, it also focuses on the health and well-being of the users, as well as the quality of life of neighboring communities.

The ecological architecture strives to implement clean technologies, minimize environmental impact, reduce energy consumption, improve building management and health of users sustainable development

The choice of natural materials, the integration in the site and the environment, the internal layout of the different rooms according to natural energy inputs, needs and actual consumption of energy, design of green spaces or waste management are all elements by which the architect, according to the wish of the project owner mindful of the environment, can make a building ecological and vector of health and well-being.



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If you want better, tear down and rebuild. If you want cheaper, remodel

Choose Between Better or Cheaper
If you want better, tear down and rebuild. If you want cheaper, remodel. Even a wide-ranging whole-house remodel will still be cheaper than tearing down and building anew.

According to Roger Greenwald, RA, AIA, “the cost of tearing down and rebuilding will be about 20 percent higher than engaging in an extensive whole-house remodel. But the architectural benefits of tearing down and working with a clean slate can be huge: Better fundamental architectural design, all new systems, clean circulation, high-quality windows, new and efficient heating and cooling systems, tall ceilings, and space designed for your personal living patterns placed where you need it.”

Determine the True Condition of the House
While all houses can be remodeled, not all houses should be. Industry professionals generally agree that the following conditions merit a tear-down/rebuild, or at least swing the argument further in that direction:

Desired improvements cannot be contained within the existing house footprint. Thus, you want an addition. The need for additional space is certainly not the only reason for building anew; additions get built all the time. The issue is that it happens in conjunction with extensive, expensive remodels of the existing house—a double draw on your funding.
The foundation is bad and requires a lot of work before the house can be remodeled.
Are ceilings too low for your liking? It’s no simple matter to raise a ceiling—unless there is plenty of empty space up there. The floor above must be removed and then rebuilt.
Be Aware of Zoning Restrictions
Zoning laws govern the type, size, and location of buildings on any property. In urban and many suburban areas, home rebuilds often are restricted to the footprint of the original house. In other words, you can’t tear down a small house and put up a mansion. Zoning laws also may restrict the height of a new house, so you may be limited to not only the old footprint but also to a one- or two-story structure. Additionally, laws may not allow rental properties in many zones. If you’d like to build an addition or carriage house to use for renters, this may not be allowed.


Retro Trends Interior Designers Want to Bring Back From the Dead

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It might sound cliche to say what goes around comes back around, but it’s especially true in interior design. Recent years have already shown a resurgence in wallpaper, shiplap and macrame, but there are other “old school” trends that deserve our love today.

We spoke to interior designers about their favorite retro trends—and why they should make a comeback. “You basically cannot go wrong with picking any retro details and bringing them into your modern home,” interior designer Natalie Papier says. “So have fun with it.”

1. Go Wild With Wood
If you stepped back in time to the average ’70s home, chances are you’d find a wall made from a dark, walnut-color wood paneling. Interior designer Michelle Zacks says to use that retro inspo and bring it back, but with a modern twist.
“Maybe a more modern view of that would be [a wood] that’s a little bit lighter or has a little bit more of the natural wood grain visible,” Zacks says. “Take that as a starting point and push the idea a little bit further … Because people are spending more time inside their homes, it’s a cozy vibe with a little bit of texture and some warmth, and a way to add interest to a space.”

Zacks also recommends using rich wood tones in other ways, like adding a mid-century-esque wooden armchair to your living room.

2. Embrace Kitsch
Though some might never want to see an over-the-top mid-century kitsch space ever again, Papier says bringing in a few kitschy elements is a fun way to give a room personality. She even has a cassette-shaped table in her own home and has incorporated kitsch-inspired vinyl records into her clients’ spaces. If you’re looking to bring some kitsch touches into, say, your kitchen, Smeg’s retro-style appliances are an easy way to do so.

3. Pretty in Pink
Many of us are spending more time in our kitchens and less time dining out. So there’s a newfound focus on making your cooking space more warm and inviting.
Interior designer Sarah Robertson says there are a few ways to do this: incorporating more curved edges into your space (such as in an island or table) and filling the room with soft, calming colors like a dusty pink or soft blue.

“Pastels were so popular in the late ’80s,” she says. “Everything at Kmart or Walmart was those colors, including your toothbrushes, your spoons, your forks. I think if it’s done carefully and it’s mixed with other styles, [pastels] can be really pretty and really livable and inviting. I think it has staying power.”

4. Space Out
The 1960s saw a rise in furniture with chrome detailing, unusual shapes and bright colors—think, the house in The Jetsons or Space Station V’s lounge in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Zacks recommends bringing one or two pieces of this space age movement into any modern room. This balance will add interest without making it look like you live on a planet from Star Trek.
“You can really dig into that past vibe, take certain elements of it and bring it into a space so that it feels kind of mixed and varied,” she says. “I think of tubular chrome dining chairs or arm chairs, of low-slung Italian sofas, travertine marble tables…”

5. Pick Design-Focused Furniture
Catherine Ferguson, founder and owner of & Daughters Interiors, says when it comes to retro furniture from the ’50s and ’60s, a tapered leg is timeless and still feels contemporary. Specifically, a sideboard with tapered legs is the perfect replacement for those ’90s TV stands everyone seems to have.
“A sideboard is a fabulous thing to put your TV on, or sort of be the centerpiece that draws your eye into the corner of the room,” she says. “Obviously it’s great for storage, but they’re always on a nice tapered leg, which makes a big, heavy piece of furniture feel elevated and light and airy.”