Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reposted articles from Time Magazine's 39-page Special Report The Smarter Home (July 7/July 14, 2014)



Home Smart Home; The dwellings of the future will make you calmer, safer, richer and healthier. And they already exist.

1. The smart home is conscious 
adj. aware of your wants and needs

This Startup is Trying to Create—and Control—the Internet of Your Home by Sam Frizell

Which Company will Control Your Home? by Harry McCracken

2. The smart home is adaptable 
adj. able to adjust to every condition

Nest CEO Tony Fadell on The Future of the Smart Home by Matt Vella

Gadgets At a Glance by Noah Rayman


3. The smart home is human 
adj. sensitive to your situation

Meet the Regular People Living in America’s Smartest Homes

4. The smart home is efficien
adj. operating with little or no waste

Is This America’s Smartest City? by Bryan Walsh


5. The smart home is beautiful 
adj. delighting the senses and mind

This Floating City May Be The Future of Coastal Living by Noah Rayman


Monday, October 27, 2014

Reposted articles: "What Single Ladies Want" and "Where Are the Home Buyers?"

According to Ellen Haberle in Redfin blog's Real Estate News & Analysis, young single ladies are on the hunt… for a house! According to fresh Census data, 31,540 more single women under the age of 35 became homeowners in 2013.


In Builder Magazine, David Crowe states that first-time home buyers continue to struggle with their own financial limitations but as the economy expands and jobs become more available and better paying, the core 25- to 34-year-old first-time buyers will come back.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pics of Homes on a Saturday Morning

Here's old Farm 28 in Narrowsburg on 17 acres with some views.  Just sold yesterday.  1750 sq ft 3 beds and 2 baths.





 Here's the Shokan Farmhouse, just outside of Woodstock NY.  3200 sq ft, 3 beds and 3.5 baths.




Farm 30, inspired by farm 28, inspired by Cottage 36, 40, 44.  This 3 bed, 2 bath plus finished basement in Olivebridge NY has it all, including mountain views.




Farm 31 in Kerhonkson NY is heading towards a deal now that it's easy to see how great it's going to be.  3 beds, 2 baths.  7 acres.



Farmhouse 33 in Rhinebeck NY is off to a fast start.  Hit rock, but we know what to do about that.


Cottage 47 over in Olivebridge is looking good.  This cottage is for sale.  Stone walls, mountain views, little stream.  Under $400k.



Farm 32 in Kerhonkson is moving right along.  This 1550 sq ft 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home has absolute privacy.

I drag Lucas all around to job sites and sales meetings and scouting new land.  Guess he needed a pick-me-up power nap.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Reposted articles: "8 Of the World's Most Gorgeous Rural Cabins", smart homes, and "Three Tiny Homes With Big Appeal"

Fast Company staffer Carey Dunne spotlights a new book that showcases architects designing innovative variations on the age-old cabin structure. Here, eight unique rural getaways.



"One day our homes will be smart, but we have a long way to go. Here’s how we’ll get there."
by Stacey Higginbotham. The tech world is excited about the smart home, but for most consumers, the idea of paying more for a connected device that doesn’t offer much new functionality and opens them up to risks is a tough sell.



Andrea N. Browne writes about three tiny homes in Kiplinger Magazine. What these small houses lack in square footage they make up for in clever design and savings.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Reposted articles: "Crazy as it Sounds, Solar Could Be the World's Most Important Energy Source by 2050" and "SolarCity Launches Loan Program For Homeowners"

AcExperts believe that a solar boom is both feasible and necessary in order to reign in warming to safe levels.cording to Ben Schiller from Co.Exist, experts believe that a solar boom is both feasible and necessary in order to reign in warming to safe levels.
Ben Schiller from Co.Exist states that experts believe that a solar boom is both feasible and necessary in order to reign in warming to safe levels.


According from Mark Glover from The Sacramento Bee, SolarCity's’s new program will allow homeowners to own their solar panels, rather than lease them, as is the current practice.


SolarCity workers install solar panels on the roof of a house. 

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article2665143.html#storylink=cpy

Mark Glover from The Sacramento Bee states that SolarCity's new program will allow homeowners to own their solar panels, rather than lease them, as is the current practice.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article2665143.html#storylink=cpy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Reposted article: "Fagor America Expands Refrigerator Line For Small Spaces"

Nigel F. Maynard posts in Residential Building Products and Technology that Hackensack, New Jersey-based Fagor America has expanded its appliances line to include this 24-in.-wide Energy Star refrigerator that’s ideal for small homes and condos.


Who doesn't love new appliances?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reposted article: "Foam"

Some points on spray foam insulation by Amy Albert, Editor of Builder Magazine and Custom Home:
  1. Post-Construction performance measurement
  2. ICC calls for it
  3. Most building inspectors not performing it
  4. Foam values vs Batt values
  5. Wasted foam since it is measured by R value and gives no credit for air seal or actual performance
  6. Post Construction performance measurement would increase a homes efficiency, lessen the cost of using enhanced insulation,

Catskill Farms office building - before


Catskill Farms office building - after