Monthly Archives: December 2012

Kansas City Construction Rebounds

Posted on December 28th, 2012 by
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Kansas City construction rebounded over the past few months, which reflects and contributes to economic growth in the city. Media and housing authorities have been noting the positive trend. The Kansas City Star reported:

Home-building activity in the Kansas City area is poised for its best year since the recession knocked construction to its knees in 2008…In the metro area, permits to construct single-family homes climbed (in November).

Sara Corlesss, an expert at the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, told the Kansas City Star:

“By all accounts, the home building industry is continuing to improve, which is an important signal of stability amidst the slowly emerging recovery.”

Factors for the increase in Kansas City construction include: record low interest rates, rising national employment, and a population increase in Kansas City. Even those homeowners who are looking to sell their homes often renovate their kitchens and bathrooms in order to make their home sell faster.

The trend is likely to continue into 2013.

 

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Posted on December 20th, 2012 by

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A Look at Craftsman Style Homes

Posted on December 6th, 2012 by
Craftsman style homes emerged on the West Coast around the turn of the 20th century. Two architect brothers, Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, were inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement and designed homes which incorporated wood-based elements and their own artistic flair.

Consider a Craftsman Bungalow for your Kansas City Home

This specific architectural trend, which took the country by storm from 1905 through the 1920s, is still evident in Kansas City home designs today. Elements of craftsman style homes include:

  • High level of architectural details outside with simple and spacious interior designs
  • Low-slung roof lines with gabled roofs
  • Porches – most craftsman bungalows have partial entryway porches at the least, or a porch which runs the length of the home
  • Tapered columns – these are one of the most distinctive elements of a craftsman bungalow. Columns are wider at the bottom and taper upwards. They’re used to support the porch and are based on stone or brick piers which extend to the ground.
  • Doors with paned windows in the upper-third of the door
  • Multi-paned windows – usually the ratio is 4-over-1, or 6-over-1, double-hung windows.
  • Earth-tones were frequently used to make bungalows blend into their environment
  • Single-dormers for more space
  • Wood clapboard or shingle siding with brick/stone accented bases.
Are there any particular features you love about the Craftsman style home?
Photo Credit: Lawrence and Gomez Architects via Houzz.com