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ArchWeek - Staying Put in Style: Expanding without Adding

Postby Kevin » Thu May 02, 2013 5:09 pm

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Postby WalkerARCHITECTS » Tue May 07, 2013 4:41 pm

"There are over 80 million single family homes in America, and it's estimated that in 2011, 18 million of these were underwater, meaning with a mortgage larger than the value of the house."

Many of us have been caught and find our wallet located between the relentless jaws of the vice as the screws turn ever tighter and tighter. That we need relief from this pressure is a certainty. Only expanding employment will reverse the economic trend. Austerity will not relieve the pressure, but will have the catastrophic effect of making the matter much worse.

"Millions of families feel trapped, living a life of domestic frustration in homes that do not work for them, while being unable to move to solve the problems they confront on a daily basis."

Architects everywhere feel the pain of shrinking opportunities.

"The benefits of concise, appropriate remodeling where you live now, independent of market conditions, can include improved convenience and lifestyle satisfaction, better looks, and a reduced environment impact, since improving an existing house is almost always greener than building new from scratch."

For many this is an option which we advocate. To constructively remodel for an improved lifestyle may eventually be an economically sound investment, but will immediately deliver greater comfort and higher market congruence or sell-ability.

"This series in ArchitectureWeek, and the book Staying Put that it's drawn from, offer tangible hope for getting the home you want from the house you have right now."

We have several project right now that are doing just that. Staying Put is often the best option, especially for older occupants.

"Each of these projects is a select example of the great and affordable outcomes that can be created, when a good architect and a good client team up together."

We look forward to participating in this movement as the economy changes direction.
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