So here we all are - bouncing along the housing market bottom.  While this bottom bouncing doesn’t feel great, trends indicate that the worst is behind us here in the Bay Area.   So does that mean it’s the time to buy? Once the foreclosure mess really begins to clear up, say housing economists, the traditional drivers of the housing marketâ€...

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First of all, it is important to realize that everyone has a different vision of just what a perfect home looks like. To some it means that everything matches, others believe that every item within has to have a story behind it. Some people simply believe love surrounds the perfect home. In a sense all of these things are true. The perfect home surrounds you with wa...

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Builder Online shares the 10 Green Building Trends for 2011.  Sharing and comparing energy usage is one, will you share your energy usage on Facebook? SFGate reports that Redevelopment plans threatened by CA budget cuts Brown's forecast for California: A long slog to full recovery  Read more.  Do you agree? (more…)......

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about The next frontiers of technology.  Technology and what is new in technology is particularly relevant to the homes that we build and our prospective home buyers, so I thought I would make this a regular piece to highlight what is out in the market place.  As always, we want your input, is there something that you want to see? Â...

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We all dream of having the perfect home - that is always in style.  Picking the perfect color scheme for your home can sometimes seem as difficult as quantum physics.  Don’t be afraid!  We are here to help you out with the upcoming color trends that the design industry has for fall and winter. Remember playing in your grandmother’s jewelry bo...

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Over the weekend, I saw an article in USA Weekend about Twitter (note: I adapted their headline) about what it would have been like if Twitter were around 100 years ago.  Twitter is radically changing the way that we communicate and share information.  It also could be considered a throw back to telegraphs with a modern twist? The big question is whether the ch...

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The current trend is toward the more contemporary finishes with an overall ease of maintenance.  This is most predominate in the selection of  polished or metallic finished flooring and countertop materials. [caption id="attachment_542" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Stunning contemporary design of new home at Redwood Gate in Palo Alto. (Photo courtes...

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As Americans, we’ve historically had a love affair with our lawns. Visions of pastoral bliss are conjured up with fantasies of the open plains, the Wild West, and the grand estates of English and French country sides. During the first half of the 20th Century, we were building homes with a majority of the outdoor landscape devoted to lawns. Plus we devoted a l...

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Yesterday, I tweeted about this cool new memory chip from Apple that allows you to download photos from your camera to your computer wirelessly, yes, wirelessly.  Now I haven't tried it yet, but I would like to as I am inevitably searching for a the connection cable when I want to download photos at work to upload on our Facebook pages or even here for our blog. T...

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From: Design Line Interiors This summer it’s all about the “stay-cation”. Instead of spending hard-earned dollars on vacations that come and go in a week, invest in creating a permanent vacation residence within your own walls!  Remember its not about the location…its about the memories you make.  Follow our tips on how to create your o...

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