Discover a breadth of farmhouse windows and doors for every budget Brought to you by JELD-WEN The farmhouse style is increasingly popular for its down-to-earth charm and timeless aesthetic. From the natural wood look and rustic details to clean lines and indoor-outdoor elements, farmhouse has distinguished itself as a humble yet stunning design blueprint for both traditional and modern interpretations. This makes product selection all the more challenging. With so many windows and doors to choose from across different materials and designs, it’s difficult—and time consuming—to find products within your budget that complete the farmhouse look.

Architects have numerous tools to visualize and share their concepts. However, the most effective one is often overlooked. It isn’t a BIM program, a virtual fly-through, or the latest 3D printer. It’s communication, a lack of which can cost more than any itemized expense and make the benefit of the above tools seem insignificant. Why do so many architects struggle to effectively communicate with their clients when business depends on it? To answer that question and find a solution, let’s look at fundamental communication challenges in any client engagement.

Learn how homes marry performance and sustainability to become resilient sanctuaries. Most homes need power to remain habitable. However, there’s an increasing design trend among architects—especially on the East Coast with frequent storm-related power outages—that builders and remodelers should monitor closely. It’s called passive survivability, and it’s the standard for today’s most energy-efficient homes. Passive survivability reduces a home’s environmental impact while still providing for basic human needs when utilities are out. After the storm passes, the home’s features work to keep the inside comfortable. What are the main ingredients of passive survivability? Let’s take a look.

As temperatures continue to rise, passive homes provide much-needed comfort. Brought to you by JELD-WEN The hope with every home we build is that it will remain comfortable and livable for generations. The truth is that our global climate has other plans. As local weather intensifies due to global warming, passive home building is growing in popularity for its structural resilience and sustainable design.

A home for all ages marries accessibility and aesthetics that the whole family can appreciate. Brought to you by JELD-WEN More homeowners are planning on their parents and adult children moving in with them. Studies show that the number of multigenerational households—defined as a home with more than two adult generations or grandparents and grandchildren younger than 25—is on the upswing. According to Pew Research Center, 2016 saw a record 20 percent of Americans living in multigenerational households,[1] compared to just 12 percent in the 1980s. And a recent survey by John Burns Real Estate Consulting says that as many as 41 percent of home-buying Americans are looking for homes that can accommodate an elderly parent or adult child.[2] What does this mean for builders and remodelers? A shift in demand and business model. Not only are more homeowners looking for more home, but there’s also the challenge of marrying…

Make a memorable statement with the door you choose for your home Brought to you by JELD-WEN Farmhouse style has come a long way since its start with Old MacDonald. Today, you’re just as likely to find it expressed in an urban and suburban home as in the countryside. Over the years, the style has definitely evolved. New versions have been dreamt up, creating a spectrum spanning traditional farmhouse to more modern interpretations. Despite the variety, there are a number of features that farmhouse-inspired designs do share in common. Start with the front door — it’s how you set the tone for your home’s design. There are several options that set farmhouses apart. Many people choose to incorporate an old favorite: the Dutch door. The style has been an American staple since the 17th century. With its two independent sections, the Dutch door won fans as much for its novel…

The modern farmhouse trend is having a renaissance. Brought to you by JELD-WEN Modern farmhouse is shaping up to be one of the most popular home design trends. Its unique blend of comfort and simplicity captures the warmth of traditional farmhouse and has taken on an open-for-interpretation blueprint with classic and contemporary elements. Why is modern farmhouse making a comeback? There are a few reasons.

Brought to you by JELD-WEN Farmhouse style has come a long way from the farm, yet hundreds of years later, the basic elements of the style still hold in modern interpretations. It’s all about the details, and there’s a world of possibilities for anyone to create their own farmhouse dream home. Here are three integral design elements that distinguish the farmhouse style.

Technologies and business practices from other industries can be game changers for home building Brought to you by JELD-WEN It’s easy to criticize some builders’ resistance to new technology, but given the complexities of this business and the huge financial risks, their hesitance is understandable. Established methods can seem safer and more predictable than changes that may or may not pay off. However, a growing number of builders understand that their survival will ultimately depend on their willingness to adopt new business practices and technologies. These practices usually aren’t complicated. In fact, they tend to be proven, mainstream, and even obvious. The key is having the mind-set to embrace them. Case in point: Russ and Scott Murfey of San Diego‒based Murfey Company, a 10-year-old builder/developer of single and multifamily homes and commercial projects, say that the careful application of new technologies and ideas has helped them build a thriving business.

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