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More home buyers want healthy homes but don’t exactly know how to define them. This presents a unique opportunity for builders to clear up any uncertainty and gain trust for new projects. It’s difficult to not think about our living spaces when we’ve spent nearly all our time indoors over the last year. We’re using more electricity, breathing more indoor air, and wanting a closer connection to the outside with large openings and natural light. And that’s caused an increasing number of home buyers to consider renovations and construction that net a healthier home. But what makes a healthy home, and how can builders rise to meet these aspirations? Let’s break it down.

Today’s custom homebuyers want designs and amenities that serve all family members Demographic trends should lead builders to rethink the way they design custom homes. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau projects the over-65 population growing from 47 million in 2015 to 71 million by 2030. In a 2016 Home Advisor survey, respondents over age 55 said they wanted to stay at home for as long as possible. “We’re getting more requests for homes that accommodate multiple generations,” says Tim Winter of Paradigm Building Group, a design/build firm in Fairfax, Va. “A lot of clients are asking for a first-floor en-suite bedroom for aging parents.” If the parents won’t be moving in just yet, the room can be configured as a study or guest room. If parents and their grown children prefer a bit more separation but the lot won’t accommodate a first-floor elder suite, consider an elevator. Winter is getting more…

Discover the perfect windows and doors for coastal style homes Exuding relaxing vibes and embracing expansive views, coastal style homes have instant appeal. From the natural wood to the ocean-inspired color pallet, coastal style celebrates comfortable living. We created the JELD-WEN Coastal Style Collection to make it easy for homeowners to get inspiration and find the ideal windows and doors to achieve the perfect coastal look in their homes.  A more efficient solution to product selection Our curated Coastal Style Collection makes it a breeze to find products that meet style requirements within your budget, all in one place. The guide organizes windows and doors by pricing tiers, so you can easily estimate costs and mix and match options based on quality, material, features, and budget. Involving your client early in the design process strengthens the overall product. They have a vision that they want to see brought to life, and you have product requirements that must be met. Use this curated coastal…

Discover windows and doors for the perfect contemporary style It’s no surprise why many homeowners are drawn to the clean lines, natural light, and bold design elements of modern architecture. The style balances form and function along with simplicity and sophistication to create homes with undeniable appeal. Blending indoor-outdoor elements, angular design, natural materials, and expansive glass, modern homes deliver the looks and livability so many of today’s customers desire. With seemingly countless windows and doors to choose from across different materials and designs, it can be difficult and timeconsuming to find products within your customer’s budget that achieve the look they’re after. To help customers discover windows and doors that allow them to achieve their modern home vision, JELD-WEN created the Simply Modern Style Collection. 

Tracking trends in windows and doors For the past several years, the biggest trend in windows and doors has been their increasing size. In the case of windows, homeowners want unobstructed views that let them connect with the outdoors. Panes have grown in size while frames have shrunk—and grilles and muntins are less popular. “We literally cannot make the glass big enough for people,” says Jennifer Matson, JELD-WEN’s director of product line management for wood windows. “People want the clear, open view.” “Bigger is better,” agrees Joe LeFlore, South Florida Millwork vice president. “I got five plans today, and every one is floor-to-ceiling windows. Everybody wants more glass and less frame.”  Going dark No matter how much frame material there is, dark-colored frames continue to increase in popularity. Black-framed windows inside and out are so popular they have a hashtag, #blackwindowframes. The dark frame trend shows no sign of stopping, says JELD-WEN’s Matson, although JELD-WEN has refreshed its interior sash pallet to include warmer grays in anticipation of evolving preferences. “We also do custom colors,” adds Matson. “We have a silver exterior color, and we have quite…

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. A much more efficient solution to product selection Our curated farmhouse collection makes it faster and easier to find products that meet style requirements within your budget, all in one place. We organize the windows and doors by pricing tiers, so you can easily estimate costs and mix and match your budget options based on…

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. · Understanding the client’s viewpoint completely · Having thorough communication between stakeholders · Sufficiently managing design requirements · Responding to and being aware of changing client needs · Getting enough feedback from the client Miscommunication costs time, which leads to unnecessary expenses and delays for both parties. Due to outside factors, some of the above challenges may be impossible to overcome, yet all could be solved…

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. 1) Super-efficient home envelope Highly efficient envelopes help homes retain so much energy that heating or cooling requires less than a conventional HVAC system. This involves a combination of proper insulation and air sealing that starts with code-mandated structural features such as tie-downs to resist uplift and sheer panels to help the frames…

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.

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