home building industry

Testing Soil Load Bearing Capacity Upfront Saves Time, Money Later

At CD + C, we recently began a residential job on a site that required a 40-foot foundation. While this number looks like we added an extra zero since the average foundation for a home is four feet, this is accurate. Why did it require such a high foundation? Well, because of poor soil with …

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U.S. Foreclosures Drop 10% in January as Illinois Rises 2%

Good news – foreclosure filings down nationally.  The not so good news – Illinois in the top 5 of that list with a 2% increase in January over last year.  When the list is of foreclosure filings by state, it’s not where Illinois homeowners particularly (that I know of)  enjoy being near the top. The …

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The Next Decade in Housing Set For Paradigm Shift

Changing demographics, home values and soured perceptions of home ownership are clues to a major change the national real estate market according to experts at the Urban Land Institute.  A study produced by John K. McIlwain, senior resident fellow of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) released Housing In America – The Next Decade, a forecast …

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Top 10 Things to Put in Your Next New Chicago Home

Builder Magazine Online listed their Top 10 items for builders to consider putting in their 2010 new homes.  Perhaps not surprisingly, many products on the ‘top 10 list’ are energy efficient / green building technology that is all the rage now in the industry.  They are justified as important if the real AND perceived value …

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New Homes and Marketing To Change With Millennial Generation

When the housing market turns around, there are many changes on the horizon for new homes in Chicago and nationally.  It is difficult to tell exactly when that will occur as many experts disagree, but they all agree that the next generation of new homes will be smaller, more energy efficient, higher in density and …

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