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home design survey: useful aid

Recognizing the general public's ever-growing interest in home improvement and residential design issues, and the importance of tracking this information for firms focusing on residential design work, the American Institute of Architects presented the results of its first Home Design Trends Survey at this year's national convention in June. The survey, which will be released on a quarterly basis going forward, will collect data from 600 residential architectural firms. This year's three remaining surveys will continue to address general market issues, in addition to focusing on a specific topic-special function rooms, community, and kitchen and bath. Read more

Tags: Additions, Design, Residential Projects, Remodeling, American Institute of Architects
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A combination of indirect light and modern pendants help turn an outmoded commercial building into urban apartments.

huntsman architectural group's renovation of the landmark at Grant Avenue, one of the first office-to-residential conversions in San Francisco's central business district, stands as a testament to lighting's ability to alter an existing space for alternative uses. Designed by Coxhead and Coxhead and completed in 1908 as headquarters for the Home Telephone Company, the original 51,000-square-foot building combined industrial and office functions behind an over-scaled classical façade. Read more

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eBAY resource

EBay, it's not just for cleaning out the attic anymore. The online marketplace has become a catalog of ideas, and a source for purchasing items for home-remodeling projects, especially lighting. The company reported a record number of listings (432 million) in the first quarter of 2005. According to Eva Baran, a marketing specialist at Kaplow Communications, in a recent study of 1,000 women remodelers, almost half said that staying within budget was the most difficult part of the home-remodeling process. To that end, the Internet and sites like eBay are becoming a tremendous resource for budget-minded consumers. Read more

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