Restoring Homes the Right Way with Building Hugger

Original article by Robin Runyan, Curbed Detroit Photo credit: Curbed Detroit If you’ve worked on a historic restoration in Detroit, you’ve likely heard of or met Amy Swift, who started Building Hugger just a few years ago. They’re working to be stewards of the built environment in Detroit. Swift, who has a master’s degree in Historic Preservation, began renovating her own house in southwest Detroit in 2012, and started Building Hugger after finding that there was a real need for tradespeople in the city. The group mainly does window restoration…

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5 Home Upgrades With The Highest Return On Investment

Original article by Gina Pogol, The Mortgage Reports Photo credit: The Mortgage Reports Home upgrades can result in more enjoyment and pride as a homeowner. But some home improvements are more valuable than others. A project should look great and offer a solid return on investment (ROI). While ROI is not the only factor, it is worth considering. Some “upgrades” can actually decrease your home’s value. For instance, an outdoor swimming pool does not appeal to buyers in many areas of the country. Think about your home’s future buyer, even if…

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Bringing Back the Roaring 20’s Through Restoration

Interior Designer Restores Historic 1928 Estate Charm Sourced from Pasadena Star News Photo credit: Pasadena Star News Restoration of a home to its former glory can be hard enough work, but restoring a home to be historically genuine is another beast altogether. Interior designer Jennifer Bevan Montoya purchased a 1928 San Marino estate, and found an opportunity to preserve the home’s original charm. While the house retained much of its original materials, Montoya conducted a major renovation with keeping the 1920’s style alive and well. The home was recently recognized…

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NAHB Comments on Lead Paint Rule Change

In January, Environmental Policy Program Manager for the National Association of Home Builders. Tamra Spielvogel submitted a letter to the EPA on their proposed rules of lead-based paint programs; amendments to jurisdiction-specific certification and accreditation requirements and renovator refresher training requirements. Spielvogel commended and agreed with the agency’s “determination that it would be in the public’s best interest to remove the hands-on training requirement as soon as possible and supports making this change effective” More from the letter: NAHB supports EPA’s proposed action to amend the existing regulations under the RRP…

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