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Home Remodel Numbers on the Rise- New Details

Of the 5,000 homeowners surveyed, 84% responded that they probably will start their remodel in the next 12 months. This compares with just 70% who reported they would in 2009 but still isn’t at the levels of 2006 – during the heyday for remodeling – when 90% of those participating in the survey stated they would remodel.

84% of homeowners responded that they probably will start their remodel in the next 12 months.

ABCD Publishing announced this week the release of’s U.S. Remodeling Sentiment Report for Spring 2011. Highlights of the report are further confirmation that spending on remodeling will continue to increase and that homeowners continue to minimize the scale of their remodeling plans.

Of the 5,000 homeowners surveyed, 84% responded that they probably will start their remodel in the next 12 months. This compares with just 70% who reported they would in 2009 but still isn’t at the levels of 2006 – during the heyday for remodeling – when 90% of those participating in the survey stated they would remodel.

While the confidence to remodel is increasing, the scale of the remodeling projects continues to be at the lowest levels recorded. Over the past two years homeowners have been reporting they plan to remodel or add on an average of just 2.6 rooms, compared to 3.4 in 2006.

Adding a bathroom continues to be the most popular remodeling project, with 57% of homeowners having this as part of their plans, up from 52% in 2006. Renovating kitchens and bathrooms is less popular, with 49% and 44% of homeowners, respectively, including these in their plans. Garage additions also are less popular compared to 2006, falling from 24% to 15% of respondents planning to include this in their project.

Bathroom additions can be easier to justify for budget minded homeowners when compared to bathroom and kitchen renovations. While bathroom additions can be expensive, they often are seen as a necessity for a growing family and can make better financial sense if the addition of the bathroom matches the average number of bathrooms for homes in the area. Kitchen remodels and bathroom renovations also can be justified financially, but the decision to remodel these rooms often is seen as a discretionary expenditure and can be postponed for a few years.

In addition to changes in the number of rooms and types of rooms that are being remodeled, the big change in this most recent report is the percentage of respondents describing the materials and fixtures that will be used in their remodel as “economy” (21%), compared to just 8% in 2006. This large increase further demonstrates that while the number of remodels is increasing, the scale and expense has yet to increase from the lows seen in the midst of the recession.

Homeowners can take the U.S. Remodeling Sentiment Report survey by going to

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Blu Homes, Inc. Opens West Coast Operations

Blu Homes, Inc. Opens West Coast Operations

Blu Homes, Inc. Opens West Coast Operations-Image by Getty Images via @daylife

Green home builder Blu Homes, Inc. ( today introduces its West Coast team, opening a new office in San Francisco.  Paul Warner, former president of Michelle Kaufmann Designs, and new creative director for Blu’s mkDesigns line, will run the West Coast design team.  Joining him is Blair Porteous, director of West Coast operations, and Milli Josifovska, West Coast sales associate.

“California is both the heart of America’s green movement and its advanced technology center, so we are excited to be expanding our presence here,” said Bill Haney, founder and CEO of Blu. “As one of America’s most talented and experienced architects of green prefab homes, Paul Warner played a central role in designing the original Glidehouse and Breezehouse, and in overseeing the construction of more than 30 of these beautiful homes across the West Coast.

We are delighted to have him lead our team to upgrade these extraordinary designs, using our advanced proprietary technology to bring them conveniently and cost effectively to families across the region.”

“Blu believes in a team approach to serving its customers. Blair Porteous’s talents and experience in developing residential construction projects and negotiating regulatory (permitting) challenges , partnered with Milli Josifovska’s rich history of committed customer service, Paul Warner’s design skills and the advantages of Blu’s proprietary technology combine to offer our West Coast and mkDesigns customers unmatched value,” added Haney.

Warner is a registered architect and a licensed contractor in California and has been designing beautiful green prefab homes for 15 years.  Porteous owns an mk home designed by Paul Warner and has a deep background in commercial and residential real estate development, as well as expertise in California regulatory and permitting issues and a long history serving customers in the green prefab business.

Josifovska is a Blu customer as well as West Coast sales rep.  “Milli’s Blu Evolution is scheduled to be delivered to her Lake Tahoe property in December.  Milli knows so much about our product, and loves it so much, she decided to buy one,” said Maura McCarthy, vice president of sales and marketing.  Milli has an extensive background in technology sales and marketing and has overseen the construction of three homes for her family.

Blu also today announced that it has launched a new web address for its recently redesigned mkDesigns website.  The site can now be found at  The mkDesigns Glidehouse was re-launched in August 2010 and the first Glidehouse since Blu acquired mkDesigns is scheduled to be delivered to Washington state in spring of 2011.

What’s Unique About Blu?

Blu Process Allows Customers to Design Their Own

Blu’s design process allows for extraordinary personalization – you can choose your home model, foundation, size, floor plan including the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, roofing, cladding, finishes, fixtures and accessories, and the placement of windows and doors. Our team of expert designers rigorously research and test all the fittings and fixture choices so buyers can make informed choices. Blu’s customization process is all powered by our unique information technology.

Blu Homes Are Built to Last a Lifetime

Our state-of-the-art steel hybrid framing provides unparalleled durability and flexibility. The steel frame combined with 50-year standing seam metal roofing, airtight insulation and efficient windows are all engineered to stand up to extreme weather conditions and together make Blu homes remarkably energy efficient.

Blu’s Bigger Spans, Higher Ceilings and Natural Light Make Less = More

Because of our steel framing, Blu is the only prefab home builder that offers spans that are 18′ to 20’6″ wide with up to 15′ high ceilings, making living areas feel more open, sunny and spacious than traditionally more narrow modular spaces. Our proprietary folding technology allows us to deliver these big wide open areas without charging a premium. In fact, our shipping costs are usually less than half those of typical off-site building companies.

Blu Team and Process Offer Custom Home Beauty with Predictable Price Tag

Blu is made up of a team of architects, designers, engineers, and construction and business professionals working to build the highest quality beautiful, green homes.  We design and engineer our homes ourselves, then build in our own factory and ship the home to you.  Blu employees then come to your site to finish your home on your foundation, offering unmatched service to ensure your satisfaction. With this full range of control, Blu can offer a guaranteed price as well as free architectural consultation on personalizing your Blu home.

If you are interested in owning your own Blu home, please contact us at

About Blu

Blu Homes, Inc. has a variety of residential and commercial eco-friendly, green prefabricated home designs and has delivered homes to families and businesses across the U.S., from New York to the Colorado mountains and the California coast.  With the application of Blu’s folding technology, mkDesigns are now available across the country, beginning with the Glidehouse. For more information on mkDesigns or Blu Homes, contact, or visit or

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CONTACT: Alexandra Botti of Blu Homes, Inc., +1-617-206-9646,

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