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The number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of these permits were up 7.7% over last year.

How will this impact buyers?

More inventory means more options. Danielle Hale,’s Chief Economist, explained this is good news for the housing market – especially for those looking to buy:

“It’s not spectacular construction growth, but it’s slow and steady in the right direction. Eventually, the pickup in single-family home construction will mean [buyers] will have more options. Especially with the limited number of sales right now, more options are really needed.”

How will this impact sellers?

More inventory means more competition. Today, because of the tremendous lack of inventory, a seller can expect:

  1. A great price on their home as buyers outbid each other for it
  2. A quick sale as buyers have so little to choose from
  3. Fewer hassles as buyers don’t want to “rock the boat” on the deal

With an increase in competition, the seller may not enjoy these same benefits. As Hale said:

“As new construction continues to increase, home shoppers will eventually have more [choices] and a bit more time to make purchase decisions compared to today’s quick-moving housing market.”

Bottom Line

If you are considering the sale of your home, it might make sense to beat this new construction competition to the market.

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Modern House Shutters That Reinvent The Concept Of Privacy

It’s difficult to determine exactly when shutters were first invented and it’s believed that their history starts somewhere in ancient Greece. Their role back then was the same as it now: to control the light that enters a room as well as the ventilation. At first, they were made of marble but then wood came into play and window shutters also started to change their form and design and to become more flexible and versatile. Now, modern shutters come in a very wide range of designs, materials, finishes, colors and styles and their role has also become a decorative one.

Two shutters are better than one and three are better than two so an entire building facade covered in shutters must be awesome. Judging by the look of this house, we’d say that’s true. It’s not just the fact that there’s a whole facade clad in shutters of various sizes and colors but also the fact that they’re operable.

It’s not often that we see a modern house with window shutters these days so we can definitely appreciate a design that makes them look beautiful and stylish without looking old-fashioned. This is a house designed by ARCS Architekten and it looks wonderful, especially with those sliding shutters.

Like we already mentioned, modern window shutters are not just practical but also decorative, as proven by the design created by Mihaly Slocombe for this house extension. Its shutters are made of wood and they fold in half in a very interesting and unusual way. They also feature perforated patterns that give the facades a unique look and a lot of character.

The shutters that cover the windows of this house designed by Aamodt / Plumb Architects are made of charred wood created using an ancient japanese technique meant to preserve the material. The wood is charred and cooled and acquires a unique dark finish which, in this case, is complemented by a white steel roof that keeps the interior spaces cool during summer.

When the shutters are closed, this house becomes a compact volume and its facade has a simple and uninterrupted look. The wood planks used on the shutters are the same type that the exterior of the house was clad with. This is a design by Wolveridge Architects.

This eye-catching structure is an apartment building developed by Arsh Design Group. It’s located in Tehran, Iran and it looks amazing. the most impressive thing about it is the facade which features a series of interlocking wooden panels that serve as shutters. When they open, they slide into the adjacent panels and thus the facade maintains its two-dimensional structure at all times.

There are, of course, plenty of intriguing and extraordinary modern designs when it comes to window shutters but that doesn’t mean that the simple, old-fashioned kind has to be forgotten. Just look how charming these wooden shutters are. They were used by Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos when designing a contemporary home in Colares, Portugal back in 2007.

In 2004 AA KULTURA designed a very interesting multi-unit housing system in Slovenia. The structure is a large villa which comprises several units under one roof. The design is elegant and modern, being defined by several beautiful features including the series of wooden shutters that provide privacy for the internal areas without completely obstructing the views or the light.

In the 17th arrondissement of Paris there’s a building that doesn’t really blend in, a structure that contrasts with its surroundings through the fact that its street facade is covered in a series of vertical, perforated metal panels, like shutters but with a rather unusual look. They give the building a uniform and eye-catching look and they being the design created by Avenier Cornejo Architectes to life.

There was a time when houses has relatively small windows and when they didn’t connect so freely with the views and their surroundings. Modern homes, however, often have full-height windows and this particular one in Brazil even has floor-to-ceiling shutters to go along with them. The house was a project by mf+ arquitetos and its shutters are designed to offer privacy and to control the daylight that enters into the living spaces.

Despite how compact and closed off these houses seem, they’re actually very much in sync with their surroundings and they make the most of the views around them thanks to a series of shutter-like protective panels that cover them on two sides. These screens offer privacy and can be opened to reveal an unobstructed view. The houses are located in France and were designed by N+B Architectes.

Because it’s located within a coastal erosion zone in New Zealand, the rules dictated that this house and all the buildings in the area must be removable. Architect Crosson Clarke Carnachan adopted an interesting strategy in that sense by putting the house on two thick wooden sleds and thus making it mobile. Not only that, but the house was also designed to be completely closed off with wooden shutters and to basically become a compact block of wood whenever needed.

Window shutters usually contrast with the facade of the house or stand out in one way of another but that doesn’t really happen when the desire is to create a minimalist design like the one of the Vallvidrera House by YLAB Arquitectos. It’s located in Barcelona, Spain and one thing that sets it apart from its neighbors is the crisp white facade and the matching shutters that cover the windows making the house look like a compact white block.

There’s a good explanation for the fact that this contemporary residence has a modest exterior design reminiscent of old barns. It’s because it actually used to be a barn. It was transformed into the gorgeous home it is now by STEINMETZDEMEYER but its current design remains true to its past, modest and in sync with the neighboring houses. Of course, behind this shell there’s an exquisite interior design and the wooden facade and matching shutters keep it all hidden and private.

Located in dublin, Ireland, this house is sandwiched between two existing buildings and thus had to be small and layered. It was designed by ODOS architects who organized it on three levels and managed to find a very creative way of opening up the interior spaces to the surroundings while offering their clients all the privacy they needed. They did that by designing a series of modern shutters which can cover up the glazed sections of the facade and which can be opened to either fully or partially let in the light and the views.

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Inspiring Interior Designs Focused On Corner Fireplaces

A room with a fireplace is always cozy and inviting, regardless of the style of the decor or the function of the space and, as a result, the fireplace is a desirable element and often a must-have for some. If you feel the same way, it’s time to check out some of the inspiring fireplace design ideas and interior design concepts that we like. There are a lot of cool ways to integrate a fireplace into a room’s decor. It’s even easier to do so when it’s a corner fireplace.

Room corners often remain empty and furniture-free and that doesn’t really maximize space-efficiency in any way. If a fireplace were to occupy that space the whole room would benefit from its presence. In this living space designed by Jaffa Group an L-shaped sofa and additional seats are organized in front of the fireplace while the TV is mounted on the adjacent wall.

Wood-burning fireplaces fit nicely in traditional and rustic decors. This is a space designed by architect Peter Sellar. Its corner fireplace serves as a focal point without being the only visual attraction. The color palette is centered around earthy tones of brown and this ensures cohesion throughout.

There are a lot of different versions of corner fireplaces. A double-sided fireplace is one of them. This is a design that makes it possible to enjoy the warmth and beauty of the fireplace from anywhere in  the room. This living room by P2 Design is a great source of inspiration in this sense.

A cool thing about corner fireplaces is that they’re not strictly linked to a single wall so they can be seen and enjoyed from anywhere and this allows a more open and spacious lounge area to be established based on this point. Take for example this rustic porch. Whether you’re sitting on the sofa, on one of the armchairs or even at the table, you can see and enjoy the fireplace in the corner as well as the panoramic views.

What we like about this particular living room is the fact that the color palette of neutral and based on simple, earthy tones and this allows the materials and textures to play an important role in the ambiance and decor of the space. The stone fireplace is one of the most eye-catching elements. The fireplace mantel serves as a display surface for ornamental pieces, drawing even more attention to this corner. This was a project by Garrison Hullinger.

Bedrooms are meant to be cozy and welcoming and one guaranteed way to achieve that look is with the help of a fireplace. If you think there’s not enough space for one, consider a corner fireplace like this one. It takes up little space in an area that usually remains empty anyway. In addition, you can make the most out of this corner by placing the TV above the fireplace. Find more inspiration from Neal Huston & Associates Architects.

Although the fireplace is usually inevitably a visual focal point for the space it’s a part of, there are ways to make it blend in or at least to make it stand out less. For example, the fireplace could feature the same color as he wall behind it. This one sits in the corner and is wonderfully coordinated with the neutral and light color palette that characterizes the room. This is a design by Margo Thartford Interiors.

This fireplace makes good use of the corner space and coordinates with the matching stone. Together they frame the view and make this living room feel extra cozy. The fireplace has a curved front and this somewhat softens its look. This was the work of Slifer Designs.

Sometimes a corner fireplace is the best way of making a room feel whole. This bedroom designed by Jaffa Group is a good example. Its bed is facing the glass doors and has a nice view of the surroundings, with the fireplace on one side and an accent chair on the other.

The fireplace doesn’t have to be big or to go all the way up, reaching the ceiling. You can get the desired effect with a small fireplace tucked nicely in a corner. Platt Architecture used this strategy when planning this rustic bedroom. They used stone and wood to make the space feel warm and inviting.

We keep saying that corner fireplaces are space-efficient and practical but then we come across designs like this one which basically contradict all that. Not only is the fireplace pretty robust on its own by it’s also framed by a platform and wood-clad wall sections which contrast with the large windows and glass doors but at the same time match the flooring, the ceiling beams as well as some of the furniture.

On the other hand, designs like this one prove the opposite. Look how nicely this fireplace fits in the corner, framed by large wall units on either side. It makes the most out of that limited and often dead space. The low platform that frames the units establishes visual continuity around the room while offering extra space for displaying items or to be used as a bench.

An interesting design idea is to mold the fireplace and connect it visually to other elements in the room. Here you can see a corner fireplace with a design that matches that of the wall unit sitting next to it. This is one of the designs created by Farinelli Construction.

It’s true that fireplaces are often more popular in rustic and traditional settings but that doesn’t mean they don’t look just as beautiful and natural in modern and contemporary spaces. Studio H Design Group is responsible for the design of this beautiful living space. As you can see, the corner fireplace is small and minimalist, just like the rest of the elements in the room.

A fireplace is a nice way to fill a corner. Even one that’s not functional and only serves a decorative purpose can turn out to be a great design option for living rooms or bedrooms. We find this design created by LDa Architects to be a pretty great example. The fireplace’s blue mosaic frame and white mantel bring together distinct elements from around the room.

Modern fireplaces are usually not as robust as the traditional kind and their designs are simple, clean and often linear. This one used by Nico van der Meulen Architects in one of their projects links two adjacent walls and ensures a continuous and sleek look for the entire room.

Not all corners are the same and, naturally, not all corners fireplaces are alike either. An outside corner can be a bit problematic. Phil Kean Designs did a great job at adapting the whole corner fireplace corner for this elegant bedroom.

When they designed the Cambrian hotel in Switzerland, Peter Silling & Associates successfully combined rustic and luxurious elements. This is one of the spaces where you can find sleek and stylish sectional sofas, oversized floor lamps, minimalist coffee tables and a wood-burning fireplace built into one of the outside corners of the floor plan.

This is the lounge area designed by Wespi de Meuron Romeo architects for a house they designed by Brisago, Switzerland. It’s a space with a simple, raw and zen look. The long sofa softens the decor with its comfy upholstery while wall niches form special display cases for decorations and a corner fireplace warms up the whole area.

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Add a raspberry coulis to your Creme Brulee for an extra sweet bite.

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Raspberry Creme Brulee
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total: 1 hr 35 min
Prep: 25 min
Cook: 1 hr 10 min
Yield: 4 Servings


1 pint raspberries
1 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup half-and-half
Pinch fine salt
1 vanilla bean
8 large egg yolks, at room temperature


Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 300°F. Place four 9-ounce ramekins in a roasting pan. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and keep hot until ready to use.

Set aside 12 of the raspberries and cook the rest with 1/2 cup of the sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved, the berries have broken down completely and the mixture starts to thicken, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely.

Put the cream, half-and-half and salt in a medium saucepan. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds with the back of a paring knife and add them, along with the bean, to the cream mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat; immediately remove from the heat, cover and set aside.

Combine the egg yolks with the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar in a large bowl and whisk until the mixture is pale yellow and thick. Whisking constantly, slowly pour in the hot cream mixture until well combined. Pour the custard through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean medium bowl and discard the vanilla bean.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of the raspberry coulis into each ramekin and spread to cover the bottom. Carefully ladle the custard into the ramekins, dividing evenly, and place the roasting pan in the oven. Carefully pour the hot water into the roasting pan until it reaches about 2/3 of the way up each ramekin. Bake until the custard is just set and still slightly jiggles, about 55 minutes. Immediately transfer the ramekins to a rack to cool to room temperature, then chill, uncovered, for 3 hours up to 2 days.

Just before serving, place the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle sugar (about 1 tablespoon) over the top of each custard, tilting to spread evenly. Wipe off the ramekins with a moist paper towel. Using a torch, carefully caramelize the sugar until it is melted and a deep golden color. Once the sugar has hardened, garnish each custard with 3 of the reserved raspberries and serve.

Propane gas torches are highly flammable and should be kept away from heat, open flame and prolonged exposure to sunlight. They should be used only in well-ventilated areas. Follow torch manufacturer’s instructions for use.

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