We’re Officially in the New Location
Everything is moved and the signage is down at our former location in Urbandale. We’re now within walking distance of the Capitol and right in the heart of the action in a thriving East Village.
From now on, please use the following address:
Home Builders Association of Iowa
400 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Our office phone number remains the same:
We cancelled the fax number, although the machine is still there waiting if we ever need it again.
Give us until after the holidays to get it looking presentable, but then please stop by to check it out. If you walk in the front door to the building at 400 East Court Avenue, follow the purple curved wall to the right and we’re the first door on the right, around the corner.
Evaluating New Building Materials
Builders face many choices in selecting new products, materials, equipment, and fixtures to use in the construction of a home. You can determine which building materials best fit your needs by obtaining information about new or unfamiliar items from manufacturers and distributors. Reviewing building material choices in advance may help eliminate non-conforming materials, returns and possibly disputes.
For builders that may not have their own review process, NAHB has developed a guide to assist you in gathering information from manufacturers and distributors when considering the selection of new building materials.
The Multigenerational Household Trend
Family households consisting of three or more generations, or “multigenerational households,” have become increasingly popular. According to the most recent Census, approximately 4.4 million American homes had three generations or more living under one roof in 2010, a 15 percent increase from two years earlier. This is 5.6 percent of the total of 76.4 million U.S. households with more than one person.
There are many reasons for this trend. The recession caused many adult children to return home after college, either because they weren’t able to get jobs that would cover rent, or they wanted to save up to buy homes of their own. According to Pew Institute research, the share of the U.S. population aged 18 to 31 living in their parent’s home increased to 36 percent or a record 21.6 million young adults in 2012.
Multigenerational households also form so that grandparents can help take care of their grandchildren, and as they age, their children can care for them. This type of arrangement can ease financial burdens as well, with several generations contributing to the mortgage payment and not having to incur the expenses of childcare, retirement housing or professional care-giving environments.
Home builders and remodelers are building and renovating homes to meet the needs of multigenerational households. These designs allow many generations of the same family to live together under one roof yet have private areas as well as combined living space.
Features of multigenerational home plans can include in-law suites within the main home with separate areas for independent living. These often have kitchenettes and en suite bathrooms, and sometimes private entrances from the street. They frequently include “universal design” products, which focus on maximum usability by people of all ages and abilities. Examples include walk-in showers, smooth flooring transitions, and cabinets with pull-out drawers.
Building professionals who have earned the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation have received training on how to build or renovate a home so that the occupants can live in the home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of their age or ability level. They have been taught the strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically pleasing, barrier-free living environments. While most CAPS professionals are remodelers, an increasing number are general contractors, designers, architects, and health care professionals.