Jun 17, 2015

Navigating the New Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO)

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Mar 30, 2015

Sprawling Density

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Feb 20, 2015

Tax Time Tips

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Cost vs. Value

The newest Cost versus Value report has just been released. Leading in the midrange projects in Chicago are steel entry doors, garage door replacements, deck additions and stone veneer accents. Leading upscale projects were wood window replacements, garage door replacements … Continue reading

January Newsletter

2015 Housing Outlook: It’s Your Call The predictions game is a tough racket. From the infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune to the prognosticators who picked the 2014 Bears to win the NFC North, foretelling the … Continue reading

The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs

In a recent TED Talks, James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not … Continue reading

New affordable housing fees

[Sun-Times] Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s complex solution to Chicago’s affordable housing crisis was advanced by a City Council committee Wednesday, amid concern that the costly mandates could stifle residential development. Chicago’s existing “affordable requirements ordinance” offers a choice to developers of … Continue reading

December 2014 Newsletter

Solar Suites

While solar is comprised of a diverse suite of technologies, there are three main types: photovoltaics (PV), solar heating & cooling (SHC), and concentrating solar power (CSP). Homeowners and businesses interested in going solar are primarily interested in the first … Continue reading

Tiny 8 sqm Parisian apt

Maid rooms in Paris have long been considered unattractive and secluded spaces in the beautiful Haussmann buildings, renovations commissioned napoleon III and led by Georges-Eugene Haussmann. Always located on the top level under the roof, they are characterized by their … Continue reading


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