Fine Homebuilding Gives Outlook for the Building Industry: Predictions for 2010 and the Decade Ahead

Newtown, CT, December 31, 2009 --( As 2009 ends, we draw the curtain on the first decade of the 21st century, which played host to some of the most monumental changes ever to affect the building industry. What will next year and the next decade bring?

We’ve experienced extremes in every direction. Home prices and home ownership skyrocketed to record heights. But we also experienced one of the worst housing downturns and the biggest spikes in foreclosures in history. Will we have a recovery and what will it look like? It was a century when houses got larger and more energy hungry, while at the same time energy-efficient building methods have become more and more desirable as builders and home owners strive to build houses that use less and offer more. Will green building practices become more mainstream?

The editors of Fine Homebuilding have made their predictions for what you can expect from the building industry in the decade ahead.

New Home Construction Shifts from Job Site to Factory > The modern job site will become a place of assembly and installation as more house components and systems are prefabricated off site.

Granite Countertops are So Last Decade > High prices and high maintenance are just two reasons this ubiquitous luxury kitchen countertop material will fall out of style.

Contractors See Lean Times and Big Opportunities in 2010 > Weatherization and small remodeling to outpace new construction projects as the building economy regains traction.

Insulation is Sexy Stuff > President Obama thinks so, and so do government bean counters. Learn why insulation upgrades and deep energy retrofits are the future.

Blue is the New Black > Forget oil. Water conservation will drive new building trends in the next decade.

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To contact the editorial staff for an interview call Matt Berger at 203-304-3402.

About Fine Homebuilding Magazine
Fine Homebuilding is the largest and most trusted residential construction magazine in America and a nationally respected showcase of beautifully designed homes. A majority of readers are professionals who use the magazine as part of their livelihood and count on Fine Homebuilding as their building bible. Fine Homebuilding provides a range of design and construction ideas from across the country and a level of honest, practical information with special focus on more affordable homes and projects that most people could tackle on their own homes. Fine Homebuilding is published seven times a year by The Taunton Press. To learn more please visit


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