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Other stories by Pat Curry

  • Outdoor Kitchens for the South Coast

    Outdoor kitchens are a popular amenity in the seaside homes of well-heeled clients. But when designing an outdoor kitchen in the hot and humid Gulf, builders must take care to use durable materials that can take a beating. Pat Curry looks at how to craft these appealing spaces while making sure...

  • Round-The-Clock Research

    Put 10 really smart college students into a combination dorm and laboratory, give them complex projects to work on, and monitor everything they do. The Home Depot Smart Home at Duke University in Durham, N.C., may sound like the premise for a reality show (that question is even addressed in the...

  • Salt Lake Strategy

    By Pat Curry. When Fieldstone Homes opened shop in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1998, history was not on its side. To make that happen, Fieldstone needed to know the cost of every component of the house and drive out inefficiency.

  • Brokered Relations

    When Sue Streeter started doing real estate broker programs in Las Vegas, Nev., 12 years ago, the strategy could be summed up in one word: shrimp. Today, Streeter is the Realtor relations coordinator for Pulte Homes' Del Webb communities in Las Vegas.

  • They Want It Their Way

    Every day, volume builders look for ways to cut costs and still create an attractive community. But when it comes to building active adult communities, the prevailing wisdom these days dictates: Don't hold back on the amenities.