State Street Commons

The Carlsbad Village Antique Mall was 14,630sf on a 7/10-acre lot.  The new owners paid $7,525,000 in August, 2019 (the sellers had paid $1,450,000 in 1999) and plan to increase the square footage by 44%.  Hopefully there will be plenty of on-site parking!


State Street Commons is an adaptive reuse and major renovation of the antique mall in the heart of Carlsbad Village. The project will pay tribute to the architectural character of the two butler frame buildings and quonset hut. The project consists of approximately 21,000 sf on a 30,350 sf parcel a couple blocks from the Pacific Ocean and directly across from the transit station. The vibrant mixed use project will house top tier retail and office tenants.

Aging-In-Place Remodeling

Wouldn’t it be easier to move? 🙂

When it comes to the most sought-after aging-in-place projects, bathrooms dominate the top spot.

In a recent NAHB survey of remodelers, more than eight out of 10 reported that installing grab bars (89%), higher toilets (85%) and curbless showers (82%) were the most common aging-in-place projects.

Widening doorways, the next most-common project on the list, came in at a distance 59%.

Even though the underlying motivation seems similar in both cases, walk-in bathtubs have not become nearly as common as curbless showers. Only 12% of remodelers reported installing walk-in tubs.

When NAHB began asking aging-in-place remodeling questions in 2004, curbless showers were about as common as wider doorways. But over the years, the share of NAHB remodelers installing curbless showers has grown from 54% to 82%.

NAHB senior economist Paul Emrath provides more details in this Eye on Housing blog post.

Sharing a Bedroom

Worried that your kids who have to share a room might suffer?

I shared a bedroom with my brother until I went off to college, and never thought anything of it. But these days every kid seems to deserve their own bedroom – but not every house is equipped.

Here are a couple of ways to minimize the conflicts!

Fun Colors

Zillow thinks color is making a comeback – their thoughts:

Goodbye, Hygge (look it up). Hello, color!

Fun will return to home design in the form of bold prints, lively wallpaper and brightly hued walls. After a decade of Scandinavian modern design that dominated retail and social media feeds as Americans embraced neutrals, minimalism and clutter-free living, expect a shift toward playful, creative design. Look for color to be injected in unexpected ways in kitchen cabinetry and appliances, in lighting fixtures and on interior doors and moldings.

Sherwin-Williams agrees! Naval was their color of the year, and now Black Bean:

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