September 4, 2005 |
The massive Hurricane Katrina rebuilding effort -- expected to be among the biggest and costliest ever -- will be even more expensive thanks to the nation's housing boom. The rebuilding will create new demands for building materials and construction workers, already in short supply because of strong home-building activity around the country. That could result in even higher costs for those goods and workers, which in turn could further boost prices for new homes in California and elsewhere.
May 9, 2004 |
First the run-up in gasoline and milk prices. Now lumber and steel. Homeowners planning to add a second story or a deck or, heaven forbid, build a new house are in for some serious sticker shock, experts say, as soaring prices of construction materials -- from plywood to plumbing products -- force contractors to raise prices along with the roofs. Record demand for construction supplies amid shortages is creating a pricing nightmare, just as home building approaches peak season.
October 18, 1994 |
It's advertised as the "Three-Floor Dream," and Sumitomo Ringyo Co.'s latest model home is unquestionably a fantasy compared to the cramped abodes the Japanese normally endure. Encompassing 1,700 square feet, the house boasts four bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, two dining rooms and balcony space galore. But to foreign home-builders visiting here recently, it was the price tag that seemed make-believe: $900,000--and that's not including the land.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1992 |
After simulating the most powerful earthquake California is ever expected to face, UC San Diego researchers say buildings can be constructed to withstand the Big One with minimal damage. Scientists at the Charles Lee Powell Structural Systems Laboratory on Thursday announced the results of the first, full-scale test for earthquake resistance on a specially designed five-story building on campus. Hairline cracks spread through the building.
HOME & GARDEN
November 24, 1990 |
It started with the best of intentions. In the housing boom after World War II, homes were air-conditioned for comfort, closing the windows in the process. After the energy crisis of the 1970s, houses were made energy-efficient, producing a new array of insulations, paints, sealants, caulks and adhesives to do the job. American houses were becoming as snug as a submarine. They were also becoming polluted. Even poisonous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1994 |
Out of those ubiquitous roadside heaps of rubble and rubbish--the castoffs and detritus of the Northridge earthquake--homes for the needy are being rebuilt, thanks to Habitat for Humanity and an Agoura Hills construction company. Western Builders Group Inc.
October 20, 2004 |
The cost of building materials in Iraq has soared as much as tenfold amid fears of shortages, threatening the pace of the already troubled U.S. reconstruction effort, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Tuesday. Local suppliers have jacked up the prices of such basics as lumber, gravel and bricks in the expectation that a U.S.-funded building boom is poised to take off and will drain stocks of the materials, the officials said.
May 16, 1995 |
On evenings and weekends, you can find most of the Plaisted family hard at work--carrying rocks, operating heavy equipment, digging holes and other tasks toward the building of their home in Kagel Canyon near Sylmar. Robert and Janell Plaisted--like most Angelenos--couldn't afford to hire a builder to construct the house in which they really wanted to live.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1995 |
When the Green Meadow wildfire razed the Newbury Park mansion of Harman Rasnow, the millionaire vowed to build a new house that would never burn. When the Northridge earthquake leveled the tiny Fillmore home of Joe and Dolores Rivera, the couple asked Habitat for Humanity to construct them a house that would withstand the strongest quake.