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ROI: How Housing Innovation Can Deliver Immediate Returns

Innovative ideas and products often don't go to market because they can't pencil out in present market conditions. Across Urbaneer's fifty-plus projects, we have consistently delivered units that lease faster and yield higher returns on a square foot basis than conventional units.

Un-Stuffing the Home: How Downsizing and Decluttering are Changing the Way Housing is Designed and Developed

For years, housing has been developed around an insatiable appetite for consumer goods. It has lead huge homes moved further and further from city centers and neighbors. What would happen if our were designed and developed from a people-centered (as opposed to stuff-centered) perspective? These are some of the questions we are out to answer at Urbaneer.

Bricks, Bits, and Atoms

The digitization of our world has deep implications for the housing industry. What happens when our stuff disappears, when our media is in the cloud, when our food is delivered on demand, when our cars are summoned by the press of a touchscreen? How much space will we need? With less stuff and space, will we have a different cultural connection to our homes? How will the housing industry shift?

Why There is No Apple or Tesla of Housing (Yet)

The housing industry is in the middle of a prolonged crisis. There is massive, pent-up demand for more housing. Housing shortages have stretched current inventory to the max, driving prices up, particularly in cities.

What the iPhone Can Teach Us about Home Design

It is said the best things come in small packages. While true of many things, this axiom seems lost on the way we design our homes.

Want Better, More Efficient Spaces? Look to Behavior, Not Convention

In 2014, a group of UCLA researchers published a book called “Life at Home in the 21st Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors.” As the title suggests, the authors went into the homes of 32 middle class, Los Angeles families.

Honey, I Shrunk (and Improved) the Single Family House

In my last post, I discussed the shrinking size of multifamily units and how that was just as reflective of a shift toward studios and one bedroom apartments as the contraction of all unit types.

Why Aren’t Two Bedroom Apartments Renting?

Last year, market analysts RCLCO reported that multifamily units built between 2010-2016 were 7% smaller than ones built between 2000-2009. One might assume the decrease was, at least in part, the result of an ongoing trend of renting over ownership.

4 Ways Developers and Property Managers Can Design Around the Way People Live in the 21st Century

It can be difficult for real estate developers and property managers to pin down what kind of housing people need in the 21st century.

Minimalist Culture

Within the past few years, the minimalist movement has grown into its very own culture. From art and design to lifestyle, minimalism inspires a number of people across the world. People are realizing that the space they have to work with every day is getting smaller.

The History of URBANEER

The need for effective space solutions has not always been high priority. But as our population grows and space becomes more limited, people need a way to make every square foot count.

The Morton

One challenge in the residential market is attracting residents and buyers to properties. In a city that’s growing as quickly as Grand Rapids is, city real estate has become both in demand and competitive. In order to attract residents and buyers, residential areas need to be desirable.

The Rise of Compact Space

There’s a problem with supply and affordability in today’s housing market.

Spaces That Learn — GRBJ Feature

URBANEER™ was recently featured in the Grand Rapids Business Journal sharing information about Spaces That Learn.

Product Highlight: The Island

URBANEER™ was created to find space solutions for our ever-growing world. As the need to maximize space became an increasing priority, we realized we could meet that need with products that are adaptable, efficient and make every square foot count.

Meet Bruce

Behind every brand is a passionate and motivated leader. For URBANEER™, it’s Bruce Thompson, president and cofounder of the space-solutions company.

URBANEER: Because Every Square Foot Counts

As people move and change, the spaces they live, work and play in need to reflect that evolution. Spaces not only need to be efficient and functional, but also have pleasant and modern aesthetics incorporated into them.

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Heritage & Innovation

Home to companies such as Herman Miller, Steelcase, and Haworth, Western Michigan is the epicenter of America’s furniture industry. A massive fabrication infrastructure, coupled with an explosion of advanced-industry jobs in the area, make few American cities more ripe for global design innovation than URBANEER’s base in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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