Kay is Speaking at the 2016 International Builders Conference in Las Vegas!




Jewel Box Homes: Small Homes that Live Big

Thursday, January 21 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Format: Innovation Session  Level of Content: Intermediate 

Appropriate for: 55+ Housing Builders & Developers, Designers, Architects, Engineers & Planners, Single Family – All

Track(s): Design, Land Development & Community Planning

Speaker(s): Kay Green, CMP, MIRM, Kay Green Design Inc, Winter Park, FL | Donald Powers, AIA, LEED-AP, CNU, Union Studio Architecture & Community Design, Providence, RI | Tony Weremeichik, Canin Associates, Orlando, FL

What It’s About:

In our current post-recession economy, home owners are downsizing to homes that are more reflective of their needs. Practical-sized jewel box homes are becoming especially popular with today’s buyers, from Millennials to empty-nesters, who have this less-is-more mentality. This session will cover how to design and finish a jewel box home with top quality materials, exquisite detailing and custom finishes with an emphasis on tailoring the home to the owner’s way of life for maximum elegance, harmony and function.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Examine how you can market jewel box homes that attract buyers looking to downsize.
  • Understand how to work small homes into a building lineup with the best results.
  • Determine how to make the best use of a small space.
  • Identify appropriate materials and finishes for today’s jewel box home buyer.

Continuing Education: NAHB – 1.00 CE hour(s), NKBA – 0.1 CEU(s), AIA – 1.00 LU hour(s)

For more information and to purchase passes click HERE 

New Home Design Trends for 2016 – Podcast on Builder Radio!



Check out BuilderRadio’s exclusive interview with Kay!

The economy has rebounded and the housing market is back.  But, it’s not the market you remember.  Today’s buyers, from Boomers to Millennials, are looking for something very different from what they had before – or what they grew up with. And if they don’t see that in your sales model or design center, they may not stick around.

Kay Green Design is celebrating its 40th year as a new home merchandising and marketing specialist.  And her insights and instincts as to what sells homes are honed to a keen edge. In this week’s podcast, Kay shares with listeners what’s hot, what’s coming, and what you might still be doing that will leave potential buyers uninspired.

Click here to listen to our interview with Kay Green.

Click here to download the article Kay prepared exclusively for BuilderRadio.


  • McMansions are back! Homebuyers want their luxury and their space after all (but not all of them).
  • Jewel Box Homes – Fully-appointed homes under 1600 sq. feet that ‘live big’ are increasing in popularity.
  • Granite and Quartz are so yesterday – new composites that perform better and are easier to maintain are coming on strong.
  • This year’s HOT colors: white, grays, cobalt blue and coral.
  • Best cabinet colors:  white and gray
  • What you should be featuring that you’re not:  Drop Zones, over-sized kitchen islands.
  • Flooring preferences:  Hardwood and new-gen laminates