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Marianne Cusato
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Marianne Cusato is a designer, author and lecturer in the fields of real estate trends and housing. Her messages speak to the ever-changing needs of homeowners striving to balance the practical requirements of economy and durability with the desire to love where we live.

Ranked the No. 4 most influential person in the home building industry by Builder Magazine, Cusato is well-known for her work on the Katrina Cottages. In 2006, her 308 s.f. cottage design won the Smithsonian Institute’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum’s “People’s Design Award.” That same year, Congress appropriated $400 million for an alternative emergency housing program, based on Cusato’s designs. In 2012, Cusato was voted one of the 30 Most Influential Women in the Housing Economy by HousingWire Magazine.

She and her work are featured often in the media including The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Associated Press, Reuters, Forbes, Time magazine, The Week, InStyle Home, Fitness Magazine, Builder magazine, Architectural Record, ABC News, CNN, CNBC and NPR.

Cusato is the author of two books: The Just Right Home: Buying, Renting, Moving...or Just Dreaming--Finding Your Perfect Match! (April 2013, Workman Publishing) and Get Your House Right, Architectural Elements to Use and Avoid, with Ben Pentreath, Richard Sammons and Leon Krier, foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales (January 2008, Sterling Publishing).

She is currently developing a new series of designs with Clayton Homes, a Warren Buffett/Berkshire Hathaway company. She’s been a visiting professor at both The University of Notre Dame and The University of Miami and is a blogger for Huffington Post. Cusato is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. She lives at Icon Brickell, in Miami, FL.

Entries by Marianne Cusato

Miami Should Exempt Parking Requirements for Small Buildings

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Miami has a big decision to make about parking. What we decide will determine who we want to be when we grow up. Which sounds better to you -- a walkable city like Boston, Portland or San Francisco or an auto-dependent one like Atlanta, Phoenix or Las Vegas? It's your...

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Consumer Reports -- New Ratings for Your Home

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 8:58 PM

Is it time to fix up your kitchen, redo your bathrooms or simply add a fresh coat of paint to your house? Navigating the endless options to select the best brands for appliances, plumbing fixtures or brand of paint can be an overwhelming process.

Luckily, the experts at Consumer...

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The Streets of Miami: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Great streets make great places. Lousy streets result in clogged traffic and lower property values. While street design feels like a technical matter for planners and city officials, it's a topic that touches each of us quite literally every time we leave our homes. From the morning commute, getting the...

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A New Resource for Your Home Renovations

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 4:04 PM

Planning a renovation to your home or condo? Then you have certainly run into these two seminal questions: who can I trust to do the work and how much is this going to cost?, a new website, is launching this week with the goal of providing all...

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Hurricane Preparedness: What Every City Must Consider

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 2:33 PM

As the beginning of hurricane season blows in, residents along the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf Coast are refreshing their emergency preparedness plans. This year, as we make sure our insurance documents are in order and buy new batteries for our flashlight, let's consider taking preparedness beyond bracing for the...

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If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now! (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 6:47 PM

You hunt and search and tour and tour. Then you make a move and live happily ever after... or so the story is suppose to go. But all to often this isn't the case. In fact, according to a recent survey by Trulia, 50 percent of homeowners and...

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It's Back! What Do Claims of a Housing Market Rebound Mean for Miami?

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 12:32 PM

The home building industry is rebounding! Or so was the consensus claim by economists, builders and product manufacturers last week at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Nationwide, housing starts are up, the surplus inventory of homes is being absorbed and the pressure from distressed properties is subsiding. And,...

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No, This Is Why We're Fat!

(72) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 10:50 AM

The Daily Beast Gets It Wrong. Disregarding the Role of Community Design in the Fight Against Obesity is Short Sighted and Dangerous.

Yesterday over at the Daily Beast, Gray Taubes took to task the new HBO documentary, The Weight of the Nation. The four-part HBO...

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5 Must-Know Real Estate Trends (PHOTOS)

(10) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 1:58 PM

With the fall of the Roman Tub, a new era of "must haves" are emerging in the world of real estate and home design. Today, value is not found on a checklist including square footage or finishes. Instead, today's value comes from a holistic view of the home,...

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Housing Trends for 2012: Passing Trends

(8) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 4:16 PM

Everyone loves a good trend story. We all want to feel in the know and on top of things. Is brown the new black? Is Wednesday the new Friday?

There are three types of trends -- those that are coming, those that are going and those that...

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