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September 09, 2016

One of the biggest challenges builders face nationwide is a lack of available lot space.

September 01, 2016

By studying key quality metrics of 21 U.S. residential builders, the authors discovered most industry-leading builders used quality management methods.

September 01, 2016

As any builder knows, it is extremely important to stay ahead of trends that are impacting the buying decisions made by potential homebuyers. These trends are always evolving and are impacted by many factors.

September 08, 2016

Last month, I attended NAHB’s midyear meeting in Miami and had the pleasure of sitting in on a presentation by Daniel Swift, president and CEO of Des Moines-based architecture group BSB Design.

August 16, 2016

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design,” observed Modernist giant Charles Eames. Even if you’re not a fan of Case Study houses, molded plywood chairs, or surfboard coffee tables, you’d probably agree that Eames nailed it when he said that.

August 25, 2016

One of the biggest favors you can do for your customers is to tell them the good news: they don’t have to settle for major appliances that are no more advanced than the ones their parents owned.

August 23, 2016

The past few decades have seen an abundance of research tying all manner of health issues to poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

August 29, 2016

Suburbia: It has been a panacea and an expletive. Touted for affordability and maligned for automobile dependence, suburbia is a fact of life in the U.S. 

August 18, 2016

Nailers are hot right now. We’re seeing a spike in innovation throughout the category, and national brands are racing to introduce the next game-changing product or feature.

In this month’s issue, one of our most popular of the year, the readers have spoken: Our Top 100 Products are chosen by you, based on your response and inquiry throughout the year.

August 10, 2016

Consensus (and the Census) has it that the upward trajectory of housing that began in 2012 is clear and continuing. There have been ups and downs but the overall trend has been steadily rising.

August 01, 2016

Construction errors cost the UK industry billions every single year. The annual spend due to error is estimated to be around 7 times the total annual profit of the UK Construction Industry.

July 29, 2016

You’ve most likely heard that Amazon is launching brick and mortar bookstores, starting with Seattle and recently announcing new stores in Portland and San Diego.

July 27, 2016

Hanging drywall in the right direction can make a world of difference in the quality, strength and appearance of the finished job.                                                                              

Walls: Vertical or Horizontal?

July 27, 2016

Flooring has seen a lot of innovation in recent years, making it harder to distinguish between materials while creating more affordable options. Here are some of the latest trends.

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July 13, 2016

The paint department at Home Depot is like a store within a store. We’re constantly seeking out the latest innovations and cool new products to bring our customers.

July 18, 2016

Since the launch of Professional Builder’s Daily Feed newsletter on June 4, 2014, I have scanned thousands upon thousands of news stories about or related to home building in some way.

July 11, 2016

The “generation gap” is an idea that gained popularity in the 1960s, though it could be argued that awareness of it arose about the time that the concept of adolescence was created, at the beginning of the 20th century.

July 06, 2016

The lack of inventory in the national housing market is no secret, but the anticipated hike in home prices hasn’t been as dramatic as previously expected. In most markets, there has been an increase in starter, trade-up and premium home values, but this isn’t the case in all markets.

July 01, 2016

One example of the value and power of the NHQA is that while 50% of home builders went out of business between 2007-2012 over the 20 year + history of the National Housing Quality Awards (NHQA) 95+% of recipients are still in business! Consider the following!

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