Lean Design

Blogs on Lean Design concepts and implementations for Home Builders and Remodelers



, December 10, 2013

Move-up buyers are a fickle bunch, and this blog entry focuses on a Lean Design for that group.

, March 28, 2014

I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Schumacher from Schumacher Homes a few years back while doing plan reviews at the International Builders' Show.

This 2,800-square-foot plan utilizes Lean design to combat narrow-lot woes.

Imagine you are in a cement box quickly filling up with water. The box is sealed on all sides, yet you still find a way out and survive. How? I will get back to that one.

What do you do if a previous best-selling plan hits the skids? Dump it, pitch it, give it the old heave-ho? Possibly, but many builders are using another strategy.

Scott Sedam and I are presenting at PCBC from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 5. The program is below and you can get your tickets right now at the PCBC website.

The housing market has changed so drastically in the last few years that it can be difficult for builders to stay current with their plan portfolio.

Like Reese Witherspoon in a romantic comedy, this house flat out exudes charm. It’s a simple ranch that hits all the key marketing hot spots for today’s buyer.

The overriding principle of Lean Design is marketability. The winning combo is to make the home simple and efficient to build while having an elevation that will blow your face off.

As I travel the country working with builders I am always on the lookout for emerging trends. There is a hot one cooking right now—decorative ceilings.

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