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October 04, 2014

I have a talent for stating the obvious, so I might as well tell you right now that when I visit a well-designed community, it just feels right.

March 04, 2015

I sang the praises of Grass Valley, Calif., in an earlier blog, so I might as well give up my secret: my wife and I are planning to move there.

March 02, 2015

Tools and technologies are introduced every day that can help you do your job more efficiently. From new inventions to subtle enhancements, here are several innovative products that will help you save time and money.

Upgrade

February 25, 2015
Many winterization jobs are simple enough to add into your scope without adding substantial time or cost to ongoing jobs, and a few simple upgrades to your toolbox can help you knock it out even more quickly and effectively.
 
February 25, 2015

Remodelers around the country cited increased demand among homeowners for kitchen upgrades in 2014, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

February 25, 2015

Technology in retail has greatly advanced over the past several years, not only for consumers, but for professional customers as well. Sometimes new technology can seem intimidating or like a hassle. It doesn’t have to be.

February 25, 2015

Black Friday marks the biggest day in retail – providing you with an opportunity to save money on the tools that help you do high-quality work faster and more efficiently.
 

February 25, 2015

The Home Depot is dedicated year-round to providing builders, remodelers and other contractors with a customized shopping experience that helps them save time and money.

February 25, 2015

Day in and day out, you’re faced with challenges – finding skilled labor, differentiating yourself from competitors and navigating ever-changing regulations.

February 25, 2015

Repairing or remodeling a bathroom that meets and exceeds a client’s expectations while staying on budget can be a challenging and time-consuming task.

February 16, 2015

With buyers still relatively scarce, home builders have to be shrewder than ever with their sales and marketing strategies in order to be competitive. If “build it, and they will come” was ever true, it certainly is not now.

January 27, 2015

With their laser focus on the 55-and-older market, I wonder if home builders and developers might be overlooking an emerging niche: singles.

October 07, 2014

In the October issue, we announce the winners of this year’s National Housing Quality Awards: gold award recipients DSLD Homes and EYA, and silver award winner French Brothers.

September 25, 2014

The cover story of Time’s July 14 issue is a 39-page special report, “The Smarter Home.” Naturally, I had to read it. There’s a lot of talk about smart gadgets, such as a toothbrush that tracks your brushing habits and a slow cooker that lets you cook remotely.

September 15, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, a group of Orange County, Calif., BIA members launched a program to help address the problem of homelessness in their midst.

August 26, 2014

When home builders are asked which information they deem most critical to the improvement of their businesses, info about new products is always near the top of the list. And for good reason.

August 25, 2014

A recent blog post on the Estes Builders website got me thinking about what my ultimate home office would look like.  I’ve been working from home for a little over four years now, and I’ve identified a few flaws in my situation.

July 21, 2014

Back to the Cabin: More Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway. This companion piece to 2001’s “The Cabin” is a collection of 37 inspiring designs from across North America, with architect and “cabinologist” Dale Mulfinger offering fresh insight and seasoned strategies.

July 16, 2014

I’ve been talking to builders lately about coping with tight lot setbacks. Some build in the city, where it’s commonplace to see a new home shoehorned on a lot with 2- or 3-foot side yards.

July 08, 2014

We are living in a new era of design. No longer reserved just for the rich or those with artistic sensibilities, good design has become democratized, and extends now even to the most mundane of everyday objects—such as phones, door handles, and vegetable peelers.

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