October 24, 2016

She’s finally on her way to see Paris in the springtime, but halfway to the airport she suddenly thinks, "Oh no, did I leave the Air Conditioner on?”  So she pulls out her smartphone and checks its status, turns it off, and schedules it to turn back on in two weeks, when she’s arriving back from

October 19, 2016

Fires pose a major danger to families, but even if they are contained, they can cause financial strain on homeowners.

October 19, 2016

Many of us have applied the roller method (i.e.: rolling thinned-down joint compound on ceilings or walls) when we are doing some texturing work, but how many have tried the roller method for finishing coats?

October 14, 2016

Mold is an ongoing threat to a home’s indoor air quality and a family’s respiratory health. Mold needs four things to grow: oxygen, moisture, food (often the cellulose found in wood and paper) and a temperature between 41° F and 104° F.

October 10, 2016

The 2017 NHQA Receipients are:

Classica Homes Gold

Tim OBrien Homes Silver

CBH Homes Bronze  

These are great examples of builders driving excellence in every aspect of their business.

October 05, 2016

A homeowner who hears her precious wedding china rattle in its cabinet every time her kids run through the dining room is likely to call the builder of her new home to come back and “fix” the floor.

There are many awards programs for new-home design, but I contend that the best and the brightest is the Best in American Living Awards.

October 18, 2016

The beloved architectural style known as Craftsman has undeniably British roots, yet it’s unmistakably American, from Oregon to Alabama to Illinois. Might that explain its enduring appeal? “So much of what we see in the U.S.

October 05, 2016

One of my favorite observations about home building is from Houston custom builder Scott Frankel, who spoke at our Under 40 conference in San Francisco in June.

September 29, 2016

As a contractor, you and your team need to have the right equipment for whatever the job entails. While growing your tool box is the best case scenario, it doesn’t always make financial sense to purchase every possible piece of equipment.

September 26, 2016

If you’ve ever struggled to get a meal on the table and wondered how restaurants manage to produce dozens of meals at a time, part of the answer is that they have better equipment than the average home kitchen.

September 23, 2016

A home is an important part of any family’s life, and every homeowner wants their house to be their own.

September 15, 2016

Drywall covers a large surface area of the visible interior of most buildings, which means details matter if you want to meet or exceed the customer’s expectations. Something as minor as a screw pop can raise concerns about the quality of the finished job.

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.

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.

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 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).


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