Last month I introduced the notion of fallacies in home building—those beliefs we may be completely committed to yet which are errant and lead us astray.
Everything we do leaves an impression on people. This is why marketing, in one form or another, is a must for anyone with a product or service to sell. For home builders, all of whom are selling the most expensive and emotional purchase of someone’s life, marketing is more than a simple must.
The lure of a walkable downtown, public parks, and vibrant city life is driving buyers to seek out urban infill properties. When designed properly, new homes will revitalize a downtown area by aligning today’s architecture with the contextual cues of the existing city fabric.
Whether you’re a squad leader responsible for 10 soldiers, manager of 100 workers at a Red Lobster, CEO of 2000 employees in a mid-sized corporation, or the President of the United States, it’s lonely at the top.
I thought Id provide a generic job description for a Quality Manager for any of you out there creating a new role in this area or wanting to update your current job description.
The East Coast and Mid-Atlantic states are only a few weeks out from the devastation caused by Winter Storm Jonas (did you know it had a name?), which walloped most of them with several feet of snow, including a whopping 40 plus feet in West Virginia.
I decided to launch Fortress Builders at what some might say was the worst possible time. This was in 2010, when banks were still recovering from the recession and less than willing to lend to unknown builders.
The home building industry has experienced a lot of change in the past decade, but one area that many builders still overlook is how online communications is revolutionizing the buying process.
Working with virtual, geographically dispersed teams is challenging, but often a must in construction. How can you make sure your teams and partners are in sync when it comes to managing complex projects?
Photo: Chang Kyun Kim Photography
Last fall my wife and I purchased a new home.
Outdoor spaces that can function as living rooms are expected in warm climates, but they’ve quickly gained traction in places where it’s probably snowing right now.
The year 2015 was a strong one for many of the nation’s homebuilders. What will 2016 bring? I expect a steady, busy and profitable year, with many of the same challenges as 2015.
This year marks the 33rd year that the NAHB is producing the New American Home program, which it calls its “real-world laboratory” of design, materials, and construction technology. But although the program itself is not new, it is new to us at Professional Builder.
Here is a link to an overview of the National Housing Quality Award 2017
Among my trusted travel gear is a 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet that I use almost exclusively for reading books or articles on airplanes or in hotel rooms.
Scopes of Work are a key tool in ensuring Quality Management in a building company. Here are a series of links to Scopes and Checklists that can help you create or improve your Scopes.
Many factors influence homeowner satisfaction, and builders must constantly balance them all. A growing number of builders are using wood I-joists to provide homeowners with quiet reliable, and quality floors.
This is the last column in our deep dive into process improvement. In the series, we’ve explored how process—good or bad—drives almost everything in the home building business. In the August issue, we examined how what most builders call product waste is actually the result of bad process.
Here are few of our favorite last-minute gift ideas for contractors this holiday season – whether your friends or family can’t decide what to get you or you just want to take advantage of Holiday savings and buy a little something for yourself.