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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. Besides the fact that she is witty and charming, she is also brimming with wisdom.

March 24, 2014

As regular readers know, I rarely miss an opportunity to mention Frank Lloyd Wright in my blog. That goes for his descendants, too. FLW’s grandson, Eric Lloyd Wright, will be featured in the April issue of the Design Innovation newsletter.

March 24, 2014

Late last month the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, more commonly known as builder confidence, fell by 10 points from 56 to 46. It was the largest single monthly drop in three decades, beating the nine-point drop immediately after 9/11.

March 13, 2014

Although recovery for home building has been looking up for a while—with new-home starts in 2013 up 18 percent over 2012 and new-home sales in January at their highest level since July 2008—coming out of the housing recession completely is proving harder than any of us thought it would be.

February 26, 2014

Maybe you saw the New York Times article “In Housing, Big is Back (Not Counting the Extras).” While it doesn’t overtly herald the return of the McMansion, the implication is

February 26, 2014

The volume of technology news from the Consumer Electronics Show held last month in Las Vegas was enormous. For our team of editors, viewing this stream of tech news from the perspective of builders has been like trying to drink from a fire hose. There is so much that builders should know.

January 27, 2014

Business often is equated to card games like poker, where minimum bets are required so a player can keep a seat at the table.

January 20, 2014

If you’ve never been to Savannah, Ga., by all means go, especially if you love 18th and 19th century architecture. I just returned from a four-day trip to this beautiful city and would return in a heartbeat.

December 20, 2013

New projections from Freddie Mac suggest a sea-change in housing in 2014. 

December 19, 2013

I’ve come to the conclusion that American residential architecture, like America itself, is a melting pot. I would even argue that the true American house style is eclectic. Certainly there are many eclectic American neighborhoods.  

December 10, 2013

Move-up buyers are a fickle bunch, and this blog entry focuses on a Lean Design for that group. It is actually an excerpt from a future House Review article that will appear in next February’s Professional Builder. Let’s take a closer look at this 3,700-square-foot home.

November 21, 2013

I’m looking forward to the new movies being released in December, particularly the next installment of “The Hobbit.” One film I doubt will be coming to a theater near you, though, is about urban planning, and I’m giving it a big thumbs-up.  

November 15, 2013

There is a veritable geyser of data tracking housing today. From existing-home sales, to house prices, to new-home permits, to starts—housing metrics abound. We know more now about home building activity than we ever have before.

November 08, 2013

Ed is a close friend of mine.
He’s 33.
He’s married with two daughters, ages 7 and 4.

I have taken quite the respite from my blogging activities, despite statistics that showed a growing readership.  For whatever reasons, I felt the blogging juice just didn’t justify the squeeze.  I wrote of topics ranging from referral sales, to customer service, to ultra-marathon running in an a

The Love Boat
Bosom Buddies
Taxi
Happy Days
Family Ties
Splash 
Bachelor Party 
The Man with One Red Shoe 
When it comes to learning – you’re a chicken. A free-range chicken, to be more specific. I’m not implying you are frightened. Not a “chicken” in the 8-year-old insult sense of the word.
 

In business so often what one wants is a silver bullet, that one solution that will solve everything, improve the whole business in one swoop.

 

Mel Tucker is the new Defensive Coordinator for the Chicago Bears. In theory, that’s a good gig.

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March 2014

This Month in Professional Builder

Products

For all of its fiberglass doors, Jeld-Wen now incorporates Neopor, an exclusive technology from BASF that has advantages over the industry-standard urethane core.

Features

Trade-specific occupations represent 64 percent of all jobs in the residential construction industry, and carpenters represent almost half of those construction jobs.