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August 31, 2015

In these times of increasing sales with decreasing margins, home builders are on a continual campaign to decrease costs.

August 28, 2015

With its gables, metal roof and rustic wood siding, it’s easy to see how Stott Architecture’s custom home in Sagaponack, N.Y., emulates the barn-like shapes characteristic of eastern Long Island.

August 28, 2015

A survey last year done by Associated General Contractors of America revealed that 83% of construction firms have had a hard time finding enough qualified workers to meet demand—a figure that rises to 86% in the Southeast, where the shortage is most severe.

August 25, 2015

As homeowners are becoming more concerned with energy efficiency and energy codes have become more stringent, many builders are looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency and environmental footprint of their homes.

August 19, 2015

Tile is extremely versatile, as it provides a durable and low maintenance finish for floors and adds character to bathroom walls and kitchen counters. Helping customers understand the value of using tile can help streamline interior remodels.

August 17, 2015

The current mantra in designing homes is “tear down those walls!” Open floorplans are must-haves because they accentuate the casual living environment that consumers crave. They're also a real point of differentiation for new construction versus resales.

August 17, 2015

“Sometimes life – and work – would be easier if you could forget some things you’ve learned.”

August 14, 2015

The last scene of the final episode of Mad Men, AMC’s hit TV series, finds advertising mastermind Donald Draper seated in a lotus position, chanting at a meditation retreat on the California coast.

August 14, 2015

The release of June housing starts and permits by the Census Bureau was met with great fanfare by the media, eliciting headlines such as “Housing Starts Jump 26.6%” and “Building Permits Surge 30% Year-Over-Year.” Not called out in many of the headlines was that the gains were all in the multifam

August 14, 2015

It is common practice in residential construction to use multiple pieces of 2x lumber conn­­ected together (sometimes referred to as “stud packs”) to build interior columns. One rule of thumb is to install enough studs to match the width of the beam above.

August 13, 2015

I began covering home building by way of the food world, as an editor who shot and wrote about kitchens. The generosity of great designers and chefs made me a better journalist; more importantly, it provided readers with useful and interesting information.

August 13, 2015

During the last few days of reading and proofing the list and stories associated with our annual Housing Giants report, I came across this article headline on the Web, published by Bloomberg Business: “New Yor

August 13, 2015
Capitalizing on your unique selling proposition is a maxim we hear an awful lot of in the home building business. (Photo: Courtesy Ivory Homes)
 
 
August 13, 2015

Home builders are remarkably adept at creating different types of homes as the needs and desires of the population change. One has only to look at the recent rising and falling of the square footage of newly built housing to see that builders quickly adapt to a changing housing market.

August 13, 2015

Reading the first paragraphs of Sue Bady’s story on Traditional Neighborhood Development in this i

August 13, 2015

We’re putting the July issue of Professional Builder to bed at the same time that we’re packing our bags for San Diego and PCBC, formerly known as the Pacific Coast Builders Confer

August 10, 2015

Remember when, in 1989, American soldiers blasted heavy metal music outside the Vatican embassy where Panamanian dictator General Noriega was hiding? After six days he surrendered. From Iraq to Israel to Panama, loud noises are part of the interrogator

August 03, 2015

Rising temperatures often lead to increased water and energy consumption, which can mean higher utility bills.

July 31, 2015

Excess or unused wood accounts for up to 40% of jobsite waste, according to estimates from the NAHB.

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