Moisture is one of the most damaging elements buildings can encounter. It’s also the leading cause of construction litigation. But keeping buildings perfectly dry isn’t entirely practical; instead, buildings must manage water in a balanced way.
While the housing market appears to be on an upswing in most parts of the country, it is manifesting itself in ways quite different than it had ten or fifteen years ago.
Homeownership has fallen to its lowest level since 1967, and it will likely continue to drop toward 60 percent. This is due to limited inventory, high prices, debt, wage stagnation, and strict lending practices. Rental households have increased by 9 million in the last 10 years.
Facing a heavier workload in the peak summer season, contractors are challenged to equip themselves with the latest tools without breaking the bank.
During the recession, a fairly popular diversification tactic for single-family builders was to build a few multifamily rental projects and hang onto them.
This month contributing editor John Caulfield profiles four regional builders that are each prevailing in their markets. Data from Meyers Research on 50 of the country’s top U.S.
As all home builders know, amenity preferences among buyers can change frequently and are often fleeting. However, in recent years, the desire for green features in homes has remained strong and is becoming an expectation.
Could some of the most in-demand housing markets be cooling off? A recent study from Trulia reveals that the hottest moving housing markets are slowing down, and sellers in cities lagging from the recession are benefitting from quicker absorption rates.
The cost of changing codes can quickly pile up and impact several different parts of a project. As requirements are updated, builders are forced to adjust their materials, construction method, engineering, and labor to comply—often resulting in higher costs.
When building or remodeling, homeowners are faced with a dizzying array of product choices. How those decisions are made depends on the priorities and point of view of the homeowner.
This month is Building Safety Month, as recognized by the International Code Council (ICC).
The late Stephen Covey, author of one of the all-time best-selling business books, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, often wrote about “the world of abundance.” In Covey’s view, there’s always enough of
Dead and gone, as alive as ever, or being reborn? That’s the question that senior editor Mike Beirne asks in our May 2016 story on the current state of the master planned community.
Among the questions we ask of builders in our annual Professional Builder Housing Giants survey is this one: “In the coming year, what do you anticipate to be your biggest challenges?” Each year’s results offer a few different answers that rise to the top, but there is one that is always in the m
The imperatives for the future of quality management include
1. Driving strategic quality at both corporate, industry, and national levels
2. Defining and promoting leadership principles founded on the principles of quality
Technology has become integrated into our homes with devices such as networked doorbells, smart thermostats, and wireless light bulbs.
While your customers may know their goals for their home renovation, few will shy away from admitting they need professional insight when it comes to choosing the right materials.
A few years ago, I drywalled and taped a house with a foyer that had a long barrel ceiling the customer was really excited about. The carpenter did a great job framing the ceiling, and the drywall was easy to install and finish. The problem was that I only finished it to a level 4.