May 09, 2016

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.

May 06, 2016

This month is Building Safety Month, as recognized by the International Code Council (ICC).

May 05, 2016

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

May 02, 2016

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

April 28, 2016

Technology has become integrated into our homes with devices such as networked doorbells, smart thermostats, and wireless light bulbs.

April 18, 2016

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.

April 21, 2016

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.

April 15, 2016

Creating a new deck or updating an existing one is a great way for homeowners to add more space and increase home value at the same time. As the trend of turning backyards into outdoor living and entertaining spaces grows, decks are an excellent, affordable option.

April 05, 2016

It was a cold Chicago winter day in early 1989 when I first heard a disagreement erupt about which job is toughest in home building.

April 08, 2016

Many home builders emphasize the idea that every member of their organization is a salesperson, regardless of actual title or position. But this rallying call can, unintentionally, get everyone in the company focused on the wrong metric: sales volume. 

Readers of news articles about the housing industry have been inundated for a while with stories about Millennials and their desire to live in the city.

When it’s grey in L.A., I sure like it that way,” sings Loudon Wainwright III in “Grey in L.A.,” a lament about perpetual blue skies, traffic, and disillusionment.

April 01, 2016

The key barriers to Quality Management range from limited exposure to the concepts of Quality through to the off putting technical verbiage.

March 30, 2016

As technology evolves and new appliances and devices become integrated into everyday life, home builders respond with fresh designs. For example, broadband connections are now standard in new builds.

Managing the expectations of your customers—who always want a home built faster than it can be executed—is a challenge. Add balancing those demands with the safety of the project and your crew, and the challenge is even bigger.

March 25, 2016

Water damage is the most frequently filed insurance claim for homeowners, according to the American Insurance Association. Leaky plumbing accounts for the majority of the issues, and while it seems small when it starts, it can cause serious damage to the structure and the finish of homes.

March 21, 2016

Rendering: The Mini Lotus, courtesy Blu Homes

The news that the U.S. is currently approaching full employment, a term that economists use when the number of people looking for jobs is roughly equal to the number of job openings, while good for our economy, is not particularly good news for the construction industry.


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