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July 28, 2017

Palm Springs, Calif., has been a redoubt for snowbirds and show business royalty at least since the 1930s. It’s had ups and downs and is now experiencing another revival, with artisanal coffee shops and home design stores on its main street.

July 25, 2017

The working world is rife with stereotypes about Millennial employees: They’re entitled, they prefer texting to talking, and they want a trophy for just showing up.

July 14, 2017

When we are completely focused on a task, we’re said to be “in the zone.” I call it being on a roll, and once it kicks in I can write for hours without a break, and invariably I do my best work.

July 03, 2017

Home and apartment rental continues to be a popular trend and is on the rise again in 2017. Of course, renters have numerous options when it comes to what type of living space they ultimately decide on.

July 03, 2017

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.

June 27, 2017

After spending the better part of a decade on the sidelines, Millennials are finally starting to buy homes.

June 26, 2017

As so often happens, while I was searching for something online I came across something else that caught my eye, an article that appeared in Professional Builder in 2000. It began:

June 26, 2017

Airbnb, Zipcar, Lyft, TaskRabbit: What has come to be known as the sharing economy may be fueled by a Millennial mindset, but many aspects of it have big appeal for Boomers, too. 

June 15, 2017

More and more buyers are looking for energy-efficient homes that contribute to a healthier environment, offer more comfort, and help lower energy bills. Energy efficiency isn’t just a nice option; it’s a requirement for builders that want to sell more homes.

June 06, 2017

As projects continue to roll out of spring and trickle into summer, there isn’t a better time than now to freshen up on the latest paint tips, tricks and recent trends.

June 06, 2017

A brand promises your customers a specific experience.

“Without brand consistency, customers will lose sight of the message you are trying to portray and vital trust in your business,” according to an article by Rand Group.

May 30, 2017

This month in our annual salute to regional builders, we look at five that are leaders in their MSAs.

May 30, 2017

It's close to Mother’s Day as I write this and ads everywhere are hawking the customary gifts of flowers, chocolates, and the usual household items, such as blenders and vacuums.

May 16, 2017

Celebrating its 25th year the US National Housing Quality Award (based on the US Baldrige Award) has helped builders to improve their business whether they are building custom or production homes, have 15 employees or 800 or are building in the range of $150k or up to $1.7M.

May 09, 2017

Reducing Air and Moisture Leakage Risks

May 02, 2017

“The $8 billion home organization industry has more than doubled in size since the early 2000’s—growing at a staggering rate of 10% each year,” according to Becoming Minimalist.

May 01, 2017

With the Spring season arriving earlier in many parts of the country this year, homeowners are starting to think about much-needed repairs and “spring cleaning” projects around and within their homes.

May 01, 2017

Senior editor Sue Bady wants to set something straight: Accessory dwelling units aren’t the same thing as tiny houses.

May 01, 2017

While reading this issue, you may notice that one topic comes up in several of the articles: the significant impact of government regulations on home building. It’s not a coincidence; it is one of the most important factors in determining the course of the industry.

April 21, 2017

Luxury you can see is pretty, but luxury you can’t see is quality. While homeowners often spend hours selecting their flooring, few give much thought to the subflooring underneath—the place where squeaks and pops often start.

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