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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.

April 06, 2017

This month, we bring you our annual report on the kitchen and bath design trends that hold the greatest appeal for buyers.

March 28, 2017

There are few things about my job that I enjoy as much as touring new communities in California. Recently, I was able to spend the better part of a week doing just that. And from what I saw, the old saying that innovative new-home design starts in the West and flows east still seems accurate.

March 22, 2017

If a hurricane, tornado, or flood ravaged one of your communities, how would your houses fare? How about the multimillion-dollar custom home you just completed for a client?

March 21, 2017

Today’s home design trends are becoming more fragmented and variable than ever. Options have exploded, and buyer expectations are high.

March 06, 2017

A new administration, rising interest rates, shifting demographics—it seems as if 2017 has just begun, yet we’re already seeing a change in the homebuilding landscape. Here are some trends we see for the coming year.

March 02, 2017

In 2015, the day after Christmas, several tornados shook the suburban Dallas, Texas, towns of Garland and Rowlett. I volunteered for an urban search and rescue operation in the city of Garland; the severity of the event only sunk in when I was called to report for duty.

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