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February 07, 2017

Apologies to Paul Simon, but when I looked at the long list of design ideas I compiled while at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, I thought I’d try to mention 50 of them—a nice round number. Here they are--some of the many trends I spotted on and off the floor.

February 06, 2017

Enticing buyers is a challenge, but builders have a unique opportunity to attract house hunters who expect up-to-date aesthetics. By incorporating trending designs into your next project, you can drastically improve market popularity and yield higher returns.

February 03, 2017

At the end of 2016, Chicagoland home sales dropped sharply. In October there were 8,762 closed home sales, a 6.3 percent decrease from October of 2015 and lowest October sales in the last five years.

January 25, 2017

If you ask homebuilders today how business is, most of them will tell you that it should be very good – if they could support it.

January 19, 2017

Energy usage is a rising concern for any homeowner.

January 12, 2017

The year 2016 was an eventful one for home building. Falling unemployment, rising wages, and still-low mortgage interest rates created more opportunities for homebuyers than we’ve seen in some time.

February 01, 2017

Building a large, luxury home is not for the faint of heart.

I spend a lot of time in the field consulting with builders and observing jobsites, and I see plenty of framing contractors making the same mistakes. Fortunately, they're easy mistakes to avoid.

Economic fundamentals illustrate how low supply, coupled with steady demand, pushes prices on virtually any consumer good. Unfortunately for prospective home buyers, the U.S. housing market in its current state is a prime example of diminishing inventory and worsening affordability.

January 05, 2017

Typical wall assemblies offer numerous pathways for heat to exit through exterior walls. Heat lost through wall surface thermal bridging can add up to annual energy losses of 40%.

January 03, 2017

The start of a new year is the perfect time to share a list of home-design trends, this one courtesy of Charter Homes & Neighborhoods in Lancaster, Pa. Here is Charter’s  top five:

January 03, 2017

If you want to make cooking faster, safer, more energy efficient, and easier to clean up, induction cooking is the way to go. Induction cooktops and ranges are among the most homeowner-friendly kitchen appliances, with multiple advantages and very few limitations.

December 29, 2016

Imagine this: You park in your driveway. Your garage door opens. Your lights turn on. Your house is cooled to the right temperature. Your door unlocks. Your shades open to let in the light from the setting sun.

And you didn’t press a single button.

January 01, 2017

The application commitment form is due March 1, 2017, and the deadline for the full application is April 10, 2017.

You can find the full application documents at this link 

December 09, 2016

Looking for a gift for your favorite pro? Whether you want to capitalize on holiday savings, provide ideas for your friends and family or offer a special treat for your crew, here are 10 of the hottest gift ideas for contractors.

December 13, 2016

Building practices are slow to change and for good reason. Home builders need trusted solutions to ensure a high quality finished product. At the same time, there is a need for easy solutions to meet new and evolving code requirements without fundamentally altering building techniques.

December 12, 2016

A UK all Party Parliamentary Group Report on Excellence in the Built Environment.

December 12, 2016

Induction cooktops and ranges are faster at cooking, safer to use, easier to clean, more energy efficient, and better for the environment than conventional gas or electric cooking systems. Why isn't everyone cooking with induction? Probably because they don't know about it and how it works.

December 12, 2016

The median size of a new, single-family home in 2015 was 2,520 square feet—the largest ever, the Census Bureau has reported.  As houses get bigger, of course, so do their roofs.

Professional Builder’s December issue features our 2016 Builder of the Year, LGI Homes.

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