December 02, 2016

BASF offers innovative technologies and provides tailored solutions for design and construction challenges. Through BASF's BEYOND.

November 18, 2016

A groundbreaking new project aims to help the construction industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions—and achieve full net-zero targets.

November 18, 2016

While Millennials aren’t yet a majority group among homeowners—they currently represent about a third—they will be. Now is the time to understand their distinct qualities, and how to market to this unique consumer, because the full effect of this trend is yet to be felt.

November 15, 2016

For most of a home’s walls, solid-sawn lumber studs perform well and are straight enough that builders and their homeowner-clients are happy with the results. But some walls require extra attention—and a sturdier, straighter, engineered product—to prevent callbacks.

November 09, 2016

The purpose of this paper is to add to the current knowledge of how and why small businesses should engage in quality management (QM) by providing insights from small business owners who are committed advocates of QM.

Growing up near Boston during the energy crisis of the mid-1970s involved waiting for the school bus in the dark during double daylight savings time, pulling on an extra sweater instead of turning up the heat, lots of carpooling, and even more bicycling.

November 08, 2016

When asked about the major challenges their companies are facing, builders have plenty of problems to choose from: acute labor shortages, regulatory roadblocks and costs, and a dearth of buyers, among many others.

A growing number of homebuyers nationwide are having trouble finding homes for the right price, or at least what seems like the right price.

November 02, 2016

What do home buyers want in a kitchen? The fashionable color palette changes from year to year, but the thing that most people want from a kitchen is very consistent, year in, year out: They want time.

October 27, 2016

With technology advancing at a rapid pace, it’s no surprise that many builders are receiving requests from homeowners to add an in-home movie theater or media room to complete their housing project.

October 24, 2016

She’s finally on her way to see Paris in the springtime, but halfway to the airport she suddenly thinks, "Oh no, did I leave the Air Conditioner on?”  So she pulls out her smartphone and checks its status, turns it off, and schedules it to turn back on in two weeks, when she’s arriving back from

October 19, 2016

Fires pose a major danger to families, but even if they are contained, they can cause financial strain on homeowners.

October 19, 2016

Many of us have applied the roller method (i.e.: rolling thinned-down joint compound on ceilings or walls) when we are doing some texturing work, but how many have tried the roller method for finishing coats?

October 14, 2016

Mold is an ongoing threat to a home’s indoor air quality and a family’s respiratory health. Mold needs four things to grow: oxygen, moisture, food (often the cellulose found in wood and paper) and a temperature between 41° F and 104° F.

October 10, 2016

The 2017 NHQA Receipients are:

Classica Homes Gold

Tim OBrien Homes Silver

CBH Homes Bronze  

These are great examples of builders driving excellence in every aspect of their business.

October 05, 2016

A homeowner who hears her precious wedding china rattle in its cabinet every time her kids run through the dining room is likely to call the builder of her new home to come back and “fix” the floor.

There are many awards programs for new-home design, but I contend that the best and the brightest is the Best in American Living Awards.

October 05, 2016

One of my favorite observations about home building is from Houston custom builder Scott Frankel, who spoke at our Under 40 conference in San Francisco in June.

October 18, 2016

The beloved architectural style known as Craftsman has undeniably British roots, yet it’s unmistakably American, from Oregon to Alabama to Illinois. Might that explain its enduring appeal? “So much of what we see in the U.S.

September 29, 2016

As a contractor, you and your team need to have the right equipment for whatever the job entails. While growing your tool box is the best case scenario, it doesn’t always make financial sense to purchase every possible piece of equipment.


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