January 19, 2016

Photo: Chang Kyun Kim Photography

Last fall my wife and I purchased a new home.

Outdoor spaces that can function as living rooms are expected in warm climates, but they’ve quickly gained traction in places where it’s probably snowing right now.

The year 2015 was a strong one for many of the nation’s homebuilders. What will 2016 bring? I expect a steady, busy and profitable year, with many of the same challenges as 2015.

This year marks the 33rd year that the NAHB is producing the New American Home program, which it calls its “real-world laboratory” of design, materials, and construction technology. But although the program itself is not new, it is new to us at Professional Builder.

January 14, 2016

Here is a link to an overview of the National Housing Quality Award 2017 

January 15, 2016

Among my trusted travel gear is a 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet that I use almost exclusively for reading books or articles on airplanes or in hotel rooms.

Scopes of Work are a key tool in ensuring Quality Management in a building company. Here are a series of links to Scopes and Checklists that can help you create or improve your Scopes.

Many factors influence homeowner satisfaction, and builders must constantly balance them all. A growing number of builders are using wood I-joists to provide homeowners with quiet reliable, and quality floors.

December 15, 2015

This is the last column in our deep dive into process improvement. In the series, we’ve explored how process—good or bad—drives almost everything in the home building business. In the August issue, we examined how what most builders call product waste is actually the result of bad process.

December 14, 2015

Here are few of our favorite last-minute gift ideas for contractors this holiday season – whether your friends or family can’t decide what to get you or you just want to take advantage of Holiday savings and buy a little something for yourself.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, new homes 5,000 square feet or larger in Boulder County, Colo., must be built to net zero standards.

It’s an exciting time to be a homebuilder: With the recession in our rear-view mirror, we’re seeing a renewed commitment to customized homes and an increase in homeowner investment.

The design of the home is equally as important as location--and it's even more important than the price of the home, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Want to give buyers better value with better design?

December 01, 2015

With the advent of more energy-efficient construction methods, proper siding and trim attachment has increasingly become a challenge.

Those following the teachings of quality gurus such as Deming, Juran and Feigenbaum and implementing quality culture, tools and techniques are following approaches that tend toward leadership traits that include, empowerment,

“Benchmarking is the search for those best practices that will lead to superior performance of the company” Robert Camp

November 24, 2015

The documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself is a fascinating look at how Hollywood has treated L.A. over the years. The film was made in 2003 but has just now become available on DVD, no doubt due to the cumbersome copyright issues that filmmaker Thom Andersen had to overcome.


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