PB April 2002

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The question is not if the industry will consolidate, but rather how much and how fast.

The contention that the top 20 home builders will soon produce 75% of all new single-family homes is hard to fathom.

New 18-inch round and 18-inch octagon gable vents are available in more than 300 exact-match colors to correspond to virtually any siding.

Town & Country Developers Inc. of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and its affiliated companies have made headlines by converting brownfields — dormant industrial and commercial sites — into residential communities.

Platitudes, vision statements, mission statements, posters, speeches and value statements are meaningless unless action is in place to create trust between employee and employer.

For more latitude in customization, the line of fusion-crafted wood exterior doors has been expanded to include a variety of panel options, glass inserts, sidelights and surfaces.

MoenStone granite composite kitchen sinks resist heat as high as 535 degrees, the company says, as well as scratching, chipping and staining.

Publicly traded Tarragon, based in New York City but concentrating its operations mostly in Florida, made one of the biggest moves on the Giants list, rocketing from No. 285 last year to 70.

The most frequently neglected aspect in model home merchandising is the one new home shoppers see first — the great outdoors surrounding the new home.


Levelrock RH underlayment delivers 2,500 to 3,200 pounds per square inch of compressive strength and is designed to maintain it for the life of the floor.

Profile Spacemaker XL1800 over-the-range microwave ovens are large enough to accommodate six dinner plates or three casserole dishes, the company says.

There is in the residential construction industry today a lot of information, a lot of competing voices predicting very different futures for home builders, and the combined din is causing a lot of confusion.

Two-thirds of home buyers surveyed indicated they had 11 or fewer walk-through items.

Architectural casement windows include stainless steel, tamperproof hinging; multipoint locking systems; and various glazing options, including tinted, single or thermo pane.

The portable Quick-Vise features a slide-and-lock mounting system so a base can be mounted wherever a clamp is needed.

Metropolitan Classics hardwood flooring is available is 3- and 5-inch widths with micro-beveled edges and ends.

Already a large, well-established builder in the Chicago suburbs, Neumann Homes is hitting the big city.

From damp Delaware to dry Denver, home builders are struggling with rising risk related to mold.

The fiberglass Aerocell SRW for the Chevrolet and GMC single-rear-wheel cutaway chassis is designed to provide more space and headroom in a cargo van.

Whether the 29% duties imposed by the Commerce Department on Canadian softwood lumber actually take effect depends on the view taken by the U.S. International Trade Commission in a ruling expected by mid-May.

Cedar Discovery siding features a random groove design in seven traditional colors for the look of hand-installed cedar shingles.

The Pinnacle casement window has an extruded aluminum sash and frame, and a clear pine interior.

Mocha Ice and Winter Morning are additions to the Mount Vernon line of decorative wall panels.

For the 105 large Giants, bottom-line improvement is linked closely with market strategies dependent on operational efficiencies only dreamed of a decade ago.

With 18 of the top 20 builders traded publicly, this elite group merits a separate discussion not only for the magnitude of their operations and industry leadership, but also because they are, to a degree, aligned around the needs of a different kind o...

eBay and Builder Homesite Inc. have partnered to offer builders listing and transaction capabilities on eBay’s Web site.

By breaking the path of sound vibration and absorbing noise, NoiseReducer fiberglass batts can help add four to 12 points to a wood stud construction’s Sound Transmission Class rating, the company says.

A few details can turn an ordinary front door into an entry court, says Paul Campbell, AIA, of Kephart Architects in Denver.

Designed for professional-grade use, Pro-Twist fasteners have sharper points for faster and more consistent penetration, the company says.

Heritage and Ultra casement windows now offer the Mirage concealed multipoint locking system as an option.

Turn a 6-inch caliper into a protractor with the Angle Master Pro 6i. Clamped to the caliper’s jaws, the product determines or creates angles to within 1 minute of a degree, the company says.

In units, this Denver-based apartment builder is top dog in the rental sector, with 6,181 completions in 2001.

Civano, an 818-acre, mixed-used community in arid Tucson, Ariz., is living up to its initial billing as one of the most resource-efficient housing developments ever built.

Builders Collection hardware includes cremone bolts for French doors, multipurpose barrel bolts, surface bolts and mortise flush bolts.

The little things that make a home unique to its geographic location make Palmetto Traditional Homes of Columbia, S.C., stand out.

The Bush administration’s fiscal 2003 budget proposal includes an innovative homeownership tax credit program that would help achieve two national objectives.

Superintendent’s Report Manager2 is the network version of the original SRM. Job-site superintendents can complete daily reports anywhere in the field without re-entering repetitive information.

The Victorian collection of kitchen faucets comprises single- and two-handle models that have high-rise swivel spouts and are available with matching sprayers.

A new entry on PB’s GIANTS list, this Marietta, Ga.-based apartment builder checks in at No. 58 after beginning operations in 1998 as a spinoff from Trammell Crow Residential, the apartment building behemoth.

Florida home builders would have been subject to penalties of as much as $1,000 a day for missing promised delivery dates on new homes under a bill recently introduced by state Sen. Betty Holzendorf, a Jacksonville Democrat.

Classic II vinyl windows feature fusion welding and metal reinforcement, night vent latches, stepped sloped sills, double-wall lift rails, anti-lift blocks, a brass roller system, and tilt-in and crank-out options for cleaning.

The Carrara raised-panel interior door now comes in an 8-foot version, along with standard (6-foot, 8-inch) and 7-foot heights.

The Independence Collection of vinyl siding incorporates TruColor technology to minimize heat retention and increase resistance to fading.

This Foster City, Calif.-based multifamily builder shows the power of the apartment sector by landing at No. 56, completing 1,463 rental units in 2001 with a market value of $297.5 million.

The Restoria antique bathtub is designed to mimic the look and feel of a cast-iron clawfoot tub but weighs only 125 pounds.


Traditions is a line of wide-panel doorlights for fiberglass entry doors. Six styles are offered.

When Lucy Dunn, a lawyer-turned-builder/developer with Irvine, Calif.-based Hearthside Homes, is away from the day-to-day regulatory and entitlement issues she deals with, she sings.

Estimating4U is an Internet-based cost-estimating software offered on an application service provider subscription basis, so front-end licensing fees are replaced by a monthly usage fee.

The company’s 12-, 14.4- and 18-volt compact cordless drill/drivers are now 7/8 inch shorter in length and have redesigned motors with all-metal planetary gears for more power and durability.

Teaberry, a reddish-brown finish available on maple in the Select Series of cabinets, is designed to offer the look of cherry at a more affordable price.

Among the 150 companies occupying the middle of the Giant 400 — those with housing revenue of $56 million to $145 million — are market leaders experiencing high levels of throughput and a good return on assets.

Uber-Giants: The 400 largest builders outmuscle an economic slowdown while claiming a larger share of housing’s pie.

With homeownership at a record level of about 68%, a burning question among economists and housing industry watchers is how high it ultimately will go.

Families can leave voice messages to each other with the Messenger refrigerator’s built-in voice recorder.

One of the many things I recently learned from working on a Habitat for Humanity project was how important shared leadership and ownership are to the success of a group project.

The swiveling trailer eliminates the need to back construction equipment on or off trailer ramps.

The ProTalk XLS is a two-way radio designed specifically for job-site communications. The palm-size device has a 4-mile range and transmits UHF signals.

With nine new colors for 2002, Corian solid surfaces now come in 100 colors.

While the largest Giants use size to their advantage, smaller Giants, many of which compete head-on with the big boys, have learned out of necessity how to keep good people and how to seize unique niches and market opportunities.

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers has created the only standard, certified performance measurement of air cleaners with the CADR, or clean air delivery rate.

The stainless steel Rangemaster RM50000 houses a centrifugal blower that operates at 270 cubic feet per minute.

Astoria Homes' Las Vegas growth formula: Deliver quality homes at the best price to a market segment that’s getting left out by everyone else.

Valhalla, N.Y.-based Spectrum Skanska is delivering homes to New York-area buyers who often are priced out of the market: police officers, firefighters and teachers.

Report Writer lets users of the company’s Builder Information System construction accounting and management software create custom reports from any related data in the BIS program.

The 6100 Series is a line of full-frame, all-vinyl, 49/16-inch windows that use SunShield vinyl, which is formulated to withstand the effects of weather and ultraviolet light.

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