PB August 2002

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What is your company doing to reduce workplace injuries?

There’s nothing new about wanting to move the microwave off the countertop, but Sharp has a plan to help designers and builders get the most out of precious counter space.

Eva Walker is a natural. She is among those new home sales all-stars who do so many things correctly from the moment they start their career that they seldom stop to put a name on the processes that make them successful.

P-710 adhesive is made for the installation of solid wood parquet as well as engineered and solid strip and plank flooring.

We are always pushing, always hoping to create something that’s better than what was there before we focused on it, committed to it.

Judy Coffey was around the mortgage business long enough in a previous job to realize where the real action is.

The Stealth hot heat pump combines a Twin-Single compressor with microprocessor-based Comfort Enhancer control to deliver cooling efficiency that exceeds 15.7 SEER and an HSPF rating of 9.3, the company says.

Afew strategic management philosophies can eliminate concerns about getting a proper return on employee compensation.

After selling new homes in Southern California for more than eight years, Gail Ringwald is experienced in every imaginable market - from today's housing boom to the not-so-long-ago housing bust and the in-between years as well.

Made of cellular PVC, the Bungalow column for Craftsman-style homes is unaffected by moisture or insects, the company says, while offering the thickness and workability of wood.

A 16-year new home sales specialist for custom builder Hans Hagen Homes, Jim Lee is a perennial sales leader who has won wide admiration from his co-workers and peers, says Dorie Griffith, vice president of sales and marketing for Hans Hagen.

Cheaper than solid hardwood and plywood, particleboard (PB) and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) changed the post-World War II home building industry.

Applications for four new bendable substrates include architectural millwork.

Winchester Bay vinyl siding includes a rolled nailing hem for proper nailing depth and extra rigidity, and a panel interlock system for secure installation.

Custom builder Chris Meinhart, an 18-year veteran of the construction business, prides himself on his knowledge and use of cutting-edge building materials and finished products.

After the technology boom went bust, so did much of the demand for higher-end housing in Austin, Texas.

Railing options now include a chamfered handrail and two post caps.

Artistic Homes was already the largest builder in New Mexico when, 18 months ago, it re-engineered its building system from top to bottom.

Now that the fees charged to a builder in a Livermore, Calif., project have topped $100,000, the natural question is how high they are everywhere else?

The Next tape measure offers users one-hand, pencil-free marking of wood, metal, drywall and many more surfaces.

The Timberlast composite deck system will not rot, rust or corrode, never needs scraping or painting, and is impervious to insects, the company says.

Every American deserves safe, decent, affordable housing, and that’s what NAHB members make every effort to provide.

Jeff Kaizer is a machine. And that's almost how he thinks of himself.

Pre-finished or unfinished, Lyptus hardwood end-matched tongue-and-groove flooring is available in 2- and 3-inch widths.

It’s curious that builders who would argue with a subcontractor or supplier over a fractional cent per square foot for the cost of buying or installing drywall would leave large sums of cash in bank accounts that yield little or no interest.

All good home building organizations have them: A players whose consistently high performance drives their company forward, year in and year out.

The Ozite TopGuard surface protection mat and the Ozite MudScrubber entrance mat are designed to eliminate the nicks and stains that can show up on punchlists.

Winning in home building is not the only competitive outlet for John Laing Homes CEO Larry Webb.

Cydne Combs is a devotee of “relationship selling,” striving to create a value-added relationship for the buyer regardless of the type of homes she is selling.

TT-22.5 Series tag trailers have a 22 1/2-foot load deck with 5-foot beaver tail and a load capacity of 45,000 pounds.

One thing guaranteed to each prospective buyer who walks through the doors of the Morrison Homes sales center in Brentwood, Calif., east of San Francisco, is a professional demonstration of the model home of your choice.

The Olde World Collection of pre-finished solid hardwood flooring is made from 9/16-inch beech.

Everything I thought I knew about identifying and hiring talent to build a strong team is under attack.

Reading Professional Builder’s July 2002 cover story, 'Purchasing Power Plays,' I had a disturbing reaction.

The model 4630 drywall screwdriver.

The Total Escape custom shower is designed to provide a spalike experience.

While most consumers who purchased a new home had been through the home buying process at least once before, a third of those surveyed were first-time buyers.

Like many of the other sales all-stars, Debbie Melloh, a 12-year veteran of M/I Homes, likes to sell by building relationships that tend to increase a buyer's comfort level.

With version 2.5, E-Z Punch software now offers wireless two-way data communication, so in addition to retrieving data from a server, users can send new information to the office and/or trade partners from the job site.

Little more than three years ago this former cabinet salesman spent a vacation in Sarasota, Fla., visiting his brother, a new home sales professional.

The Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, a Building America team, is testing its second generation of plenum trusses.

Rapid Ridge ridge vent now comes in a metric version to protect roofs using metric asphalt and fiberglass shingles.

Score N’ Snap for drywall professionals consists of the 25-foot Wide Boy tape measure and the Rasp N’ Knife.

To help involve consumers in its annual Homearama show, the Rochester (N.Y.) Home Builders Association added a new twist to the building site: web cameras that monitored the building process for three months before the July event.

Selling active-adult product in the suburbs of Hilton Head Island, S.C., at a price point from $120,000 to $220,000, Mike Martin has succeeded largely through a program that seeks to inform prospects about how to buy.

Jamb extenders and casings are designed to ease window installation in new construction.

Tom Gillespie, vice president of housing for suburban Chicago builder Kennedy Homes, says “the real breakthroughs in hard costs will not come from quantity buying of materials as much as by simplifying the plans we build to reduce the number of parts w...

Cultured Stone, maker of veneers that mimic the look and feel of natural stone, has de-signed a program to help builders and architects specify fireplace designs.

Like dozens of other towns across the country, the neighborhoods of Washington Township in central New Jersey sprang up from farmland and grew haphazardly, without stopping to build an actual downtown or Main Street.

New features of Jobmaster cabinets include a foot latch for hands-free opening of the cabinet doors.

When Leonard Miller died July 28 at age 69, production building lost one of its founding fathers.

Kelly Lucente, a new home specialist with nine years of experience, first with Pulte Homes in Minnesota and then with Ryland, keeps up a feverish pace to sell the volume she does.

The Crescent brand adjustable construction wrench has a tapered tang handle for aligning bolt holes in structural parts before fastening.

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