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The Fabric Care Ensemble extends KraftsMaid's cabinetry to the laundry room. This tall cabinet collection is 64 1/2-inches wide and fits comfortably over front-loading washer and dryer combinations. Available in 84, 90 and 92 inches, this storage ensemble can store all of the laundry essentials. Each storage ensemble contains two cabinets with 32-inch deep shelves.

With the evolving trends that sweep in and out of the building world, there's one particular trend that seems to be evolving beyond attics and basements — unlimited storage space. For some, organizing comes easily; for others organization is the result of having available space. As the number of material possessions grows, it's only a matter of time before homeowners run out of places to ...

This tech center by Timberlake provides custom and stock cabinetry for the home office. This office niche is anchored by closed wall cabinets covered by a countertop. This configuration provides the base support for additional closed wall cabinets, built-in bookshelves units and void door wall cabinets.

Merillat's wine rack (shown left) brings wine storage from the cellar to the kitchen. The Scalloped Wine Rack Cabinet can hold 12–20 bottles depending on the size of the cabinet. This scalloped shelf design is available in eight different sizes ranging from 15 inches to 36 inches wide and from 15 inches to 30 inches tall.

In July 1998 I sat intimidated in front of my computer screen, wondering what I could possibly say to all of you about a business totally new to me and wonderfully familiar to you. Adding the words, Editor-in-Chief, Professional Builder behind my name did little to eliminate my butterflies or erase my uncertainty.

Practically Basic, the new kitchen line by Plain & Fancy Cabinetry, delivers organization and storage for the kitchen. This collection of cabinetry is characterized by its functional and efficient pieces that create a clutter-free environment. The Practically Basic line is anchored by a floor-to-ceiling pantry with six shelves that can house everything needed in a kitchen.

In Sycamore Heights, Pleasanton, Calif., SummerHill Homes creates upscale homes designed to take advantage of a premium location and hillside views. Located on a 35-acre rolling hillside site, with views of the Sunol Ridge and Mount Diablo, nature infuses the homes of Sycamore Heights by inviting outward views into the home, but also creating private spaces for owners inside of the home.

One of the main reasons relationships fail, whether they are professional or personal, is because of misalignment of expectations. The sales and marketing folks know this all too well and focus heavily on "establishing buyer expectations" in order to stem misunderstandings. Problem — the X and Y Dilemma As an employer, you might be expecting X performance from an employee who is deliverin...

American Standard's Providence Collection provides bathroom storage within its naturally distressed vanity cabinets. Available in a Weathered Black or Weathered White finish, these functional pieces complement a New England Country style or chic city designed bathroom. Offered in two different sizes — 32-inches or 24-inches wide — the vanity features two large doors, adjustable inte...

Building in the golf and recreational resort community of Lansdowne on the Potomac — in Lansdowne, Va. — Brookfield Homes' Washington metropolitan division faced the challenge of including 39 mandated affordable housing units in a 100-unit townhouse development. Rather than treating that element of the project as a down-market stepchild, the upscale builder rose to the occasion with...

Robern's has designed the Fairhaven Apothecary Cabinet to fit in the bathroom, kitchen or bar. This traditional, two-door, glass-paned cabinet received its design inspiration from the summer cottages of the New England seashore. The Fairhaven Apothecary Cabinet can store bathroom toiletries or beverages.

Land development is both an art and a science. It is an art that builds on creativity, instincts and vision to transform an idea from concept into reality. As a science, it systematically progresses through a series of activities to accomplish a successful outcome — a new development. In this article, we will discuss the land acquisition and development finance process, which includes: Th...

Screen Tight's Porch Screening System provides the framework for enclosing outdoor porches. The Porch Screening System is fabricated of outdoor grade, UV resistant vinyl and requires no mitering. Created for 2×4 and 4×4 wooden frame construction, the vinyl strips come in a standard length of 8 feet or can be custom ordered.

This column is best read while humming Bonnie Raitt's classic, "Something to Talk About." Trust me — just try it and feel the difference. In the July issue I challenged the notion that builders receive good value from their advertising expenditures. My not too hidden premise is that most builders are doing what everyone else is doing — screaming out in big, expensive print ads hopin...

The Dressing Suite Collection from Wellborn provides a walk-in closet that joins the bedroom to the bathroom. This new collection is available in all of Wellborn's product lines and can be used with their more than 650 door styles and finishes. The Dressing Suite also includes the following organizational accessory: jewelry and valet trays, shoe racks, tie racks, trouser pullouts, pullout hampe...

This month, we sit down with new home sales professionals Kelly Boehmer, Debbie McGhee and Reed Schweizer to discuss listening skills. John Rymer: One of the most important skills in selling is learning to listen. What are some tips on improving your listening skills? Kelly Boehmer: Listening skills are the most important thing in sales.

The Tilt-Out Hamper by Knape and Vogt is 17 3/4 inches high with an 18 3/4-inch depth and is offered in three different widths: 10 1/2, 13 1/2 and 16 1/2 inches. This wire hamper is designed for a bottom-hinged cabinet door and can be removed for easy transport. The Tilt-Out Hamper is offered in two colors — white and almond — and can be adapted to most of the main cabinet manufactu...

The ability to move fast is often a critical element of success in home building. DeLuca Homes — based in Yardley, Pa., but with half its $237 million in 2004 revenues generated from a division in Central Florida — demonstrates how getting things done at double-time enhances the bottom line.

The Wall Easy Access Storage Cabinet (shown left) combines wire rack and shelving to create accessible, functional storage. This new offering by Diamond Cabinetry has adjustable shelves and door racks that can be configured based upon the items that need to be stored. The reduced depth shelves are about half the size of regular shelves and allow for easier access and viewing of items kept in th...

Home builders despise two things: punch lists and callbacks. "Callbacks pertaining to the comfort of a home are common in our industry," says Ross Benline, a customer service manager with Ryland Homes Austin/San Antonio division. Yet when it comes to one of the most common causes of aggravation — heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installation — many builders leave the...

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