PB May 2002

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Saturday dawned like most Saturdays do at my house — slowly. No one is in a hurry to get out the door. There are no school buses to catch or expressways to navigate.

The SHL Series 22-gauge stainless steel range hood liner features variable speed control, dimmable halogen lights and removable aluminum filters.

Caliwel, an anti-microbial surface coating, has been tested to be 99.9% effective at killing and preventing the growth of more than 20 microbes, including mold and mildew.

Pro-Series H2U acrylic urethane sealant is designed to provide adhesion, flexibility and durability when used on exterior window and siding applications.

Moratoria on construction had been a local planner’s tool of last resort, imposed only when left with no other options to halt a project or group of projects.

Filled with photos — from simple, charming streetscapes to warm, rich interiors — The New Bungalow is a wealth of details and ideas for builders and designers interested in the Arts and Crafts style of architecture.

What you don’t know about the art and science of pegging new homes for sale could kill your dreams.

Clay Street pavers are made for exterior residential applications such as driveways, patios and sidewalks.

A few years ago, you couldn’t sell buyers on anything other than a soaring two-story entry with a grand staircase.

The Architect Series sliding patio door is designed to offer the look of divided light with the benefit of energy efficiency.

Using ultraviolet light and photo-catalytic oxidation, the PureAir system captures and destroys 75% of particles and 60% of bioaerosols as small as 0.3 microns inside a home, the company says.

Bradenton, Fla., builder Pat Neal sold 71 semi-custom homes in 2001 for $50 million in revenue.

While greenfield developers tend to hire expensive marketing consultants to create a history that projects authenticity and mystique, infill sites often have the real thing.

The cedar grain of Portsmouth Shake covers the area under the profile edge as well as the face of the panel.

Be it sandy or clay-based, dirt accounts for local and regional differences in foundation construction around the country.

Country Classics is a collection of three new colors — barn red, forest green and denim blue — offered on RoughSawn Cedar and Hand-Split Shake replica cedar siding.

WoodHaven laminate ceiling planks install without nails or special tools.

Everyone says cities are on the rise. It stands to reason, then, that the people moving there must have places to live.

In Pennsylvania, a state land-recycling agency has created an online brownfield market through www.pasitefinder.com.

The Mobile Spray Rig is designed to assemble everything needed to apply sprayed polyurethane foam.

The way that critical habitat for endangered species is designated by federal agencies could change significantly as a result of the NAHB’s ongoing efforts in the regulatory arena.

Pay attention to little things, and they’re less likely to turn into big things.


Decorative windows come in several geometric shapes, including octagons, full circles, gothics, circle tops, ovals and segment head units.

Haier America went back to the drawing board when it searched for a refrigerator feature to complement the fridge’s role in most kitchens as a central message board.

CedarOne is a line of western red cedar products and related services for a variety of applications, including decking; siding, paneling and trim; structural and appearance timbers; and landscaping.

When we look at the cost of constructing a home today — land/lot costs, labor, permits, SG&A expenses, etc. — the biggest piece of the pie is building products.

Capitalizing on the cabinetry-as-furniture trend for kitchens and baths is Cole & Co.’s Custom Collection of bathroom vanities.

Atlanta move-up Giant John Wieland Homes’ 3,300-square-foot Amherst model at Creekside adds a neighborhood pricing differential of $94,000.

Two new louver styles — half round and a round sunburst with molded trim and keystones — are offered in seven sizes.

California builder Keith Christopherson wanted to close the gap between his company’s strategic plan and the actual outcome, so he met with a management consultant two years ago to identify areas needing improvement.

The Marielle single-control faucet features a matching soap dispenser and side spray.

Sidelights and transoms to accompany 400 Series Frenchwood patio doors can expand the design possibilities for balcony, deck, courtyard and porch entries.

20% of buyers perceived that all walk-through items were completed before move-in, and 47% said “most” were.

Denver builder Pat Hamill opened this 1,523-square-foot Brockton model at Oakwood Homes’ Kessler Walk community in January 2001.

In the ongoing quest to recruit the best and brightest, leading home builders this spring are scouring the ranks of construction management schools in search of the likes of Ethan Foster.

Ridgid wet/dry vacuums offer 2 to 6.5 peak horsepower in 6- to 16-gallon capacities.

The keys: Avoid shortcuts in hiring, and know your company culture.

XactScope is designed for estimating in the field without pencil and paper or a laptop.

FRX fire-retardant wood is made for balconies, stairways, covered walkways and other exterior applications.

Contrary to popular belief, homeownership rates in most major cities did not increase as fast as the U.S. average during the 1990s, and in some cases they declined.

Mortgage rates are expected to rise later this year. Builders catering to first-time buyers are expected to be the most affected. We asked three who build starter homes about the likely impact.

Professional Series kitchen sinks feature sound-absorbing pads. The double basins are of equal size (33x22 inches) and come in three depths.

Hy-Lite Products has come up with a way to brighten dark areas of the home without sacrificing privacy.

The second edition of Prescriptive Method for Insulating Concrete Forms in Residential Construction is available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The 14-volt DV14DV and 18-volt DV18DV are 1/2-inch cordless, keyless hammer drills that switch between driver drill and hammer drill with the turn of a dial.

For the past nine years, Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., has taught girls in grades 8-12 about architecture during its SummerMath program.

The KidZone side-by-side refrigerator has an area at the bottom of the door to store juice containers, pudding cups and other snacks for small children.

Employees at all levels of companies often disclose issues and perceptions to me without worrying about politics and retribution. This gives me an accurate view of the corporate world.

Realtors such as Naperville, Ill.-based John Bates are expanding their offerings to home builders by including land brokering, and they’re profiting from the effort.

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