PB May 2013

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Ply Gem Stone True Stack is a modular stone product that allows for clean and simple installation and gives builders a timesaving solution that achieves a detailed stacked stone look.

The Twilight Modern fireplace from Heat & Glo is an evolution of the industry’s first indoor-outdoor see-through fireplace, and delivers impressive fireside views whether relaxing inside or socializing outside.

The BEST WPD39 M has a 30-inch deep design with an optional 3-inch wall extension for greater coverage. The hood also features SuperPro1200 internal blower or external blower options up to 1500 CFM.

The variety of size options available from True Refrigeration makes outdoor refrigeration a very real possibility for homeowners who want a more functional outdoor kitchen.

GE’s Monogram line of grills includes traditional freestanding models and built-in options. The stainless steel grills are available in sizes from 30 to 54 inches and can be dropped in to any custom enclosure.

Eldorado Outdoor Signature Kitchens are configurations pre-designed with functionality in mind and offer homeowners the ability to customize outdoor cabinets.

Built-in cabinetry from Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens is made of stainless steel and is available in 24- and 27-inch depths.

Product lines offered by Sub-Zero and Wolf encompass the range of appliances homeowners enjoy in their home and want to bring outside.

The American Fyre Designs line from Robert H. Peterson includes pre-fabricated exterior fireplaces, fire tables, fire urns, fire pits, fire walls, and barbecue islands.

Flawed, unnecessary, and costly regulations burden small home builders by raising expenses and slowing the home building process. These hurdles ultimately rob builders of time and money and pass on higher housing costs to consumer.

Towns experiment with different approaches to stimulate new-home building during the recovery; Home builder bonds still draw speculative grades; Ontario’s building code embraces DWHR technology; More home builders head for Wall Street

In looking ahead to 2013, we asked builders who placed in the middle of the pack in our survey about the lessons they learned from the downturn, and how they are applying that information to future opportunities.

For this issue Pat O’Toole, our venerable publisher, asked me to write about the best business models among those home builders in what is often termed the second tier of the industry, or those companies ranked in the top 25 to 100.

After years in the wilderness, big builders are once again hot properties among investors. The overall numbers from this year’s Housing Giants help explain why.

Our list of the top U.S. home builders sorted by 2012 residential construction revenue.

From what I gather in my dealings with builders and designers, our industry underutilizes spreadsheets.

Having been in this industry for more than 40 years, I know from personal experience that our industry has always recovered from previous recessions. I contend, however, that great marketing and sales strategies are not honed during good markets, but during tough times.

Outdoor living spaces continue to rank high on most homeowners’ wish lists. The desire to incorporate a functional outdoor entertaining area into the overall home design appeals to virtually all segments of the market.

Seattle architect Ross Chapin knows all about designing smaller, smarter homes. Chapin, principal of Ross Chapin Architects, Langley, Wash., has long been a proponent of conserving resources by cutting down on unnecessary square footage.

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