PB November 2009

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Heat & Glo's Solaris 36-ST is a circular, see-through gas fireplace that sports the shallowest direct-vent design yet—its framing depth is a mere six inches

Steve Kempton, Taylor Morrison Homes’ West Florida division president, doesn’t look the part, but he has the same attitude toward dirt as the whirling dervish on TV. His campaign for cleanliness — from sales office to job site — is a factor in his division taking the AVID Award for building divisions that close 300 or more homes a year.

Fireplace Xtrordinair has two new gas fireplace models. Building upon the success of the company’s Revolution Clean Face fireplace, Fireplace Xtrordinair combined the classic fireplace with additional dimensions of two-sided glass on a See-Thru model and three-sided viewing glass on a Pier model (shown)

Jesus Ruiz is fighting to stay afloat on the Rio Grande. His small, entry- level home building firm in Laredo, Texas, was hit hard by the demise of subprime mortgages and new lending rules that disqualified 80 percent of his prospects. But his AVID Award score of 284.495 is among the highest ever recorded.

The ovens are available in 24, 30- and 36-inch sizes and can be ordered in 190 different colors. The 24-inch oven (shown in cobalt blue) features a swing door, while the 30- and 36-inch models feature attractive French doors. Each model is available as a single oven or two single ovens double stacked.

John Rymer details what data you should track to properly measure your sales team's success

Energy Star is all the rage in appliances. Fagor's new washing machines boast an extra large capacity yet have a compact footprint of three cubic feet. Fagor's dryers are equipped with a reversing anti-crease system, which uses an intermittent rotation of the drum in both directions to prevent wrinkles from forming.

At 35,000 BTUs, it’s hard not to notice Morso’s stylish new 7642 model. Made in all-black, the 7642 wood stove is made with strong, high-grade cast iron using 98 percent recycled material

In Clovis, Calif., McCaffrey Homes is building out its community called Palmina, and the homes are turning heads for their flexible floor plans, energy efficiency and ability to capture entry-level, move-up and move-down buyers.

The body of the fire is made from cold-pressed plywood that is shaped into an ellipse. A thin stainless steel firebox insert is molded to the internal face of the plywood, and the outer surface is upholstered in stitched leather

Quinn Mortensen and Kristen Nilssen are brother and sister but also partners in Gold Medallion Homes, which builds on the Wasatch Front near Salt Lake City. It’s an unusual partnership that pulled a never-before-seen combination of top scores to win the AVID Award for customer satisfaction in the small-builder category (below 50 closings).

Bertazzoni’s new Professional Series Dual Fuel product line presents an authentic Italian range. Since it's a dual-fuel unit, users can bake with electricity and cook with gas

While America’s housing industry is in recession, winning customer satisfaction ratings are still rising in the annual AVID Award for the Best Customer Experience in the U.S.

The Jenn-Air Integrated Built-In Refrigerator Collection: one look is all you need. The hidden articulated hinges allow for gaps no larger than that of the surrounding cabinetry, making the refrigerator virtually disappear in its environment.

Editorial Director Paul Deffenbaugh Explains the Selection Behind the 2010 Builder of the Year, Ideal Homes

Ideal Homes, our 2010 Builder of the Year, offers lessons in energy efficiency, finances and quality control.

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