PB October 2003

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The list of the 101 Best Companies to Work For 2003

CARE convened experts to identify the top 10 problems in roof installation and maintenance.

Production builders have dealt with storm-water runoff erosion controls for more than a decade. Now, regulations that went into effect last spring are snaring even custom builders on sites as small as 1 acre.

On the court and off, basketball plays an important part in David Caligaris' life.

Ladera celebrates the golden age of neighborhood against a backdrop of historic Rancho Mission Viejo

Luring prospects into sales offices costs builders and developers big marketing bucks, and many overlook their best and most economical resource: their customers.

The Census Bureau's recently released American Community Survey makes us wonder if home builders are ready for recent immigration's impact on local housing markets.

The easier the maintenance, the more likely your homes will reflect quality 10, 20 or 50 years from now. Here's a checklist for 'smart durability' - building practices that can improve durability by easing the maintenance burden.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 1997 listing of the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl as endangered was 'arbitrary and capricious' and violated FWS policies.

Live/work design comes to suburbia.

Your brand means more than any building product manufacturer’s to a new home buyer. But you can leverage another company’s brand to solidify yours.

The days of 'back-of-the-envelope' land deals and 'rule-of-thumb' land planning disappeared in the last decade, replaced by rigorous analysis with the goal of eking out every potential dime from very expensive dirt. Now, a new tool can help sharpen the...

Home buyers say they want more garage, but bigger doesn't mesh with some municipalities' mandate to reduce garages' street presence.

The Reed Residential Group and Reed Research Group annually conduct an extensive study of all builders, remodelers and architectural firms nominated as one of the best companies to work for in the residential construction industry.

quarterly and yearly planning sessions fall under your strategic planning umbrella, and regular tracking gives you timely, accurate and plentiful data with which to work.

With architectural and planning solutions promoting a residential character, an exacting code process challenged the Front Street team.

For any builder who has passed over a beautiful piece of ground because of the terrain, Rob Cole has a solution.

Two Florida firms might be a harbinger of things to come in many housing markets as national builders continue to expand.

Reaching the pinnacle in one, two or even three markets is one thing. reaching this level in five cities is truly impressive. Ten is incredible. Fifteen is astounding. Seventeen of 21 is almost beyond belief.

While many builders lack the resources to duplicate the human resources programs of companies such as Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson, all home builders, regardless of company size, can and should practice the following.

What you should learn from job candidates before making an offer

Many Hispanics in the Orlando, Fla., area thought homeownership was beyond their reach, before KB Home began sponsoring monthly home buying seminars.

As Starts Slow, so Might Panel Prices

Home building's best jump ahead of the talent curve as our industry plays catch-up with others.

National Association of Realtors study shows that affordability ranks higher than pollution and crime in terms of concerns.

Improve profitability by looking at direct construction costs before tackling operating expenses.

Front Street has traditional single-family housing, with no resemblance to live/work urban lofts that put the business below and living quarters above. Ralph Spargo says Standard Pacific and Bassenian/Lagoni Architects aimed for house plus office, not ...

A French company offers a line of veneer panels with a mix of shapes, colors, textures and species to create three-dimensional effects.

The list of the 50 Best Builders to work for

without an understanding of how work gets done and whether the way it gets done works, automation accomplishes nothing but accelerating the unknown.

A high-end custom builder experiments with factory-built housing to beef up business.

American Standard aims to improve flushing power with the Champion toilet.

The good news of the past few years for builders is that many have accumulated significant sums of money. The bad news? What to do with it.

Job-site recycling programs not only demonstrate environmental responsibility, but also give the builder a connection with potential home buyers.

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