PB October 2004

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The lowdown on proper sizing, design and installation of air handling systems.

Simpson Strong-Tie has created an Architectural Products Group as a response to a clamoring from builders and architects for attractive connectors for exposed wood applications.

Beginning with zero-lot-line homes built in California in the 1980s, there's a whole generation of high-density detached housing that lives well on the inside, but the street scenes and neighborhoods are disasters.

Boise had no urban growth boundry restrictions, but David Hale was drawn to an underutilized residential zone that encouraged infill and higher-density development.

In the bustle of last summer's busy construction season, an important new resource for our industry may have gone largely unnoticed by builders working 24/7 to meet the extraordinary demand for new homes: the Occupational Safety and Health Administrati...

Denver land planner David Clinger believes innovations in high-density detached housing meet today's emerging market head-on.

Sales managers now can have weekly training videos delivered to them from the Internet.

Trailer-able manufactured homes took a publicity beating on television and in newspapers, even though those built since 1994 code upgrades weathered the storm as well, structurally, as site-built homes.

There's a bright spot amid the news of devastation, rebuilding – or rather waiting to rebuild – and sadness following this season's hurricanes. In and around Port Charlotte, in southwestern Florida, in fact, there are eight bright spots.

Most of us are simply buying our way to improved quality and improved customer-satisfaction scores. The time is coming when we will have to learn prevention.

There is no model home or sales office, and yet this two-tower, 532-unit condominium project boasts three buyers for every unit on its priority interest list.

This is a refinement of the wide-and-shallow concept that came out of California in the early 1990s.

This first in a four-part series takes open, flexible plumbing from concept to reality.

Wisconsin’s oldest New Urbanist plan, a move-up family and a custom builder’s parade lot set the stage for a bold update of the Arts & Crafts idiom.

Net worth among the baby boom generation has grown substantially, but it may not be enough to get them through retirement without Social Security and pension plans.

While many of these high-density concepts work best where the target is empty-nesters or young couples without children, the secluded lane is great for families.

A builder wins unanimous city council approval by meeting the city's demand for environmentally sensitive development.

A leading builder brings the great outdoors into view in a Manatee County, Fla., home designed for social living. In the process, he makes a move-up for himself, into the luxury market.

As Tuscan and other European-styled homes continue to capture buyers' hearts, builders may again be looking for the earthy, Old World feel of plaster.

Demand is growing for small-lot, detached homes. But how do you deal with the cars while protecting safety and privacy at 7 to 10 units per acre?

A local builder uses piers to keep his 15 custom homes at Gifford Park high and dry as well as rock solid.

Homes built to statewide code resisted structural damage due to wind, but the devil's still in the details.

Economists believe 'housing bubbles' exist in many markets and have the potential to severely damage the industry and the national economy.

If you are a privately held home builder chances are you have been thinking a lot about your future lately. How long do I want to continue doing this?

Everybody in the organization is a sales ambassador to the public, reinforcing the buyer's decision and increasing customer referrals.

This last concept is the exception on several fronts. It can be used on sloping or wooded sites, and it can accommodate ranch walk-outs and larger homes than the other high-density plans.

A report released by the Davis Energy Group and the California Energy Commission concluded that automatic ventilation cooling technology combined with building design provides cooling capabilities while reducing energy consumption.

First impressions last, so put your best foot forward in the foyer. Know when to make a grand spash with a second entrance or stairway, and how to share space in compact designs.

An early overview by PB editors of entries in the National Housing Quality awards reveals strategic planning as a common area of weakness.

The landscaped courts provide a pleasant walkway to the front doors of the homes.

In nearly every office in every industry across the land, the planning process for 2005 rages on.

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