September 2017

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The winners of this year’s Professional Builder Design Awards show design virtuosity, skillful site use, and eco-smarts

Wanted: A new job description for an old profession

A luxurious, classic Mediterranean retreat on the southern California coast offers indoor-outdoor living

Abundant natural light, privacy, and a HERS score of 40 raise the bar on production homes 

For an assist from technology, built-in software and apps are the favorites

In this take on modern farmhouse design, traditional meets contemporary

Is a GPO right for you?

Low-E windows, radiant flooring heat, and a heat pump boost the energy-efficiency of this solar-ready home, which also has an electric vehicle charging station.

Affordable and low-income housing for seniors encourages gathering

A modern beach house minimizes environmental impact by maximizing vertical space. 

A luxurious modern home with ample daylight on the basement level utilizes rammed-earth construction

A river-cottage style home captures all the character and appeal of an old house

So much more than a poster on a wall or a binder on a shelf, company culture needs to drive every decision a builder makes

A luxurious prefab pool house doubles as a guest space and studio or office

Student residences take design cues from the surrounding landscape and agricultural buildings

A luxurious home in a golf development allows for privacy yet encourages socializing

Designed for large or multigenerational families, this home features a main-floor master suite, flex space, and golf course views 

This sleek, modern coastal home, packed with eco-wise features, is LEED Platinum

Gehan Homes expansion into entry-level home building through launching Gray Point intends to target Millennials drawn by the flexibility to pick selections.

Some 44 percent of respondents also said that they have a regret about their current home or the homebuying process

The coastal vacation home is equal parts green, beautiful, and luxurious

Buyers are better informed than ever before. Exceeding their expectations has never been more important

Homeowners can expect to spend at least $6,000 a year on average on costs including insurance, property taxes, and utilities

Four residential units and two commercial spaces retain the neighborhood's industrial flavor 

One-third of people between the ages of 18 and 36 said that space or yard for a dog was a factor in buying their first home

Snugly sited homes offer luxury and privacy 

The project takes its cues from traditional neighborhood development

Passersby comment that the homes look like they've always been there.  

Mismatches in job growth and housing supply have resulted in rising rental costs

Assembled on site, the home combines prefab panels with expanses of glass and a wood façade

The House and Senate are currently addressing issues regarding tax reform, housing finance, and a flood insurance program

The majority of Americans consider themselves as belonging to the middle class

An abandoned motor lodge gets new life

These homes are inspired by modern farmhouse style and site's former existence as a working ranch

The home is named for the way light bounces off floors and walls, and across the wood ceilings, and the judges called it "magic." 

A century-old idea is being reborn, and it offers smart answers to the demands of today’s market

Mastering the basics will help avoid leaks 

The process of entering awards competitions can help a company on the road to greatness

In a market rife with competitive hiring, a great work culture is sound defense

August 2017

This Month in Professional Builder


The winners of this year’s Professional Builder Design Awards show...

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