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What makes a home a best-seller? Price, location, and amenities are important, but design can make or break a sale. We profile eight home designs that have what it takes to make customers sign on the dotted line.
20 ways to save $5,000 a unit
From optimizing foundation design to reducing roof pitch to re-thinking your trash-removal process, Lean operations guru Scott Sedam identifies numerous ways to save a bundle on each and every home you build.
Land on Development Company is planning to develop 506 acres of newly acquired property in Texas into a master-planned residential community.
Builders profit from distressed land acquisitions
While many home builders are minimizing exposure to land assets, opportunistic companies like Charter Homes, Signature Homes, and Toll Brothers view distressed land acquisition as a solution for both short-term survival and future success.
4 expandable house design concepts
In the latest installment of Professional Builder's House Review collaborative, leading architects and designers present four creative plans designed to grow as the family grows. Rather than creating designs where expanded areas become obvious add-ons, these homes maintain both functionality and outstanding curb appeal as they are expanded.
Professional Builder webinar: 35 Moneymaking Ideas for Builders in 2011
Making money as a builder has never been more demanding than it is today. New tools and ideas are required to achieve success. Join Professional Builder's editors Patrick O'Toole and David Barista and columnist Scott Sedam for a fast-paced, one-hour webinar loaded with ideas you can use in your business today. This free webinar is available on demand.
25 essential scheduling practices for home builders
There’s a simple fact in home building: The best builders are the best schedulers.
With that in mind, here are 25 essential practices to take your scheduling to a new level. Tips include establishing all pricing up front, accounting for weather in the schedule, and using manufactured components when possible.
5 narrow-lot housing concepts for today's market
In the latest installment of Professional Builder's House Review collaborative, four leading architects and designers present five narrow-lot housing solutions that address such critical elements as garage placement, the value of side yards, and maintaining privacy without losing views.
5 trends in infill housing
As demand for new housing in established neighborhoods increases, home builders are finding ways to create marketable projects on smaller infill sites.
7 best practices for building affordable green homes
Going green doesn’t have to cost more. Experts at the NAHB Research Center have identified design and construction tactics that builders have used to minimize the cost premium for green.