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PB September 2005


When It Comes to Crawlspace Ventilation: Do You Vent or Not?

Find out some advantages to opting out of ventilation for a crawlspace and see how to condition it. (Revised 2018)

Function Follows Form

Controversy has brewed ever since the landmark 1926 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Village of Euclid , Ohio v. Ambler Realty Co., which established the separation of land uses among other restrictions to manage nuisances and protect the public welfare. The resulting "Euclidian" form of zoning has long since been accepted as the standard for regulating development nationwide.
Planning + Development

Land Acquisition and Development Finance, Part 2

This second article in the Land Acquisition and Development Finance series discusses finding the land and doing the preliminary investigation and financial analysis

Do You Hear What I Hear?

The 21st century homebuyer is unlike any homebuyer before. He or she is armed with knowledge and a distaste for unnecessary noise. To compound matters, today's new homes are open floor-planned havens, with not a lot of cut walls to define where one room ends and another begins. With open floor plans and higher ceilings it's no wonder that so many home buyers and home builders are saying "Stop t...

Italianate Magic

If you sell houses from a furnished model home, you've probably spent countless hours trying to come up with a memory point that will separate yours from all the other model homes shoppers see before they narrow their choices. (Even a great house plan needs that special something to stir recall.) Here's a memory maker that we think is terrific, in a house that's spectacular.

Tucked Away Winner

Creating a special townhouse that fits within a green building environment was MBK Homes' goal in Ladera Ranch, California's Terramor neighborhood. These Briar Rose tuck-under townhouses are new floor plans, created specifically for Terramor. "The product itself is one of the more efficient we have done, from a land planning standpoint," says MBK president Tim Kane.

Success with Semi-Custom

To paraphrase management consultant Chuck Shinn, "There's no such thing as a semi-custom production builder. There are only production builders, custom builders and builders who aren't making any money." Behind that axiom is the assumption that customizing production plans interferes with productivity and, therefore, profits.

Competing Green

Building environmentally sound, sustainable homes was once perceived as a quaint but impractical idea for builders in terms of time and money needed to implement on a large scale. Besides, most homebuyers weren't expressing interest in the concept, so what would be the point? Today, more builders seem to be getting the point.

Product Review

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