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Seven Tactics for Managing Supply Chain Challenges

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Seven Tactics for Managing Supply Chain Challenges

Deryl Patterson of Housing Design Matters shares seven tactics to minimize the stress of dealing with supply chain issues.


September 22, 2021
Exterior of remodeled house with accents
Photo: Courtesy of Housing Design Matters

Deryl Patterson has no shortage of war stories from builders (anybody still waiting for windows?) dealing with the stress and trauma of supply chain issues. However, in her latest blog for Housing Design Matters, she shares seven tactics to minimize the stress.

For example …
Many builders are going to curated interior design packages. This was done initially by some to limit the number of interior skews and help manage delivery times. Turns out, a strategic by-product of this technique has also shortened how long it takes buyers to complete their interior selections. Many buyers have decision overload, so this becomes a welcome relief for them. Consider creating packages based upon interior style. Don’t forget to include both bold and subtle choices.

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We have been doing exterior color scheme based upon the style of the home for some time now. But the supply shortage has given us a new wrinkle to solve. In Texas, where many communities require brick exteriors, brick manufacturers are now only producing five brick choices. This creates a challenge when it comes to the monotony rules in many communities. One solution is to designate which brick color goes on which lot to avoid any side-by-side duplicates. Other solutions include painting the brick (pricey), adding stone, changing the mortar color, changing the trim and accent colors, along with the roof color. A simple trim and accent color refresh on a recent remodel made an amazing difference.

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