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Wood makes for a good structural material with its high strength-to-weight ratio, but its other issues, namely fire perf...
05/04/2021
Better Wood: Overcoming the Limitations of Structural Wood Products

Wood makes for a good structural material with its high strength-to-weight ratio, but its other issues, namely fire performance and moisture sensitivity, could use some help. That's where research and these new structural materials come into play.

Read the latest on new research efforts and products hoping to make wood an even stronger and more versatile building material:

https://www.probuilder.com/better-wood-overcoming-limitations-structural-wood-products

With its high strength-to-weight ratio, wood makes for an awesome structural material. But because of its limitations—fire performance and moisture sensitivity among them—it sometimes needs help to perform at its best.

New homes are thriving due to today's buyer preferences. New-home sales reached a 15-year peak in March and desire for h...
05/01/2021

New homes are thriving due to today's buyer preferences. New-home sales reached a 15-year peak in March and desire for homeownership is at its highest level since the beginning of the pandemic.

Don't believe us? Read this week's top industry news in our #DailyFeedTop5 ⬇️

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For 50 years, the family-owned and -operated builder Camelot Homes has occupied a luxury niche in the market, but even t...
04/30/2021
How This Arizona Luxury Home Builder Is Making a Move to Diversify

For 50 years, the family-owned and -operated builder Camelot Homes has occupied a luxury niche in the market, but even the high-end market can soften, pushing the builder to explore more ways to diversify.

Enter the build-for-rent sector, which Camelot entered last year. Read about Camelot's diversification strategies and the decisions behind its built-for-rent sector:

https://www.probuilder.com/how-luxury-home-builder-camelot-homes-diversifying

Julie Hancock Managing director

The Reskmark Companies wants to buy your model homes.On this installment of The Weekly, hear what Resmark's chief invest...
04/29/2021
A New Model Home Sale-Leaseback Program

The Reskmark Companies wants to buy your model homes.

On this installment of The Weekly, hear what Resmark's chief investment officer has to say about the company's new model home sale-leaseback program and how it works for large volume builders, freeing up capital from what is usually an "idle" asset:

https://youtu.be/LfPLgwoDAos

Learn how The Resmark Companies' new model home sale-leaseback program works for large volume builders, freeing up capital from what is usually an "idle" ass...

Todd Hallett of TK Design & Associates chose modern farmhouse, European romantic, French country, and craftsman styles f...
04/29/2021

Todd Hallett of TK Design & Associates chose modern farmhouse, European romantic, French country, and craftsman styles for his varied elevations with the same floor plan.

See which materials he chose for each elevation and how he successfully varies them in the latest House Review:

https://www.probuilder.com/home-design-one-plan-multiple-elevations

Todd Hallett of TK Design & Associates chose modern farmhouse, European romantic, French country, and craftsman styles for his varied elevations with the same floor plan.

See which materials he chose for each elevation and how he successfully varies them in the latest House Review:

https://www.probuilder.com/home-design-one-plan-multiple-elevations

GMD Design Group's Scott Gardner and Donnie McGrath show you 4 elevation possibilities with the same floor plan all than...
04/28/2021

GMD Design Group's Scott Gardner and Donnie McGrath show you 4 elevation possibilities with the same floor plan all thanks to the plan's setback garage.

Find more details and full floor plans in our latest House Review:
https://www.probuilder.com/home-design-one-plan-multiple-elevations

GMD Design Group's Scott Gardner and Donnie McGrath show you 4 elevation possibilities with the same floor plan all thanks to the plan's setback garage.

Find more details and full floor plans in our latest House Review:
https://www.probuilder.com/home-design-one-plan-multiple-elevations

Architect Kevin L. Crook's two-story townhomes were designed to be used across a variety of geographical locations and m...
04/27/2021

Architect Kevin L. Crook's two-story townhomes were designed to be used across a variety of geographical locations and markets. It's one plan with five different elevation styles, from contemporary to craftsman.

Check out the details in the latest House Review: https://www.probuilder.com/home-design-one-plan-multiple-elevations

Architect Kevin L. Crook's two-story townhomes were designed to be used across a variety of geographical locations and markets. It's one plan with five different elevation styles, from contemporary to craftsman.

Check out the details in the latest House Review: https://www.probuilder.com/home-design-one-plan-multiple-elevations

52% ➡️ The share of Americans who can afford a median-priced home2.8% ➡️ The percentage of the overall U.S. workforce th...
04/24/2021

52% ➡️ The share of Americans who can afford a median-priced home
2.8% ➡️ The percentage of the overall U.S. workforce that home building accounts for
124,000 ➡️ The number of units approved but not yet in construction

Read the news behind the numbers in this week's #DailyFeedTop5, plus more stories to keep you up to date on this week's industry news ⬇️

😆 #FridayFunnies Our ongoing love/hate relationship with IKEA ...
04/23/2021

😆 #FridayFunnies Our ongoing love/hate relationship with IKEA ...

😆 #FridayFunnies Our ongoing love/hate relationship with IKEA ...

Panels made from sugar palm, metal laminate designs, and green-certified recycled glass are just some of the latest surf...
04/23/2021
16 Smart, Stylish Product Options for Surfaces

Panels made from sugar palm, metal laminate designs, and green-certified recycled glass are just some of the latest surfacing materials out on the market.

Find 16 smart and stylish surface introductions from Wilsonart, Vadara, New Ravenna, and more in our latest issue:
https://www.probuilder.com/16-smart-stylish-product-options-surfaces

Hard-wearing, handsome, sustainable ... These are just some of the expectations consumers bring to the table when shopping for surfaces for their homes, and with each passing year, manufacturers are stepping up to offer more options to meet those demands.

Dahlin Architecture | Planning and Garman Homes have teamed up to create a concept home based on results from the Americ...
04/22/2021
An Upcoming Concept Home Made for a Post-COVID Reality

Dahlin Architecture | Planning and Garman Homes have teamed up to create a concept home based on results from the America at Home Study. The home will offer features fit for a post-COVID reality.

Hear more details about the project and the study on today's installment of The Weekly, and head over to horizontv.probuilder.com for more of The Weekly.

https://youtu.be/XFlbahqbfPI

Pro Builder contributor Stacey Freed unveils the America at Home Study, a research project that inspired a concept home by Dahlin Group architects and Garman...

Recruiting exec Cory Kruse says builders should be putting the work in to retain their employees and give them compellin...
04/22/2021
Cory Kruse: After Recruiting and Hiring, Put in the Work to Retain Employees

Recruiting exec Cory Kruse says builders should be putting the work in to retain their employees and give them compelling reasons to stay.

"Historically, the construction industry is cyclical, and that has driven talent acquisition behavior to be almost just-in-time. [Builder thinking goes:] We’re not going to look for people to hire until we need them—and we all know that’s potentially disastrous, especially during an economic upswing."

https://www.probuilder.com/interview-kruse

Cory Kruse President

What do you do when you’re given a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum in a negotiation?Every once in a while, you run into so...
04/21/2021
5 Tips for Dealing With 'Take It or Leave It' Ultimatums When Negotiating

What do you do when you’re given a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum in a negotiation?

Every once in a while, you run into someone on the other side of the negotiating table who thinks win-win means they win twice. Home building veteran Tony L. Callahan walks builders through 5 tips for dealing with these types of ultimatums:

https://www.probuilder.com/5-tips-for-negotiating-ultimatums

What do you do when you’re given a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum in a negotiation? If you’re an experienced negotiator, you’ve probably been faced with this situation at some point. Any negotiation requires give and take on both sides. But every once in a while, you run into someone on the oth...

The kitchens and bathrooms of The New American Home 2021 reflect the home’s sleek, modern architectural style, while nat...
04/20/2021
Where Art and Water Meet: Kitchens + Baths in The New American Home 2021

The kitchens and bathrooms of The New American Home 2021 reflect the home’s sleek, modern architectural style, while natural materials and colors add warmth.

See the products and finishes Phil Kean Design Group specified in the three-level single-family Winter Park, Fla. home:

https://www.probuilder.com/kitchens-baths-new-american-home-2021

The kitchens and bathrooms of The New American Home 2021 reflect the home’s sleek, modern architectural style, while natural materials and colors add warmth.An artistic aesthetic is on full display in the kitchens and baths of the New American Home 2021

Today marks the start of NAHB's COVID-19 Vaccination Awareness Week in Construction. NAHB has gathered resources for bui...
04/19/2021
NAHB to Kick Off COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Week

Today marks the start of NAHB's COVID-19 Vaccination Awareness Week in Construction. NAHB has gathered resources for builders to reference and will host a webinar with the CDC on April 21 for members to discuss any questions or concerns:

https://www.probuilder.com/nahb-kick-covid-19-vaccine-awareness-week

The National Association of Home Builders and its construction industry partners are teaming up for COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Week from April 19 through 23. The goal is to encourage construction professionals to receive vaccinations and help the country end the pandemic, says NAHB.

Today’s buyers crave permanence and authenticity, especially so with exterior cladding. The question is, what materials ...
04/19/2021
Trends in Exterior Cladding

Today’s buyers crave permanence and authenticity, especially so with exterior cladding. The question is, what materials embody these qualities?

Builders and designers share their top choices and tips for exterior design in our latest March/April 2021 issue:

https://www.probuilder.com/exterior-cladding-trends

According to the synopsis of an educational session at the 2021 International Builders’ Show (IBSx), today’s homebuyers crave permanence and authenticity, and perhaps especially so when it comes to exterior finishes. The question is, what materials embody these qualities? We tapped the speakers ...

This week in industry news... there's no favorite exterior style for buyers, retirees are reversing the downsizing narra...
04/17/2021

This week in industry news... there's no favorite exterior style for buyers, retirees are reversing the downsizing narrative, the hottest housing markets right now, and the future looks bright for the remodeling market.

Find it all in our #DailyFeedTop5 stories ⬇️

😆 #FridayFunnies Be careful what you wish for!
04/16/2021

😆 #FridayFunnies Be careful what you wish for!

😆 #FridayFunnies Be careful what you wish for!

What sets the very best builders apart? Scott Sedam says the key is beautifully coordinated rhythm and tempo:"In chess, ...
04/16/2021
The Role of Rhythm and Tempo in Home Building

What sets the very best builders apart? Scott Sedam says the key is beautifully coordinated rhythm and tempo:

"In chess, “tempo” essentially describes the economy of a player’s moves. Having the tempo can mean gaining a preferable result on your turn and forcing your opponent to respond, thus giving you control and more options to influence and control the match."

https://www.probuilder.com/rhythm-tempo-home-building-success

My wife, Jana, and I had just finished a two-weekend blitz watching the Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Gambit, a compelling tale of a young female Cold-War–era chess prodigy. The star’s life bears a remarkable resemblance to America’s most famous real-life chess star, the first and (so far) ...

Scott Sedam lays out a six-week process that can significantly cut down on construction costs on today's installment of ...
04/15/2021
How to Use a Lean Strategy to Reduce Lumber Cost

Scott Sedam lays out a six-week process that can significantly cut down on construction costs on today's installment of The Weekly.

Sedam uses a Lean Strategy that he describes as a science, culture, discipline, and set of tools directed toward the destruction of waste in all forms.
https://youtu.be/_CJriqE68j0

Scott Sedam, president of TrueNorth Development, lays out a process every homebuilder can implement to reduce cost significantly within six weeks. SUBSCRIBE:...

A fundamental truth about wall construction is that, at some point, walls will be exposed to moisture. Building perform ...
04/15/2021
Managing Moisture in Walls

A fundamental truth about wall construction is that, at some point, walls will be exposed to moisture. Building perform specialists walks you through how to manage moisture by constructing walls that will dry:

https://www.probuilder.com/moisture-free-walls

This is an extended version of an article that appeared in the March/April 2021 issue of Pro Builder.

🤔 #DoYouKnow? Buyers are evenly divided when it comes to multigenerational homes, a factor heavily influenced by race/et...
04/14/2021

🤔 #DoYouKnow? Buyers are evenly divided when it comes to multigenerational homes, a factor heavily influenced by race/ethnicity: eyeonhousing.org/2021/04/buyers-are-split-on-multigenerational-homes/

🤔 #DoYouKnow? Buyers are evenly divided when it comes to multigenerational homes, a factor heavily influenced by race/ethnicity: eyeonhousing.org/2021/04/buyers-are-split-on-multigenerational-homes/

A five-star buyer experience can be as easy as 6 simple steps—really. Bokka Group Principal Jimmy Diffee lays out how bu...
04/14/2021
How to Deliver a Five-Star Experience for Your Customers

A five-star buyer experience can be as easy as 6 simple steps—really. Bokka Group Principal Jimmy Diffee lays out how builders can ensure a top-notch customer experience from understanding moments of truth to online resources:

https://www.probuilder.com/how-deliver-five-star-experience-your-customers

COVID-19’s ripple effects have crippled some industries and been a rising tide for others. Fortunately, home building has fared relatively well during the pandemic, as people spend more time at home—and recognize new needs that new homes are in the best position to address. That increased demand...

Meet the 40 young professionals leading the home building industry: from a company VP who started as a new-home technici...
04/13/2021

Meet the 40 young professionals leading the home building industry: from a company VP who started as a new-home technician to a project director who worked his way up from entry-level draftsman, record-breaking sales managers, and young leaders who took their family businesses to the next level.

https://www.probuilder.com/pro-builder-2021-forty-under-40

NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke says one of the association's main goals is keeping housing as a top priority in Congress.Now,...
04/12/2021
Time to Bring Housing Home to Elected Officials

NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke says one of the association's main goals is keeping housing as a top priority in Congress.

Now, NAHB will give builders the opportunity to meet with their local representatives and senators through its Bringing Housing Home initiative in May.

probuilder.com/time-bring-housing-home-elected-officials

Fighting to keep housing a priority in Congress is at the core of what we do at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). A critical part of our advocacy is in-person meetings with elected representatives—the lawmakers who shape the nation’s housing policy at the federal level.

Catch up on this week's industry news today with our #DailyFeedTop5. Read about...• Top trends for remodeling season• 40...
04/10/2021

Catch up on this week's industry news today with our #DailyFeedTop5. Read about...

• Top trends for remodeling season
• 40 of home building's brightest young professionals
• What Americans think about investing in the stock market versus in a home
• The top two new demands for communities

...and more! Check it out ⬇

😆 #FridayFunnies Who ya got? Personally, I had "Pivot" in the Final Four, but those 5-12 matchups are always tough. Not ...
04/09/2021

😆 #FridayFunnies Who ya got? Personally, I had "Pivot" in the Final Four, but those 5-12 matchups are always tough. Not a big fan of either finalist, but I'll take "Lean In" and the points ...

😆 #FridayFunnies Who ya got? Personally, I had "Pivot" in the Final Four, but those 5-12 matchups are always tough. Not a big fan of either finalist, but I'll take "Lean In" and the points ...

Soaring costs are bringing builder confidence down—The National Association of Home Builders wants builders to know that...
04/09/2021
Help for Getting Home Appraisals to Reflect Rising Costs

Soaring costs are bringing builder confidence down—The National Association of Home Builders wants builders to know that it's okay to educate appraisers on these increasing material costs.

See what else the NAHB suggests for appraisal help: https://www.probuilder.com/help-getting-home-appraisals-reflect-rising-costs

As lumber prices soar to record highs, new-home appraisals have become a growing concern as existing standards don’t always acknowledge the impact of higher materials prices in the valuation of new construction. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) wants to make sure builders understan...

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