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Builders report availability of key supplies improving

Over the past few years, many economists within the industry have blamed supply and labor shortages along with strict lending regulations for slowing a more robust housing recovery. However, it appears one of those factors — supply shortages — is a little closer to being resolved. According to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders, only 15% of builders reported some or s...
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New Aspen Art Museum a masterpiece all its own

If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting Aspen, Colo., it’s almost certain you were taken back by its surrounding natural beauty. As one of the most picturesque cities in the country, it’s no easy task to create a modern commercial structure that stands out. Charged with designing the new Aspen Art Museum, architect Shigeru Ban has defied the odds and created a masterwork...
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National Association of Home Builders expands green awards programming

The National Association of Home Builders has good news for those who have evolved their green and sustainable building practices. The NAHB is will be adding green/sustainable categories to many of its existing programs, including the Best in American Living Awards, The Nationals, the 50+ Housing Awards, the multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards. Winners in each program will automat...
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Is a fire sprinkler mandate on larger homes fair to builders?

Builders in the state of Minnesota will face a unique dilemma starting in January 2015. Governor Mark Dayton has led the charge on legislation that will require homes of 4,500 square feet or more to have a sprinkler system. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Gov. Dayton “was persuaded by fire officials’ arguments that home sprinklers would reduce deaths and better pro...
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Stairways that wow custom-home clients

When it comes to designing and building custom homes, few features have the potential to impress like a stairway. Part form, part function, stairways present unlimited options for your consumers — many of which they probably haven’t even considered. Bottom line: When a client comes to you seeking a custom home design with no real preconceptions and direction, the stairway is a great...
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