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Design musts for a choppy 2014 recovery…

Commentary from senior executives of the bellwether public home builders confirms one thing. Whether it’s accurate or not to call 2013’s latter-half slowdown a “pause” or something else, it’s clear that what's changed is this: Not everything is working, and some things are working very well. That’s called “lumpy.” So, our focus on five production home builder design mega-trends that will be helpful for 2014 is on those that will materially impact your results in the next 12 months. We got help here from Michael Woodley, whose eponymous firm is headquartered in the Denver area, and from Manny Gonzalez and his mates at KTGY, both firms who do a great deal of work with production home builders.

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Big builder 2014 budget planning ... the year of 'being better, or else': UPDATE 2 p.m. EDT

Imagine a diagram that looks somewhat like this one, only the word “Projected” would go on top of this split personality figure, and the word “Actual” would appear at the bottom. On one side are the factors within a home building company management’s control. On the other, externalities, or forces that lie outside any individual’s influence. Welcome to big builder 2014 budget planning, which we’ll call the year of “being better or else.” Are you projecting a 25% increase in sales, with profitability to match, as some home builders are? Or, given the current slowdown, are you paring back your projections? This morning, BIG BUILDER will explore the alternative scenarios from reports around the landscape. Also, check out our top-10 glossary of most common four-letter words used in the budget planning process.

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Big Builder leader board: home building's most powerful women -- UPDATE 12/4/13

It's Monday, the November National Association of Home Builders home builder sentiment index is due as we reach mailboxes. But, we're BIG BUILDER, so let's get beyond the ephemeral headline story and think bigger. As the Federal Reserve chair confirmation process proceeds, we ask who are home building's most powerful, highest paid, most influential women? More importantly, is change afoot in home building enterprises' leadership composition? Could it be that more change should come? Here are a few other think big opportunities: What business are you in? Are relationships core to your land acquisition strategy? Private quandary: borrow, buy, sell, or die?

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BUILDER Tech Tips

Building information modeling primer: 4 ways to save time and money

Building information modeling is a process to improve processes. When BIM is done right, you are left with a model that consists of a digital road map of a project from conception to life-cycle to demolition. BUILDER's Andrew Knight launches a multi-installment look at where BIM is, what its challenges are, and its promise as a home building game changer.

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