We're taking a holiday break at BUILDER Online, so our staff can enjoy this time of the year with their friends and family. As such, we won't be refreshing the lead news articles on BUILDER Online until Monday, Dec. 29.

However, we won't leave you without something to read after cleaning up the gift wrapping.

BUILDER magazine, the print cousin of this Web site, recently published a look ahead at home building developments in 2004. What's facing the industry as the economy strengthens, mortgage rates move North of their historic 2003 lows, builders struggle to find reliable labor, and supply sources seek to automate their information stream? See what the experts are predicting through this special report, Hot Trends, Cool Places, from the Dec. 2003 issue of BUILDER.

Enjoy the holidays, enjoy the special report, and check back with us on Monday, Dec. 29, for more daily news coverage of home building and the men and women who build homes for America.