July 2006 Table of Contents

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Tough Choices

WHEN BUILDER'S STAFF CONCEIVED THIS MONTH'S cover story on immigrant labor more than a year ago, we knew it would be a topic of great interest to our readers. It has since exploded into a front-burner issue across all of America. Read more

Euro Flash Euro Flash

CONTEMPORARY DESIGN IS HOT (again), but this time around it is not the cold, machine-like look that some people usually associate with it. Today's modernism is more of a move toward simpler interiors and pared-down products. Cabinet manufacturers have picked up on this shift, and their new products reflect it. Read more

Hands Off ... Sort of Hands Off ... Sort of

SOME PRODUCTS SPEND AN ETERNITY on the cusp of being the next hot thing, but never gain enough mass appeal for one reason or another. You can add electronic faucets to this list. Read more

Global Investment Golden State Gateway

JOHN LAING HOMES, THE INDUSTRY'S 34TH-largest builder, plans to expand into several Western and Southern states and could soon be exporting its construction and operational disciplines to other countries, as part of Emaar Properties, the Dubai-based real estate developer/builder, which on June 2 took its first step into America's housing market via its $1.05 billion acquisition of the Newport Beach, Calif.–based builder. Read more

Land Deals Positive Thinking

DEVELOPABLE RESIDENTIAL land in the Las Vegas Valley now costs in excess of $750,000 an acre, so it certainly turned a few heads earlier this year when Pulte released that it paid roughly $40,000 an acre for land in Mesquite, Nev., about 80 miles north of Las Vegas. Read more

Stock Market Watch Public Opinion

PUBLIC HOME BUILDERS' earnings announcements this spring—largely a show of how far the sector has fallen since early 2005—were often followed by downgrades of the companies' stock ratings by industry analysts. Read more

Storm-Proof Gimme Safe Shelter

BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOMES IN A HOT REAL estate market seems difficult enough, but building them to withstand a Category 3 hurricane seems nutty and impossible. “It's a challenge,” says Mount Dora, Fla.–based builder Kristin Beall. But she says it is possible. Read more

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