May 2006 Table of Contents

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WHEN WE STARTED COMPILING OUR FIRST BUILDER 100 list, the biggest companies were regional players, building only 10,000 homes a year. Highly leveraged and thinly capitalized, these businesses were often run by executives who had come up from the construction trades, and their management tools were pretty basic—a firm handshake, an innate ability to schedule and motivate, and an all-important gut sense for what land to buy and what home to build. Read more

Construction Countdown Builder Blitz Construction Countdown

AFTER LONG MONTHS OF PLANNING, THE FIRST-ever Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz is nearly ready to begin. One thousand builders are set to participate in the blitz, which will construct more than 500 houses at 158 sites across the country during the week of June 5. While most Habitat houses are built by unskilled volunteers, these homes will built entirely by pros, with assistance from the home buyer families. Read more

Bubble Talk Future Tense

THE RED-HOT HOUSING MARKET HAS DEFINITELY lost some of its sizzle. That's confirmed by the latest American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Survey billings index, which tracks quarterly business conditions in 600 U.S. residential architecture firms. Read more

South Florida Reclamation Fair Swap

THE CITY OF MIAMI HAS BEEN working with local builders and developers on an innovative land-exchange program aimed at making a dent in the market's affordable-housing shortage, which a new study claims is spreading throughout South Florida. Read more

Appliance Options Going Up

MOVE OVER, INFINITY TUBS AND WARMING drawers. Elevators are fast becoming the new status symbol in residential design. Read more

Grand Opening Storefront

ONE DRAWBACK OF A TRADITIONAL PLUMBING store or big-box retail outlet is that a buyer cannot actually see how a toilet or a faucet works. Plumbing giant Kohler has changed that: The company has opened its first freestanding store in the Chicago Merchandise Mart's LuxeHome. Read more

Creative Thinking The Big Fix

IN AN UNUSUAL MOVE FOR A home builder, the Washington division of Brookfield Homes has told Prince William County, Va., officials that it will finance in excess of $100 million in road and railroad repairs in exchange for project approval of a mixed-use development near the Nissan Pavilion in Northern Virginia. Read more

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