November 2014 Table of Contents

Editor's Notes
Editor’s Notes A Darwinian Dilemma

Your No. 1 enemy against thriving in 2015 is auto-pilot decision-making Read more

Start
Tricon-Shea Trilogy Three-Peat for Phoenix Encore Tricon-Shea Trilogy Three-Peat for Phoenix Encore

Canadian firm makes another home building investment Read more

Production Home Builders Tap Into National Solar Program Production Home Builders Tap Into National Solar Program

For many home buyers, the cost of solar power is now on par with traditional sources of energy. Read more

All in the Neighborhood Site Life All in the Neighborhood

Shamea Dickinson greets sales leads as they are, her new neighbors. Read more

Top 4 Obstacles and Boosters for New-Home Construction Top 4 Obstacles and Boosters for New-Home Construction

Housing starts rose by 6.3% in September, which places activity 17.8% above September of last year, according to the government report just released at 8:30. Chief economist Brad Hunter assures Metrostudy's predictions for housing starts remain unchanged. Read more

New Foundation System Could Revolutionize Basement Construction New Foundation System Could Revolutionize Basement Construction

A new game-changing system, recently recognized for its energy-efficient composite approach to basement construction, soon could change how American builders construct foundations. Read more

FourPlans: Bringing Together Hot Design Trends FourPlans: Bringing Together Hot Design Trends

These four homes display 2014's must-have amenities, including indoor/outdoor connections, exceptional kitchens, and smart storage. Read more

Inching Back to Normal Hunting the Market Inching Back to Normal

Housing starts in 2015 will rise modestly, which is better than what the past year offered Read more

Looking Ahead: IBS/KBIS 2015 Preview Looking Ahead: IBS/KBIS 2015 Preview

The countdown to January's International Builders' Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show is on. Here are five hot products that will make their debut in Las Vegas. Read more

Frame
An Infill Project Fills a Special Niche Infill An Infill Project Fills a Special Niche

Stacked flats hit a sweet spot in Chicago's River North Read more

New Orleans Development Raises the Bar on Aging in Place New Orleans Development Raises the Bar on Aging in Place

A new kind of independent living facility gives low-income seniors a place to call home. Read more

A Barnyard Retreat With Eco-Smarts Energy Efficiency A Barnyard Retreat With Eco-Smarts

The best views from this rural Virginia guesthouse face due west, but a stunning sunscreen saves the day, and geothermal heating reduces energy use. Read more

Open Minded Smart Land Use Open Minded

Summer Hill, a master-planned community near Boston, is a win for wetlands and open space Read more

Victory at Verrado Puts Wellness First On the Boards Victory at Verrado Puts Wellness First

The newest phase of a Phoenix-area master planned community wants to redefine aging in place. Read more

Water-Wise Landscaping For All Regions Sustainability Water-Wise Landscaping For All Regions

In the coming year and beyond, smart water use will be a growing concern Read more

Wire
The Second Coming of M&A King Kahn The Second Coming of M&A King Kahn

A look at how home building's top dealmaker once again moved to the center of the M&A universe. Read more

Bozzuto Goes Deep for an Edge, and a Hedge Bozzuto Goes Deep for an Edge, and a Hedge

The Bozzuto Group enters markets at all points of housing from affordable to market-rate houses and apartments, Read more

Universal Hero Universal Hero

Mary Jo Peterson helps craft flexible, functional, multiuse spaces that are accessible to all. Read more

Features
2015’s New Geography of the Housing Recovery Metrostudy Forecast 2015’s New Geography of the Housing Recovery

In Metrostudy’s projections for 2015, it’s clear that builders need more lots, which means they’ll need to expand their land positions beyond A and B locations Read more

Building Supply Chain Reawakens BUILDER Building Supply Chain Reawakens

During the Great Recession, millions of workers lost their livelihoods and as much as 60 percent of capacity shut down. In 2014, plants rebooted, companies rehired, and the supply chain that wasn't suddenly is again. Read more

Landscape
NAHB Chairman's Letter Builders’ Show Takes Over Vegas

In January, Las Vegas will host five industry trade shows during the second annual Design and Construction Week Read more

Green Home Marketing: Just Do It Home Innovation Research Labs Green Home Marketing: Just Do It

You might say you don’t care about green for your business, but you can’t afford to ignore it Read more

Recovery Continues Crowe’s Economy Recovery Continues

Unlike in the past, housing isn’t leading this economic recovery as potential home buyers are slow to return to the market Read more

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