September 2014 Table of Contents

Editor's Notes
Why Design Matters

While housing is fixated on all things market-related, design belongs in our peripheral vision. Read more

In The News
Century Lands an Experienced Texas Operator

With the acquisition of Grand View Builders, Century Communities gets a foothold in the nation's largest housing market. Read more

Sierra Pacific Completes Acquisition of Hurd Windows and Doors

Sierra Pacific Industries recently completed the purchase of Wisconsin-based Hurd and Superseal Windows and Doors. Read more

Wheelock, NVR Team Up on Carolinas Deal BIG BUILDER Wheelock, NVR Team Up on Carolinas Deal

Wheelock Street Capital announced it bought a 316-acre tract called Jordan Pointe in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C.-area, from NVR, and will team up with its Carolinas development partner JPM South Development to market lots for 440 homes back to NV and Ryan Homes. Perspective on the deal from BUILDER's John McManus. Read more

TRI Pointe Homes TRI Pointe Homes Picks Up 649 lots

TRI Pointe is staying busy on the heels of its mammoth Weyerhaeuser merger, grabbing lots in California, Nevada, Washington state, and Virginia. Here's more information: Read more

Award winners Grand Is in the Details

Smart, sleek details helped these projects earn top billing Read more

Select Markets End the Season With A Strong Pace for Housing Starts Metrostudy Demand Index Select Markets End the Season With A Strong Pace for Housing Starts

Although the July demand index showed no significant change month-over-month, regional directors reported a significant increase in the quarterly and annual pace of starts in multiple markets, suggesting that builders have high expectations for the next season. Read more

Open-Book Management Helps Drive Goodall’s Success Success Story Open-Book Management Helps Drive Goodall’s Success

After one of its top executives read “The Great Game of Business” by Jack Stack, Goodall Homes instituted many of the book's principles—and its market share has grown ever since. Read more

Summer's Top Shelf Products Summer's Top Shelf Products

Nine new, noteworthy products you need to know about. Read more

Ceramics Come of Age Ceramics Come of Age

Advances in digital printing expand the design possibilities of ceramic tile. Read more

Sound Off
Sound Off Housing Revival Moving at Snail's Pace

Amid fear and uncertainty, five items serve as solid evidence to housing's comeback. Read more

Builder's Choice 2014 Builder's Choice 2014

Community is Crucial, sustainability is assumed, adaptive reuse is increasingly inventive, and density is being accomplished in defter and more beautiful ways than ever before. Read more

2014 Marvin Hall of Fame Awards Design Stars 2014 Marvin Hall of Fame Awards

These three pioneering architects are changing the way we build homes, apartments, and communities Read more

Build Smart
Fire-Blocking for Kitchen Cabinets

Typical house framing is considered "combustible construction," but codes still require details that limit the spread of smoke and fire through wood-framed assemblies. Read more

Site-Built Door Flange HOW-TO Site-Built Door Flange

Here's a slick way to build a weather-tight seal into an entry door that comes with pre-applied brickmold casings. Read more

How To Design A Great Front Porch Redline How To Design A Great Front Porch

A flimsy porch becomes a real-deal one with a few extra feet and attention to the details. Read more

Quieting Noisy Ductwork Callbacks Quieting Noisy Ductwork

A few simple choices can help keep machine noise and crosstalk out of living areas. Read more

National Beat
NAHB Member Appreciation

September offers NAHB members a discount on IBS registration and the chance to connect with and honor associate members. Read more

Home Innovation Research Labs Home Innovation Standards Updates

Standards for plumbing fixture replacement technicians are underway, and the National Green Building Standard Consensus Committee will meet in November. Read more

3D Printing Takes Hold 3D Printing Takes Hold

Whether building pros are ready or not, the futuristic technology is poised to transform the design and construction industries. Read more

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