August 2015 Table of Contents

Editor's Notes
Let’s Do Something Different BUILDER Let’s Do Something Different

What comes of initially differing perspectives about what will and won't work are moments that bring together all of the stakeholders in the home building ecosystem. And, it frequently starts with somebody saying, "No, let's do something different." Read more

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Builders Buoyed by Strong Spring, Ramp Up Community Counts BUILDER Builders Buoyed by Strong Spring, Ramp Up Community Counts

If spring selling season is a barometer of housing recovery, this year's take looks promising. The strength of recent existing and new-home sales—as well as continued job growth—could make 2015 the best year for housing since the recession. Read more

From Move-Ups to Empty Nests: 10 Plans that Make the Change Builder From Move-Ups to Empty Nests: 10 Plans that Make the Change

Unlike the traditional move-up layout with living spaces downstairs and bedrooms upstairs, these layouts work brilliantly for more than one phase of life. Read more

Batten Down the Hatches with These Storm-Ready Products BUILDER Batten Down the Hatches with These Storm-Ready Products

As hurricane season heats up, product guru Lauren Hunter offers up these five products to help protect your homes from the ravages of extreme weather. Read more

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Meritage Beats on EPS, but Analysts Disappointed Builder Meritage Beats on EPS, but Analysts Disappointed

Rains in Texas and Colorado Hinder 2Q as energy prices weigh on analysts minds going forward. BUILDER's Les Shaver reports. Read more

Six Farm-Centric Developments Put a Fresh Spin on Land Planning BUILDER Six Farm-Centric Developments Put a Fresh Spin on Land Planning

Agriculture-based communities cater to consumers interested in local food and a healthy lifestyle. Here, BUILDER profiles six developments on the cutting edge of this "growing" trend. Read more

Wire
Mitchell Reboots Historymaker Builder Mitchell Reboots Historymaker

As competitors and the economy challenged the long-time Texas builder, its president has by launching a new brand and upgrading the company's systems and processes. BUILDER's Les Shaver reports. Read more

Big Bet: @home Builders Goes All In Builder Big Bet: @home Builders Goes All In

David Riedman knew that revamping his company’s products would be risky, but with great risk comes big rewards. Read more

Features
The Rental Hedge: Production Builders Add Rentals in Hybrid Business Model BUILDER The Rental Hedge: Production Builders Add Rentals in Hybrid Business Model

As the homeownership rate creeps lower, a number of builders--including Toll, Lennar and Ryland--are testing out and in some cases diving head-first into the rental market. Here, Sharon O'Malley takes a comprehensive look at the emerging hybrid business model. Read more

Great Escapes: Five Award-Winning Vacation Homes BUILDER Great Escapes: Five Award-Winning Vacation Homes

From snowbird condos on the beach to sprawling lakeside getaways, the vacation home market is hot and getting hotter. Here, we highlight five winners of this year's Gold Nugget Awards that showcase the best of the best vacation home designs. Read more

Landscape
Be Prepared: Fighting for Your Right to Insurance BUILDER Be Prepared: Fighting for Your Right to Insurance

Builders and subcontractors need to plan for unforeseen circumstances, so it's very concerning when insurers attempt to evade coverage for items builders typically expect to be included in their policy. The NAHB is on the case. Read more

Material World: The Hottest Trends From the 2015 Builder Practices Survey BUILDER Material World: The Hottest Trends From the 2015 Builder Practices Survey

Home Innovation’s latest Annual Builder Practices Survey reveals the latest trends in the kinds of flooring, appliances, countertops, and garage doors builders are using, as well as the rising popularity of whole-house mechanical ventilation. Read more

The Symbiosis Between Existing and New Home Sales BUILDER The Symbiosis Between Existing and New Home Sales

The new-home sales market is greatly dependent on the existing-home sales market, but the modest recovery has slowed existing homeowners' normal turnover, writes NAHB economist David Crowe. Read more

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