October 2015 Table of Contents

Editor's Notes
Shortage or Cost Issue? BUILDER Shortage or Cost Issue?

In dealing with labor capacity shortages, Steve Hilton's question is 'what are we going to do about it?' Read more

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Increased Lot Deliveries Hasn't Decreased Demand BUILDER Increased Lot Deliveries Hasn't Decreased Demand

Lot deliveries have increased 20% year-over-year, but some builders are still moving carefully. In this month's Demand Index, Metrostudy regional directors break down how high lot demand scores reflect a positive or negative climate, depending on the market. Read more

Bring Global Influences Home with New Tile Introductions Builder Bring Global Influences Home with New Tile Introductions

European and Asian designs bring an international flair to interiors and exteriors Read more

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Small Laneway Houses Provide a Big Idea for Density BUILDER Small Laneway Houses Provide a Big Idea for Density

So-called granny flats are catching on in cities with high housing costs. Read more

Small and Sculptural in the Hamptons Builder Small and Sculptural in the Hamptons

Subtle shifts in structural geometry maximize natural light, sweeping views, and perception of space to make for an open, beach-side retreat with a 600-square-foot footprint. Read more

Architect-Designed Tiny Home Offers Downsized Living in a Refined Package BUILDER Architect-Designed Tiny Home Offers Downsized Living in a Refined Package

A new line of Prairie-style cottages boasts full-size appliances, a bathtub, and a washer and dryer. Read more

Brookfield Downsizes Its Denver Offerings BUILDER Brookfield Downsizes Its Denver Offerings

New line of "Tealight" homes caters to buyers looking looking for smaller-sized, affordable dwellings as they make the leap from renting to homeownership. Read more

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Weekley Turns to Peterson as it Continues its Expansion to Minneapolis Builder Weekley Turns to Peterson as it Continues its Expansion to Minneapolis

As the private builder continues its quest to be a $5 billion company, it moves further north. BUILDER's Les Shaver talks to David Weekley about the addition of Peterson, the company's expansion plans, and its intention to remain private. Read more

Brandywine Homes More Than Holds Its Own in Orange County Builder Brandywine Homes More Than Holds Its Own in Orange County

The family-operated, private company touts its smaller, nimble status as a competitive advantage against larger regional and public companies in Orange County, Calif. Read more

Features
Network Effect: The Next Generation of Master-Planned Communities BUILDER Network Effect: The Next Generation of Master-Planned Communities

Post-recession home buyers value digital connectivity, but they are equally interested in more literal connections—with community, between home and work, across generations, and with the natural environment. Developers and builders attuned to this shift are responding with communities that represent a significant step in the evolution of the species. Read more

Board Stiff: How Local Groups, Zoning Rules Suppress the Recovery BUILDER Board Stiff: How Local Groups, Zoning Rules Suppress the Recovery

If neighborhood opposition and time-consuming processes were the only problems, it would be one thing. But once projects get approved, there's a litany of issues from local and national codes to impact fees that add tremendous costs. It's enough to make even the most passionate builders re-examine their career path. Read more

NAHB Notes
A Long Haul: Road to Recovery Blocked by Overregulation BUILDER A Long Haul: Road to Recovery Blocked by Overregulation

As residential construction inches toward recovery, there are still roadblocks to overcome—most notably, overregulation of the industry. Here, NAHB Chairman Tom Woods takes a look at the biggest regulatory hurdles standing in our way. Read more

4 Types of Buyers Motivated by More Than Just Price BUILDER 4 Types of Buyers Motivated by More Than Just Price

Many builders believe that home buyer motivations are solely about the sales price. That might be the case, unless you’re selling to the following home buying segments. Read more

Fair Trades: Subcontractor Metrics, and Classification BUILDER Fair Trades: Subcontractor Metrics, and Classification

The lines are blurred when it comes to subcontractors, the largest component of NAHB membership, as the government grapples with how to classify them, says NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. Read more

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