Hausera Unveils Results of First Annual “The Truth about Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations” Survey

The new survey results reveal homeowners’ challenges, sources of inspiration, and style and technology preferences when renovating kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. – Nov. 19, 2019 – Hausera, a new kind of online kitchen & bath specialty retailer that is launching this fall, today released the findings of its first annual “The Truth about Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations” survey. With the goal of uncovering facts, trends and challenges about kitchen, bathroom and laundry room renovations, the survey, conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Hausera, found that most homeowners have…

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Home Improvement Projects are Worth Cost and Time, Says Realtor® Survey

WASHINGTON – Homeowners who decide to undergo a home improvement project, whether it be interior or exterior modifications, often find that the task was worth the investment and time, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®, with insights from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, an examination of 20 projects, surveyed Realtors®, consumers who have taken on home renovation projects and members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Remodeling Impact: Project – 3 Top Joy Score Project The report examines…

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Restoration Builders Announces Appointment of Robert Strecker to Board of Directors

SCOTTSDALE  — Restoration Builders, Inc. (“Restoration Builders” or “The Company”) announced today that it has officially appointed Robert Strecker to a position on its strategic Board of Directors. Some of Robert Strecker’s fondest memories growing up were assisting his dad at construction sites. After obtaining his law degree and passing the New York State Bar Exam, Robert spent several years in the investment industry before pursuing an opportunity in law enforcement. Upon completion of the police academy, he once again became involved in his father’s growing construction business. Since that time, the family business has built approximately 300…

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Dan Ryan Builders kicking off Pipers Grove community in grand style

RALEIGH, N.C., — Dan Ryan Builders is opening its newest community with a bang. On Nov. 12, the Triangle’s second-largest homebuilder, will host its largest-ever grand opening for its Pipers Grove community in Raleigh. The event will feature a wine tasting by Vitis House Wine School complete with sommelier Doreen Colondres, giveaway drawings for prizes including $10 Starbucks® gift cards for the first 10 people, two $200 Angus Barn® gift cards and a Louis Vuitton® purse (official details and rules). Music for the Grand Opening will be by guitarist Chris Overstreet. Piper’s Grove’s grand opening will be held at 25 Kentigern…

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Home Improvement Projects are Worth Cost and Time

WASHINGTON— Homeowners who decide to undergo a home improvement project, whether it be interior or exterior modifications, often find that the task was worth the investment and time, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®, with insights from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, an examination of 20 projects, surveyed Realtors®, consumers who have taken on home renovation projects and members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Remodeling Impact: Project – 3 Top Joy Score Project The report examines…

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Native Landscaping Sells Houses

Increase the value of a home with environmentally-friendly natural landscaping By Kitty Connolly This past April, the American Society of Landscape Architects released its 2018 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey, a members’ annual rating of the expected popularity of design elements. For the sixth year in a row, native plants were top of the list (either #1 or #2). Southern California real estate listings often call out yards as “water-saving” or “native landscape,” whether or not the description is accurate. In stark contrast, the National Association of Realtors 2018 Remodeling…

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California Energy Commission Expert Panel

The leaders in changing codes share insight, advice, and more as builders prepare for Title 24 changes By CHRIS OLVERA, PETER STRAIT, MAZI SHIRAKH, AMBER BECK Chris Olvera, Supervisor of the Outreach Education Unit Peter Strait, Supervisor of Standards Development Unit Mazi Shirakh, Lead for ZNE and PV Requirements for Standards Amber Beck, Public Information Officer What are the key changes to Title 24 being enacted January 1st? Chris Olvera: As a summary for the changes for residential buildings: We have updates for the thermal envelope, which includes insulation for high-performance…

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Transition from Witnessing Change to Effecting Change

Improving your management style can mean improving the success of your project By NORB SLOWIKOWSKI  I get asked a lot of questions in the construction industry. You would be surprised how much the same commonalities emerge from different parts of the country. They often revolve around questions about management, leadership, and skills training. Everyone wants to run their operation in the best way possible to attract the best people possible. This takes having the best possible management team in place. One trend that I have noticed over the last decade…

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Construction Execs Optimistic About Homebuilding Business

Advanced technology and the entrance of millennial buyers into the market are fueling market growth By RICK BECHTEL It is still a good time to build homes. Residential builders surveying the construction landscape predict more business over the coming two years, grounding their optimism in expectations of steady interest rates and sustained demand. Despite signs that the cycles for residential real estate and interest rates are in their late stages, industry execs believe that in the near-term, conditions will remain favorable for homebuilding and construction lending. In April, construction and building…

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The Path to Growth for Builders

Construction technology is transforming productivity in the industry By KYLE SLAGER As a trade, building hasn’t changed that much over the years. Productivity growth has remained stagnant compared to other industries that have continued to reinvent themselves through innovation. The construction industry has often been disinterested in adopting technological advances. This has started changing in recent years as long-term skilled labor shortages force builders to find ways to increase productivity with smaller crews. All these years after the housing market crash, the skilled construction labor pool has still not recovered. As…

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