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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High-Performance Homebuilding and Weatherization

By Glenna Wilson As California builders gear up for the changes in Title 24, builders across the country can improve the efficiency and performance of their builds with these strategies. Many homebuilders assume that high-performance homebuilding is too expensive to be a good investment, but it can be a huge advantage for both homebuilders and homeowners. If you research the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS programs, you’ll see that high-performance homebuilding is not much more expensive for the rate of return, and it allows the builder to…

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Raising Homes and Raising Contractor Profits

Make homes more resilient to flooding and increase home value with home lifting By RANDY YOUNG People will always want to live by the water. “Salt Life” isn’t just a cute phrase — for some, it truly is a way of life. Current building codes and Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) regulations are greatly reducing the risks that affect homes in the floodplain. These are all good news for homeowners and insurance companies. For the contractor, new homes are a great source of production and income. But what about the…

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Virginia Remodeler Leo Lantz Named 2018 NAHB Remodeler of the Year

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 – The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers is honoring Leo Lantz, CAPS, CGP, CGR, GMR, a remodeler from Glen Allen, Va., as the 2018 NAHB Remodeler of the Year. The NAHB Remodeler of the Year award recognizes superior business management, exemplary NAHB involvement at all levels and outstanding contributions to the remodeling industry. “Leo Lantz has become a distinguished remodeler over the last three decades by providing excellent work for his customers, and has sincere enthusiasm to give back to his local community and industry,”…

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TRI POINTE HOMES ACQUIRES LOTS TO BUILD 154 HOMES IN TWO DENVER METRO LOCATIONS

DENVER, Colo. (November 28, 2018) – TRI Pointe Homes has announced the acquisition of 154 lots to build new homes in two for-sale communities in Douglas County, a highly desirable location in the Denver Market. The land transactions fit TRI Pointe Homes’ strategy of building quality innovative homes in locations with convenient access to major transportation and employment corridors.   “The Denver market ranks in the top 10 nationally for growth and stability,”(1) said Darren DuPree, Division President of TRI Pointe Homes Colorado. “These lot acquisitions illustrate the TRI Pointe…

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Finding Undiscovered Land Development Opportunities

Location intelligence can help developers and builders make faster, more competitive decisions By Tara Bleakley For land developers and builders, finding prime development opportunities can be a difficult process in today’s supply-constrained and highly competitive market. Finding the right land assets requires careful research, analysis and due diligence for prospective properties. However, this needs to happen as quickly and efficiently as possible to maintain a competitive edge — and to avoid wasting time and resources on poor prospects. When tackling these considerations, you might question how to get the most…

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Alleviating Construction Conundrums Through Technology

 Today’s digital QA technology can help builders deal with labor shortages and potential construction problems  By DON NEFF The building industry is presently challenged by labor constraints across multiple trades in multiple regions. The current labor shortages are impacting all residential product types such as for-sale detached housing, condominiums, townhomes, and multifamily housing as well as commercial office, hotel, industrial and other similar projects. The National Association of Home Builders points out that eight years after the Great Recession drove an estimated 30 percent of construction workers into new fields,…

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West Villages Florida Continues Strong Sales Pace

West Villages, FL — The eight home builders in West Villages Florida sold 71 homes in October, putting the master-planned community well on its way to a record-setting year. West Villages continues to attract buyers from throughout Florida, the region and the U.S. “Buyers are choosing West Villages for our location, amenities and excellent value of the new homes,” said West Villages President Paul Erhardt. “They are also looking forward to both the West Villages Marketplace and Atlanta Braves Spring Training facility opening next year.” Homeowners are also pleased to…

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Olive Groves Planted at Palm Springs Agrihood

Miralon is Transforming Former Golf Course into Groves and Gardens for Mid-Century-Inspired Homes and Resort Amenities   Freehold Communities has announced that Miralon, the sustainably designed community emerging in Palm Springs, California, is now planting its unique olive groves. One of the largest new “agrihoods” in the U.S., Miralon will offer 1,150 Modernist-inspired residences to harmonize with the Coachella Valley’s architectural heritage. A highlight of Miralon’s 300 acres is its transformation of a previously constructed 18-hole golf course into working olive groves, community gardens and walking trails. Fruit from more…

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It’s Time to Commit to Green Building

Environmentally conscious construction no longer has to be viewed as a liability By STEVE PALLRAND Resources for green building design are vast and growing rapidly each year. However, for a field that has been burgeoning since the 1970s and has been pushed tirelessly by environmentalists and government programs, it remains that few people live in sustainable houses. Most of the country believes that the environment should be protected. However, as an industry, we offer little to the consumer beyond the government mandated basics. Building an environmentally friendly house is fundamentally…

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