Sierra Premium Shake used on Lake Chelan dream home.

“Between the landscaping and the building products, we’re making more design decisions based on fire resistance; it’s just another step to protect the home.” - John Berry, President of Berry Construction

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Graphic: Ponsuwan/123RF

Builders share their war stories about lawsuits, contract disputes and offer advice for reducing liability and fending off liens.

For Bar Triangle Ranck by Laughlin Homes

For Bar Triangle Ranch, Laughlin Homes + Restoration Design/Build collaborated closely with the client. Richard Laughlin started his firm 34 years ago at age 23 and credits practical high school courses like business math with helping him get his start.  

Richard Laughlin built his firm from the ground up. Ingenuity and doing right by others are key to his sustained success.

Garrison Hullinger, older boy's bedroom

(Photo: Blackstone Edge Studios)

A photo wall, a stage, high ceilings, and a secret passageway are among the features for a child’s bedroom presented by two designers and a builder.

Photos: Joshua Curry Photography

Craftsmanship, collaboration, and a rooftop pool reminiscent of a glass-bottom boat.

A bid based on an incomplete set of drawings spells trouble for everyone.

The upper courtyard and garden of Quarry House, protected from Connecticut seacoast winds, offer an imtimate place to sit, says architect John Tittmann. The home, which sits on a granite ledge, was built by Brian Maresca of Guilford, Conn. Photo: Robert Benson Photography

Building a foundation on a challenging site takes planning, patience, and a collaborative attitude

San Francisco architect Jonathan Feldman designed this 800-square-foot cottage on Martha's Vineyard, Mass., for a couple and their three children. The expansive deck is used as an outdoor living room. Jack Gray was the builder. Photo: Warren Patterson Photography

Thoughtfully designed, scaled-down homes are more sustainable, enabling clients to live well with less

Image Courtesy of Flaticon.com

Thinking like a buyer, positioning your company as a trusted advisor, and setting boundaries are ways to improve selling skills and protect your profit

A meditation room designed by Landry Design Group, Los Angeles (Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer).

See how two builders and an architect executed their visions for wine rooms, a basement spa, and a children's bunk/craft room with access hidden behind a swing-away bookcase.

The road to becoming a successful green builder starts with planning

Videos

Mark Richardson, CR on New Partnership with Professional Remodeler and Professional Builder

Case Design Remodeling co-chairman Mark Richardson recently joined Professional Remodeler and Professional Builder magazines as a columnist. Richardson takes a moment to describe the partnership and a vision for the residential construction industry.

Selling Strategies

Mark Richardson on sales strategies in today's environment.

Submitted Video: Habitat For Humanity's Builders Blitz Day 2 - Meeting Energy Star 3.0

Tapco Group's Kelly Warren discusses Energy Star 3.0 with the lead contractor for one of Habitat for Humanity's Builder Blitz 2012 homes. Habitat's annual Builders Blitz has a goal of building 200 homes in one week.

Submitted Video: Habitat For Humanity's Builders Blitz Day 4 - Gideon Pointe Neighborhood

Tapco Group's Kelly Warren talks with Bob Calhoun, executive director of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, about the 40-home Gideon Pointe neighborhood under construction by Habitat for Humanity in Wilmington, N.C.

April 2017

This Month in Custom Builder

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Builders share their war stories about lawsuits, contract disputes and offer advice for reducing liability and fending off liens.

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