Best Practices

Custom Builder's articles, surveys, ideas, trends, and tips on best practices for residential builders, remodelers, and architects serving the residential construction industry.



Peter Rotelle
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Finding the right building site with no issues can be trick; that's where scrubbing the lot could help

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A kitchen display at the Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath showroom in Ashland, Va. “It’s amazing how many details there are in kitchen design,” owner Jennifer Gilmer says. “When a builder is involved in our meetings, he’s much more knowledgeable about design and installation nuances.”

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Collaboration holds the key to a smoother selections process that satisfies both client and builder

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Understanding these basics will help you create better lighting transitions

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Illustration: Sergev Nivens/Stock.Adobe.com

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We ask custom builders: If you could redo your first house or revisit the first years of running your business, what would you do differently?

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Valuable insights Architect Robert Hidey gleaned over decades of residential design experience

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Photos courtesy of Green Gables Design & Restoration

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"You never want to get to the next phase and realize somebody's not happy."

 

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Graphics: Puresolution/Stock.adobe.com

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Custom home builders talk about what they do on the front end of a project to achieve better margins

Rob Pressman
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On designing a great outdoor program and making sure it gets built

Exterior, dusk, of hillside home in Phoenix, Ariz. by Cullum Homes

This hillside house in Phoenix built by Cullum Homes at The Estates at Paradise Reserve won Custom Home of the Year from the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona. Cullum also built the adjacent subdivision, The Village at Paradise Reserve, using a new model of unitized pricing to build out both. Photo: NCKX Photography

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Two custom builders seek to improve margins: one by unitizing pricing relationships with trades, the other by pursuing a coveted homebuyer group

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SUMMER 2019

This Month in Custom Builder

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Union is an industrial-inspired bath fittings collection from the UK-based brand Crosswater London

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Collaboration holds the key to a smoother selections process that satisfies both client and builder

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