Mike Beirne is a seniot editor of Custom Builder magazine. A Jesse H. Neal Award winner, Mike has tallied 26 years of journalism experience plus numerous news and feature writing awards, including honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, Hoosier State Press Association, and Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors. He also operated a masonry restoration business for more than two decades,

November 12, 2015

The ability to step back and look at the big picture is a luxury, particularly for anybody running his or her own company. 

September 21, 2015

Being able to walk between two studs without bumping your toolbelt against the wall frame or having to turn your torso to fit through the space is a simple pleasure that could win over the trades t

July 01, 2015

Writing a couple of articles for this issue and for the previous one about recycling and salvage conjured memories of my Dumpster misadventures years ago.

May 11, 2015

Efficiency is in the blood of a carpenter, and Florida builder Josh Wynne, profiled in “Custom Builders on the Move,” relies

March 24, 2015


February 26, 2015

When I see surveys that show most Millennials aspire to buy a home, I think of Australia.

November 11, 2014

During a question and answer session at a recent industry conference, a home builder asked Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi for his thoughts about the labor

Numbers can be funny things. When the population for a subset of consumers is large enough, then plausible projections follow about how that group will impact macro economics.

The idea of running my home from a smartphone sounds like the ultimate in convenience and control.

Politics are local; real estate obviously is local, and the rate of economic recovery varies by locale.



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