Business

Advice from industry experts for how to run your business, based on the real-world experience of your peers.



Hammerwell's Sunset home

This 6,400-square-foot Hammerwell home in Boulder, Colo., was designed by Boulder firm HMH Architecture + Interiors and features a solar thermal system capable of producing 150,000 Btu per hour, providing heat for the home as well as hot water for the current spa and a future pool (Photo: David Lauer Photography).

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The owner of a home building company with no heirs interested in taking the reins shares how he groomed a successor to continue his legacy

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Sarah Lawson (center) S+H Construction's former project manager and now new owner with company founders Alex Slive (left) and Doug Hanna.

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Two high school buddies and business partners share how they found a successor and an exit strategy for their home building/remodeling company.

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Buyer co-ops are trying to do more than just find rebates for home builders.

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Caleb Johnson masters designing and building

Krause Music Store

The Krause Music store, a national landmark and one of the last buildings designed by Chicago architect Louis Sullivan in 1922, was renovated by Goldberg General Contracting (Photo: Hedrich Blessing Photographers).

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Side jobs that started as busy work during slow times or a new niche with growth potential can broaden a custom home builder's portfolio.

The Highenders, one of 31 groups in the NAHB’s Builder 20 program, gathered in Washington, D.C., for an October networking meeting with builders from five other Builder 20 clubs and presented their best practices and processes for managing contract to warranty issues.

 
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Builder 20 Club members laud their network as a deep resource for best practices, wisdom, and camaraderie.

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Building material suppliers say collaborative builders are their favorite clients.

Jeff Wynne

Josh Wynne, owner and founder

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Building Florida homes that work with nature reduces the burden of living in them.

Don Farinelli

Don Farinelli, owner and founder

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Nineteen in-house carpenters enable Farinelli Construction to satisfy central Pennsylvania's desire for handcrafted home building.

Jeff Santerre

Jeff Santerre, co-owner and founder

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Seattle-based builder is comprehensive about communicating and salvaging material from tear downs long before green was fashionable

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Custom home builders thinking like a production builder.

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Incentive compensation plans can reward performance but be careful about what you’re paying for. 

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Now is the time to assess whether you have the team members your business needs in order to grow with the recovery.

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Builders share their strategies for keeping hold of the reins on their custom home projects.

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A recent Tax Court case highlights steps custom builders can take to get better deductions for some of their indirect costs.

SPRING 2020

This Month in Custom Builder

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Fully automated indoor hydroponic appliance that allows anyone to grow herbs, vegetables, and microgreens right in their kitchen all year round without pesticides

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A seaside retreat follows the Passive House standard to maximize energy efficiency

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