In Business: Modern Design, Compromise, and Money
Custom builder Zane Williams opens up about what it takes to maintain his architectural vision, from handling clients and staying true to his fluid style, to the importance of transparency and how a slush fund avoids awkward conversations mid-construction
The Fundamental Integration of Sustainability and Architecture
California architect Ryan McDaniel provides real-world insights and examples into how he approaches sustainability for his projects.
Five Key Spokes of the Business Bike Wheel
Much like a bike wheel depends on its spokes to work effectively, a business depends on its various departments to find success in the market.
Top Problems Faced by Builders in 2022
Chief among the concerns was the price and availability of building materials, though the impact of waning consumer confidence also grew
Ideas for the upturn
Richard Dugas, the CEO of PulteGroup, did not want to throw cold water on the party, but he deserves credit for at least pointing out that housing…
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Mark Richardson: What is growth?
We often think of growth strictly as an increase in top-line sales, number of projects, or number of team members. But there’s much more to it, writes business coach Mark Richardson.
The rule of 8, 9, 12 but never 16
Todd Hallett and I are running a LeanPlan Workout session this week in Tennessee with one of my favorite builders. In the years I have known them…
Watch out for this extreme common framing error that causes warranty nightmares
Whether you call them crickets or saddles, the little patch of roof that is bridging water past a chimney or other element obstructing water flow is…
One-of-a-Kind Green Homes
These custom-built homes make a strong design statement while delivering a high level of energy and resource efficiency.
10 steps to mastering field quality – A positive indicator for a recovering industry
The 5th article in my series on Quality Management was just published by Professional Builder Magazine and appears concurrently on www.HousingZone.…
Data & Research
Remodeling Market Index recedes slightly in second quarter
The second quarter results of the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) slipped under pressure from a softening labor market, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), dropping two points to 45.
Design axioms of a world-class inventor
Chances are, you’ve never heard of Tony Fadell. But I would bet a very large sum of money (okay, $100) that you’ve heard of his most notable creation…
Using strategic relationships to grow your business
A key area of business that many builders fail to master is strategic relationships. Mark Richardson offers tips for leveraging those around you to improve your business.