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Custom Home Building Gets Good News

New data from NAHB shows that while much of the market is in contraction, custom home building continues to gain strength 

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Lingering Myths about Generation X

Generation X attracts more speculation, controversy and debate than one would care to master. The conversation began in 1991 with Douglas Coupland's book, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, which profiles a group of "underemployed, overeducated, intensely private and unpredictable" twenty-somethings who have "nowhere to direct their anger, no one to assuage their fears and no cultu...


A House Without Right Angles

Architect Matt Schlueb, principal of Schlueb Architecture, recently designed his own home in Pittsburgh, Pa., with virtually no right angles. Villa Vuoto features 2,600 square feet of living space, three levels, and simple and compounded curves, sloping walls and circular rooms. Designed to provide a stimulating environment for the architect's young son, the project was a prototype for explorin...


Creating a Community Theme

A sense of place matters just as much to luxury home buyers as the details of the floorplan and the quality of the finishes. To deliver on this desire, custom builders can borrow a page from their production builder counterparts. Here Terry Smith of architecture firm Bloodgood Sharp Buster gives a quick tutorial in creating a community theme.


Insurance Woes Top Concern List

The price of general liability insurance and the ongoing shortage of carriers willing to write such policies for builders pushed these issue to the top of NAHB's annual critical issues surveys. On a scale of one to five, where one equals not at all critical and five equals very critical, general liability insurance cost scored 4.


Million-Dollar Homes

Once rare, they're now a fast-growing segment of the housing market.


Revving Up for a New Year

The start of a new year is the perfect time for all company owners, including luxury home builders, to make adjustments to be implemented in the year to come.


Accountants Aren't Just for Taxes

Ask a builder for a definition of a good accountant, and tax savings probably will be a highlight of the response.


Borrowing Money: What You Should Tell Your Banker

Depending on others to fund business growth requires you to divulge information you probably would rather keep confidential. But disclosing too much information can harm your prospects of gaining loan approval.


Storing Nuts for Winter

Even in these times of economic correction, slowdown, mini-recession or whatever other term is being thrown about these days, custom and luxury builders are optimistic.


Luxury Market Looks to Stay Strong

With a new presidential administration coming in and tech stocks taking a dive, many construction market forecasters seem to want to err on the side of caution. But while the rest of the construction industry is leveling off or even declining in some a...

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