Management

A compilation of Custom Builder's articles, surveys, ideas, trends, and tips on management for residential builders, remodelers, and architects serving the residential construction industry.



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Four experts explain how paying attention to cash flow can help keep builders from robbing Peter to pay Paul

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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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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."

 

Michael Lehrer

Michael Lehrer, FAIA

President

Lehrer Architects

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Architect Michael Lehrer on great windows, hand-built models, and builders with high emotional intelligence

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Allowing employees to be 100% "off" when they're not at work helps ensure that they're bringing full effort to their jobs.

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Research across a number of professions has shown time and again that productivity and accuracy decrease when employees aren’t given sufficient time off to recharge.

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Meadolark Design + Build's work runs the gamut of styles. This design pays homage to the mid-century modern home originally on the site (Photo: John Carlson at Carlson Productions).

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A scientist and an accountant combine their varied skills in a sustainable building company

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Make sure your new sustainable project receives a fair valuation

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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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Many of Architect Ken Brinkman's infill homes have the older characteristics of Chicago's old, stately neighborhoods with modern interiors (Photos: Herbie Rooprai).

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Business smarts and old-meets-new design have helped Environs Development carve itself a niche with stately infill homes in Chicagoland

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Guaranteed maximum price contracts require a true team effort and an open-book policy

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The more you understand what is the ideal growth rate for your business, the more you can plan and focus on executing.

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Some Design/Build business models are more a product of evolution than what is best.

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The health of your business, not market conditions, must improve if you want to be more successful.

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You don’t have to be a big builder to have an advisory board.

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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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