Man on a Mission: Building Flaws Exposed
In a nutshell, builders often violate the fundamental laws of physics. Mother nature doesn't like that. The resulting structures -- plagued by moisture, mold, and indoor air quality problems -- have compromised long-term durability. The builders and owners then suffer the consequences.
By Steve Zurier. A group of beta testers that includes some of the home building industry's leading names is beginning to see the fruits of its work with J.D. Edwards to develop the Homebuilder Management module. Coupled with a new sales front end, J.D. Edwards' CRM (customer relationship...
Big Builder Briefs -- September 2003
By Wendy Leibowitz. Steve Wall, president and CEO, announced the company was expanding into the New Braunfels market, about 25 miles from San Antonio International Airport, by opening a community called North Park Meadows, offering 64 single-family lots. Michael Killeen has been named vice...
Benefit of Trees
By Wendy Leibowitz. Ten builders and developers who made tree preservation a priority in the design, production, development, and marketing of their new communities were honored in August with 2003 Building With Trees Awards of Excellence by The National Arbor Day Foundation, Firewise Communities...
At first sight, the 3,800 acres that is Santaluz -- several miles inland from Del Mar in California's Northern San Diego County -- looks pretty barren. But that's the point: Developer DMB, of Scottsdale, Ariz., wanted the place to be different.
As we at WCI go about the business of creating luxurious lifestyle communities, marketing and selling homes in those communities, and providing an unmatched lifestyle environment for our customers, we are frequently reminding ourselves of our obligations to our shareholders. I believe it is...
Kitchens That Cook
That's the kind of test only a chef could come up with; someone who knows his way around a kitchen and, presumably, how to set up a kitchen to make it cook. The results are inconclusive, but Pulte-Las Vegas is hoping that Mauler's star appeal and expertise will lead to a better kitchen -- one for...
Battle for Buyers
An unprecedented 7.4 million homes and condos are expected to be bought this year; nearly a million of those will be new single-family homes. Only this time, it was my hope we might finally buy that first newly built home with all those options so many of us Americans really do dream about.
For the first time since its founding in 2000, Builder Homesite Inc. (BHI), the Web marketing consortium of 32 founding builder members has opened its doors to new members. Thomas Krobot, president of Roswell, Ga.'s Ashton Woods Homes' U.S. operations, meanwhile, has been one of a number of...
Thirty-two builders and a group of major suppliers came together in late June to form a new venture, New Home Technologies, to make the dazzling array of options available, via builders' Web sites, to home buyers. Terri Connett, the manager of new business development at Whirlpool Corp., said she...