Archive for the 'New Economy' Category

What is your new economy?

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Since the launch of the Builder Concept Home 2010, I have been at the center of a fascinating dialog with builders/developers, homeowners and the media regarding the homebuilding industry – both where we are now and where we are going next. Here are some observations:

1. Small is the New Green – Everyone is talking about it but no one knows quite what it means. Small is everywhere. For some this simply means reducing the floor plan of a McMansion on a Xerox machine; for others, “going small” means eliminating formal rooms, such as living rooms, dining rooms and foyers. Bother strategies miss an opportunity to make smaller homes just as livable, if not more so, than their larger predecessors.

Changing Times

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

These are interesting times we’re in. The last ten years has brought changes to nearly every facet of our industry. We’ve learned that many of the rules have changed. Some of the rules needed to change, some of the rules were destine to change, and some of the new ideas have evolved from being in survival mode. And even more change is on the horizon, as recent NAHB research shows that today’s construction pace will result in a housing shortage in the decade to come, creating opportunities to engage those new ideas.