CTE Scholarship from PWB

HBAWS Professional Women in Building provides scholarships for students continuing their education in the trades.

The scholarships are merit based and presented annually to a student chosen from applications turned in at the WSFCS Career Center planning to further their construction education at Forsyth Technical Community College in a trades program. This year, PWB is awarding a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

For information, call 336.768.5942

2020 WSFCS Career Fairs

Career Days Schedule

Volunteers welcome – call 336.464.8001 to sign-up!

March 12, set-up 11am, 12 – 2 – West Forsyth HS – Kim Hayes kjhayes@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

  • Elizabeth Nance, Realtor, Blue Door Group
  • Jonathan Lee, General Contractor, Homes by Jonathan Lee
  • Andrew Minton, Aesthetic Turf and AG
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

March 18, 10:30am – 12:30pm – North Forsyth HS – Tammy Winchester twinches@wsfcs.k12.nc.us /Cynthia Flynt cjflynt@wsfcs.k12.nc.us, confirm attendance:  http://bit.ly/NFCareerFair2020

  • Vicky Slate, Allegacy Federal Credit Union
  • Troi Bachmann, Government Affairs Director, HBAWS / WSRAR
  • Gisela Lopez, HBA Staff
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

March 25, set-up 10am, 11am – 2:05pm, lunch 11 – 11:45am – Glenn HS – Carl Glenn clglenn@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

  • Beverly Kiser-Nutt, HBA Staff
  • Missy Easter, Sheally Insurance Group
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

  April 1, set-up 8:20am, 9:15am – 12pm – Carver HS – Meisha Conrad mnconrad@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

  • Beverly Kiser-Nutt, HBA Staff
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

April 3,  set-up 11:30am, 12 – 2pm – Reynolds High School – Elizabeth  Tuttle, ektuttle@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

  • Beverly Kiser-Nutt, HBA Staff
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

April 9, set-up 9:45am, 10:30am – 12pm – Walktertown HS – Adam Carter accarter@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

5240 Sullivantown Rd., Walkertown NC. You will be provided with a 4 foot table. Please park in the front parking lot

  • Miranda Kempton, Bloomday Granite & Marble
  • Josh Ricci, Ricci Builders & Management

NCHBA Education Foundation

NCHBA Education Foundation

North Carolina Home Builders Educational Foundation, Inc. Scholarships

The North Carolina Home Builders Educational & Charitable Foundation, Inc.  accepts applications for its college scholarships each year between January and April.  The foundation awards scholarships based on a combination of need and merit to four-year college students entering their junior or senior year and technical school students entering their second year who have declared their major in a construction related field.

To be eligible a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be nominated by a NCHBA member firm.
  2. Nominees shall be immediate family members of NCHBA member firms, related by blood, (i.e. children, step-children or grandchildren).
  3. Students related by marriage, (ie. son-in-law, daughter-in-law, etc.) shall not be eligible.
  4. Immediate family members of any current trustee of the NCHB Educational & Charitable Foundation, Inc. shall not be eligible.
  5. Awards are for one year, but scholarship winners may submit a renewal application and be considered for renewal if they make satisfactory progress in their studies.
  6. Only full-time students will be considered. NCHBA defines a full-time student as one taking a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

Applications For 2020-2021 Now Being Accepted

Download An Application

Application Information

Nomination Form

Submission Guidelines/General Info

Renewal Application

Renewal Information

Deadline To Submit – April 30, 2020

Questions? Contact Alison Barnes by email or call 919-676-9090

Information on Other Scholarships Available

In addition to the NC Home Builders Educational & Charitable Foundation Scholarship outlined above, the following scholarships should also be considered. To be eligible, a student must meet the same requirements as outlined in the NCHBECF Scholarship guidelines.

  • If you are a female pursuing a degree in a construction related field, you may also apply for the North Carolina Professional Women in Building Scholarship. This would be awarded in addition to the NCHBECF Scholarship. ($500).
  • Caleb’s Endowment is awarded to students who also meet the NCHBA scholarship guidelines and would qualify as a “special needs” student. ($500)
  • Sean Sullivan Tradesperson Scholarship was created in 2015 to be awarded to students who also meet the NCHBA scholarship guidelines and are attending a community college or trade school. This would be awarded in addition to the NCHBECF Scholarship. ($500)
  • East Carolina University students pursuing a career in Construction Management may apply for the Rick Judson/NCHBA/National Housing Endowment Residential Construction Scholarship. Awarded amount varies. Note: The application process for this scholarship is through ECU and eligibility is slightly different than the other scholarships listed above. You can find out more
    information on the ECU website.

Joint Legislative Committee Meetings

JLC Meeting Schedule

This committee meets once a month to review federal, state, and local legislative issues of interest, and if necessary, make recommendations to respective BODs on action steps. We often have guest speakers (local elected officials, local government staff, etc.). Committee members are responsible for regularly attending JLC meetings, making contact with local government officials, and attending local government meetings on behalf of the associations, as needed.

This year, we will meet from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM on the second Wednesday of the month (excepting a few months). We have lunch at each meeting, so please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, and I will do my best to accommodate. The meeting locations will alternate between associations. Our meeting schedule is as follows:

February 12- WSRAR
March 11- HBAWS
April 8
May 6
June 17
No July Meeting
August 12
September 9
October 7
November 18
December 9

Please mark these dates on your calendar. I will send out a reminder before the first meeting in February. If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out. Looking forward to a great year!

Troi Bachmann | Local Government Affairs Director

NC REALTORS®

Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS®
Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

Telephone: 336.491.1316
www.ncrealtors.org

Why Join HBAWS?

Why Join HBAWS?

Why Join

 Three-in-One Membership, NAHB, NCHBA, HBAWS

Benefits of HBAWS Membership

MARKETING – We help you sell.

Sponsors Club – promoted via eNews, website and printed Membership Directory

Triad Home & Garden Show, Spring Parade of Homes & Fall Parade of Homes

Food Trucks Blitz

Advertising in Membership Directory

 

NETWORKING – We help you meet others.

Membership Socials and Meetings

Printed and online Membership Directory

Golf Tournament

Food Trucks Blitz

Remodelers Council: Meetings and Socials

Sporting Clays

 

REPRESENTATION – We are on your side.

Local Building Industry Advocate via Government Affairs Director

BUILD PAC – NAHB & NCHBA lobbyists for industry

 

SERVICES – We help you get covered.

Workers’ Compensation through Builders Mutual Insurance Co.

BBB Care® program for resolving consumer complaints

Homeowner Handbook & Limited Written Warranty Program


INFORMATION – We keep you informed.

HBAWS Weekly eNews

Members Only facebook page

HBA website

Event Websites: THGS, FPH, SPH

NCHBA Builder newsletter and website

NAHB Builder Magazine and website

 

EDUCATION – We help you know how.

HBAWS, NCHBA & NAHB Continuing Education

N.C. Builders Institute – offers continuing education credits

NCHBA 21st Century Building Expo & STARS Awards

NAHB International Builders’ Show – the nation’s largest trade show

NAHB Designation programs and Webinars

A Baby Boomers’ Guide to Aging in Place

A Baby Boomers’ Guide to Aging in Place
Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

If you’re one of the millions of American baby boomers approaching their 70s, you may be asking if now is an opportunity to move and downsize to a smaller, more manageable home, or to stay put in your current home and repurpose any extra space vacated by adult children.

The answer depends on your unique circumstances, of course. But for those who decide to stay put — at least for the time being — now is a great time to begin considering which, if any, modifications your home may require to better suit your needs and ensure your safety as you get older.

Rather than waiting until an incident occurs, be proactive about making alterations to your home that will help you avoid potential injury. Likewise, take advantage of a broad spectrum of new technologies that can make your home easier to manage and provide an extra layer of security.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are planning to “age in place.”

Prioritize Your Wish List

Take a good look at the rooms in your house to determine which ones fit your new lifestyle and which ones need some work. Some areas of the home might only need minor changes. Others might need to be repurposed altogether. Take the time to create a general plan and prioritize the items on your list.

Focus on Improving Livability

Many empty nesters hire expert remodelers to adapt their home to make it easier to maintain. Stairs can sometimes become a problem, but moving the master bedroom and the laundry room to the ground floor can be part of a solution. Doing so can give homeowners many more years in the home they love without a sense of urgency to move to a single-story home. Building professionals who have earned the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation have received training on how to build or renovate a home so that the occupants can live in it safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of their age.

Make Use of Technology

Everywhere you look these days, there is new technology. Why not put it to use in your house? Motion sensor light switches can illuminate a room as soon as you enter. They can also be connected with a home security and monitoring system, and could be configured to send help in the event of a fall or other accident. A smart refrigerator will notify you when you’re out of milk, or better yet, place an order to be delivered by your local grocer. A front door camera and microphone will allow you to see who is on your porch, even if you’re not there. If you can dream it up, there is likely a technology solution out there for it.

Expand Your Space

Depending on the age of your home, you may find that, for example, your master bedroom or bath is too small for comfort. Look for opportunities to expand those rooms into adjacent, unused or underutilized spaces. A remodeling professional is the best person to help you determine what your options are to build your dream master bathroom or bedroom. They can also help you find ways to create a more open floorplan that is easier to navigate for those with mobility concerns. Incorporating these changes will not only create a home that suits a changing lifestyle, they also may increase the value of your home when you eventually decide it’s time sell.

For more information on the most effective ways for empty nesters to remodel their home, contact Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem or visit www.hbaws.net.

New Trends in Outdoor Furniture and Fabrics

National Homeownership Month
Made to Last: New Trends in Outdoor Furniture and Fabrics
Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

Creating outdoor rooms remains a popular design trend with homeowners across the country. It’s a simple, budget-friendly way to increase your home’s square footage and to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you have a large patio or a small porch, your outdoor room can easily reflect your style and become a treasured gathering spot in your home.

Yet, many homeowners quickly become frustrated when the beautiful furniture and fabrics they select do not survive the outdoor elements. Fortunately, manufacturers are now creating more durable outdoor furnishings to help your decorating dollars go even further.

Outdoor fabric companies, such as Sunbrella and Perennials, offer expanded lines of sun- and weather-resistant products that are made to withstand harsh weather. These resilient fabrics are low-maintenance and can easily be cleaned by hand. Despite the increased durability of these fabrics, they remain soft and comfortable for everyday use.

Retailers also are responding to the popularity of outdoor rooms by increasing their inventory of indoor/outdoor rugs, weatherproof cushions and fabrics, and all-weather furniture. Residential architect Amy Stacy, owner of Stacy Studio in Silver Spring, Md., has noticed the difference. “Even last summer, big-box stores may have only had three or four color choices for outdoor cushions. Now, you can choose from a wide variety of durable solids, patterns, florals, and stripes, both online and at all of the major home retailers,” Stacy said.

Homeowners also want to spend more time enjoying their outdoor space and less time maintaining it. “Screened-in porches are hot right now,” according to Stacy. “Home owners are looking for low-maintenance options and decks require a lot of upkeep.”

Not surprisingly, today’s screened porches reflect the growing trend of creating outdoor spaces with indoor amenities. Stacy says her clients are requesting fireplaces and other features – such as finished wood floors – to help their screened porches feel like luxurious indoor spaces. Other homeowners are adding kitchens to their screened porches, allowing them to more easily cook outdoors year-round.

Easy Maintenance Tips

After you’ve furnished and decorated your outdoor space, be sure to follow a few simple tips to ensure that you can enjoy it for years to come.

  • Protect outdoor furniture with weatherproof covers during the times of year when it’s not in use. Or, bring smaller furniture items inside.
  • Store cushions in weatherproof containers during winter weather – or if a big storm is on the way.
  • Spot clean spoils or spills on outdoor fabric right away to prevent the growth of mildew. Use a mild, bleach-free soap-and-water solution and rub gently with a cloth or sponge.
  • Always air-dry outdoor fabrics, which generally are made of synthetic materials. Never dry clean or tumble-dry these fabrics – or the protective finish will begin to erode.

For more information about creating and maintaining outdoor rooms in the Triad area contact Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem.

Trend Alert: Wet Rooms are Today’s Choice for Beautiful Bathrooms

Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

Trend Alert: Wet Rooms Are Today’s Choice for Beautiful, Usable Bathrooms

Inviting, accommodating and a feast for the eyes—wet rooms are showing up in more and more homes and wowing visitors at new-home showcases. Wet rooms—essentially open-concept or barrier-free bathrooms—are tiled continuously from floor to ceiling and across the floor surface, giving a sleek, unified appearance. The shower is open to the room or enclosed in clear glass, and has no raised threshold to step over. Sinks, countertops and vanities mounted to the walls hover above the unbroken plane of the floor.

The wet room’s uninterrupted sight lines give a feeling of space to even a relatively small room. The continuous floor surface makes for easy cleanup and allows people in wheelchairs or with restricted mobility to move freely.

Here are a few things to consider when designing your wet room:

Express Yourself

The open spaces and abundance of tile that define a wet room invite you to splash on your own creative look.

Whether you choose soothing earth tones and textures, cool minimalist grays, whites and blacks, or whimsical colors and patterns, the wet room creates an eye-catching display.

 

Curbless Shower

Because the entire room is waterproof, your curbless shower also can be completely open to the room, with no enclosure at all. Just be sure there’s enough space to place the toilet and sink where they won’t get splashed by spray from the shower.

Glass enclosures with seamless glass doors are another popular option. They’ll contain water on all sides without impeding the view.

Or sometimes simply a slab partition between the shower and the toilet will do the trick, leaving the front of the shower open to the rest of the room. The slab may be a foot or two short of the ceiling and face the doorway to minimize its effect on the visual flow.

Threshold drains—or grates that are flush with the tile floor—may define the edge of the shower area without interrupting the floor’s flow. Some drains even glow from within, using interior colored or white LED lighting for an extra flair and to help orient a person under the shower’s spray.

Another popular option is adding a place to sit in the shower. A built-in slate ledge, matching or contrasting with the wall tile, a wall-mounted drop-down bench in bamboo or a free-standing teak stool is a handy feature for anyone and contributes to the overall design.

 

Fixtures

Floating vanities, attached to the wall without legs, and floating countertops look great with today’s vessel sinks and minimalist faucets.

In addition to their sleek look, these features also provide sink access for anyone in a wheel chair. Drawers or shelves attached underneath or on each side of the sink provide storage.

 

Professional Installation

To be sure your wet room keeps the water where it’s supposed to be, it’s important that everything be installed just right, and that might require a professional.

Floor grading is key—constructed to slope gently and almost imperceptibly, but effectively, toward drains. Tile must be properly installed and sealed to prevent leaks.

Once it’s done right, your wet room will be easy to use, to clean and to enjoy—a lovely oasis in your home.

 

For more information or to find a contractor or remodeler to help you create your wet room, contact Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem or www.hbaws.net.

Fall Parade Association House

Fall Parade Association House

Fall Parade Association House Builder:
Wishon & Carter Builders, Inc.

We are pleased to formally announce our 2019 Fall Parade Association House builder is: Wishon & Carter Builders, Inc.

The location is: 5811 Zinfandel Street, The Arbors at Meadowlark

  • Wishon & Carter Builders understands the changing needs of the modern family, this home will prove timeless and exceptional. Low maintenance exterior with Tennessee Field Stone and Cementous siding, rocking chair front porch , private porch off the master suite. The interior has an open floor plan, main level master suite , main level guest room, flex space for office or library, spacious bedrooms and upper level playroom and game room. This is a wonderful time to purchase and customize!
  • Builder Contacts: Ted Baity 336.469.0507 or Randy Trinkle, 336.469.0508

If you have any questions about this project or interest in building the 2020 Fall Parade Association House, contact Darlene Saunders at HBAWS, 336.464.8000.

Open Floor Plans – Top Pick for Consumers

Open Floor Plans – Top Pick for Consumers

National Homeownership Month
Open Floor Plans Remain a Top Pick for Consumers
Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

Whether looking for a new home or revamping a current residence, home owners continue to be drawn to the feelings of spaciousness, easy flow and welcoming togetherness evoked by an open floor plan.

Pioneered in the early 20th century, open floor plans remain popular today, according to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders. The survey found that 70 percent of buyers want a kitchen-family room area that is either completely or partially open, with 32 percent wanting it completely open.

And owners of existing homes are choosing to open things up, too. Remodelers reported that 40 percent of their projects involve opening existing homes’ main floors by removing interior walls entirely or by using countertops, cut-throughs or archways, rather than full walls, to define separate areas in a more open way.

Main floors with few or no interior walls between areas for cooking, eating, relaxing and entertaining allow cooks to chat with family members or guests, provide easy flow for entertaining and enable parents to keep an eye on children from different areas.

Open floor plans not only maximize space and flow, they optimize natural light. Windows serve more than their immediate area, illuminating the entire space.

With the increasing focus on accessible design, open floor plans meet another of today’s needs— with fewer doorways, they are easier to navigate in a wheelchair or with a stroller.

To find a builder or remodeler visit: https://hbaws.net or visit nahb.org.