Meetings, Events, Socials

Meetings, Events & Socials – 2020  Tentative Schedule

Reservations are required for our dinner meetings due to caterer’s request.
Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the event or a no show will be charged the cost of the meal.
Thank you for understanding.

January, 2020

January 21 – 4 – 5pm, Triad Home &  Garden Show Meeting, HBAWS
January 16 – 3:30pm Education Committee Meeting, HBAWS
January 21-23 – NAHB International Building Show in Las Vegas
January 28 – 5:45pm Membership Meeting, sponsored by Smith Phillips Building Supply

February, 2020

February 4 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting – HBAWS
February 4 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
February 6 –  3:30pm AMC / Spike / New Member Connect, Vin 205, 205 S. Stratford Rd. WS
February 11 – Remodelers Council Meeting
February 12 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – WSRAR
February 15 – 4 – 5pm Career Tech Education Committee Meeting – HBAWS
February 18 – NCHBA 1st Quarter Meetings – Raleigh
February 22, 23 – Triad Home & Garden Show – WS Fairgrounds Education Bldg
February 25 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting – HBAWS

March, 2020

March 3 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
March 3 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
March 4 – 11:30am Spike Committee Meeting
March 10 – Remodelers Council
March 11 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – HBAWS
March 12 – Associate Members Committee Meeting
March 16 – 20 – Home Building First Tour
March 17 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting
March 24 – Membership Meeting

April, 2020

April 7 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
April 7 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
April 8 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – WSRAR
April 9 – AMC / Spike / New Member Connect
April 13 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of  Easter
April 21 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting
April 23 – Skills USA State Competition
April 25, 26– Spring Parade of Homes, sponsored by Allegacy Federal Credit Union
April 30 – Spring Parade Social, sponsored by BMC

May, 2020

May 2, 3 – Spring Parade of Homes – sponsored by Allegacy Federal Credit Union
May 5 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
May 5 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
May 6 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – HBAWS
May 13 –  11:45am Spike Committee Meeting – HBAWS
May 12 – Remodelers Council
May 14 – Associate Members Committee Meeting
May 26 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting
May 25 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of Memorial Day
May 28 – Golf Tournament

June, 2020

June 2 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
June 4 – Food Trucks Blitz, sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises
 – AMC / Builder Committee / Spike / Remodelers attend Food Truck Blitz!
June 16 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting
June 9, 10 – NCHBA 2nd Quarter Meetings, Legislative Days, Raleigh
June 17 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – WSRAR
June 19 – CE for General Contractors
June 25 – Members Social at Francini Marble & Granite

July, 2020

July 3 – HBAWS Office Closed in Celebration of Independence Day
July – No Meetings

August, 2020

August 4 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
August 4 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
August 5 – 11:30am Spike Committee Meeting
August 11 – Members Social at Pella Windows & Doors
August 12 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – HBAWS
August 13 – Associate Members Committee Meeting
August 14 – Fall Parade of Homes Early Bird Registration
August 18 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting
August 21 – CE for General Contractors, Masonic Center

September, 2020

September 1 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
September 1 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
September 3 – AMC / Spike / New Member Connect
September 7 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of Labor Day
September 8 – Remodelers Council
September 9 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – WSRAR
September 11 – Fall Parade Late Entry
September 15 – 17 – NCHBA 3rd Quarter Meetings / 21st Century Building Expo, Charlotte
September 22 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting
September 24 – Casino Night, Warehouse on Ivy – ?

October, 2020

October 5 – FPH Sign Pick-up Day
October 6 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
October 6 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
October 7 – FPH Pre-Qualification
October 7 –  11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – HBAWS
October 8 – FPH Judging
October 10, 11 – Fall Parade of Homes, sponsored by BB&T
October 13 – Golden Home Awards, Masonic Center
October 15 – Fall Parade Breakfast
October 17, 18 – Fall Parade of Homes, sponsored by BB&T
October 20 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting

November, 2020

November 3 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
November 3 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
November 4 – 11:30am Spike Committee Meeting
November 6 – Buck Horn Sporting Clay Tournament
November 10 – Remodelers Chicken Stew & AMC Raffle for CTE
November 13 – CE for General Contractors
November 12 – Associate Members Committee Meeting
November 17 – Membership Meeting
November 18 –  11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – WSRAR
November 26, 27 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of Thanksgiving

December, 2020

December 1 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
December 1 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
December 4 – New Board Orientation
December 7, 8 – NCHBA 4th Quarter Meetings / Board Installation, Pinehurst
December 9 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – HBAWS
December 11 – AMC / Spike Holiday Brunch at W-S Foundation
December 15 – Board Planning Retreat, Masonic Center
December 15 – Board Christmas Social, Masonic Center
December 15 – Remodelers Council, Masonic Center
December 24, 25 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of Christmas
December 31 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of New Years Eve

 

January, 2021

January 1 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of New Years Day

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: http://www.hbaws.net or visit nahb.org.

Perfect Getaway with a She Shed

Perfect Getaway with a She Shed

National Homeownership Month
Create the Perfect Getaway with a She Shed
Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

We’ve all heard about the growing prevalence of man caves for years, but get ready for a lot more buzz about “she sheds.” A she shed is a free standing building in your home’s backyard – a space where a woman can go to invest time in her hobbies, get some work done, or just relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the home. Sound like a great project to take on? Here are some of the most popular uses for she sheds:

Art and Crafting Studio

The she shed gives you a great opportunity to invest more time and intention in your passions. If you’re an artist, whether professionally or as a hobby, create a space dedicated to your craft. To make the space work, invest in some storage solutions to organize all of your crafting supplies, or finally get that easel you’ve been wanting but didn’t have space for in the main house. If you’re a photographer, you can even look into turning your she shed into a darkroom or photography studio.

 Outdoor Seating

Think about adding a bench or a small table and a couple of chairs in front of your she shed so you can sit with a friend and enjoy some beautiful weather with your favorite beverage. It’ll feel like you’re at a chic cafe but in the comfort of your own backyard. Don’t forget to make sure the furniture and fabrics are weatherproof so you won’t have to worry about dragging it inside whenever it rains or snows.

 Reading Nook

Consider making your she shed a screen-free space. You don’t want to risk it becoming just another place where you go to zone out and stare at the TV. Instead, opt for a dedicated reading space. You can go with a classic window nook, or get a stylish day bed and cover it in throw pillows. Who knows, you might even use it as a place to sneak in an afternoon nap. Finish it off with a free-standing bookcase or mount some quick and easy shelves on the wall to hold all those books you’ve been wanting to read.

Exercise or Office Space

If your passion is yoga, pilates, or weight lifting, you can turn your she shed into a space where you can blast your favorite music in a dedicated work-out space. Or, if you’re looking for a place to hunker down and focus on work, your she shed could become an office where you can go to write, brainstorm, make phone calls, or whatever else your professional life requires.

At the end of the day, your special space should be a reflection of you – a place where you love to spend time, whether it’s relaxing, creating, or getting work done. Have fun with it and make it into something that enhances your life.

To find a professional who can help you create your perfect she shed, contact Home Builders Association of  Winston-Salem 336.768.5942.

Top Design Trends for 2019

Top Design Trends for 2019

National Homeownership Month

Top Design Trends for 2019

At the beginning of each year, the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) recognizes dozens of new projects from this past year that showcased the best in home and community design, interior design and remodeling.

Whether your looking for inspiration for your next home renovation or you’re ready to start browsing for a new home, here are a few of the top design trends you’ll see in 2019.

Black window frames. Do you prefer a sleek and distinctive look for your home? Black window frames are the answer. The bold color choice has a modern appeal and frames are available in every price point.

The ceiling as the fifth wall of design. Ceilings will not be ignored this year. Statement ceilings transform rooms into bigger and brighter living spaces. Creative textures, colors and lighting can bring this seemingly blank canvas to life.

Creative integration of outdoor spaces. Small outdoor spots no longer limit design capabilities. Cozy and appealing outdoor living areas can be integrated into homes in even the narrowest lots. You’ll see expert design, carefully selected features and furniture create exciting indoor-outdoor spaces.

Delineation of spaces through mixed materials. Designers are shaking things up in 2019 with a variety of textured elements to elevate the style of a home. Homes will have better defined spaces, both outdoor and in, with mixed materials like stone or brick.

Indoor/outdoor connections. Easy physical and visual connections with outdoor spaces is enticing and generates an abundance of nature light and ventilation. The seamless flow of indoor and outdoor space is a trend gaining momentum each year.

Mid-century modern and modern farmhouse. Bringing out a home’s original character is a style that is sweeping the nation. Mid-century modern homes have a warm and inviting living space with large windows and open design concepts. The popular modern farmhouse incorporates natural wood beams, large sinks and barn doors.

Multigenerational living. Overall, this trend is about creating a home to accommodate multiple generations living under one roof. Floor plans and design elements allow for all household members to gather comfortably in living spaces. You’ll notice suites and transition spaces capable of quickly transforming into bedrooms.

Stairs as a focal piece. Known more for utility in a home rather than design, stairs are taking a life of their own. Homes this year will have stairs with fine detailing, unique materials and one-of-a-kind designs. Stairs and rails are available in an array of styles and are suitable for any budget.

For more information about the latest designs to enhance your home or to find a builder in your area to create the new home of your dreams, contact Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem 336.768.5942.