Business Foundations for the Construction Industry

Join Us for a Complimentary Educational Workshop:

Business Foundations for the Construction Industry


Thursday, August 8 from 3 – 5pm, at HBAWS


Organize the Chaos and Grow Your Business!


Business Foundations for the Construction Industry is a complimentary workshop that focuses specifically on bringing value and education to the building industry. Join other growth-minded business owners to learn and network.

The workshop will cover these key areas:
• How to Build an Effective Online Marketing Strategy for Your Business
• Managing Your Business by the Numbers
• The Key to Managing Risk. ”If You Keep One Eye On the Boogie Man, It’s Less Likely He Will Sneak Up on You.”
• The 4 Pillars Of Building and Scaling a Successful Business. You Can COMMAND the Profitability You Desire!


A FREE event of the Associate Members Committee. All HBAWS members invited to attend! 
Seating is limited, RSVP beverly@hbaws.org or call (336) 464.8001.


Workshop brought to you by Neail Brown Creative Group and The Winston Syndicate, a collaborative of professional business strategic partners with the mission to enhance businesses and community by leveraging experience, talent, skills, and connections.

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.

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.

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.

Congrats Preston Harris – Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist

Congrats to Preston Harris, who recently earned his Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist Educational Designation


Preston Harris, General Contractor, Solid Foundation Construction
solidfoundation39@gmail.com
SolidfoundationNC.com
336-486-4859


Winston-Salem – October 2018
Preston Harris, Solid Foundation Construction, is now one of the select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying him as a General Contractor with the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of the older population, disabled owners or their visitors.

The National Association of Home Builders, in partnership with the AARP and NAHB Research Center, created the CAPS program, which includes training and education on the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest-growing segment of the residential remodeling industry — home modifications for aging-in-place.


Preston began his business in the Spring of 2009. He established Solid Foundation Construction LLC in the Summer of 2011. Preston prides himself on his creative and pragmatic approach to his clients’ goals to improve and customize their homes.
Preston and his remodeling team believe in listening to and visioning with their clients. Turning houses into dream homes is the foundation of SFC’s work.


CAPS graduates include remodelers, builders, designers, architects, occupational therapists and others who help homeowners remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably as they age.


In three days of coursework, the CAPS curriculum incorporates market demographics, communication techniques, marketing, common barriers and solutions, building codes and standards, product ideas and resources and business management. CAPS program graduates are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and/or participating in community service projects.

“I look forward to helping homeowners in the Triad make the changes they need to enable them to live in their homes for a long, long time,” said Preston.

For additional information about the CAPS program, visit www.nahb.org/caps.

Housing = Jobs

Housing = Jobs

Housing = Jobs

[NCHBA] Consumer Benefits of New Construction:

  • Even though new homes tend to be larger, energy costs are about 10 percent lower in new homes compared to existing homes.
  • Maintenance costs on average were 56 percent lower in new homes; $547 a year for all single family homes versus $241 for homes built after 2008.
  • New homes feature floor plans that suit modern lifestyles, with open space layouts, high ceilings, large windows and design features such as information centers in kitchens, laundry rooms located near bedrooms, walk-in closets and pantries and mudrooms for convenience and comfort. Find the most popular features in 2014
  • Today’s new homes are built with environmentally-friendly features such as energy-efficient tankless water heaters, Energy Star appliances, HVAC systems, insulation and windows and doors that make the home more comfortable and can save the home owners money over the long term.

Community and Economic Benefits of New Construction:

The estimated one-year local impacts of building 100 single-family homes in a typical metro area include:

  • $21.1 million in local income,
  • $2.2 million in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and
  • 324 local jobs.

The additional, annually recurring impacts of building 100 single-family homes in a typical metro area include:

  • $3.1 million in local income,
  • $743,000 in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and
  • 53 local jobs.

HOUSING = JOBS

*Article originally posted on NCHBA website.