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  • THE NEXT TREND IN ROOFING: SOLAR TILES

    As of now, roof racks are the most common finds on today’s solar homes – but the next step forward, solar cells as roofing materials, has made its first appearances on the market. Most current products cover only a portion of the roof, while the rest of the roof consists of a conventional material. As

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  • Here’s 3 Reasons Lots Are Scarce and Likely to Stay That Way

    A National Association of Home Builders guide for builders on midterm election pro-housing candidates is here, and an analysis of the races and the stakes BUILDER contributor Robyn Griggs Lawrence did, working with NAHB policy experts is here. Meanwhile, speaking of intensifying stakes, we’re smack in the middle of 2019 budget time, and for all the noise about the

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  • ELEVEN CONTEMPORARY- AND TRADITIONAL-STYLE GAS FIREPLACES AND FIRE PITS

    While a “traditional-style” fireplace immediately conjures the image of a wood-burning hearth, it’s far from the only option available to builders and designers. Electric, propane, and natural gas-powered burners have enabled and inspired a new range of design options for in-home fire features. Contemporary fires are characterized by their stone, metal, or reflective glass media

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  • Q&A: BUILDING CONNECTED HOMES IN AN UNPREDICTABLE TECH MARKET

    With increased acceptance and high consumer demand, builders are no longer asking if it’s time to start embedding smart technology into homes – they’re asking, “How do I build connected homes?” With constantly evolving options, builders are faced with many questions about the ever-changing smart home market. Rick Gavenda, director of Leviton’s builder and developer program, and Diahann

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  • The Top Interior Lighting Trends for 2019

    Interior design trends, like fashion trends, tend to be cyclical. It seems that just as quickly as fads come in, they are shelved once again until some designer comes searching for inspiration. Interior lighting – including lamps, chandeliers, pendants, sconces, so on and so forth – is no different. In 2018, rustic weathered textures, mid-century

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  • NAHB: WALK-IN PANTRIES TOP MOST WANTED KITCHEN FEATURES LIST

    A walk-in pantry is the most wanted kitchen feature, with 83 percent of home buyers reporting it is an essential/must have (32 percent) or desirable item (51 percent).  This data comes from NAHB’s recently released report, What Home Buyers Really Want (2019 Edition), which is based on a survey that asks recent and prospective home buyers

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