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Merry Christmas

Author: Connie Wagner | 12/23/15 | Social

May the timeless message of Christmas fill your heart and home with joy now and throughout the coming year.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

The Farmhouse Facelift

Author: Connie Wagner | 10/12/15 | Social

As recently discussed in this article from Zillow, we are seeing the revival of the modern farmhouse.

Some things never go out of style. Farmhouses are among America’s oldest homes and the style remains one of the most versatile, whether you love downhome comfort or modern design.

Farmhouses for Sale

You don’t have to visit the land of tractors to feel the warmth of a stone hearth. From Granville, OH to Brooklyn, NY, actual farmhouses and gorgeous replicas are hitting the market across the country.

 

 Life on the Farm

When he’s not molding clay, Christopher Spitzmiller enjoys restoring 300-year-old farmhouses. Architectural Digest documented the 5-year renovation of Clove Brook Farm.

  

Farmhouse Style

Classic farmhouse style has gotten more popular with eclectic twists and contemporary adaptations. The kitchen is a great place to add timeless elements like butcher-block countertops and an apron sink.

 Exposed beams

Typical farmhouse kitchens combine several unique finishes.  Exposed beams are one classic detail that adds texture.  While they are generally part of the foundation of your house, exposed beams radiate Southern charm by contributing a rustic, woodsy look.  Beams also create more visual height, especially in crowded spaces like the kitchen.

If your home wasn’t blessed with this type of bone structure, you can always give us a call about a faux beam solution.


The Contractor Crunch

Author: Connie Wagner | 09/25/15 | Social
 
In a recent article put out by Citibank's Investment Research team Will Randow points out what we have been feeling for the last 12 months and continue to feel the increasing pressure of each day in our residential building industry, there is a labor shortage in the construction industry! 

Let me give you a few bullet points from his article:           

  • While nonfarm wage inflation has risen +25% since 2006 the construction industry has remained mixed with many trades wages close to flat over the last 10 years.
  • The labor shortage in the industry is real .
  • In order to increase the number of workers in the industry there will have to be wage increases.
  • There is an estimated 30% increase in the current work force nationally that will be needed to get us back to the mid-cycle starting level of single family housing starts of 1.1M from the current level of 700K annually.
What does this mean for the construction industry, squeezed margins and pricing increases are on the horizon.  These increases for our subcontractor base continue due to the fact that they are faced with more work than they can handle and not enough qualified people to hire to handle the increasing load.  Each day presents itself with new opportunities and challenges, we will work through this challenge like we have all others in the past but it will be a bumpy ride during this growth phase for the construction work force.
 

Light at the End of the Tunnel!

Author: Christian Free | 07/10/15 | Social
  Another Plan Coming Together!
 
 In the next week we will be bringing another
  beautiful custom home to closing!  With just
  a few last landscaping to-do’s we are coming
  to lush light at the end of the tunnel.  An
  enormous thank you to the Showalters for a
  fun and rewarding build! 
 
 
 
 
   

Housing Market Spike!

Author: Christian Free | 07/02/15 | Social
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported a strong increase in the housing market index reading again in June! "The NAHB noted that builders are reporting more serious and committed buyers at their job sites, which is reflected in recent government data showing that new-home sales and single-family construction are gaining momentum." In a 3 month moving average, the south is leading the way with the highest increase.  (www.citivelocity.com)
 
 

Lot Shortages

Author: Christian Free | 06/08/15 | Social
Recently, the market of lots in Little Rock, especially in prime West Little Rock, has grown scarce. Being so, these lots can be expected to go more quickly in the coming future and drive prices up as the numbers grow even smaller. Yet, in the last 12 months, Waterview has released several new development phases, bringing to it one of the broader assortments of lost on the market.
 
Being an issue of national scale, the article linked below by the National Association of Home Builders addresses the effects of the lot shortage. 
 

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Author: Bill Parkinson | 07/15/14 | Social
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