When building a home, many important factors come in to play, from architectural design down to what parts should be used in the build out to ensure long-term quality. These factors also include plumbing, drains and filtration systems that a builder is setting up in order to prevent future issues for the new homeowner. 

Here are some cost-saving and quality check factors to consider when building your next residential project. 

Beauty, safety and energy savings. It’s amazing what a thin layer of window film can do for glass used in homes and buildings alike. Window film is an often overlooked means of energy efficiency and protection that combines practical function and aesthetic beauty. Many homeowners are unaware, have misconceptions of, or don’t fully understand the benefits of window film. This makes it critical for homebuilders to be educated on its advantages so that they can offer it to homeowners as a way to increase their own profits while giving buyers better efficiencies.

Choosing the right light fixture is one of the most important elements to an overall design of a room, but can be one of the most overlooked when building or retrofitting a home. The search for the right light fixture is often an overwhelming task – exploring different sizes, shapes, finishes and styles, and now saving energy has emerged as a key decision criterion. 

Genuine clay brick’s design flexibility helps builders create a natural and sustainable narrative from the outside in. 

For a fresh twist on a classic material, brick exteriors offer a growing palette of colors, textures and coatings; special shapes that can finesse corners, angles, curves and slopes; endless paver designs for patios and walkways; and interior backdrops including exposed walls for kitchens, dining rooms, libraries and wherever natural style is desired.

“Fired clay brick offers the aesthetics and flexibility to match the builder or architect’s imagination and desires, and is a perfect strategy in sustainable homes,” says Ray Leonhard, president and CEO of the Brick Industry Association. “It’s made in America from abundant natural resources, and offers low- to no-maintenance exteriors, superior durability and helps save on heating and cooling costs through its natural thermal mass.”

Homebuilding professionals and analysts are optimistic about 2014. If current conditions continue, they predict nationwide growth – particularly in Texas and similar areas – despite challenges like rising mortgage rates and a shortage of labor, materials and lots. 

According to figures released by the Commerce Department earlier this year, mortgage rates are still low, historically speaking. This should spur buyers to action, since mortgage rates are expected to keep rising as the economy picks up.

It may seem a long ways off, but the International Builders Show (IBS) will be here before you know it, and this show promises to be unlike any before. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which owns and manages IBS, has teamed up with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and its Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to create the largest light-construction industry tradeshow in the nation with the first-ever Design & Construction Week. 

The shows will co-locate at the Las Vegas Convention Center Feb. 4-6, offering industry professionals wider and more in-depth exposure to others in the field. The two-for-one deal gives attendees full access to both events for the price of one registration while exhibitors get their products and services in front of more eyes.

After years of building your career and reputation, one day you sign a contract to build a true museum-quality home – a structure designed by a world-class architect, located on a trophy site and owned by one of the wealthiest individuals in the world.Your excitement might be overwhelmed only by the enormity of the challenge. How do you achieve the level of quality expected? What is the path to perfection? 

Having had the privilege of representing many owners of such homes, experience has taught me there are protocols and procedures that will enable you to meet the highest expectation of your client. Here is my short list of recommendations, cautionary tales and issues of critical importance. 

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