Construction Salaries Are Going Up

July 21, 2014

Even after the recession ended and the economy began to recover, wages have risen very unevenly across all industries – something that isn’t very common. Over the course of history, the recovery of an economy would usually lead to more uniform pay raises. Fortunately, wages are beginning to rise within the construction industry. On average,

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Confidence in New Home Construction Improved

July 7, 2014

The housing marketing is continuing to improve as builder confidence for single-family homes that have been newly built has risen four points on the Housing Market Index. This puts the builder confidence level at 49, only one point shy of the level considered good building conditions. According to the chairman of the National Association of

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Wood of the Month: Bloodwood

May 3, 2012

With heartwood that varies from a pale orange-red to a deep red, bloodwood trees are native to Brazil, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and Panama among other regions. It is the most commonly used exotic wood in the United States, according to Woodworking Network. Popular for its rich tones and gold luster, bloodwood is often used as an accent

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Spring 2012 Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes

April 22, 2012

See home building at its best at the Spring 2012 Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City. This spring marks the 50th year of this Kansas City tradition, which was recently reported on by the Kansas City Star. The 2012 Spring Parade of Homes began April

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Survey Shows Demand for Green Building Materials Increasing

March 22, 2012

Homeowners and trade professionals are asking for environmentally “green” materials, according to Woodworking Network. 69% of customers and 68% of building professionals told Krantz’s Green Survey that using green building products is important. This number is higher than five years ago and it looks like it will be even higher in the future. Over the

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Nailed it! The Right Nails for Your Shop

March 21, 2012

Have you ever been in the middle of a project, only to realize that you don’t have the right nail? So you hop in your truck and, the next thing you know, you’ve spent more in gas than the nails cost. We’ve all been there. But here’s a list of the top three nails to

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KCH&G 2012 Home of Year Gold Award Winners

February 29, 2012

As the housing market starts the healing process and the building industry is getting back on its feet, it’s important that the residential design industry continues to evolve and advance in order to be able to meet new needs and changing tastes of homeowners. Because of its sustainability, versatility and aesthetic benefits, lumber remains a

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