Editor’s Note

Hello Everyone!

In case you missed it, as of September 22nd, we’ve officially made it to fall. The dog days of summer are on their way out, the leaves are starting to blaze to life on the east coast, and pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menu (yes, I’m a millennial female, sue me, I like pumpkin spice). Personally, I’m ready for some football and evenings by the fireplace, but whether you’re happy to see the heat go or lamenting its loss, we have some good news for you: we have a great collection of material to share this issue that will either enhance your enjoyment of the changing seasons or distract you from its happening. Either way, we’re happy you’re here. Welcome to our October issue of Builder and Developer magazine!

First of all, you may have noticed a recurrent theme throughout the beginning of our previous few issues. We’re happy to again welcome insight from long-time contributor Patrick Duffy of MetroIntelligence, as he takes us through the rise of big builders; market research from Jeff Meyers of Meyers Research; and excellent sales and marketing thoughts from Bob Mirman of Eliant.

Move-up and big name builders like William Lyon Homes, CalAtlantic, and Ashton Woods dominate the line-up this issue, all of whom are setting trends coast to coast. Our featured custom project designed by Charles Cunniffe Architects is a gorgeous edition to the offerings from the production side of the business and our contributors from all corners of architecture and design have added wonderful material on making homes more desirable, through sound management to decadent design details, as well as how to design to attract those mercurial millennials.

Speaking of big names in the building industry, our featured interview this month is with Steve Magee, Executive Vice President of Land and Development for iStar, who was kind enough to lend us some insight and advice on large, production infill projects.

Also, 299th this month obviously means that next month, we will be celebrating our 300th issue. If you have a project you think merits such an auspicious issue, let us know! We’d love to hear about it.

As always, thank you to all of our contributors and to you, the reader. Please enjoy the issue!

Best,
Genevieve Smith

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