I’m excited to introduce myself as the newest Editorial Assistant here at Builder and Developer magazine. Becoming a part of the team and helping to create this respected source of information for our country’s homebuilding professionals has already been a wonderful experience. I’m looking forward to producing content for print and online publication that you find not only relevant to your business, but enjoyable to read. On a more personal note, I care deeply about our environment, so joining a magazine that features green building practices in every other issue and is debuting yet another net zero home project next month, is truly a feat in my professional career.
Interviewing the people of Gables Residential about their eco-friendly, multi-family project in Virginia was fascinating and refreshing; their passion for the Earth and their work was palpable. I can’t wait to see who else in the industry I’ll get to learn about. But enough about me, let’s talk March 2017 Builder and Developer magazine.
This month the magazine highlights kitchens and bathrooms, arguably the two most important rooms in a home. From studio apartments and tiny houses, to penthouse lofts and seaside mansions, every home has a kitchen and bathroom. Homebuyers tend to care most about the aesthetics involved in these spaces, and builders must consider this as well as cost-effectiveness and sustainability. Our stories this month give equal attention to all these facets to best inform you, our builder. Energy-efficient appliances, islands without storage below them, and contemporary-aesthetic toilets and showers are all trends emerging for kitchens and baths. All white was faux paus but has recently made a big comeback. And on the flip-side, high-contrast, even black and white kitchen and baths are equally well-represented.
Another current issue pertinent to both builders and buyers is the laser focus on interest rates. Averaging 50 basis points, fence-sitters are becoming more emboldened to purchase. This will affect the industry and your builds for the rest of the year. Additionally, as baby boomers age and decide to sell, millennials are packing up their rooms in mom’s basement and becoming serious about home ownership. And of course under the Trump Administration, the only thing that seems constant is change. We look forward to covering these stories and bringing you information in the months and years to come.
I’d like to give a very special thanks to our readers, our contributors, and of course our advertisers—we wouldn’t have a magazine without each and every single one of you.