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    McLean-based Capital City Builders LLC is the 2019 NVBIA Custom Builder of the Year – Yahoo Finance - January 31, 2020 by admin

    McLean-based Capital City Builders, LLC (CCB) has been named the 2019 Custom Builder of the Year by Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA). The prestigious honor was presented on Saturday January 25, 2020 at the NVBIA Presidents Ball.

    Ali Khazai, Owner and Managing Partner of CCB, said, "It is an honor to be a member of the Custom Builders Council of the NVBIA, which comprises the best builders in the area. Its even a bigger honor to be voted Builder of the Year by the best in our industry! I am truly touched and proud to accept this award on behalf of my staff, sub-contractors and vendors. It exemplifies our pursuit to perfection to which is only possible with our passionate and gifted team. Without them none of this would be possible. We have also been lucky to work with some of the greatest clients. Almost all our past clients have become close friends which is a blessing."

    About Capital City Builders, LLC

    Capital City Builders, LLC, has been in continuous operations since its establishment on July 6, 2001 in Virginia with over three generations of experience. CCB is family operated and a past Great American Living Award "GALA" recipient with development projects in Northern Virginia specializing in areas of McLean, Vienna, Annandale, Alexandria, Arlington and Washington D.C.

    By being a small family owned custom builder, CCB can do the job the old fashion way without reporting to a board or shareholders. CCB aims to keep clients happy each step of the way by focusing on customer satisfaction with quality work so that the clients can refer them for years and future generations to come.

    As CCB continues to grow, they look forward to being recognized for the quality in their work, their passion for what they do, and the integrity in how they do it. This is their signature for the future as it has been for the past three generations.

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    A new start-up wants to use AI and algorithms to replace "expensive, architect-designed" homes – Archinect - January 31, 2020 by admin



    Tech start-up Higharc aims to "reinvent home design for the digital age," reports the Financial Times.The company uses iterative design to create "custom" 3D models and plans. Algorithmic design isn't new to architecture, but it looks like Higharc seeks to do away with "expensive, architect-designed plans that take forever to produce."

    According to theFinancial Times, Marc Minor, founder and CEO of Higharc, said that the company's system is "faster than existing best-in-class design software for homes...there are sophisticated algorithms behind the scenes continuously determining crucial details that typically take hours of manual effort."

    Additionally, Pamela Wallgreen, co-founder of a start-up calledFinch 3D, "whose software that automates repetitive tasks and guides architects through the design process" through simulation and AI encouraged architects to take advantage of these new emerging technologies.

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    Saanich man, about to be dad, remembered as ‘so eager, happy to help’ – Times Colonist - January 31, 2020 by admin

    Geordie Murray packed a lot of fun and adventure into his life, says his mother. When he died last week in a hunting accident near Calgary, he left behind a huge group of people who will be forever touched by the kindness he always showed in whatever he did, said Kath Murray.

    He lived so fully and were just grateful we had him for 30years.

    Kath said her son had gone to Calgary to pick up some parts for a vehicle, met up with friends while he was there and went hunting.

    Geordie suffered a gunshot wound and died, despite first-aid efforts.

    He had been married for almost two years to Shauna, who is expecting a baby in July. An online fundraising page has been started on her behalf.

    Kath said Geordie had challenges stemming from some serious concussions, including one in a car crash, but he worked through them.

    In some ways, he probably learned compassion more because of the brain injuries and of the subsequent mental-health issues that he had, she said.

    And in some ways, that makes him even more special, because he was so determined to keep getting up, day after day after day.

    His strong commitment to his faith was a major part of that, Kath said.

    One of five children for her and Ted, Geordie attended Keating Elementary School, Bayside Middle School and Stellys Secondary School. He went on to take classes at Camosun College and Okanagan College.

    In school, Geordie was blessed with teachers and principals who worked with him, Kath said.

    Fellow Stellys student George Ellsworth took Geordie under his wing and saw that he finished all of his carpentry assignments in high school, she said. Geordie spent a lot of time at the Ellsworth home and on one occasion was there when an early-morning fire broke out next door. Thats when his character shone through, she said.

    Geordie was in his boots and out that door so quick, Kath said. The house was on fire he ran in and got somebody out and then he went back in.

    He ended up getting three people to safety, the last one after he went directly through the fire.

    There was also the time he and some friends offered to tow a stuck vehicle up a snowy hill. Another vehicle would show up and they would tow it, then another, until theyd towed about 10 people.

    Kath said her son was just so eager and happy to help.

    Geordie was a Red Seal carpenter and worked in Vanderhoof for about a year before spending time working with a builder in Calgary. He moved from there to Salmon Arm and then back to Victoria to build custom homes, and started his own business, Country Way Contracting.

    His idea was that its kind of the old-country way, shake a hand on something and theres some integrity there, Kath said. That was very important to him.

    As a hospice palliative care nurse, she said, she has had a lot of exposure to death.

    But we werent planning in it being Geordie.

    His funeral is being held at 1p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 701 Mann Ave.

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    Local Builders’ & Designers’ Favorite Projects of the Year – StyleBlueprint - December 23, 2019 by admin

    As we inch ever closer to the new year, were all in on the 2019 reflection process. With that in mind, we tapped some of our favorite local interiors experts and pro builders to share their most memorable building and design projects of 2019. May this kick your creative juices into overdrive as we embark on 2020!

    Ridley Wills, Owner & Design Director

    These are photos of a playhouse we built for Cheekwood. It was our most fun project of the year because it brought great delight to the children visiting Cheekwoods gardens throughout the summer. It was based on E.B. Whites classic Charlottes Web and complemented an exhibit of original artwork from that and other childrens books.

    A nod to the classic Charlottes Web, this wonderful playhouse was designed and created by The Wills Company for Cheekwoods Storybook Houses exhibit. Image: The Wills Company

    Check out Charlottes web! Image: The Wills Company

    Wilbur played a starring role in this whimsical design. Image: The Wills Company

    Mark Holliday, President

    Traces most memorable project in 2019 was the home created by combining and completely reconfiguring two condominium units in Nashvilles 505 building, at the corner of Fifth and Church. The project was for new Nashvillians (by way of California) who wanted to downsize from their traditional family home. They did not want a copy of their old home in a new setting, and they did not want to end up with a cold, contemporary white box. To the rescue: Trace Ventures talented design-build team.

    This project was memorable because it was fun. It incorporated luxury finishes and fixtures (examples include a floating walnut vanity and Moroccan trellis tile) as well as artistic yet functional solutions such as a curved architectural ceiling to hide pipes and wires, and a custom cabinet that transforms into a bed or craft table. The end result is an expression of warm sophistication, with layered neutrals and bursts of saturated earth tones, forming the perfect backdrop for sunrises and sunsets. Cozy gathering areas for lounging, entertaining and relaxing overlook stunning views of downtown Nashville.

    Luxury finishes with functional solutions are just a few of the key features in this memorable project. Image: @360Nash

    We can only imagine the sunrises and sunsets viewed from this beautiful bedroom with a view! Image: @360Nash

    Sara Ray, Owner

    We were lucky to have a lot of really memorable projects in 2019! One of our favorites was a renovation and decor project in Westhaven. Our client and her husband have lived all around the world, and our goal was to incorporate many of the special pieces from their travels into the overall design aesthetic. This project consisted of a master bathroom renovation and two guest bath renovations, plus furnishings and decor for the living room, foyer, powder bath, master and guest bathrooms, and guest bedrooms. The most memorable aspect of this project, which made it so special to us, was the endearing stories she told about the collected pieces we placed throughout her home whether they were family heirlooms or keepsakes from time spent abroad. It was truly a pleasure to create spaces where these memories can be seen and enjoyed every day. Extra fun project!

    With pieces collected from their travels, this couples home has memories around every corner. Image: Kristen Mayfield

    Tyler F. LeMarinel, Partner

    As a smaller, local architecture firm, we dont often get the opportunity to work within a high-rise building. Needless to say, we were all very excited when we were approached by Dave Haverkamp, a local realtor and developer, to take four one-bedroom units within the ICON and combine them into one incredible suite. When Dave bought them, the four units had already been demolished down to the shell. The previous owner had aspirations of doing something similar, so the work had already begun. The biggest challenge, as with most high-rise buildings, is to work within the framework of the buildings systems. Because all floors above and below share plumbing, HVAC lines, etc., we had to design around many lines that simply couldnt be moved. With that in mind, we set out to create a suite that felt clean and modern, with ample natural light and large open spaces. The suite actually has frontage on three different sides of the building, so preserving the incredible views of downtown were of paramount importance. In the end, this one-of-a-kind space speaks to a laid back, luxurious lifestyle overlooking the hustle and bustle of downtown.

    This modern suite has an open floor plan with an abundance of natural light filtering in from its many windows. Image: Jeff Graham

    This reading chair offers the opportunity to relax and dig into a good book or gaze at the Nashville skyline. Image: Jeff Graham

    Blair Parkes, Interior Designer & Co-founder

    This was such a fun renovation because its a wonderful family that we have been working with for a few years now. We first started decorating the house, and then the family decided to do a renovation for a large portion of the house. The kitchen, bar and breakfast areas were our favorite part of the renovation because they combined a current look with the clean lines of the shaker cabinets. The cabinets were painted in a crisp, warm white yet still embedded organic elements such as a plaster hood, handmade tile and honed quartzite. And, of course, we always want it to be reflective of the clients style, which is livable, comfortable, organic and extra-durable with their three small children!

    The clean lines of the shaker cabinets lent a beautiful aesthetic to this kitchen space designed by Parkes & Lamb. Image: Mary Craven Dawkins of Mary Craven Photography

    This lighting fixture stands out as a focal piece against the white kitchen backdrop. Image: Mary Craven Dawkins of Mary Craven Photography

    A classic breakfast nook | Image: Mary Craven Dawkins of Mary Craven Photography

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    McLean Barbieri, Interior Designer & Partner

    While I do primarily residential projects, getting to work on Robbins Plastic Surgery (RPS) with Lesley Beeman of Zeitlin Architects was a treat. In the waiting room, the custom lighting that mimics the RPS logo leads the eye to work by local artist Tess Davies. In another nook, we highlighted a photograph by Caroline Allison. At every turn in this office, Dr. Robbins wanted to use art, furniture and rugs that speak to his personality, and it made the project a joy.

    McLean Barbieri, of Annali Interiors, reflects on her design for Robbins Plastic Surgery. Image: Cassidy Pflibsen

    Neutral colors create a serene atmosphere while you wait. Image: Cassidy Pflibsen

    Paul Hammond, Co-founder

    This project was a whole-house overhaul. We took the home from a very dark and gothic (think gargoyle statues and all dark colors) home to one filled with natural light and updated modern finishes. The original home was built in the early 70s, with several subsequent additions/remodels over the years. Some of the unique interior design challenges that made this home special were the porchs custom ceiling work and custom linear fireplace with a floating hearth, the random master bath tile pattern with brass inlay strips, the book-matched walnut cabinets in the kitchen, the custom tarnished brass shroud at the kitchen hood and the inset LED strip light above the kitchen island, by Alloy LED.

    In addition to the whole-house overhaul, Hammond & Brandt converted a horse stable into a party barn/studio/guest house. We salvaged some of the original stall wall lumber for use on the ceilings in the new spaces, added a sleeping loft, custom nine-foot-tall sliding doors, kitchenette and full-tile bath.

    With custom finishes and an updated design, Hammond & Brandt modernized this early 70s home. Image: Kristen Mayfield

    Paul tells us that one of the unique features of the design is the custom tarnished brass shroud at the kitchen hood.He explains that the brass-wrapped steel post directly behind the hood is a major structural component supporting the entire center of the home. Image: Kristen Mayfield

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    Let there be light! And note the book-matched walnut cabinets that line the kitchen. Image: Kristen Mayfield

    The aforementioned random master bath tile pattern with brass inlay strips | Image: Kristen Mayfield

    (Editors Note: Paul would like to recognize the contributions of architect Steve Durden of Durden Architecture and interior designer Lori Paranjape, who both collaborated on the project!)

    Brad Ramsey, Interior Designer & Founder

    For me, the most memorable project of 2019 was designing and moving into our new studio space. We did the remodel at the end of 2018 and spent the beginning of 2019 getting organized and settled in. To best be able to design for others, I have to feel like the space I am working in is organized, beautiful and has good energy. We worked hard to create a space that reflects our design and also functions well for us.

    Brad says he set out to design a space thats organized, beautiful and has good energy. Mission accomplished! Image: Oh Hey Photo!

    We worked hard to create a space that reflects our design and also functions well for us, Brad says. Image: Oh Hey Photo!

    Mark Simmons, Interior Designer & Founder

    Our most memorable project of 2019 was a little different, as it was on wheels! We got to help a client turn their Sprinter van into an English cottage they could enjoy wherever they venture complete with pull out sofa, swing arm lamps with custom shades, and pop-up desk for on-the-road work.

    An English cottage on wheels, designed by Mark Simmons | Image: Mark Simmons Interiors

    Would you be able to tell this was a Sprinter van? Image: Mark Simmons Interiors

    Adam Floyd, Owner

    The House Beautiful project was certainly a highlight of 2019. The level of detail and depth of thought that went into each space was really something incredible. The caliber of design talent from across the country, as well as right here in Nashville, was like a witches brew. We all pushed the envelope and went outside our comfort zones, with deadlines that are not typically that tight or stakes that high. I like that feeling, and I enjoyed getting to see my team rise to the occasion. I am proud of how our little part turned out.

    Talk about a custom closet! This design from The Closet Company, created for the House Beautiful home, is nothing short of a dream. Image: Adam Floyd

    Wishing you and yours a creative and inspired new year!


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    The $650000 Russell Built Baja 911 Looks Ready to Conquer Its Namesake – The Drive - December 23, 2019 by admin

    Variations of the interior can be speced, including different color palettes and materials, with the first car getting a full cage, quilted leather door inserts, quilted Alcantara, carbon-fiber-backed Recaro SPX seats, and a set of 6-point Sparco racing harnesses. Helping customers pilot the Baja is a Motec digital dash, knobs to adjust brake, torque, and differential bias, and a more traditional Sparco steering wheel.

    "I spent about 8 months trying to convince myself that this was an avenue I needed to pursue," Russell told The Drive. "It wasn't long before I was test fitting prototype suspension components on Singers customer shells that were in the shop for fabrication."

    After seeing other Safari builds pop up, whether that was Luftauto, Kelly-Moss Road and Race, or Leh Keens The Keen Project, he knew he had to go to another level.

    "At the beginning of 2018, I had done enough planning and thinking that I dove 100% into this endeavor," he said. "I realized if I followed through to the best of my abilities, made the highest quality parts that could possibly be mounted on this car, and stayed true to the Porsche gods by keeping my designs looking as if it was something that might have come out of the race factory in 1990, that there would be a market for that."

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    Look around this new five-bedroom home in Aledo’s Cline Park that’s already received accolades – The Dallas Morning News - December 16, 2019 by admin

    Currently situated among only five other custom homes in Aledos new Cline Park, the house at 13708 Nouvelle Circle is ready for its first owner.

    Colloquially known as Walshs Dream Home for its designation as Fort Worth Magazines 2019 Dream Home, the house offers the best of smart-home technologies and amenities, as well as countryside views.

    The houses architectural style is described as a contemporary hacienda, and it includes four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half bathrooms.

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    Builder Sean Knight said the house is equipped with a Crestron Pyng smart home system that gives the homeowner complete control over several systems including lighting, a built-in sound system and security cameras.

    The houses smart home capabilities also give its owner remote control over things like the HVAC system and the ovens preheat settings via a cell phone.

    The house, Knight said, is designed with entertaining in mind. As a result, a small formal sitting space, the kitchen and dining, and the living space create an open-concept floor plan that opens out to an outdoor grill area and pool.

    The rear of the house overlooks Paladora Drive and Walsh Village, an area at the heart of the 7,200-acre Walsh development. On that vantage point sits a Puryear custom pool with an infinity-edge spa and a tanning ledge.

    The houses master suite takes up an entire wing of the house and includes a bathroom, walk-in closet and bedroom with direct pool access.

    The upper floor includes an open entertaining area, a wet bar, a bedroom, a finished-out room intended as a media room or home gym and an unfinished room.

    Knight said the unfinished upstairs room could serve as storage or a fifth bedroom and bathroom as it comes pre-plumbed for an additional bathroom.

    The 5,928 square foot Walsh Dream Home is listed at $1,585,000.

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    Verbatim: I&M and Area Builders Help Customers Save Energy in Homes | The scoop – Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - December 16, 2019 by admin

    The following was released on Wednesday, December 11, 2019:

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) customers building new homes in 2019 exceeded the national average in energy efficiency ratings. Five Indiana homebuilders led the way in achieving energy efficiency through I&Ms New Home Construction program.

    In all, the 500 area Hoosier homes participating in the I&M New Construction program were rated 40 percent more efficient than the standard.

    Combined, Granite Ridge Builders, Lancia Homes, Westport Homes, Ideal Suburban Homes and Kline Custom Homes built nearly two-thirds of the 500 homes participating in the program. Combined, those homes saved more than 983,000 kiloWatt hours of energy. The energy savings for the average participating home was nearly 2,000 kWh equivalent to the amount of energy needed to power a typical home for two months.

    Building a new home can be one of the most rewarding, exciting times of a homeowners life, and the New Construction program is an easy way to make living in the home more comfortable and cost-effective, said Toby Thomas, I&M President and Chief Operating Officer. Having a certified energy efficient home is also a good investment for the homes future re-sale value.

    A homes energy efficiency is measured in an audit that utilizes the independent Home Energy Rating System (HERS) developed by the Residential Energy Services Network, a non-profit corporation. I&Ms program offers incentives of $200 to $1,300 per home, depending on the level of efficiency and whether the home has electric heat. The lower the rating number, the higher the efficiency.

    The average home built in 2019 under I&Ms New Construction program has a HERS rating of 60 better than the average Indiana rating of 67 and the national average of 61.

    Key contributors to a homes rating is an energy-efficient furnace, air conditioner and/or heat pump. Other elements include smart thermostats, LED lights, quality of windows and insulation, and high efficiency showerheads that reduce the amount of heated water.

    Hoosier homebuilders can learn more about the program and see how to earn incentives at New homes built in I&Ms Michigan service territory will become eligible for the program in 2020.

    I&M customers can also find a variety of energy efficient products, rebates and tips for saving energy at homes and businesses by going to and clicking on Save Energy.

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    Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa installs new officers, announces award winners – Tulsa World - December 16, 2019 by admin

    Mike Fournier of The Sonrise Cos. in Broken Arrow has taken over as the 2020 president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa.

    He assumed the head of the 1,000-member trade organization during a recent installation gala. Jeff Starkweather of Epic Custom Homes was elected vice president/treasurer, and Lora Phillips, HBA life member, was elected vice president/secretary.

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    In addition to the installation of new senior officers, The Spirit Award, the Associations highest honor, was given to Barry Helms of Renovations by Helms. Ryan Farabough of Farabough Homes was named 2019 Builder of the Year, and Peter Grant of Grant Homes Remodel & Restoration was named 2019 Remodeler of the Year.

    Carrie DeWeese of Chinowth & Cohen was named 2019 Associate of the Year. Becky Orr of McGraw Realtors received the 2019 Spike Award, which distinguishes members for outstanding association recruitment and retention efforts. Keelyn Elliot of 918 Interiors received the Young Leader of the Year Award, and the Philanthropist of the Year awards went to Joe Robson of Robson Cos. and Rodger Tucker of Cobblestone Homes.

    Earlier this year, the Don Herrington Memorial Award, which honors a past members commitment to the association, was presented to Ed Schermerhorn of Schermerhorn Development. Rita Boggs of Charter Title & Escrow took home the Frank Sanders Award for her longterm dedication to the HBA as an associate member.

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    Building homes and community – Coast Mountain News - December 16, 2019 by admin

    Story by Sean McIntyre Photography by Don Denton

    Old pumpkins, a trebuchet and a man with an idea. Stu Hopewell of Alair Homes is all about building custom homes as well as community.

    Stus neighbourhood has long been known as the place where Nanaimo residents discard unwanted pumpkins. In the days that follow Halloween, the pumpkins proliferate along the side of the road, creating an alluring seasonal attraction, until time and November rain take their toll.

    Its nice, but generally ends up as a big greasy mess, he says.

    Always innovative and having a knack for practicality, Stu built a giant catapult to launch what he hopes will become an annual community tradition: The Great Pumpkin Toss. The inaugural event, undertaken in partnership with the Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society, will see a few creative and fun ways to dispose of post-Halloween pumpkins. For a modest donation, Stu will load peoples old, unwanted pumpkins into the launcher and send the sad squash soaring high through the sky and into a field behind the East Wellington Fire Hall on Jingle Pot Road.

    Depending on the weight, we can usually launch them between 150 and 200 feet, he says.

    Funds raised from this years event were donated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island and the Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society, whose members built a pumpkin cannon as part of the project.

    The pumpkin toss is a whole lot of fun, but its also just one of the many ways the successful businessman and long-time builder has found a way to give back to his hometown and support local charities.

    Stu hopes other companies will join the event in future years, helping to raise more funds for great causes that need ongoing support.

    The more participants, the bigger the event and the more dollars raised, which is our overall goal here.

    Last summer, Stu was part of the Alair Homes team that had a solid finish in the citys annual Silly Boat Race. The team engineered a Jaws-themed shark boat that took a bite out of the competition and helped raise more than $100,000 for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre.

    My family moved to Canada from England in the late 70s, and the CDC helped me at that point by doing some speech therapy, so theyve made a big difference in our lives, he says.

    Stu gave back by serving on the CDCs board of directors, a position that showed him how much the organization helps disadvantaged and disabled kids in spite of a slim budget. Continual funding uncertainty, he says, means the CDC has a waiting list of anywhere between 300 and 400 children who need assistance at any given time.

    That, to me, just doesnt make sense. If we can increase funding and decrease those waiting lists, then the kids that need help will get help much faster, he says. Just getting out in the community and giving back is important for me. Its not about dollars and cents, its about making a difference while youre here.

    Engaging in more community events is part of the companys long-term strategy, he adds. Building annual traditions where residents can have fun and have an impact is a great way for him to increase the quality of life in the region that he and his family are proud to call home, he says.

    Stu is in a place where he can make a difference. Back in 2011, tired of working for someone else, he decided to speak with fellow builder and friend Blair McDaniel about going into business. Within a decade, Stu had become the co-owner and chief operating officer of Alair Homes, North Americas largest custom home company. Starting out as a general labourer during summers at 14 years of age, Stu has risen to the top of his field. He now works with 60 employees out of the companys home office in downtown Nanaimo and assists hundreds of the Alair franchisees in towns and cities across North America.

    We handle all of the back-end business in this office here, he says. Most builders are excellent with clients and the sub-trades, but they struggle with the paperwork like paying bills and processing their payroll. As a result, good builders have struggled to be successful.

    Thats where we can help, doing the payroll, HR, accounting, payables, receivables, operations, marketing and legal.This allows our builders to handle a much higher volume than on their own.

    Stus success and Alairs expansion mean he arrives at work early, usually by 6 am, to coincide with business hours on the east coast.

    Its hard work, but I enjoy myself, he says. If you love what you do, its not difficult to go to work.

    Making time for work and family means hes had to reconsider some of his priorities.

    Once a stalwart at Vancouver Island race tracks such as Saratoga and Western Speedway, Stu has shifted gears. Once an avid racer of the pint-sized and high-powered dwarf-series race cars, family and work responsibilities have encouraged Stu to grab the keys of his family car to wheel his two teenage children around the streets of Nanaimo.

    Now its really about chasing around my kids, dropping them off and picking them up, he says. Theres always a skating event, dance lesson or karate tournament.

    As Alair Homes expands, Stu has been racking up some hefty frequent flyer points by visiting new locations. One week hell be in Alberta or Ontario, while the next will see him travelling to Texas or Florida. As someone who has worked in the industry since his early teens, Stu is continually fascinated by the different approaches and building techniques he encounters in different regions.

    Outside of work, he shares his desire for travel with his wife and two teenage kids. The family takes frequent trips overseas as a way to broaden their horizons and remember the triviality of first-world problems.

    We feel its important for us and our kids to see other parts of the world, he says.

    On a trip to Africa, the family was awed by the scale of the continents wilderness and wild creatures. They also visited an orphanage run by an Australian ex-pat with no government funding. Despite the challenges and poverty, he recalls, all the children had access to clean beds and regular meals, and had smiles on their faces.

    That was a life-changing trip for me, he says.

    Its experiences like these, Stu adds, that remind him to be grateful for what hes achieved and aware of how we can all make our communities, be they on Vancouver Island or overseas, healthier and happier places to live.

    To find out more about Alair check out their Alair Homes website.

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    The research lists key companies operating in the global market and also highlights the key changing trends adopted by the companies to maintain their dominance. By using SWOT analysis and Porters five force analysis tools, the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of key companies are all mentioned in the report. All leading players in this global market are profiled with details such as product types, business overview, sales, manufacturing base, competitors, applications, and specifications.

    Global Panelized Building Systems Market is thriving worldwide with Algeco Scotsman, Champion Home Builders Inc., EOS Facades Limited, Frame Homes UK, Fusion Building Systems, Hadley Industries PLC, Innovar, Kingspan Timber Solutions, Lindal Cedar Homes Inc., Merronbrook, Metek Building Systems, Modern Prefab Systems Pvt. Ltd Inc., Oregon Timber Frame, Pinewood Structures, Ritz-Craft Corporation, Robertson Timber Engineering, Salvesen Insulated Frames, SIP Building Systems, SIPS Eco Panels, Taylor Lane Timber Frame, Thorp Precast, Walker Timber Group.

    Different leading key players have been profiled to get better insights into the businesses. It offers detailed elaboration on different top-level industries which are functioning in global regions. It includes informative data such as company overview, contact information, and some significant strategies followed by key players.

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    The report is based on research done specifically on consumer goods. The goods have bifurcated depending on their use and type. The type segment contains all the necessary information about the different forms and their scope in the global Panelized Building Systems market. The application segment defines the uses of the product. It points out the various changes that these products have been through over the years and the innovation that players are bringing in. The focus of the report on the consumer goods aspect helps in explaining changing consumer behavior that will impact the global Panelized Building Systems market.

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    Geographically, the global Panelized Building Systems market has been analyzed in various regions such as North America, Latin America, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, and India. The global region is dominating this market in the upcoming future.

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    Table of Content (TOC):

    Chapter 1 Introduction and Overview

    Chapter 2 Industry Cost Structure and Economic Impact

    Chapter 3 Rising Trends and New Technologies with Major key players

    Chapter 4 Global Panelized Building Systems Market Analysis, Trends, Growth Factor

    Chapter 5 Panelized Building Systems Market Application and Business with Potential Analysis

    Chapter 6 Global Panelized Building Systems Market Segment, Type, Application

    Chapter 7 Global Panelized Building Systems Market Analysis (by Application, Type, End User)

    Chapter 8 Major Key Vendors Analysis of Panelized Building Systems Market

    Chapter 9 Development Trend of Analysis

    Chapter 10 Conclusion

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