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  1. July-August 2004 – SIPS Briofs

    SIPA Excellence Awards Winners of the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Building Excellence Awards were announced at the organization’s annual meeting and conference, held May 3-5 in Boston.The competition consisted of five categories that reflect the versatility of SIPs as a building system. All the projects, built with a minimum of 50% SIPs, were judged […]

  2. July-August 2004 – Modular Briefs

    Nationwide Launches New Model Center Nationwide Custom Homes (Martinsville, VA) recently opened a new model home center in Whitsett, NC. Triad area builders and developers are welcome to stop by the location, just off Interstate 40/85 via exit 135 at 1300 Roosevelt Court. Two model homes and a design center and sales office are located […]

  3. July-August 2004 – Industry Briefs

    Builder, 80, Reenacts Daring D-Day JumpOn June 6, retired home builder Ralph Manley, 80, reenacted his courageous parachute jump into Normandy, France, as part of the 60th anniversary celebration of the historic D-Day invasion of World War II.Despite the passage of time, the 101st Airborne Division uniform Manley donned as a 20-year-old still fit him […]

  4. July-August 2004 – Panel Briefs

    Panel/Modular Tour A SuccessBased in South Bend, IN, this May 23-May 25, the Building Systems Councils annual spring tour of panel and modular factories was regarded as a success.Modular Council President David Endy of Stratford Homes and Panelized Council President Bill Dudley of Carolina Model Homes kept the tour on track. A golf tournament on […]

  5. July-August 2004 – Log and Timber Frame Briefs

    ICC Log Standard on HorizonThe International Code Council’s Log Construction Standard (ICC IS-LOG), which is likely to have far-reaching ramifications within the industry, is nearing a final draft. Through the work of representatives in the Log Homes Council (LHC), the International Log Builders Association (ILBA), building officials and others, the ICC IS-LOG Committee has split […]

  6. Smart Growth Debate Strategies

    The debate over smart growth is coming to the forefront of the political landscape in both small and large communities across the United States. If home builders are to educate consumers, lawmakers and opinion leaders about the complexity of the problem, then each of us needs to get involved and stay involved, warn media consultants […]

  7. 40 Years In The Housing Industry – Wausau Homes

    In order to evaluate the present and look into the future, we have to revisit the past and start at the very beginning of the Wausau Homes system of building homes. The 1960s: Evolution of the Wausau system of Closed-Wall Panelization…Stressed-skin floor panels, closed-wall interior and exterior walls, closed roof panels and mechanical core. One-source […]

  8. Officials Calling for Minimum Width Logs?

    Many log home builders say they are finding that some building officials are under the impression that only that only 8″ wide logs and greater will meet the energy code. Naturally this is alarming for those offering a smaller diameter log package to consumers. What’s more, it’s incorrect.

  9. August 2004 Log Home Living Cover

    Renewed Riches An escape from the faster-paced city, this 6-year-old log home rests on 24 peaceful acres close to Blackfoot River near Missoula, Montana. Comfortably sized at 2,090-square-foot, the three-bedroom, two-bath structure was built using 24-inch aged logs. Joined with saddle notches and sealed with wide bands of chinking, the logs set the tone for this […]

  10. Small Sensations

    BY Rachel Machacek and Donna PeakThese days, you can’t get away from all things super-sized. Big fries, big cars, big homes. Sure, size matters. But good things do come in small packages, including the tiny, wonderful homes featured here. These designs use space efficiently and exude as much charm as their colossal cousins. Another bonus […]

  11. Living in Beauty

    by: Editorial Staff | Log Home Design A tiny cabin triggers a big change for a couple who found peace of mind and a healthier lifestyle. After years of helping others lead balanced and harmonious lives, psychotherapists Rick and Betty Blair decided the time had come to concentrate on their own mental well-being. This meant […]

  12. Contents – August 2004

      FEATURES Gorgeous HomesHeartland GloryLearn how one couple created their dream home by diving into the finer points of planning and design. Their prairie home in Kansas is magnificent. Living in BeautyA mere 624 square feet, this home in northeastern Georgia is a testament to impeccable design and creativity-especially when it comes to doing more […]

  13. Inside Advantage

    Photo by Roger Wade A screened-in porch lets you get the most out of an endless summer. Nothing says summer more than an evening spent outside, a tranquil scene that almost everyone celebrates as a summer ritual. But there’s a downside: mosquitoes. Once the sun sets, these thirsty pests feed in full force, and as […]

  14. Allure of the Lake

    With ample planning and a spectacular site, a long-distance construction project becomes a summertime passion.

  15. Contents – July 2004

      FEATURES Gorgeous HomesAllure of the LakePlanning a waterside retreat in northern Wisconsin wasn’t tough; building it from a distance was another story. How one couple pulled it off and created a masterpiece.A World AwayThey wanted a small vacation home to entertain friends, so it was time to get a little creative. Introducing a Montana […]

  16. May-June 2004 – SIPS Briefs

    SIPS Briefs May/June 2004Premier Clears Seismic HurdleIn early February, Premier Building Systems, or PBS (Renton, WA), gained approval of an appendix into AC 04 which allows the company’s SIPs to be used in all seismic zones. The shearwall tests are part of Premier’s effort to obtain an Evaluation Report through the International Code Council Evaluation […]

  17. May-June 2004 – Panel Briefs

    Panel Briefs May/June 2004Conference Ponders Ways To Increase Market ShareJudging by the standing-room only attendance at the seminars on panelization at the International Builders’ Show this past January, this open wall construction system is proving popular for site builders in an age when traditional framers are in short supply.Yet more can be done, especially since […]

  18. May-June 2004 – Log And Timber Briefs

    Log & Timberframe Briefs May/June 2004Despite Cold Temps, President’s Tour A SuccessIt was almost too cold for a cold beverage. Luckily, the tour buses were heated. Many in the log homeindustry braved frigid temperatures and cold winds to get an up-close look at log home manufacturing facilities and model homes in and around Bangor, Maine, […]

  19. May-June 2004 – Modular Briefs

    Modular Briefs May/June 2004MBSA Housing Conference RecapSand, sun, fun and serious talk about the modular industry. That’s what the Modular Building Systems Association (MBSA) delivered to its members this past March 21-23, when the industry gathered in Hilton Head, SC, for its 2004 Modular Housing Conference. This three-day annual event was held at the ocean […]

  20. May-June 2004 – Industry Briefs

    Industry Briefs May/June 2004Got Ethics?Award Seeks Worthy CandidatesIt’s easy to have ethics. Once. Far harder to maintain it over a lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to single out those quietly living lives of honor in this industry, says Jerry Rouleau, organizer behind the System Built Housing Industry Ethics Award.In an age when questionable business […]


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