Author: Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders

  1. Your perfect Father’s Day gift is…

        “What a catch! He’s at the fifteen, the ten, the five–touchdown!” The only thing better than the perfect play is watching it in the comfort of the perfect man cave. You can’t always guarantee dad’s team will win, but if you’ve got an unfinished basement and the right professional on the job, you can make sure his season of spectating goes undefeated. With some imagination and little more space, you can even turn what amounts to a languishing Read More


  2. Counter Point

    They’re always there for you. Your keys call them home at the end of a long day. The kids (accidentally) share their juice with them. Despite your best efforts, the cats call them a playground. Well, no more! It’s time you paid more attention to the unsung heroes of your home, your countertops. Show your appreciation and reinvest in the most useful spaces your home has. Birmingham’s local builders and dealers agree that three materials stand out in the construction Read More


  3. Top Design Trends for 2018

    At the start of each year, the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) recognizes dozens of new projects from this past year that featured the most innovative layouts and eye-catching design elements. Whether you’re looking to buy a new home, thinking about renovating your current one, or you’re just interested in what’s new in home design, here are some the biggest trends that you’ll see dominating in 2018. Open but defined floor plans. Instead of one large, undefined space, open Read More


  4. A New Shade of “Green”

    Anyone who’s been car shopping in recent years knows that modern cars come with a seemingly endless list of options and features to consider. But if there’s one characteristic that most car shoppers rank as high as price, performance and style—it’s fuel efficiency. Much like car shoppers compare miles-per-gallon (mpg) estimates, an increasing number of home buyers compare the energy-efficiency ratings of new homes. A nationally recognized system for measuring a home’s energy performance is called the Home Energy Rating System Read More


  5. Remodel or Relocate? 8 Critical Questions to Consider

    Home buying and home remodeling television programs aren’t just a fad; their enduring popularity indicates that they’re here to stay.  If you’re among the growing masses of dedicated viewers, you might begin (if you haven’t already) to look around and notice some of your own home’s shortcomings. Inadequate storage, limited cooking space or simply an outdated design might conjure thoughts of one day remodeling your kitchen, bathrooms or living spaces. Or instead, perhaps you’ll begin to consider moving into a Read More


  6. Member Rebate Program

                                          Want to start getting money for products you already use? Member Rebate Program is a free member benefit of HBAA for Builder and Remodeler members. If you use any of these 50+ participating manufacturers, then it’s easy to participate! The average rebate per Builder/Remodeler company who participated in 2017 was $1,169.69. Visit www.HBAArebates.com to sign up and start saving!


  7. Get Your Home in Shape for Summer

     The fitness levels of many of us tend to wane during the fall and winter seasons, and then a renewed motivation comes each spring as we endeavor to get ourselves “beach ready.” Similarly, a home endures a variety of harsh elements during the winter months, and springtime is typically a great opportunity to get it back into shape. The spring maintenance to-do list can be quite long for some, but the good news is that many of the items on Read More


  8. Bathrooms Overtake Kitchens as Most Popular Remodeling Project, According to NAHB Survey

    WASHINGTON, May 1 – Bathrooms overtook kitchens as the most popular remodeling project, according to a new survey released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). NAHB released the survey results, which highlight the most common remodeling projects, to kick off National Home Remodeling Month in May. “Small-scale renovations are slowly becoming just as popular as large-scale projects, as seen with bathroom remodeling becoming more common than kitchens,” said 2018 NAHB Remodelers Chair Joanne Theunissen, CPG, CGR, a remodeler Read More


  9. Simple Tips to Reduce Your Household’s Water Consumption

    Did you know that small household water leaks add up to more 10,000 gallons of water waste per family each year? Water is one of the world’s most valuable resources – which means we all need to be good stewards and find ways to use it more wisely. You could invest in a high-tech irrigation system or replace your toilets and shower heads with super-low-flow models. But there are plenty of less costly, relatively simple steps that will make a Read More


  10. Home Buyers Reveal What They Want in Their Next Home

    As the spring home buying season kicks into full gear, the home building industry is celebrating New Homes Month in April. If you’re in the market for a new home, you’re probably thinking about what features are essential on your must-have list. Do you wonder if other home buyers are looking for the same things? A recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveals what consumers are looking for in their house hunting this year. Both first-time Read More