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The Weekly (02/04/2021): Remodeling Industry Predictions and Liability Insurance

In this episode, Pro Remodeler, and industry author and speaker Mark Richardson, bring together a group of Remodeling Industry Thought Leaders to share predictions for 2021. Their insights are smart, daring, and not what you expect.

Later, guest host Jenny Simon from IBACOS interviews Katie Beck, Head of Home Builders for Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, about the challenges she and other insurance carriers face when offering and underwriting coverage for home builders, and how builders can help protect their businesses in ever-changing times.

This Week's Segments

2020 changed the world in a lot of ways, more…

2020 changed the world in a lot of ways, more than we probably realize. It changed how people relax, communicate, work, live.

It certainly changed business in remodeling. But how exactly? We speak with three veteran business owners and remodelers—Brian Gottlieb of Tundraland, Michael Anschel of Otogawa-Anschel Design+Build+Architecture, and Bill Baldwin of HartmanBaldwin Design/Build—to better understand how last year has impacted their expectations and priorities for 2021, and how it may have also created a few serious opportunities for the market.

Also, homeowners are concerned about a lack of privacy in and out of their homes. Mikaela Sharp and Jenni Lantz of the New Home Trends Institute share the biggest privacy pain points on the latest installment of The Weekly.

A recent survey by John Burns Real Estate…

A recent survey by John Burns Real Estate Consulting revealed that many homeowners are concerned about a lack of privacy, both inside and outside of their homes.

Mikaela Sharp and Jenni Lantz of the New Home Trends Institute point out some of the biggest privacy pain points for homeowners and how new homes can address them. 

Three of the most well-known, eloquent leaders in…

Three of the most well-known, eloquent leaders in remodeling—two from the design-build side of remodeling (Michael Anschel and Bill Baldwin) and one from home improvement (Brian Gottlieb)—join me to discuss how 2020 has shaped expectations and priorities for the new year.

We discuss the value of being able to shift scale quickly, how virtual comms are both here to stay and ready to be forgotten (depending on who you ask), whether now is the time to add services and expand your market, and more.

Last year was tough for remodeling, but not as tough as expected. And as we find out during our conversation, it actually created quite a few opportunities for business owners.

Managing editor James McClister walks us through…

Managing editor James McClister walks us through a rapid-fire look at some of the products that will be unveiled at the not-in-person 2021 International Builders Show.

 

 

Rod Cullum, co-founder and CEO of Cullum Homes in…

Rod Cullum, co-founder and CEO of Cullum Homes in Scottsdale, Ariz., talks about how unitized pricing changed his company's business model and its relationship with trade partners and clients.

Sublime Homes CEO Mike Graniczny discusses how…

Sublime Homes CEO Mike Graniczny discusses how his company benefitted from moving its focus from Illinois to Indiana, and how other builders can follow its lead.

SGC Horizon Group Publisher Tony Mancini…

SGC Horizon Group Publisher Tony Mancini introduces the three segments for the latest episode of The Weekly

  • The eight pillars of success in home building (miss one and you're sunk)
  • Do people pay more for good design? Do they even know it when they see it in a house or in their hand? Can you charge more for good home design?
  • The world seems to finally be catching up to off-site construction. How to position your business for it.

 

Editorial Director Denise Dersin talks with…

Editorial Director Denise Dersin talks with industry sage Scott Sedam about the "fragility of good things," and the metrics he advises home builders to use to determine and sustain business success.

Editor-in-Chief Rich Binsacca has a pint with…

Editor-in-Chief Rich Binsacca has a pint with Dennis Steigerwalt, president of the Housing Innovation Alliance to talk about why builders don't embrace off-site construction

... and what they're going to do about it.

PRODUCTS' editor Nigel Maynard chats with an…

PRODUCTS' editor Nigel Maynard chats with an architect and production builder about what classifies as "good design" and how builders can add more of it in the homes they build.

SGC Horizon Group Publisher Tony Mancini brings…

SGC Horizon Group Publisher Tony Mancini brings you the latest episode of The Weekly.

Spoiler Alert: there's more octopus

If you could go back to your rookie self in home…

If you could go back to your rookie self in home building, what would you tell yourself to do differently?

Jacklyn Graniczny, partner/design director for Sublime Homes in St. John, Ind., and Ashley Kent, president of Kent Homes in Wilmington, N.C. take us on a journey back in time.

Simple-yet-sophisticated, zero-threshold showers…

Simple-yet-sophisticated, zero-threshold showers are a perfect example of how aesthetically pleasing accessible design can be when done right.

Here are three curbless showers by three different remodelers that have knocked it out of the park in under three minutes.

Get a jump on Halloween with a litany of scary,…

Get a jump on Halloween with a litany of scary, crazy, and occasionally humorous job site fails, from accidents waiting to head-scratching finishes ... and a black cat story you won't want to miss

This week's episode of The Weekly features how…

This week's episode of The Weekly features how one remodeler built a simple teleprompter for his own video production, changing attitudes toward off-site construction, and the reason why Thrive Home Builders is committed to delivering net-zero, healthy, and market-savvy new homes in a highly competitive production environment.