Research & Statistics

Comparative analysis for the discerning homeowner.

Containing data, articles and analysis for value engineering, process differentiation and return on investment.


Voluntary Consultation

Construction site safety is one of the most important things we do. The Governor’s recovery plan has begun with the first phase allowing projects that had begun prior to the shut down, to continue within specific guidelines. In effort to verify our COVID-19 protocols are appropriate, we invited an L&I inspector to two of our job sites. During the consultation, the inspector was impressed with: Employee training Site specific safety site binders PPE use and…


Getting Back To Work

Starting with the first reported local COVID-19 case in January, our region has experienced unprecedented shut-downs of business activity. As the science and health communities continue to stress the importance of limiting the spread of this virus, government agencies are beginning the process of opening up lower risk private sector industries. The residential construction industry is expected to be among those allowed to re-start in the first phase of Governor’s pending recovery plan. This means…


Costs On The Rise?

We’ve been tracking lumber, labor and fuel prices for the past several years as a trend indicator for residential construction costs. The dramatic drop in lumber over the past couple months, combined with a lagging and less significant drop at the pump suggests the best deals will be limited to the next several months. If you haven’t already dreamed up your home improvement project and on track to have built before the end of the…


Virtual Design Meetings

Thanks to modern technology, several of our current design customers have enjoyed developing their projects through the magic of online platforms. This video outlines how we can safely perform the design process for the foreseeable future. In most cases, we are scheduling a single visit to our customers’ homes rather than the 2 to 3 visits under normal circumstances. During a single site visit, 1 or 2 members of our staff photo document and measure…


Design Center Virtual Tour

Lots of things prevent us from personal interaction: meeting conflicts, treacherous roads, illness, and social distancing to name a few. Recognized for the National SAFE award, we take safety of your family and our crew members very seriously. This virtual tour is the next best thing to visiting our Design Center in person. The green markers indicate navigation points throughout the space. Red markers for video content, blue markers for web links and yellow for…


Contamination Prevention

There is no substitute for having extra time. Our customers are enjoying being able to focus on the improvements to their homes. Virtual meeting platforms give us the flexibility to continue the design process without risk of cross-contamination. Although most of our world is planning to shut down, we will continue to operate our pre-production process in effort to be ready to start construction when given permission to do so.   Zoom has proven to…