Industry Trends6 min

55+ Housing Is Booming Coast to Coast

The mood of builders in the 55+ single-family sector can be described in just two words: very optimistic. Earlier this year, the NAHB 55+ Housing Market Index scored its highest builder confidence rating since the index was introduced in 2008.

Although 55+ housing has historically been strong in both the Southeast and Southwest U.S., it’s surprisingly robust in all parts of the country. “The truth is that most Boomer retirees are staying close to home or moving closer to where their grandchildren live,” says Steve Moore, a senior partner at BSB Design and chair of NAHB’s “Best Of 55+ Housing” awards subcommittee. “There are plenty of hotspots for 55+ housing outside the Sunbelt. We’re seeing strong activity in the Carolinas and the East Coast markets of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. Even the coastal areas outside Boston are doing well.”

Building in a coastal region? Learn more about air and water barriers for moisture management. Building in a sunny, southern region? Consider using a radiant barrier sheathing, which is designed to lower attic temperatures and help homeowners have lower cooling costs.

BSB Design was founded in 1966 by legendary architect Jack Bloodgood in Des Moines, Iowa, and the firm now has 10 offices across the U.S. Although BSB doesn’t exclusively design 55+ housing, they’ve been excelling in that space for more than 30 years. Some of their latest projects include Anets Woods of Northbrook in Illinois with its charming gable dormer detailing and the Spanish mission-style Corsica at Talis Park in Naples, Florida. 

Fifty years ago, 55+ housing really meant a “retirement village” and probably would have included a bingo room and shuffleboard deck. But that’s not the case at Minto Communities’ Latitude Margaritaville in Daytona Beach, winner of last year’s Best Of 55+ Housing award. The community obviously draws its inspiration from musician Jimmy Buffett, featuring colorful, island-style home exteriors, resort-caliber amenities and even a bandshell in the town square for concerts and dancing. 

Keep low-maintenance aesthetics top of mind for 55+ residents/homeowners. LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is engineered to deliver advanced durability and longer-lasting curb appeal. Extend the curb appeal all the way to the property line with an engineered wood shed or performance fencing.

“LP is proud of its long association with architects and builders in the 55+ housing sector,” says Scott Lockyear, National Sales Manager – Specified Markets at LP. “Homes in these communities are noted for their vibrant exteriors, and many are choosing LP siding products with smooth and cedar textures, a variety of styles and versatility of design.”

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Business Advice7 min

What to Do When You Uncover Asbestos

Most re-siding projects are on older homes, so it’s a good bet you’ve seen your share of asbestos siding if you operate in the business of siding renovations. Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was commonly added to cement board siding for durability and resistance to fire and weather during the 1920s to 1980s.

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Industry Trends6 min
Choosing Durable Building Materials for Distinct Coastal Design

As an architect, putting your stamp of approval on building materials that stand the test of time is one of your top priorities. Multifamily builds when located on the coast, bring their own challenges from the start. With coastal weather conditions, you have unique durability challenges to consider. Coastal weather conditions include increased moisture, heat, humidity, and inclement weather—and your building materials must withstand them all. SAGA Construction, Inc., located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is no stranger to the coast’s weather. When they embarked on a recent multifamily project, Cambridge Cove, SAGA executed a design with building materials that would appeal across demographics (homeowners and vacationers alike) while emphasizing durability. Let’s see how they did it.

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How to Sell Value in Construction

On custom homes, builders and developers sometimes avoid value-added building materials for a variety of reasons. They might veto those products if the upfront cost is more expensive than standard materials, when in fact the value-added solutions can often lower the long-term cost of ownership for the buyers. In addition, they might fear that crews aren’t as familiar with the value-added materials, which could add to construction time or impact proper installation.

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Not All Siding Is Created Equal

If you are in the process of selecting the right siding type for your project, it is important to know the differences between the substrates. Engineered wood siding is made by combining treated wood strands and adhesive resins. The resulting product is a compositing material stronger than traditional wood. LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products are made with a proprietary process that offers superior protection against hail, wind, moisture, fungal decay and termites – delivering Advanced Durability For Longer Lasting Beauty®.