“MISSION STATEMENT”

The Sevier County Home Builders Association (SCHBA) is a professional trade association committed to promoting a standard of quality housing. We are the leaders in providing education for the construction industry. We benefit the public by representing our industry before legislative and regulatory bodies to ensure our continued ability to provide safe, affordable housing.

Our primary goal as the leading authority in the housing industry is to continue to influence the decision making processes which control our industry and thereby our community.

Check complaints against contractors, Contractor’s License and monetary limit along with their original license date at http://www.state.tn.us/commerce/boards/contractors/

To make a complaint against a contractor or check their reputation; write: State of Tennessee, Board for Licensing Contractors

500 James Robertson Parkway Davy Crockett Tower, Suite 110

Nashville, TN 37243-1150

Phone: 800-544-7693

Design Trends for 2014

March 6, 2014

By:  Dan Mitchell

President, Sevier County Home Builders Association

 

The National Association of Home Builders recently announced the winners of the Best in American Living Awards – a prestigious award program that spotlights design excellence for the entire residential building industry.

Award recipients represent the forefront of innovative design in America, and are lauded as the most creative and inventive builders, remodelers, architects, developers, land planners and interior designers in the nation.

Based on submissions from this year’s crop of winners, some of the newest trends in design that home buyers will see over the next several years include:

White on White – Cabinets, flooring, backsplashes, counters, fixtures and appliances are beginning to lighten up. Layering white on top of white is a new approach in many kitchens and bathrooms that is giving way to a fresh and light feeling. To achieve clean lines and a modern feel, designers and builders are selecting European cabinetry, adding shiny surfaces via appliance, backsplash and countertop choices, and incorporating glass walls.

Bold Exterior Colors – Bold colors are making their way to the exterior of homes. Whether it’s through paint, a mix of cladding materials, doors, windows, porches, shutters or trim, an extra layer of drama is being adding to the design of elevations, further enhancing curb appeal.

Interior Courtyards – Interior courtyards are popular in all housing types right now. The primary difference is scale. Within single-family homes, courtyards provide private and safe outdoor living areas and are being shifted to side yards.

Specialty Lighting Specialty fixtures are “lighting it up” this year. Regardless of whether it involves a custom or a stock fixture, designers are finding ways to showcase them as pieces of art rather than just a functional element. Lighting is being paired with wood ceiling details to further enhance the room’s design and create a feeling of warmth.

Historic Style with Modern Flair – New or remodeled homes, whether they are Craftsman, Prairie, Mid-Century Modern or another historic architectural style, are adding modern flair to their traditional designs through color, finish, fixture and lighting selection, while continuing to be influenced by the past through the use of reclaimed building materials and classic proportions and detailing.

Blurring the Lines Between Inside and Out – Lines continue to be blurred between the inside and outside of homes.  No longer limited to areas with warmer climates, this is being seen all across the country. More homes now feature moveable glass walls, gourmet outdoor kitchens and interior courtyard pools, adding more everyday living space.

To find an industry professional ready to bring these exciting new trends to your new home or remodeling project, visit our Builder or Associate Directories on this website.

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2014 SCHBA Officers and Board of Directors

January 13, 2014

At a lunch meeting on January 9, 2014 Sevier County Home  Builders Association elected their new Officers and two new Board of Directors with Rep. Andrew Farmer conducting the  installation ceremony.

L to R:  Rep. Andrew Farmer; Dan Mitchell of Eagle CDI; Becky Loomis of Ken Loomis Construction; Clark Post of Post Properties; Randy Robinson of William Knight Insurance

L to R: Rep. Andrew Farmer; Dan Mitchell of Eagle CDI; Becky Loomis of Ken Loomis Construction; Clark Post of Post Properties; Randy Robinson of William Knight Insurance

Join us in congratulating our new officers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also congratulations to our two new Board of Directors

L to R:  Rep. Andrew Farmer; Leslie Atchley of Home Federal Bank; Russell Haskins of Homes and Land

L to R: Rep. Andrew Farmer; Leslie Atchley of Home Federal Bank; Russell Haskins of Homes and Land

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Multigenerational Household Trend

December 24, 2013

Kenny Guffey

President, Sevier County Home Builders Association

Family households consisting of three or more generations, or “multigenerational households,” have become increasingly popular in the 21st century. According to the most recent Census, approximately 4.4 million American homes had three generations or more living under one roof in 2010, a 15 percent increase from two years earlier. This is 5.6 percent of the total of 76.4 million U.S. households with more than one person.

There are many reasons for this trend. The recession caused many adult children to return home after college, either because they weren’t able to get jobs that would cover rent, or they wanted to save up to buy homes of their own. According to Pew Institute research, the share of the U.S. population aged 18 to 31 living in their parent’s home increased to 36 percent or a record 21.6 million young adults in 2012.

For many ethnic and immigrant groups, multiple generations of a family living together is a common cultural custom.

Multigenerational households also form so that grandparents can help take care of their grandchildren, and as they age, their children can care for them. This type of arrangement can ease financial burdens as well, with several generations contributing to the mortgage payment and not having to incur the expenses of childcare, retirement housing or professional care-giving environments.

Home builders and remodelers are building and renovating homes to meet the needs of multigenerational households. These designs allow many generations of the same family to live together under one roof yet have private areas as well as combined living space.

Features of multigenerational home plans can include in-law suites within the main home with separate areas for independent living. These often have kitchenettes and en suite bathrooms, and sometimes private entrances from the street. They frequently include “universal design” products, which focus on maximum usability by people of all ages and abilities. Examples include walk-in showers, smooth flooring transitions, and cabinets with pull-out drawers.

Building professionals who have earned the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation have received training on how to build or renovate a home so that the occupants can live in the home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of their age or ability level. They have been taught the strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically pleasing, barrier-free living environments. While most CAPS professionals are remodelers, an increasing number are general contractors, designers, architects, and health care professionals.

To learn more about multigenerational home plans or to find a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist in Sevier or Cocke Counties, contact Sevier County Home Builders Association at schba@seviercountyhba.com or go to nahb.org/capsdirectory.

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The 97%

December 16, 2013

Association Maximization by Michael Kurpiel, CGA CGP

End of the year and your books look like this:

  1. 97% of your business was lost
  2. 97% of your accounts did not pay their bills
  3. 97% of your employees are not concerned
  4. 97% of 2014 looks like you’ll be in the RED

For more click below link

http://associationmaximization.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-97.html

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Homeownership: A New Year’s Resolution That Lasts

December 4, 2013

By Kenny Guffey

President, Sevier County Home Builders Association

 

January 1 is just around the corner and millions of Americans are once again thinking about the resolutions they will make for the New Year. Why not make this year’s resolution one that will last long into the future — long after you’ve stop bothering to set the alarm an hour early to go for a run. Deciding to become a home owner is possibly the best resolution you can make.

According to a 2012 nationwide poll, 96 percent of home owners are happy with their decision to own, and 74 percent say that owning a home is the best long-term investment they can make.

Here are some tips to help you make good decisions for your homeownership resolution.

First, figure out how much you can afford. This depends on factors including your credit rating, your current expenses, cost of a down payment, and interest rates. Don’t forget that you will need a down payment up front and money to make monthly mortgage payments.

Check your credit report carefully. Inaccurate information on your credit report could result in lenders offering you loans with higher-than-market interest rates or denying your application altogether.

Then find a lender you trust and work well with. Ask your friends, family and neighbors who own their homes for recommendations. Work with a qualified lender on getting together a budget and collecting helpful advice before buying a home.

When shopping for a mortgage, consider all of your options. There are many choices in terms of a loan and not everyone is right for every buyer. Don’t forget to research Federal Housing Administration (www.fha.com) programs that offer loans with lower down payments. They are often a good option for first-time buyers.

Keep in mind that there are tax advantages to being a home owner that can help offset costs. Depending on your specific situation, often the closing costs and some other first year costs of purchasing a home are deductible. And the mortgage interest deduction (MID) enables many home owners to reduce their taxable income by the amount of interest paid on their mortgage loan each year. More than 70 percent of home owners with a mortgage are able to claim the MID in a given year.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development website (portal.hud.gov) has loads of information for home buyers, including tools to help you figure out how much you can afford, how to shop for a loan, information on how to avoid predatory lending and an explanation of the settlement process.

Finally, learn about the neighborhoods where you are interested in buying. Visit areas you are interested in at different hours, talk to people who live there, and find a real estate agent that you trust and knows the neighborhoods you like.

With careful and thorough planning, you will be moving into your new home before you know it. If you have questions about the home buying process, contact us at 865-453-4712 or visit nahb.org/timetobuy.

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In Support of NAHB’s Small Business Members

November 18, 2013

NAHB has joined the 2013 Small Business Saturday Coalition to show support for our many members who own a small business or work for one.
Small businesses such as those owned by many of our builder and associate members create millions of jobs nationwide and are the backbone of a strong economy and strong communities.
NAHB is encouraging its members to also join the Small Business Saturday initiative, which urges the public to shop at small businesses on Nov. 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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