A Place to Belong: HBAWS

Why Join: Benefits of Membership

Three-in-One Membership, NAHB, NCHBA, HBAWS

MARKETING – We help you sell your products & services.

Sponsors Club – help us tell our story, promote your company in our weekly eNews, website and in our printed Membership Directory

Triad Home & Garden Show, Spring Parade of Homes, Food Trucks for Habitat, Fall Parade of Homes

NETWORKING – We help you meet others.

Monthly Membership Socials, Meetings & Networking

Remodelers Council: Meetings and Socials

Printed and online Membership Directory

Golf Tournament

Sporting Clays

REPRESENTATION – We are on your side.

Local Building Industry Advocate via Government Affairs Director

BUILD PAC – NAHB & NCHBA lobbyists for industry

SERVICES – We help you get covered.

Workers’ Compensation through Builders Mutual Insurance Co.

BBB Care® program for resolving consumer complaints

Homeowner Handbook & Limited Written Warranty Program


INFORMATION – We keep you informed.

HBAWS Weekly eNews

Members Only facebook page

HBA website

Event Websites: THGS, FPH, SPH

NCHBA Builder newsletter and website

NAHB Builder Magazine and website

EDUCATION – We help you know how.

HBAWS, NCHBA & NAHB Continuing Education

N.C. Builders Institute – offers continuing education credits

NCHBA 21st Century Building Expo & STARS Awards

NAHB International Builders’ Show – the nation’s largest trade show

NAHB Designation programs and Webinars

Baby Boomers’ Guide to Aging in Place

A Baby Boomers’ Guide to Aging in Place
Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

If you’re one of the millions of American baby boomers approaching their 70s, you may be asking if now is an opportunity to move and downsize to a smaller, more manageable home, or to stay put in your current home and repurpose any extra space vacated by adult children.

The answer depends on your unique circumstances, of course. But for those who decide to stay put — at least for the time being — now is a great time to begin considering which, if any, modifications your home may require to better suit your needs and ensure your safety as you get older.

Rather than waiting until an incident occurs, be proactive about making alterations to your home that will help you avoid potential injury. Likewise, take advantage of a broad spectrum of new technologies that can make your home easier to manage and provide an extra layer of security.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are planning to “age in place.”

Prioritize Your Wish List

Take a good look at the rooms in your house to determine which ones fit your new lifestyle and which ones need some work. Some areas of the home might only need minor changes. Others might need to be repurposed altogether. Take the time to create a general plan and prioritize the items on your list.

Focus on Improving Livability

Many empty nesters hire expert remodelers to adapt their home to make it easier to maintain. Stairs can sometimes become a problem, but moving the master bedroom and the laundry room to the ground floor can be part of a solution. Doing so can give homeowners many more years in the home they love without a sense of urgency to move to a single-story home. 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 it safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of their age.

Make Use of Technology

Everywhere you look these days, there is new technology. Why not put it to use in your house? Motion sensor light switches can illuminate a room as soon as you enter. They can also be connected with a home security and monitoring system, and could be configured to send help in the event of a fall or other accident. A smart refrigerator will notify you when you’re out of milk, or better yet, place an order to be delivered by your local grocer. A front door camera and microphone will allow you to see who is on your porch, even if you’re not there. If you can dream it up, there is likely a technology solution out there for it.

Expand Your Space

Depending on the age of your home, you may find that, for example, your master bedroom or bath is too small for comfort. Look for opportunities to expand those rooms into adjacent, unused or underutilized spaces. A remodeling professional is the best person to help you determine what your options are to build your dream master bathroom or bedroom. They can also help you find ways to create a more open floorplan that is easier to navigate for those with mobility concerns. Incorporating these changes will not only create a home that suits a changing lifestyle, they also may increase the value of your home when you eventually decide it’s time sell.

For more information on the most effective ways for empty nesters to remodel their home, contact Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem or visit www.hbaws.net.

Small Homes Big Value

Small Homes Big Value

Small Homes with Big Value

Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

 Not all homebuyers are looking for a house with a massive floor plan – and a massive price tag. In fact, a wide variety of lifestyle changes are motivating many home owners to downsize to something more manageable. And, many first-time buyers are seeking something other than the traditional “starter” home.

Their reasons may vary, but their goals remain consistent: find a home that fits well, maximizes space and offers value. Home builders recognize the home-efficiency needs of today’s buyers, which is why an increasing number of them are finding innovative ways to deliver big value in a small(er) package.

To those who think buying a smaller home means sacrificing quality amenities, they might not know about what many refer to as the “jewel box home.” Ranging between 650-2,500 square feet, jewel box homes are generally smaller than the average single-family home, and built with high-quality materials and custom finishes tailored to the owner’s preferences.

Such homes are most appealing to newlyweds, single professionals, empty nesters or retirees – anyone with a less-is-more mentality who wants to live in a custom, yet relatively affordable home.

Every area within a jewel box home is designed with a purpose – sometimes more than one – to augment efficiency. The designs typically rely on blurring the lines between the indoors and outdoors by incorporating large sliding glass doors that open seamlessly to exterior dining and entertaining areas.

Other design elements that create space include the use of bright, chrome-brushed finishes, pocket and barn doors, dramatic lighting, floating shelves, abundant windows and continuous flooring throughout. Functionality is often enhanced with kitchen islands that double as dining tables, creative storage spaces beneath stairs and purposeful cabinetry and built-ins.

Yet still, for some, “small” isn’t small enough. A few years ago, many thought the “tiny house movement” was a passing trend, but some extreme minimalist home buyers still view tiny homes as a viable option because of their small impact on the environment and on their checkbooks.

Costing a fraction of the price of a typical single-family home, these diminutive dwellings are also a fraction of the size, often ranging between 100 and 400 square feet. Those who tend to be the most interested in tiny houses are millennials (between the ages of 25 and 34), particularly the ones who dislike home maintenance almost as much as they do the idea of a long-term mortgage.

For most people, the appeal of a simplified life in a tiny house won’t be enough to forfeit a good amount of their personal space, or outweigh the inevitable climb up a ladder each night to sleep in a loft. But home-buyer intrigue in the “tiny” concept continues to spur micro-living-inspired efficiencies within larger, more mainstream home designs.

For more information about innovative home designs that fit modern lifestyles, contact Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem 336.768.5942.

The Original Triad Home & Garden Show is the largest and longest running consumer show in this area. Dream big! Connect with professionals in the industry who can help complete honey-do lists for every home & garden project imaginable. Visit the THGS to view the latest products and services in the home building industry. Exhibitors include local service providers, custom home builders and remodelers as well as representatives of national home and garden product lines.

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