What’s Happening in Custom Homes Across the Country?

Gervasi Vineyard Villas in Canton, Ohio

Gervasi Vineyard Villas in Canton, Ohio

Just returned from Builder 20; a club of 18 custom home builders from across the United States.  Our club is in its 8th year.  We meet twice a year for several days in one of our member’s city.   This gives us the opportunity to see their homes and operations up close.  We spend time comparing notes on our markets; problem solving, best practices and speakers we bring in on a multitude of topics.  For this meeting we were at the Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Ohio.  We were able to tour several homes & a very cool coffee shop built by Scott McCue Homes, our meeting host.

This was the most positive meeting that we have had in four years.  One of the most astonishing things is that those of us who build in the epicenter of the foreclosure debacle (Florida, Arizona, & Georgia) have the most rapidly improving markets; all of us are busy and adding employees.  Every member is feeling more optimistic about the future; a big change from a year ago.

Thermador’s new Freedom Induction Cooktop

Thermador’s new Freedom Induction Cooktop

One of our presenters was from Thermador Appliance.  They have just introduced their new Freedom Induction Cooktop.  It is the first full surface that allows the flexibility of natural mapping.  This is an intelligent interface that recognizes cookware shapes, sizes and locations on the Cooktop.  Induction heating offers the same responsiveness of gas with safer cooking as the surface remains cool to the touch.  The natural mapping interface allows cooks to place their cookware anywhere on the cooking surface, move their cookware during cooking including oddly shaped pans like oval pans & griddles.  This is accomplished by 48 individual 3” embedded sensors. Surface area can accommodate a 21” X 13” pan, the largest in the industry.  Forbes magazine calls it “The Worlds Sexiest Stove”.  It is very cool.

No more warm beer!No more warm beer!Or how about LG’s new French door refrigerator which offers the LG Blast Chiller which can cool a can of beer or soda to ice cold in a 5 minutes and a bottle of wine to ice cold in 8 minutes.  Some think this is the most important innovation of the decade; no more warm beer.

Here is a neat trick from Scott McCue Homes for hiding a pantry in a small kitchen.