If you were not able to make it to the April member meeting, the playback is ready for viewing.
In the first half of the call, we hear from Dean Potter about home sealing strategies to help builders meet the energy requirements of the 2015 and 2021 energy codes. The hand out for the discussion can be found here.
In the second half of the call, we hear from Owen Labonte of Blower Door Concepts. Owen has a new-to-Maine product Aero Sealer. During the call, Owen explains how builders can use this product to easily, quickly, and safely seal up any air leakage gaps in a building.
Join us Thursday May 19th at 5:30pm in Bath Maine at the mill workshop of Kennebec Company. Kennebec Company will host the members (and soon to be members) of the HBR AME for a workshop tour and meet and greet with Norm Abram of This Old House. Refreshments will be served. Join us Thursday April 28th at 5:30pm EST to hear from guest speaker Dean Potter of K Hovanian Homes. Dean will speak to our group about how K Hovanian Homes consistently achieves the 3.0 ACH required in the 2015 energy code update. Dean will also share the two major changes to be ready for when Maine moves to the 2021 Energy Code. https://pub.lucidpress.com/2e1bee44-e3e2-4c72-877f-b3b99c86db83/?src=emRead full April newsletter here.
Part of the work of the HBRAME is to track and testify on any legislation that can affect the residential construction industry in Maine. If you watch this one minute clip from the recent work session debate of LD259 (fast forward to the :40 mark) you can see for yourself how the HBRAME testimony can make an impact. There are a number of pieces of legislation in Augusta that we spend time tracking, researching, and testifying for. If you are not a current HBRAME member, please join today so we can increase the impact our Association is making in Augusta. Read full March newsletter here.
Kurt Clason, Vice President of the HBRAME Board, was selected as the Remodeler of the Year. Carl Chretien. Was re-elected as the Maine State Representative to the NAHB. Maine was also allocated 2 delegate seats to the leadership council. At least one must be filled by a builder. Mark Auld and Dylan Clason were nominated as the Maine delegates to the NAHB Leadership Council. Read full February newsletter here.
As recently reported by Maine Biz Daily Report ‘By The Numbers’, the number of building permits issued last year was the highest since 2007, before the Great Recession of 2008-09. Read the full January 2022 Newsletter here.
Members of the HBRAME Board of Directors will meet with the House Chair of the Maine Legislative Committee On Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business, to provide stakeholder feedback following a report from the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation which details a draft registration program for General Contractors for Home Improvement and Construction which was developed in the first session of 130th Legislature…Read full newsletter here.
Chase Construction was named winner of the Judge’s Choice award. Southern Maine Remodeling was named People’s Choice Winner
Scarborough, ME, November 22, 2021 – The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Maine (HBRAME) announced the winners of the inaugural 2021 Maine Parade of Homes event. Chase Construction of Wells was named the Judge’s Choice award winner for their submitted entry “Perkins Overlook”. The award for People’s Choice went to Southern Maine Remodeling of Scarborough for their submitted entry “Contemporary Addition”.
Judging panelist, and Founder of Maine Life Media, Erin Ovalle said “Each one had something so special but I think one definitely stood out for just overall greatness. The Perkins Overlook home has custom features like the stunning built-ins around the fireplace and a painted claw foot tub that really stood out. For me, small details go a long way, but the home has a great use of space overall. It is large, but doesn’t feel overwhelming.”
The Ogunquit home’s exceptional timber framing design takes it to a whole new level with beautiful use of color throughout. Trending features include a black metal staircase railing and built-in locker style shelving units for the mudroom. Unique interior features found in the home include an expansive custom library with a classic rolling library ladder, stained wood beams, wide shiplap paneling, and designer accent walls in the bathrooms and children’s bunk room.
The “Contemporary Addition” from Southern Maine Remodeling was also a stand out project at the Maine Parade of Homes and named winner of People’s Choice award. Southern Maine Remodeling built a large addition on the back of the Scarborough home to create an expansive new kitchen with a much needed pantry area. The backyard received some upgrades as well: a new composite Azek deck, a patio with a firepit and hot tub area.
With the help of industry sponsors, including the Headlining Sponsors Hammond Lumber Company, OSC Web Design, and Maine Homes by Down East magazine, 9 projects were presented in a virtual format using 360° virtual reality technology. The properties ranged in location from urban to coastal to lake front.
Sarah Stebbins, Editor of Maine Homes by Down East magazine, said “I loved reading the stories contractors submitted and seeing their clever approaches to building dream homes and improving existing spaces. Their work changes people’s lives for the better and it was gratifying to play a small part in honoring them.”
All ticket sales from the 2021 Maine Parade of Homes will be donated to the Central Maine Community College next month. Tickets to view the Parade homes are still available for $5 at the website www.maineparadeofhomes.com
If you’re as concerned as we are about the increased tariff on Canadian softwood lumber, you can alert your representatives in under two minutes with 4 simple steps.
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