Playback of April Member Meeting with Dean Potter and Owen Labonte

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.

Watch the member meeting here

Dean Potter – 2 big things to prep for 2021 energy code, meet and greet with Norm Abram May 19th and more April News from HBRAME

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. full April newsletter here.

Making an impact in Augusta, Women Build Maine, Interview with Carl Chretien, JLC Show in Providence, and more March News from HBRAME

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.

2022 Builders Show Recap, Interview with Mark Patterson, Sam Rashkin Speaking in Augusta March 3rd, and more February News from HBRAME

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.

2021 Permit Data, Your New Website, Energy Tight Sealing Techniques and more January News from HBRAME

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.

Meeting with IDEA Committee, take action on lumber tariffs, plus more December News from HBRAME

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.

Maine Parade of Homes Winners Announced


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”.

Maya Bogh, President of HBRAME, presents Colby Chase with the Judge’s Choice award in recognition of the Chase Construction Parade of Homes Entry ‘Perkins Overlook’

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.

Maya Bogh, President of HBRAME, presents Travis Blake with the People’s Choice award in recognition of the Southern Maine Remodeling Parade of Homes Entry ‘Contemporary Addition’

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 

4 Steps To Take Action on Canadian Softwood Lumber Tariff Increase

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. 

DID YOU KNOW – You can take advantage of the NAHB capitol connect tool to alert your congressional representatives to TAKE ACTION to reverse the increase in lumber tariffs recently instituted by the US Commerce Department. 

Step 1 – Visit Capitol Connect 

Step 2 – Register with your home address so the system can auto populate your elected representatives:


Step 3 – Choose the hot topic you’re interested in: 


Step 4 – Easily notify all three congressional representatives at one time:


Maine 2021 Parade of Homes will showcase building, remodeling industry

Article By Maureen Milliken written for MaineBiz can be seen here:

Maine’s construction and home remodeling industries are gearing up for a three-day virtual and in-person event that will showcase the industries’ work as well as help guide consumers during Maine’s raging hot real estate boom. 

The Maine 2021 Parade of Homes, an industry first in the state, will kick off Tuesday in Scarborough with an in-person event for builders interested in taking part. Participants’ work will be featured on the Maine Parade of Homes website, which is in development, and the public will be able to tour sites both physically and online the weekend of Oct. 9-11.

The 12-site tour is sponsored by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Maine, and is a way for consumers to familiarize themselves with the industry, including construction, remodeling and more.

“It is very important to us that members of the Maine Home Builders Association have this opportunity to showcase their work,” Maya Bogh, HBRAME president, said this week in announcing the launch. “It is equally important that homeowners, who may be looking to build a new home or complete a substantial renovation, have the opportunity to learn more about the builders they may choose to work with in the coming year.”

Bogh said that because Maine does not require a license for builders, homeowners need a way to learn as much as they can about a builder before they sign a contract. The event also provides opportunities for affiliate members to feature products that homeowners are asking for in new construction and remodeling, trends and more.

“We have an unbelievably talented pool of remodeling and building professionals in Maine, but we don’t have a showcase where people can view their work,” Bogh told Mainebiz in December.

Plans for virtual pivoted to hybrid 

The public will soon be able to buy tickets to take part in the tour, which currently stretches from the southern coast to Brunswick. As additional properties are added, it could expand to other areas in the state, said Melanie Merz, Parade of Homes event planner.

“We have a few builder spots left to fill and we’re actively looking for projects ready to show in person by the October date in the Portland region to round out the tour route,” Merz said.

The tour part of the event will including 12 featured properties. A panel of judges will award a “Best in Show,” and attendees will pick a “People’s Choice,” after the October weekend event. 

Merz said that when planning for the event began late last year, organizers had no idea what would be allowed physically this coming October.

The event template was developed by the National Association of Home Builders, which reports increased member-to-member partnerships and sales in regions that hold one.

“A traditional Parade of Homes is a 100% in-person home tour experience,” she said. “This event emerged for HBRAME in the midst of the pandemic, so we had to go into this planning for robust virtual content.”

The association has been working with Jesse Fowler, of OSC Web Design, to build the website for the event, with the thought initially that it may have to be completely virtual. “Luckily, it’s clear now, that for our builders who want to show in person, that can be a reality by October,” Merz said.

Merz said builders interested in showcasing a project may contact her to learn more about entering or attending Tuesday’s event. Those who aren’t members of the association get a one year membership with their entry into the parade.

Maine Parade of Homes 2021

The Parade of Homes is the Home Builders and Remodelers Associations premier home showcase event. Visit beautiful homes and meet the talented builders who make up the membership of the Maine Home Builders this October. This inaugural Maine Parade of Homes event is set to go live this October 9th and follows a trail of beautiful homes up of the coast of Maine. Please stay tuned for more details as we reach the event start date.