2022 Bathroom Trends

Bathroom design is going well beyond strictly utility and function. From simple and contemporary designs, to chic and luxurious fixtures, the 2022 trends are all about creating a relaxing, personal retreat. 


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Overheard in the High Volume Members Meeting – June

Lumber prices have been falling to hit $593 in the Chicago market, roughly a 50% drop from the recent high, but prices are down only 15% locally. The group expects it will be 2-3 months before we see a significant decrease locally.

It was a warm and sunny day for the HBRAME representatives (Mark Patterson, Jason Labonte, Chip Hall & Melanie Merz) to attend meetings on Capitol Hill for the NAHB 2022 Legislative Conference. Sitting with Senator Susan Collins, each bui...

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Annual Meeting Recap

The annual meeting was a great evening to reconnect with members. NAHB Third Vice Chairman Buddy Hughes was in attendance to provide an update from the National Association of Home Builders. Buddy also helped us recognize two Maine legends: P...

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Meet & Greet with Norm Abram Recap

The May member meeting took place at the mill workshop of Kennebec Company up in Bath. The rain did not prevent a large group of us from making the trip because we had a real treat to look forward to - a meet and greet with Norm Abram of This...

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Overheard in the High Volume Builders Meeting – May

Sprinklers vs cistern. Cisterns are expensive to put in and maintain, ex. $100,000 system that the HOA has to maintain. Most towns have a 10,000 gallon tank cistern requirement, (a fire tank truck holds only 3,000 gallons for reference), and ...

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Interview with Jason Kehrer, Owner of Pine State Builders

Jason Kehrer is the owner of Pine State Builders based in Machias, ME. Jason is a member of the HBRAME membership committee and he has also been nominated to join the HBRAME 2022-23 Board of Directors. Jason joined me recently to share why he...

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Member Spotlight: Thom Labrie, Owner of Shelter +7

Melanie Merz: "Tell us a little bit about your business & your involvement in it." 

Thom Labrie: “My company is Shelter +7, Inc. which is a small footprin...

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