NAHB has announced the finalists for its 2018 Best of 55+ Housing Awards, the premier design and marketing competition for the 55+ housing industry.
This year, 111 entries were chosen as finalists and are eligible for either a gold or silver award from NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council. Those winners will be announced on Jan. 9, 2018, during the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.
“Physical activity remains an important aspect for residents of 55+ housing, and prime outdoor amenities offering access to activities like hiking, biking, gardening and swimming are a must in today’s residences,” said Dennis Cunningham, chairman of NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council, and president of ActiveWest Builders, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
“This year’s finalists have some great examples of these types of amenities in their communities. Even the more traditional continuing care communities are providing opportunities for activity for residents at the level they are able to participate.”
Finalists were selected from entries in 38 categories representing single-family homes, rental housing, service-enriched housing, 55+ housing lifestyle features and marketing activity, plus three categories representing individuals and firms.
NAHB’s 55+ Housing Council launched the awards to encourage quality and innovation in the 55+ housing market. The council provides information, education and networking opportunities for its members and provides advocacy support to NAHB on key 55+ housing issues.
See the complete list of this year’s finalists.
Download a PDF of the 2018 Finalists.
Home Builders Association of Delaware visited a ball field to enjoy a night of baseball. Does anyone recognize the stadium? How about the members? Tag us if you know.
Home Builders Association of Delaware and Two Men and a Truck partner with Community to “Stuff the Truck” for Houston Hurricane Victims.
Throughout the state of Delaware, the community has come together to help collect much needed supplies for the continued relief efforts in Houston. After Hurricane Harvey flooded them with several feet of water, The Home Builders Association of Delaware partnered with Two Men and a Truck with hopes of sending one truck load of supplies down to Houston. Several Members of Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE) volunteered to become drop off locations in each county. Soon the public learned of our efforts, and more and more members of the community began to provide donations and assistance.
JS Homes of Bear DE, became our collection point in Northern New Castle County. Soon, Melissa Scott of JS Homes, called the HBADE office to advise us that Jenner’s Pond, (a retirement community in PA) , had an 18 ft box truck filled to help “Stuff the Truck”. JS Homes also collected a number of items from local community members to send to Houston.
Middletown Kitchen and Bath (MKB), of Middletown DE, became our collection point in Southern New Castle County. Mark Gandy, owner of MKB, collected many items. In addition when another charity backed out of an arrangement with a local fire company to deliver 18 additional pallets of supplies, Mark found them transportation and a driver. Mark also joined Two Men and a Truck to help sort through donations to repackage and load for transport.
Frank McKee Jr. of McKee Builders of Springfield, PA also did a drive at their local favorite coffee spot. They were able to collect several SUV’s full of items to contribute to the collection efforts of the Home Builders Association of Delaware.
Resort Custom Homes of Lewes, DE collected items in Sussex County. Mark Grahne, (owner), delivered them to HBADE staff on several occasions to get them to Two Men and a Truck. Sunny Dean, (also of Resort Custom Homes), helped sort and repackage things to load the truck up for transport.
Schell Brothers of Rehoboth, DE decided they wanted to help, rented a box truck and hosted a collection drive over the weekend of September 23rd and 24th. There were many items collected from Schell Brothers’ communities. The most collected items seemed to be paper products and brand new linens, some of which Schell purchased themselves. Mark Moore, (Senior Construction Manager for Schell), delivered their stuffed truck to Two Men and a Truck on Monday, September 25th. The items Schell Brothers collected filled almost an entire garage bay at the Two Men and a Truck office.
Ted Ammann of the Red Clay School District reached out to Home Builders Association of Delaware because they wanted to do a drive, but had no way to transport the items. HBADE and Two Men and a Truck agreed to take their items. Children from the district collected an 18 ft box truck filled with items such as school supplies, toiletries, pet supplies, and non-perishable items. Mr. Ammann, along with some of his co-workers, drove the truck to Two Men and a Truck and filled an entire garage bay with the items they collected.
Two Men and a Truck of Dover, DE was the collection point for Kent County, and also kindly donated a truck and driver in the beginning of collection efforts. Jeremy Brown, (owner of the Dover location), stated that items just trickled in every day. After receiving 3 truckloads of deliveries from other locations, Home Builders Association and Two Men and a Truck had no choice but to consider cutting off the collection efforts several weeks early.
Mr. Brown did not want to turn away people whom had not heard we had stopped collecting, so he graciously kept receiving items as they came. In the end, Mr. Brown not only donated a truck and driver of his own, but rented an additional truck and provided an additional driver to take the collected supplies to Texas.
Our collective efforts resulted in 29,500 pounds of goods to send to Houston. Items will be delivered and distributed with the help of Texas local Greater Brazos Valley Builders Association. The HBADE community received so much support, that overflow donations, beyond the 29,500 pounds, went to support other organizations in Hurricane relief efforts.
Finally, HBADE would like to thank Leon N Weiner & Associates for donating funds to help defray the expenses of Two Men and a Truck. We would also like to thank Ted Ammann of Red Clay School District; Jeremy Brown, Two Men and a Truck; Sunny Dean, Resort Custom Homes; Mark Gandy, Middletown Kitchen and Bath; Mark Grahne, Resort Custom Homes; Frank McKee Jr, McKee Builders; Mark Moore, Schell Brothers; Rose Selman, Greater Brazos Valley Builders Association; Melissa Scott, JS Homes; Bob Taylor, JS Homes; and the community for their generous donations.
What a beautiful day we had for our Fall Golf, Crab & Steak Feast Event held Thursday, October 5th, at the Odessa National Golf Club in Townsend. It was a sold out crowd and the golfers were rearing to go after picking up their boxed lunches, cigars (if desired) & golf carts which had their goody bags waiting for them. We had a shotgun start at noon and off they went.
As the golfers finished, they came into the big tent where the drinks and food awaited them. There was plenty of crabs, steak, drinks, and company to go around.
Once the crowd settled down, it was time to make some announcements. Jim McCulley, HBA/DE President, thanked our amazing sponsors as well as our awesome golf committee. Jeff Haggerty, Golf Committee Chair, spoke next. He also thanked our sponsors as well as our incredible volunteers, and our generous donors of the goody bag items and prizes. He awarded first place to the team from Energy Services Group (Congratulations),
followed by the second place and last place teams, the 50/50 which the winner received $745, plus other prizes such as a yeti tumbler, yeti cooler with beer, golf gift certificates, and gift certificates for Conceal Carry class.
We had a special guest at the event this year, Mariano "Sandman" Rivera, who is a former Yankees Baseball Player. Scott Morris, of Palram Americas, invited Mariano to golf with the HBA/DE. Scott purchased a golf bag to be signed by Mariano and auctioned it off to raise much needed funds for Puerto Rico. The winning bid was $1600 belonging to Steve Arnold of Engery Services Group. Other members also donated money to the cause. Way to go HBA/DE. Mariano, then stayed after dinner for pictures. He was a great sport.
We hope everyone had a great time. These events can't be successful without our golf committee, our many sponsors, donors, volunteers, and of course the golfers. Thank you to the following sponsors/donors:
Acopia Home Loans
Bank of America
Bath Kitchen and Tile
Builders 1st Source
Excel Business Systems
Geo-Technology Associates Inc
Leon N. Weiner & Associates
Middletown Kitchen and Bath
Morris Ritchie Associates Inc.
Saul Ewing LLP
Tricon Construction Management
Whiteford Taylor Preston LLC
Thank you to Madison Bailey, Bath, Kitchen & Tile, who is always willing to lend a hand and help with whatever is needed.
As always, a big shout out to Sharon Moore from AZEK for volunteering and being our official photographer for this event, and bringing cigars to share. Thank you Sharon!
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It would be amazing if we could have this kind of turn out to all of our events. Our BREC conference is the next event. Have you signed up yet? Click here for information.
Are you ready for another Throwback Thursday? Enjoy the pictures and tag any friends that you see.
Hint: These pictures are from our 59th Annual Banquet
held at Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center
February 4, 2006
We recently commissioned an economic study by the economists at the National Association of Home Builders, on the economic impact of housing in Delaware.
They prepare two reports:
1. The Economic Impact of Home Building in Delaware: Comparing Costs to Revenue for State and Local Governments, and
2. The Economic Impact of Home Building in Delaware: Income, Jobs, and Taxes Generated
(click each title for a copy of the report)
Did you know that each new home built in Delaware creates over 4 permanent new jobs in Delaware, in the year the home is built. And one additional permanent new job for each year afterwards.
In honor of our Fall Golf, Crab & Steak Feast Event today, Thursday, October 5th, we are posting some very special pictures from a prior golf event. I am not sure what was going on, but I can guarantee that the people featured this week wished we lost these pictures forever. These golfers have some explaining to do. Don't forget to tag anyone you recognize. We can't let them miss this one.
They look like they were all sharing two dresses??? We will pull more of these pictures out at a later date.
Currently, the process to turn over open space in New Castle County is problematic. This is not meant as a disparaging comment to County land use officials, as the process is widely viewed as needing remediation and improvement.
Toward that end, the Home Builders Association of Delaware is forming a committee which will springboard off a series of workshops the County held, to look at the process so that we can prepare and submit proposed recommended changes to the Code.
A committee will be formed shortly. Anyone wanted to participate should contact HBADE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming soon will be more information about our HBADE sponsored insurance program and services.
In the meantime, there is about to be a big shift in the Delaware Health Insurance marketplace.
As of January 1st 2018, it is expected Individual Health Insurance premiums will increase
more than 30% (final rates have yet to be approved). To add salt to the wound, the State
of Delaware will only have one health insurer left in the Individual Market, Highmark Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Delaware. As of January 1st, Aetna will no longer be available for
individuals. At this level of increase, health insurance will be unaffordable for many of
Delaware’s individuals and families.
For some, Small Group Health Insurance will be the solution. Small Group will be
substantially less expensive than individual health insurance and with more plan options and
more carriers. This will mean we could find a significant movement from individual to
Small Group Health Insurance especially sole proprietors and 1099 subcontractors. Even
larger groups that decided, in years prior, to forgo providing health insurance to employees
will now want to consider implementing a benefit program to assist employees in accessing
more affordable coverage
Click below to learn more about the dental program through Benefits Connection
Click here to learn more about the Human Resources Portal program through Benefits Connection.
Associate of the Year: An Associate who excelled at supporting the Building industry by volunteering time with the Association by advocating, working on a council or committee, and/or volunteering at events.
Builder of the Year: A Builder who excelled at supporting the Building industry by volunteering time with the Association by advocating, working on a council or committee, and/or volunteering at events.
Remodeler of the Year: A Remodeler who excelled at supporting the Building industry by volunteering time with the Association by advocating, working on a council or committee, and/or volunteering at events.
Young Professional of the Year: A Member, who is 45 years or younger, who excelled at supporting the Building industry by volunteering time with the Association by advocating, working on a council or committee, and/or volunteering at events.
President’s Award: The President will select an award for a Member who has went above and beyond in the industry.
Lifetime Achievement: A Member who has been committed to the HBADE for at least 10 years.
Outstanding Business Award: The Business who has had the most community involvement.
Membership Award: The Member who has brought in the most new members for the year.
Defender of Housing Award: Member or Legislator who has tirelessly supported HBADE's efforts to protect the Housing Industry.
Outstanding New Member Award: The Member who has been with HBADE for less than one year and showed exceptional participation in their first months with the Association.