Recent Posts by Michelle Penoyar


The Importance of Pinterest and Houzz in the Building Industry

Day dreaming of exquisite exteriors, detailed designs, and state-of-the-art finishes? You have likely been perusing Pinterest and Houzz! Not only are Pinterest and Houzz great for leisure, but they are also two of the most important social media sites for the building industry.

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Illumination Color Persona Quiz

Nichiha’s Color Xpressions system can bring virtually any color to life on our Illumination Architectural Wall Panel. Designers take buildings to the next level with the thousands of color options available with Illumination. Each unique color choice makes a specific statement, offering the building a personality all its own. Join in the fun with Color Xpressions by taking our quiz to discover your Illumination color persona!

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5 Trends in Modern Home Design

Modern design allows the architectural details of a home to shine through. Every aspect of modern design is meticulously executed and creates a clean, sleek feel. For modern design inspiration in 2016, there are several places to turn. Check out these 5 trends to make modern a beautiful reality.

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#Trending: 5 Commercial Design Trends to Watch in 2017

What commercial design trends are you expecting to see in 2017? Trends not only help designers define a period of time, but also create the wow factor that people notice. Check out 5 commercial design items you can expect to see #trending in the coming year.

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How Architects are Mentoring the Next Generation

As the architecture world continues to evolve, so does the need for experienced architects to mentor the future generation of architects. Many design professionals are reaching out to inspire young students to join the profession and also mentoring students who are beginning to enter architecture.

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Fall in love with your exterior

Happy Fall Y’all! I don’t know about you, but fall is one of my favorite times of the year for decorating my front porch. From pumpkins and corn husks to friendly scarecrows and rich colored mums, fall is all about dressing up your exterior. This year, I was inspired while decorating my porch to make some additional exterior updates. Here are some quick tips to improve your overall curb appeal.

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Q&A with President of ARK Builders

Nichiha had a great opportunity to sit down and speak with our newest Builder of the Quarter, ARK Builders. President and Owner Ron Cuny gave us insight into his business and the building industry as a whole. We are happy to share this information with you as we highlight an established Alabama builder.

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Q&A with Nichiha Student Ambassador

Students are the future of architecture! With this in mind, Nichiha launched a Student Ambassador program at AIA 2016 where we worked with architectural students in the local Philadelphia area. We had the pleasure to sit down and learn more about our winning Student Ambassador Richard Vilabrera, Jr.

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Q&A with Owner of Garman Homes

Nichiha recently met up with our Builder of the Quarter, Garman Homes, for a Q&A. We had the privilege to speak with owner Jim Garman who gave us a behind the scenes look at his company and shared with us his valuable industry knowledge.

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Infographic: Why Our Wood?

Nichiha’s Wood Series offers the look of wood with the unmatched durability of fiber cement. Learn more about why you should design with our wood by exploring the Wood Series forest infographic!

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Branding a Storefront with Building Materials

Architects who work for national brand retailers have the challenging job of designing beautiful buildings that also fit into brand guidelines. They have to focus heavily on creating a storefront that is immediately recognizable by consumers. One of the best ways to brand the exterior of a building is with building materials.

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Trend Report: Nichiha’s Wood Series

Do you dare to use wood in your designs? Designers of all types are using the look of wood to highlight different areas of their projects. Nichiha is happy to assist designers by providing them with our Wood Series.

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Winning with Homeowners – Top Tips to Master your Next Homeowner Presentation

Winning is always fun, but it is especially important for residential builders and architects when selling to homeowners. They must win over the homeowner’s trust in building one of the most expensive and important purchases of the homeowner’s life. Learning top tips to master your next homeowner presentation will help ensure a winning result!

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Illumination Lights Up Lansing

When bold color makes a statement, heads are guaranteed to turn. Studio [intrigue] Architects decided to make that statement on the exterior of the Marketplace Lofts. They wanted to not only catch the eye of people passing by, but also portray the type of lifestyle that the building would offer residents.

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Hospitality Environments Evolve to fit Needs of Modern Travelers

Have you noticed that new hotels are feeling a little more luxurious and high-end these days? There are many new design trends emerging within hotels and this post will explore the latest and greatest in the world of hospitality design!

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Invasion of Drones in the Construction Industry

The age of technology is bringing fresh faces to the world of construction. These faces are a little different than those of the men and women you typically find on the jobsite. In fact, they are another breed entirely. Drones are on the loose and are proving to be a valuable asset in the construction industry.

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Nichiha Builder of the Quarter – Q3 2015

Nichiha welcomes our newest Builder of the Quarter! We are happy to announce Glenn Layton Homes as the recipient of Nichiha’s Builder of the Quarter award for Q3 of 2015.

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School Design Plays Role in Academic Success

What factors impact the academic success of a student? This is a question many educators ask. One important factor researchers are looking at is the environment students are learning in.

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Nichiha Builder of the Quarter - Q3 2016

Nichiha’s latest Builder of the Quarter has been announced! We are excited to welcome Stafford Homes and Land as our Builder of the Quarter for Q3 2016.

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The Rise of the Retrofit for Quick Service Restaurants

Fast-food restaurant brands across the nation including Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, and Taco Bell are getting a face lift. Many retrofit programs are being adopted to help update overall brand appeal to consumers, with a special focus on millennials.

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Trending: The look of wood takes the building industry by storm

The word on the street is wood. Have you noticed it is everywhere? Storming both interior and exterior settings, wood is making a comeback in a fresh and exciting way. We are not talking about old school 1960s paneled rooms and dark dated trim. Now it’s all about wood accent walls and other unique features.

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Illumination Panels Create Functional & Fun Learning Space

Pope Elementary School in Cypress, Texas used Nichiha Illumination panels to create a space that was functional and fun for learning. VLK Architects, Inc. infused bright colors into the design using custom color Illumination panels that were installed on both the interior and exterior of the building.

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10 Places to Explore in Philly at AIA 2016

Are you ready to get familiar with Philly at AIA 2016? The City of Brotherly Love offers so many places to explore with adventures at every corner. The Nichiha team wanted to give AIA attendees some fun places to check out while attending the show.

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Video Interview: Builder Gordon Root at 2016 Street of Dreams

Nichiha recently had the privilege to sit down for a discussion with our newest Builder of the Quarter Gordon Root, Principal and Founder of Stafford Homes and Land.Check out our video interview to experience Gordon’s 2016 Street of Dreams home for yourself!

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Nichiha Builder of the Quarter – Q1 2017

The news is out! Nichiha’s newest Builder of the Quarter has been announced. We are excited to welcome JL Dickinson General Contractor as the Nichiha Builder of the Quarter for Q1 2017!

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Nichiha adds fresh look to Atlanta’s historic Ponce City Market

Atlanta is turning an abandoned building into a main attraction. Ponce City Market is emerging from the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. The development will be the area’s largest adaptive, reuse project and will include a Central Food Hall, flats, offices, shops and other local businesses.

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Infographic: Top Home Exterior Upgrades

Nichiha’s latest infographic is a must-see! Take a closer look at the results from a June 2015 Professional Builder magazine survey that was given to readers on the topic of curb appeal.

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Nichiha Builder of the Quarter - Q2 2016

The news is out! Nichiha is excited to announce our newest Builder of the Quarter, SLC Homebuilding of Franklin, Tennessee. We are happy to welcome SLC Homebuilding, a division of Southern Land Company, as our Builder of the Quarter for Q2 of 2016 and recognize their outstanding work in the Nashville area.

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Tips for Marketing in a Digital Age in the Custom Homebuilding Industry

It’s 2016 and as you’re well aware, everything has turned digital! With this in mind, it is important for custom homebuilders and residential architects to focus on reaching their customer base through digital platforms. Check out digital tips where you can make an impact in reaching your customers where they are.

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Modern Healthcare Facilities - A Key Player in Physician Recruiting

The healthcare landscape can be quite challenging to navigate as things are constantly evolving. To make matters worse, there is currently a physician shortage that is impacting many healthcare facilities across the nation. Healthcare administrators are using many different tactics to attract physicians to their facilities including promoting newer, modern facilities.

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Why siding your home with fiber cement is the ideal choice

Home is where the heart is. That’s why it is of the upmost importance to use quality building materials to protect your home for the long haul. Whether you are building a new home or renovating an existing house, you should consider the benefits of fiber cement siding.

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The impact of color on cladding

Color is an integral part of our world and can have a psychological impact on all of us. As Frank H. Mahnke explains in an Archinect article, color not only impacts our natural surroundings, but also has influence within the architectural environment. Architects operate with this in mind and take color into consideration during the design process, especially when choosing cladding.

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Wood Cladding Comparison Chart

Wood cladding offers a timeless appeal and jaw-dropping beauty. While natural wood siding looks beautiful, it has some drawbacks that should be taken into consideration. Many building manufacturers are working to create alternative cladding that offers the look of wood without the drawbacks. See how Nichiha’s fiber cement cladding stacks up against the competition in a side-by-side comparison.

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Wow Factor Attracts Students

The student housing sector shows signs of continued growth as developers create new facilities across the United States. With increased competition among student housing facilities, developers are focusing on the ‘wow factor’ to attract students.

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Q&A with Owner of JL Dickinson General Contractor

Nichiha recently sat down with our newest Builder of the Quarter, JL Dickinson General Contractor, for a Q&A. We enjoyed speaking with owner Jeff Dickinson who gave us a closer look at his company and shared with us his experience and insight.

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Nichiha Announces New Builder of the Quarter

The news us out! Nichiha welcomes The Providence Group as our newest Builder of the Quarter. We are honored to celebrate an accomplished builder who specializes in constructing luxury homes in a wide range of styles and designs.

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Nichiha Builder of the Quarter – Q1 2016

Nichiha is excited to announce the first Builder of the Quarter for the New Year. We welcome ARK Builders, LLC as our latest award recipient and are happy to highlight our partnership with this great company. ARK Builders is an established company that crafts beautiful custom homes in South Alabama.

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Q&A with VP of SLC Homebuilding

Nichiha had the privilege to sit down and speak with our newest Builder of the Quarter, SLC Homebuilding. Vice President for Homebuilding Dan Gilbert gave us insight into SLC Homebuilding and the building industry as a whole. We are thrilled to share this information with you and provide knowledge from an established Tennessee homebuilder.

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Nichiha Builder of the Quarter – Q4 2016

We are thrilled to introduce Garman Homes as the Nichiha Builder of the Quarter! Garman Homes is an established homebuilding company in Raleigh, North Carolina and we are honored to recognize a company who is an innovator in the industry.

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Video Interview: UrbanWorks Architecture - Designing with Color

Nichiha recently had the pleasure of sitting down with UrbanWorks Architecture’s Bart Nelson and David Haaland to learn more about how they design with color. Watch our video to explore 3 projects that have colored the Minneapolis skyline!

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