Interview With CRAN Architect. Matt Tindall

 By Kenny Collins | Fri, October 06, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Kenny Collins

 By Kenny Collins | Fri, October 06, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Kenny Collins


The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) is a professional community through which residential design architects exchange and cultivate knowledge of custom residential design. Nichiha is a proud supporter of CRAN and we are pleased to share an interview with Matt Tindall, Tindall Architecture Workshop, Greenville, South Carolina. Matt is a residential architect and president of the Greenville chapter of CRAN.

Categories: Modern Home Design, Residential

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Q&A with Owner of JL Dickinson General Contractor

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, February 23, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, February 23, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Inspiration, Residential

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Nichiha Builder of the Quarter – Q1 2017

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, February 09, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, February 09, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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!

Categories: Inspiration, Residential

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Q&A with Owner of Garman Homes

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, December 20, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, December 20, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Residential, Thought Leadership, Vlogs

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Nichiha Builder of the Quarter – Q4 2016

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, November 18, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, November 18, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Inspiration, Residential

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

 By Michelle Penoyar | Mon, October 17, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Mon, October 17, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Residential, Thought Leadership

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Video Interview: Builder Gordon Root at 2016 Street of Dreams

 By Michelle Penoyar | Mon, September 12, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Mon, September 12, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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!

Categories: Design Trends, Industry Trends, Inspiration, Nichiha Projects, Residential, Thought Leadership, Vlogs

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Nichiha Builder of the Quarter - Q3 2016

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, August 31, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, August 31, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Inspiration, Residential

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

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, August 12, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, August 12, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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!

Categories: Residential, Thought Leadership

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5 Trends in Modern Home Design

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, June 28, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, June 28, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Design Trends, Inspiration, Modern Home Design, Residential

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Q&A with VP of SLC Homebuilding

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, June 09, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, June 09, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Residential, Thought Leadership

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Nichiha Builder of the Quarter - Q2 2016

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, May 19, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, May 19, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Inspiration, Residential

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Trend Report: Nichiha’s Wood Series

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, March 22, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, March 22, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Inspiration, National Brands, Residential

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Q&A with President of ARK Builders

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, March 10, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, March 10, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Residential, Thought Leadership

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Nichiha Builder of the Quarter – Q1 2016

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, February 17, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, February 17, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Inspiration, Residential

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Infographic: Top Home Exterior Upgrades

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, January 15, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, January 15, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Design Trends, Industry Trends, Infographics, Residential

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Under Pressure: Wind Load Series Part 4

 By Carolina Albano | Sun, December 27, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano

 By Carolina Albano | Sun, December 27, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano


In the final post of our wind load series, we build on what we learned in previous discussions by delving into complex code bodies and agencies.

Categories: Commercial, Product Education, Residential, Thought Leadership, Wind Loads

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Under Pressure: Wind Load Series Part 3

 By Carolina Albano | Fri, December 18, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano

 By Carolina Albano | Fri, December 18, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano


In our last blog post we discussed how siding is designed to be installed in different structures and the requirements according to geographical and topographical location. We also discussed where on the building the siding is installed. To know how to safely install a siding product on a building, especially those with known high wind pressures, a manufacturer can turn to a number of test standards.

Categories: Commercial, Product Education, Residential, Thought Leadership, Wind Loads

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Nichiha Builder of the Quarter – Q3 2015

 By Michelle Penoyar | Mon, November 16, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Mon, November 16, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Inspiration, Residential

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Under Pressure: Wind Load Series Part 2

 By Carolina Albano | Thu, October 15, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano

 By Carolina Albano | Thu, October 15, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano


Now that we know the basic parameters used to determine the wind loads, let’s delve into two important ones: building zones & design pressures. In this post, we will understand how pressures act on a structure, & how we use this knowledge to calculate the minimum pressures a building designer must assign to a structure to make it safe for occupancy & use.

Categories: Commercial, Product Education, Residential, Thought Leadership, Wind Loads

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Fall in love with your exterior

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, October 08, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, October 08, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Design Trends, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Residential

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Under Pressure: Wind Load Series Part 1

 By Carolina Albano | Thu, October 01, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano

 By Carolina Albano | Thu, October 01, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Carolina Albano


In an attempt to demystify wind load data contained within the product evaluation reports of building material manufacturers, we are launching a 4-part blog series. We are excited to share our knowledge of the building code, the general requirements of wind loads for buildings, and how wind loads affect everyone related to commercial and residential buildings: the designers, the builders, and the eventual occupants.

Categories: Commercial, Product Education, Residential, Thought Leadership, Wind Loads

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The Importance of Pinterest and Houzz in the Building Industry

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, September 17, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, September 17, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends, Residential

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Nichiha Announces New Builder of the Quarter

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, August 12, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, August 12, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Inspiration, Residential

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Why siding your home with fiber cement is the ideal choice

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, July 29, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, July 29, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Product Education, Residential

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

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, July 14, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, July 14, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends, Inspiration, Residential

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