2018 CRAN Cincinatti: The Story Behind the Illustration


Learn what inspired Ohio illustrator John Maggard to create our exclusive 2018 CRAN Cincinnati illustration, featuring some the city’s most notable commercial and residential buildings. Go even deeper to learn the stories behind the highlighted buildings with our helpful infographic, detailing each structure.

Categories: Infographics, Inspiration, Residential

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Pushing the Boundaries of Fiber Cement. Meet Miraia.


Nichiha’s latest product innovation, Miraia, recently debuted at the AIA 2018 Expo in New York. The first fiber cement of its kind, Miraia features a reflective, high-gloss finish backed by the durability of fiber cement. Available in Snow, Glacier and Onyx hues, this unique product—with an equally unique name—is a cost-conscious alternative to the sheen of metal cladding.

Categories: Commercial, Industry Trends, Inspiration, Modern Home Design, National Brands, Product Education, Residential

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Video Interview: UrbanWorks Architecture - Designing with Color

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, March 22, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, March 22, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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!

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

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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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Illumination Lights Up Lansing

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, January 12, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, January 12, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Inspiration, Nichiha Projects

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#Trending: 5 Commercial Design Trends to Watch in 2017

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, December 09, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, December 09, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends, Inspiration

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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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Nichiha Provides Unique Design Aesthetic for New Starbucks Store

 By Michael Russo | Wed, September 28, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michael Russo

 By Michael Russo | Wed, September 28, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michael Russo


Nichiha recently had the pleasure of partnering with Starbucks on several of their new stores. Join me in taking a closer at a Wisconsin Starbucks and discover how they used Nichiha to add a unique design aesthetic to their storefront.

Categories: Inspiration, National Brands, Nichiha Projects

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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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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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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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10 Places to Explore in Philly at AIA 2016

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, May 06, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, May 06, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Inspiration, Lifestyle

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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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Illumination Color Persona Quiz

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, March 04, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, March 04, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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!

Categories: Commercial, Infographics, Inspiration

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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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Illumination Panels Create Functional & Fun Learning Space

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, December 01, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, December 01, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Inspiration, Nichiha Projects

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

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, June 18, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, June 18, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


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.

Categories: Commercial, Inspiration, Nichiha Projects

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