More good news for the home building industry. According to the latest NAHB Economics housing and economic forecast, single-family and multifamily construction will see strong growth rates, with remodeling experiencing lesser but still positive growth.
Did you know you can get cash back for weatherization and other home upgrades? It’s true. Energy Trust of Oregon offers cash incentives for energy-efficient upgrades to single-family and multi-family homes in both Washington and Oregon. For instance, Energy Trust of Oregon will pay homeowners $150 to seal air leaks in their homes. Isn’t that awesome?
Johnsonville Sausage filmed a TV segment at Parr Cabinet Design Center (Murray) recently. In the segment, the Johnsonville chef shared some excellent Super Bowl recipes. The segment will air on KPTV Fox 12 this Saturday (6:55 am and 8:25 am) and Sunday (7:55 am).
Parr Lumber will be at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show this year. The event takes place February 6 – 10, 2013 at the Portland Expo Center. We will be in booth #1209. Stop by and say hi.
Good news for the construction industry. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, single-family and multifamily housing starts increased by 12.1% to 954,000 units last month. This is the highest rate in more than four years. Single-family housing starts jumped by 8.1% to 616,000 units in December. Multifamily construction fared even better with an increase of 23.1% (338,000 units). In the West, single-family and multifamily housing starts increased by 18.7%. The Midwest saw the biggest gain with 24.7%, while the Northeast increased by 21.4%. The South experienced the smallest jump with only an improvement of 3.8%.
For the first time ever, two brothers will be coaching against each other in the Super Bowl. In less than two weeks, the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans. The head coach of the Ravens is John Harbaugh. His younger brother, Jim, is the head coach of the 49ers. Amazing, right? I think the sibling rivalry will make this year’s Super Bowl even more interesting.
The latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index was released today. Builders’ confidence remained at the same level (47) as last month. The index continues to hold at its highest level since April of 2006. The three-month moving average for the West increased by four points to 51.
I get this question all of the time.
The fact of the matter is that you can cut holes big enough in an I-joist big enough to put ductwork in.
According to the latest Random Lengths lumber market report, prices of framing lumber has been increasing. For contractors, this means you need to keep higher prices in mind when you bid on your next job. For consumers, this means you should start your do-it-yourself projects as soon as possible.