Home Designs for the Dogs

Pet ownership and dog-friendly home designs are on the rise.
Pet-loving millennials are driving the demand for home designs that fit their lifestyles and that of their four-legged friends.  Architects, designers and builders are all offering practical and luxurious dog-friendly options to meet this demand, and by the looks of the creative and innovative designs, Fido is going to be quite pleased with his new digs.

Why this surge in pet-friendly accommodations?  According to the 2017-18 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 68% of U.S. households (approximately 85 million families) have a pet – this figure is up 56% since the survey was first conducted in 1988.  Additionally, 60 million U.S. households have a dog and ownership has grown 29% over the past decade; that’s a sizeable market, and one that is becoming increasingly more significant for home designers and builders.  In addition to the pet pampering boutiques, doggy day spas and gourmet treats, the increase for pet lifestyle options has moved its way into the housing market.

According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors, 81% of those surveyed stated that they would take their pets’ needs into account when choosing their next abode, and more than half (52%) stated that they had performed home renovations to accommodate their pet.  For this reason, it should come as no surprise that pet-friendly options have been popping up in new home designs and planned communities across the nation.  Some of the most common and popular options include fences, dog doors and pet-friendly flooring (laminate).  Some home builders show buyers options for modifying floor plans to include pet-washing stations that are integrated into the laundry room.

When searching the internet for some of the latest trends, there is everything from the practical to over-the-top for dog lovers.  Here is a brief list of some features that builders have added to new construction and remodels that grabbed our attention:

  1. Built-in Feeding Station – Anyone who has a pet knows how easy it is to trip on food and water bowls or how they can be pushed across the room in pursuit of the last morsel of kibble. For this reason, built-in feeding stations for the kitchen have been designed to eliminate the mess and potential tripping hazards.  It allows for more floor space and keeps the kitchen design sleek and unobstructed.
  2. Community Services – In planned communities, the pet pampering options don’t stop in the home. Gardens, community parks and buildings are starting to see doggy clean-up stations with disposable bags, dog parks, dog salon and grooming stations and/or services.
  3. “Special” Gardens – For homeowners looking to limit the amount of pet waste that makes its way across the yard, there are outdoor potty areas, some that include antimicrobial artificial grass.
  4. Sleeping Quarters – While there may not necessarily be the need or space for a pet to have his own sleeping quarters, there has been a trend developing where spaces that would traditionally be used for cabinets/storage can be modified to accommodate pet beds. Just as with the feeding stations, it allows for the floor space to be clear, all while Fido can still have a cozy spot with his favorite companion.
  5. Dog Houses – While dog houses have been around a long time, some of the latest dog houses easily earn a five-star rating. From some looking like mini versions of the main house to including cooling systems, cozy décor and plush outdoor bedding, today’s dog houses are far from being “for the dogs”.

With pet ownership on the rise and a high demand for designs and features to meet pets’ needs, there is plenty of room to get creative and offer something unique to your clients.  That being stated, the balance between function and aesthetics is key.  Not everyone is looking for the dog house fit for a king, but a few royal pet features may just be the “wow” factor that grabs their attention and love for their four-legged friends.

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Florida Home Builders Report – January 2018

Last month, there were nearly 4,750 new residential construction permits added to the HBW database for Florida.  Out of the five major regions (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Southeast and Southwest), Orlando had the most housing starts on file with 1,071 new permits and nearly $323.5M in construction value for the one-month period.   Tampa and the southwest region were right up there with Orlando having 1,055 and 1,068 housing starts in each area respectively.

When focusing on the builders with the most new permitting activity across the Sunshine State, Lennar Homes and D.R. Horton were standouts as they were ranked in the top three for total housing starts in every region reviewed.

Here is a closer look at residential construction and the companies leading new home building in Florida last month:

Orlando

As previously mentioned, Orlando just made the top spot for total housing starts on file with HBW in January.  There were more than 150 active builders in the area responsible for 1,071 housing starts with a total construction value of nearly $323.5M.  Mattamy Homes led with over 100 starts on file, closely followed by Lennar Homes and D.R. Horton:

Builder Total Permits Average Value
Mattamy Homes 105 $372,405
Lennar Homes 100 $252,688
D.R. Horton 82 $273,587


Southwest Florida

Last month, Southwest Florida ranked second in the HBW database for total housing starts.  There were 1,068 new residential construction permits with a total value in excess of $275M, and the highest concentration of new home construction took place in Lee County (362 permits).  Out of the 195 active builders in the area, Lennar Homes proved to be a leading builder with 173 new residential construction permits, followed by Pulte Homes (160 permits) and D.R. Horton (92 permits).

Builder Total Permits Average Value
Lennar Homes 173 $189,614
Pulte Homes 160 $221,040
D.R. Horton 92 $215,192


Tampa

Tampa ranked a close third with 1,055 housing starts and a total construction value in excess of $295.3M last month.  The highest concentration of new residential construction could be found in Hillsborough County (398 permits), and out of the 170+ active builders, Lennar Homes ranked #1 for total housing starts (178 permits).

Builder Total Permits Average Value
Lennar Homes 178 $264,829
D.R. Horton 80 $220,040
The Villages of Lake Sumter 73 $331,499

 

Jacksonville:

Last month, Jacksonville had a strong month for residential construction having 918 housing starts with a total value of nearly $226M.  St. Johns County had the highest concentration of new home building activity (358 permits), and out of the 140+ active builders in the area, D.R. Horton ranked #1 for total housing starts (136 permits).

Builder Total Permits Average Value
D.R. Horton 136 $171,739
Lennar Homes 107 $251,866
Richmond American Homes 62 $264,194

 

Southeast Florida

Moving to the southeast region of the state, there were approximately 625 housing starts with a total construction value of nearly $170M on file for the one-month period.  Higher concentrations of new permitting activity could be found in counties including Miami-Dade (179 permits) and St. Lucie (164 permits).  Out of the 175+ active builders in the area, D.R. Horton took top spot with 100 housing starts.

Builder Total Permits Average Value
D.R. Horton 100 $165,565
Lennar Homes 61 $138,372
G L Homes 44 $454,708

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Texas Top Home Builders – January 2018

A review of top home builders and new residential construction in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio for the month of January 2018.

The new year has started off right for D.R. Horton when it comes to new home construction.  Out of the four major Texas metro areas reviewed, D.R. Horton was number one for total housing starts in three out of four (Houston, Dallas, Austin) Texas cities last month.  Across the state, new residential construction was solid for the first month of the year, having a total of nearly 5,200 new permits with a value in excess of $1.2B on file with HBW for the one-month period.

Other builders who had a heavy presence in new residential construction last month include Lennar Homes and Pulte Homes.  Here is a closer look at the top home builders in Texas by metro area:

Houston

Last month, Houston remained on top for new construction activity, having more than 2,225 new permits with a total value of nearly $451M on file for the month.  More than half of all new construction took place in Harris County (1,126 permits), and out of the more than 275 active builders in the area, D.R. Horton took top spot for total housing starts.  The top five builders for total housing starts in the Houston area last month are as follows:

#1 – D.R. Horton; #2 – Perry Homes; #3 – Pulte Homes; #4 – Lennar Homes; #5 – K. Hovnanian Homes

Dallas

Dallas ranked second highest last month for total housing starts.  Out of the approximately 1,750 new residential construction permits with a total value in excess of $488.5M, D.R. Horton ranked #1 for total housing starts from the 230 active builders in the area.  Other builders that made their mark in January include:

#1 – D.R. Horton; #2 – Bloomfield Homes; #3 – First Texas Homes; #4 – Lennar Homes; #5 – Pulte Homes

Austin

As previously mentioned, D.R. Horton also took top spot out of 100 active builders in the Austin area last month.  In January, there were close to 700 housing starts with a total construction value just over $165M, and more than half of all new permits originated from Travis County (391 permits).  In addition to D.R. Horton, other home builders that made the top five list are as follows:

#1 – D.R. Horton; #2 – Lennar Homes; #3 – RSI Communities; #4 – Meritage Homes; #5 – Pulte Homes

San Antonio

There were just over 500 housing starts in San Antonio last month with a total construction value in excess of $120M.  Out of the 75 active builders on file for the area, Continental Homes of Texas took the #1 spot for total new residential construction permits in January.  Other builders that were on the leaderboard for total housing starts are as follows:

#1 – Continental Homes of Texas; #2 – KB Homes; #3 – Lennar Homes; #4 Camillo Properites; #5 – Bella Vista C.M.I. Ltd.

Information utilized for Texas residential construction reports was directly derived from HBW construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Southwest Florida Ranks #1 for Pool Construction

HBW’s new swimming pool construction report for Florida in 2017

Florida Pool Construction Permits 2011-2017

Out of the more than 24,000 swimming pool starts in Florida last year, the southwest region ranked #1 for total starts (6,350+ permits).  Pool construction in the southwest has been growing over the last five years, and it continues to climb with 2017 reflecting a 4% year-over-year increase in permit activity for the area.

While there was a 6% year-over-year increase in new pool construction statewide last year, five out of six regions reviewed experienced notable growth.  Northeast Florida had a healthy 14% increase in pool construction in comparison to 2016, and Central, West and Northwest Florida all experienced annual increases of 8% or so.  Central Florida ranked second highest for total pool starts, continuing its growth pattern of the last five years, resulting in more than 4,700 new pools for the one-year period.  Not far behind, the southeast region had a total of more than 4,450 pool starts, despite the annual dip (-3%) in new construction activity.

FL New Pool Permits by Area – 2016 vs. 2017

When reviewing counties for the greatest concentration of new pool construction, standouts included Lee in the southwest portion of the state (2,084 permits), Palm Beach to the southeast (1,676 permits) and Orange in Central Florida (1,603 permits).  Out of the top five areas for new pool construction, Lee County reflected the highest level of growth with a 13% year-over-year increase in swimming pool permits.  Here’s a closer look at the top counties for new pool construction last year:

FL Top Counties for Total Pool Permits – 2016 vs. 2017

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Florida Residential Construction Up 14% in 2017

HBW report on Florida housing starts in 2017

FL Housing Starts 2011-2017

Since 2014, Florida has been experiencing a steady and healthy climb in new residential construction.  Last year, the Sunshine State had a 14% year-over-year increase in housing starts, resulting in nearly 73,000 new residential construction permits added to the HBW database throughout the year.

Areas that saw the greatest spikes in new home construction last year include Southeast (7,879 permits) and West (15,952 permits) Florida with year-over-year increases of 27% and 23% respectively. Both areas have been climbing year after year since 2014, with 2017 seeing the greatest increase in residential construction activity in three years.

Out of the six major regions reviewed (Central, West, Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, Northwest), the highest concentration of new construction took place in West Florida (15,952 permits) and Central Florida (15,028 permits).  In Central Florida, more than half of all housing starts originated from Orange (5,978 permits) and Osceola (3,176) counties; that being stated, in Brevard County residential construction has been on the rise and increasing since 2012, with 2017 reflecting a substantial 37% year-over-year increase.

In West Florida, Sumter County was nearly off the charts with its increase in housing starts.  Sumter appears to be coming out of a lull in home building.  From 2014 to 2016, the area experienced significant dips in housing starts year after year.  In 2017, the area saw a turn for the better; with a 91% year-over-year increase in new residential construction permits, Sumter County had more than 1,655 housing starts and should be an area to watch this year.  The highest concentration of new residential construction in West Florida could be found in the counties of Hillsborough (4,847 permits, +9%) and Polk (4,076 permits, +20%)

Here is a closer look at new residential construction permit totals and increases in activity from 2016 to 2017:

FL New Residential Permits by Area – 2016 vs. 2017

FL Top 10 Counties for Total Permits – 2016 vs. 2017

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Texas Residential Construction Report – 2017

HBW reports on residential construction permit activity in Texas for 2017.

Texas Housing Starts 2012-2017

Last year, Texas had its best year for housing starts on record in more than five years.  In 2017, there was a total of more than 70,800 housing starts in the combined metro areas of Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, reflecting a 6% year-over-year increase in new residential construction activity.

While the Houston area landed top spot for total housing starts last year (29,418 permits), Dallas ranked highest for higher value construction having more than 2,000 housing starts with values greater than $500k.  Dallas also experienced the greatest year-over-year increase in new residential construction permits (+10%) and ranked second highest for total starts (23,716 permits) on file with HBW for the year.

Texas Total Residential Permits by Area – 2016 vs. 2017

When looking for areas with the greatest growth patterns and annual increases in new residential construction, Dallas counties are front and center as Rockwall County (~1,300 permits) and Ellis County (1,534 permits) experienced year-over-year increases of 38% and 31% respectively. In the Houston area, counties including Montgomery (+24%) and Harris (+10%) were driving the overall 7% year-over-year increase in Houston home building, as other areas like Galveston took a hit (-15%) in housing starts.

Throughout the Lone Star State, there were counties that reflected both growth and held the greatest concentration of new home construction… As previously mentioned, Harris County (Houston) experienced a 10% year-over-year increase resulting in it ranking #1 statewide for total housing starts (15,832 permits).  Other counties where new home construction was on a high include the Dallas counties of Collin (7,051 permits) and Tarrant (6,777 permits), as well as Travis County (6,585 permits) in Austin.

Texas Top 5 Counties 2017

Information utilized for Texas residential construction reports was directly derived from HBW construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Swimming Pools on the Rise in Atlanta

A review of new swimming pool construction permits in the Atlanta area for 2017

ATL Pool Permits 2012-2017

Since 2013, swimming pool construction has been steadily on the rise in the Metro Atlanta area.  In 2017, the area experienced a 14% year-over-year increase in pool starts, resulting in more than 2,200 new pool permits added to the HBW database.

Counties that have seen the greatest amount of new swimming pool construction include Fulton and Cobb.  Both Fulton and Cobb experienced a year-over-year increase of +13% in new pool construction, resulting in nearly 400 pool starts in Fulton and more than 300 pool starts in Cobb County last year.  Other counties with higher levels of new pool construction include Cherokee (207 permits) and Gwinnett (197 permits).

ATL Top 5 Counties for Total Pool Permits (2016 vs. 2017)

When looking at the year ahead, we reviewed Metro Atlanta counties that show promising growth… For example, while Carroll County in on the lower end of total new permits, it has shown consistent and high levels of growth over the past few years.  The area has gone up from a year-over-year increase of 9% in 2016 to more than 40% in 2017, and incremental increases in pool construction have been evident since 2012.  Forsyth County is also on the upswing.  Since 2014, there has been a slower increase in new pool construction, but in 2017, annual growth went from an average of 3% to a whopping 22% in just one year.  Similar and impressive growth could also be found in Paulding County.  Since 2012, the area has consistently experienced decreases in swimming pool construction until 2015, when there was a 16% year-over-year increase, and then in 2017 when there was a massive 63% year-over-year increase in pool starts.

Information utilized for the graphs and above listed figures for Metro Atlanta swimming pool construction was directly derived from HBW construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Atlanta Residential Construction Review 2017

With more than 24,000 residential construction permits in 2017, Atlanta had its best year on record for housing starts since 2012.

ATL Housing Starts 2012-2017

Over the past year, Atlanta has experienced some of the most rapid economic growth among the country’s largest metro areas.  According to WalletHub’s recent ranking on America’s Fastest Growing Large Cities, Atlanta is making its mark… Of the country’s largest cities by population (>300,000 people), Atlanta ranked #11 on the list.  When looking at the latest HBW permit reports for Atlanta, this growth is evident in residential construction as well.  Back in August, HBW posted an article noting that Atlanta was on track for a record year, and the latest reports confirm exactly that.  Since 2012, housing starts have been on the rise across the metro Atlanta area, with every year experiencing more new home construction than the last.  In 2017, there was a 10% year-over-year increase in housing starts resulting in more than 24,400 new residential construction permits on file with HBW,  making it the best year on record in over five years.

The greatest year-over-year increases and growth in residential construction could be found in counties such as Newton (+64%), Fayette (+56%) and Hall (+48%); on the other hand, there were just a few areas that experienced significant year-over-year dips in residential construction including Walton (-36%) and Oconee (-25%).

When looking at the areas with the highest concentration of housing starts, Gwinnett County was a standout; with a 4% year-over-year increase and nearly 3,700 housing starts in 2017, Gwinnett County ranked #1 for total starts and reflected a consistent growth pattern over the last five years. Next in line was Forsyth County – While 2017 wasn’t a year for growth in residential construction for Forsyth County, in comparison to other counties there were still ample new housing starts on file for the year. With nearly 2,500 housing starts last year, Forsyth County ranked #2 for total new residential construction permits.  Coming very close to Forsyth for total housing starts, Fulton County (2,467 permits) ranked #3 for total new permits last year, reflecting a 3% year-over-year increase in new home construction.

ATL Top 5 Counties for Total Permits – 2017

When taking a look at higher value construction (homes over $500k), Fulton County continued to be the leading area.  Last year, there were nearly 300 new homes with values in excess of $500k in Fulton County, making it the leader for higher value residential construction in the Metro Atlanta area.

Information utilized for the graphs and above listed figures for metro Atlanta residential construction was directly derived from HBW construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

HBW Report: Texas Swimming Pool Construction – December 2017

Texas Swimming Pool Construction Permits by Area – Dec. 2017

The year ended with a slower month for Texas swimming pool construction in December.  Out of the hundreds of active pool builders throughout the Lone Star State, there were nearly 540 new pool construction permits with a total value of approximately $33M added to the HBW database.  Out of the four major metro areas reviewed, Dallas ranked #1 for total pool starts with 289 permits and more than $18M in construction value on file, and Austin was on top for the highest average value of construction at $73,963.

Here is a closer look at new pool construction by area during the month of December:

HOUSTON

Total # of Permits: 143

Total Value of Construction: $7.7M+

Total # of Active Builders: 90+

Top County: Harris (81 permits)

Top Builders:

#1 – Anthony & Sylvan Pools

#2 – Premier Pools

#3 – Rainey Pools

DALLAS

Total # of Permits: 289

Total Value of Construction: $18.1M+

Total # of Active Builders: ~120

Top County: Tarrant (81 permits)

Top Builders:

#1 – Gold Medal Pools

#2 – Claffey Pools

#3 – Riverbend Pools

AUSTIN

Total # of Permits: 61

Total Value of Construction: $4.5M+

Total # of Active Builders: 40

Top County: Travis (~50 permits)

Top Builders:

#1 – Cody Pools

#2 – Anthony & Sylvan Pools

#3 – Athena Pools

SAN ANTONIO

Total # of Permits: 44

Total Value of Construction: $2.4M

Total # of Active Builders: ~25

Top County: Bexar (39 permits)

Top Builders:

#1 – Keith Zars Pools

#2 – Gary’s Pools & Patio

#3 – Cody Pools

 

Texas Average Value of Pool Construction – Dec. 2017

Information utilized for Texas swimming pool construction reports was directly derived from HBW construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Florida’s Top Builders and Areas for New Swimming Pool Construction – December 2017

HBW Report – New Swimming Pool Construction in Florida during the month of December 2017.

FL Pool Permits by Area – December 2017

Last month, there were nearly 1,850 new swimming pool construction permits with a total value in excess of $78M added to the HBW database for Florida.  Out of the five major regions reviewed, Southwest Florida experienced the greatest number of pool starts (529 permits), and Tampa had the highest average value of construction at $46,307.  Here is a closer look at stats for December by region:

SOUTHWEST

The southwest region ranked #1 for total pool starts having approximately 120 active builders and nearly 530 new permits on file last month.  The average value of new pool construction for the one-month period was $43,421

Top County for Total Permits: Lee (182 permits)

Top Builders for Total Permits:

  1. Aragon Pools and Spas
  2. Pinnacle USA
  3. Aquadoc

 

SOUTHEAST

The southeast region ranked second highest for total pool starts.  Last month, there were approximately 130 active builders in the area and more than 400 new construction permits added to the HBW database.  The average value of construction was $40,116.

Top County for Total Permits: Palm Beach (206 permits)

Top Builders for Total Permits:

  1. RHR Pools
  2. Swimming Pool Contractors
  3. A&G Concrete Pools

 

ORLANDO

In Orlando, there were more than 70 active pool builders responsible for 385 pool starts and an average value of construction just over $39k last month.

Top County for Total Permits: Osceola (136 permits)

Top Builders for Total Permits:

  1. All Seasons
  2. Bob’s Pool Service
  3. American Pools & Spas

 

TAMPA

There were approximately 100 active builders in Tampa last month, resulting in more than 300 pool starts at an average construction value of $46,307, the highest average value of all areas reviewed.

Top County for Total Permits: Hillsborough (108 permits)

Top Builders for Total Permits:

  1. Challenger Pools
  2. Olympus Pools
  3. Riviera Pools of Tampa

 

JACKSONVILLE

From the 70 active pool builders in the Jacksonville area last month, there were 212 pool starts with an average construction value of $45,442.

Top County for Total Permits: St. Johns (81 permits)

Top Builders for Total Permits:

  1. Island Pools
  2. Blue Haven Pools
  3. Superior Design Pools

FL Pool Construction – Average Value, Dec. 2017

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.