Building Business News for December 2017

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December 2017

HBA Welcomes 2018 President Gary Kerns Economic Forecast Breakfast – page 4 2017 HBA Award Winners – page 6 Past Presidents Dinner – page 11

Share your ideas for the future of Overland Park – page 14

Gary Kerns, Gary Kerns Homebuilders, was officially welcomed as the incoming president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City at the annual Inaugural Celebration on December 6. Gary grew up in Hemple, Mo., which is a very small town north of Gower, Mo., and east of St. Joseph, Mo. His parents Wayne and Betty Kerns were homebuilders in St Joseph; they started building homes in 1963 alongside Gary’s grandfather Orville. During his remarks at the Inaugural, Gary recalled his experiences as a child riding around with his Dad to job sites and meeting all the subcontractors at Holiday Inn for coffee and donuts. In those days, builders stopped at pay phones with a roll of dimes to call someone……and the phone numbers were all written down on the outside of the booth. Gary married his wife Amy in 1986. According to Gary, “she is the one that keeps things reeled in and asks me the why and how and are you sure…. She is the one I go to first when deciding on a business decision. She keeps me in check.” Gary Kerns Homebuilders is a family company with eldest son Justin

Kerns working as a superintendent. Daughter Jessica also works at the company along with her fiancé, Mike. Youngest son Jordan is in his last year of college pursuing a degree in computer science. The Parade of Homes was Gary’s introduction to the KCHBA: “I wanted to have one of my homes in the Parade, so I joined the KC HBA and even entered a home in the contest. The next week after judging, I got a call from the HBA suggesting that I come to The gavel passes from Harold Phelps to Gary Kerns committees; and is president of the Home the awards ceremony. We went to the cerBuilders Association of Missouri. emony and we won an award…. someone Goals for Gary’s year as president include: at the HBA must have known. Now I was • Work Force Issues. The workforce sold on the HBA and all they had to offer.” development committee has completed In 2007 Gary was elected to the HBA’s a strategic plan and put it into action. Board of Directors. He remembers walking in at the first board lunch not know• Renovation of the HBA building. ing what to expect. Staff greeted him like We will continue to work on renovating he had been coming there for years and the building to make it an asset that we by the end of the first year Gary was acare all proud of. quainted with people like George Schluter, Bob Frost, Tom Woods, Chris Ragland and • Continue to engage with government many other builders and associates. officials. Thank you, Josh Clark our Gary has served on nearly all KCHBA new EO, for your bold desire to make committees since joining the association. us heard and I look forward to working He currently chairs the Membership comwith you next year. Josh’s experience mittee; serves on the Parade and PAC in politics is Continued on page 6 | Volume 23, No. 12 | December 2017

Kansas Legislative Day 2018

Dec/Jan Calendar Dec 14

Associates Council Meeting

Dec 19

Board of Directors Meeting

Jan 8-11 International Builders’ Show Jan 16

Board of Directors Meeting

Jan 17

Kansas Legislative Day

Jan 30 Economic Forecast Breakfast For more information or to register for any event, go to or call 816-942-8800

Make sure your voice is heard in Topeka by joining fellow HBA members for the annual Kansas Legislative Day on January 17. For details on travel plans and the day’s schedule, contact or phone her at 816-733-2214.

Municipal Meeting Program a Success The HBA has made a concerted effort this year to strengthen its relationship with local government and create an open dialogue between high permitting cities and builders. To accomplish this, the HBA established regular municipal meetings with city staff to discuss ongoing builder and development issues.

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inspections, changes to development regulations, and more. These discussions are productive for both builders and city staff and lead to suggestions on ways to improve current practices. In some areas, there is still a fair amount of work to do, but the most important element is reminding local government that maintaining a business-friendly environment encourages economic growth and increased housing opportunities. These municipal meetings will continue quarterly in 2018, so do not hesitate to contact the HBA when a local issue arises. Thank you to all who helped make these meetings a success and we look forward to your participation next year.

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Large Crowd Gathers at New Member Coffee A large group gathered at the KCHBA office for a new member coffee on Nov. 9. Thank you to all who attended including Gary Kerns Homebuilders, Braklow Custom Homes, Ethan Allen, Bovard Insurance Group, Go Green Granite Recycled Granite, Franklin American Mortgage Company, Bank of Blue Valley, Brookfield Residential, Canaan Stone Works, Pella Windows and Doors, Premier Home Builders, Weber Flooring/Joe’s Carpet, Prime



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New member events are held on a regular basis and offer networking and orientation to HBA events, marketing opportunities and member benefits. Thank you for joining and welcome to the HBA!

Codes Task Force Update The HBA has formed a Codes Task Force, led by board member and national director George Schluter, to review the recently published 2018 ICC Codes. Many local jurisdictions that currently use the 2012 standards will soon consider the updated codes for adoption. The task force will determine the home building industry’s positions on the new codes and formulate amendments – suggestions on what language to delete, revise, or add. These proposals will be presented to cities working to adopt the new codes, with the goal of passing

sensible standards for building a safe and secure home without imposing overly burdensome requirements on builders and developers. Lee’s Summit and Overland Park will begin their code adoption process early in 2018. Kansas City will follow suit after their new Energov permitting software goes live and is working successfully. Shawnee and Lenexa have indicated they will not take up the new codes until closer to the end of the year.

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Workforce Development Push Continues November was a busy month for the HBA as it continued its efforts to promote employment in the home-building industry.

has expanded last year’s student woodworking competition at the Greater Kansas City Home Show into a program known as KC MADE.

On Nov. 15, the HBA was thrilled to participate in the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Career Expo. Thank you to our members who came and marketed their opportunities to the students, including Willis Custom Homes, Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, Weber Flooring/Joe’s Carpet and Starr Homes LLC.

The KC Manufacturing and Design Expo will be a contest among students in construction and manufacturing programs at local trade/high schools (grades 9-12). Students who enter the contest will display their woodworking and/or metalwork projects during the Greater Kansas City Home Show, March 23-25, 2018. Projects are not limited in scope and can range from a tiny house to a dining room table. A panel of judges will determine the award winners based on specific criteria. Winners will be announced during the Home Show.

Additionally, students from Olathe Advanced Technical School learned about home building from foundation to finish on Nov. 17 at the Huntford community being built by Inspired Homes. Thank you to everyone who participated. Thanks to Inspired Homes for hosting OATC students

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Star Companies Insulation Installer Wins $10,000

The HBA would like to congratulate insulation installer David de la Fuente of Star Companies, Inc. for winning the America’s Best Installer award. De la Fuente takes home the $10,000 grand prize in 15th annual insulation installation competition presented by Johns Manville, a manufacturer and marketer of products for building insulation, me-

chanical insulation, commercial roofing, and roof insulation, as well as fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications. De la Fuente exceeded the performance of his competitors in the fast-paced competition, which consisted of installing JM formaldehyde-free insulation batts into mock home structures. Expert judges evaluated each competitor based on real job site criteria, including workmanship and install quality, speed, material use, and reaction to different obstacles, such as pipes, vaulted ceilings and electrical outlets. A fourth-place $2,500 cash prize was awarded to Jose Varela-Garcia of Olathe, Kan.-based Henges Insulation. Besides the HBA, others in attendance at the check presentation last month included the mayor of Raytown, Mike McDonough, all Star Companies employees and Casey Paulson, National Accounts Manager for Johns Manville.

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2017 HBA Award Winners The Inaugural dinner is a night to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals who have made a lasting and significant impact on housing in Kansas City. Four very deserving members were recognized this year with the KCHBA’s annual awards.

went out of his way making changes without hesitation when he noticed we were disappointed with a specific style!” The honoree of this year’s Builder Hall of Fame award is Mark Mather. In 1972 the HBA of Greater Kansas City established the George W. Byers memorial award to pay tribute to builders providing distinguished service to the home building industry. In 1993, the honor

The Bob Bollier Sales & Marketing award was presented to Rosemary Vitale of ReeceNichols.

The HBA congratulates the winners of our annual awards. Additionally, we appreciate the service they have given to the association and to the industry.

Richard Holtcamp Richard Holtcamp of Bank of Blue Valley was named the Fred J. Geier Associate of the Year.

Rosemary Vitale with Bob Frost Rosemary is vice president of ReeceNichols New Homes. She is licensed as a Broker in Kansas and Missouri and has been involved in new home sales since 1988. Rosemary is currently a commissioner on the Missouri Real Estate Commission and has served since 2006. Her new home sales experience and extensive knowledge of residential development provide a valuable perspective from the marketing aspect of our industry. Her dedication to the HBA is evident in her participation in various committees including the Sales and Marketing Council and the Parade Committee. Rosemary also currently serves on the HBA’s Executive Committee.

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Richard oversees the commercial construction/development lending department at Bank of Blue Valley. In his day-to-day work, Richard manages a portfolio of primarily residential home builders, assists with business development and project management, sits on the Internal Loan, Compliance, and CRA Committees, in addition to participating in and volunteering at a variety of events sponsored by Bank of Blue Valley.

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Austin Roeser was renamed the Builder Hall of Fame Award in recognition of the lifetime of service the recipients have contributed to our industry, our association and our community.

Richard has been actively involved with the HBA since 2008 serving on various committees and task forces, attending numerous events. He has served as an associate at-large board member since 2014 and served as chairman of the Clay Shoot this year.

Mark earned a degree in housing and interior design from the University of Missouri in 1987 and joined Richard Mather Builders that year. Like his father and brother, Brian, he has earned the designation of life director of the NAHB. Additionally, he holds both the “certified graduate builder,” and “certified green professional” designations from the NAHB. Mark was the president of the HBA in 2015. He is involved in various committees and is an active board member.

The Next Generation Builder Award was presented to Austin Roeser. Austin founded Roeser Homes in 2004 and serves as the president of the company. As a testament to his ability as a home builder, one of Austin’s clients once said, “Austin outlined expectations in our initial consultation so there were no surprises along the way. Austin even

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• Create a Young Professionals group. All of the HBA’s initiatives and events are important, but they will come to an end if we don’t teach our young builders and associates about the importance of the HBA. The HBA’s future depends on the young builders and subcontractors getting involved now. We must teach them what we know, and we must listen to what they have to say. They are the ones that will be leading this organization someday. In closing, Gary said: “I am humbled and look forward to being your president in 2018. Never in my wildest dreams have I thought I was deserving of this position. There are so many names that could be mentioned that have been an integral part of this organization throughout the years. I am here to work, listen, and help lead this organization in 2018. Thank you for allowing me to lead such a strong and vibrant organization.”

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We. Are. Flipping. Out! The Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City is excited to announce that the featured speaker at the 2018 Greater Kansas City Home Show will be Jeff Lewis. Jeff Lewis is widely regarded as America’s most well-known house flipper through his role in Bravo’s docu-series Flipping Out. After renovating his own properties for 20+ years, Jeff launched a design firm in 2009. Jeff Lewis Design is a full service interior design firm specializing in design finish selections, furniture and accessories, as well as residential remodeling and new construction in Los Angeles and around the country. In 2010, Jeff was asked to design the House Beautiful Magazine Kitchen of the Year, displayed in Rockefeller Center. In addition to client design work, Jeff launched a line of paint with handcrafted colors in 2013, a line of rugs in 2015, and a collection of tile and barn doors while expanding Jeff Lewis Paint to 52-colors in Zero VOC in 2016. Jeff will appear on Saturday and Sunday (March 24 and 25) at the Home Show; his presentations will include a Q&A session so have your questions ready.

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Inaugural 2017 HBA members gathered at the Hilton President Hotel in downtown Kansas City to welcome 2018 president Gary Kerns and announce this year’s award winners. With the hotel’s festive holiday decorations and a hint of snow in the air, the evening was a lovely start to the Christmas season. 2017 has been a year of remembering our past and looking forward to a bright future for the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City as we’ve celebrated the 80th anniversary of the association, the 55th annual Spring Parade and the 70th annual Fall Parade.


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Home Building Industry Continues Growth Trajectory in 2017 By Josh Clark, Executive Vice President, Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City Overall, 2017 marked a year of growth and prosperity for the home-building industry both nationally and locally. Demand for housing continued to be high this year, which contributed to a scarcity of homes available for sale – both of new construction and existing homes. By the third quarter of 2017, the national median home price for both existing and new homes rose to $260,000 from $247,000 in the third quarter of 2016, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Although average mortgage rates inched up during 2017 they remain at historic lows. At the local level, Kansas City’s home building industry experienced growth in 2017 as well. Single family building per-

of prices across the KC metro. The Home Show drew a large crowd as it provided attendees with the high-quality talent they have become accustomed to seeing on the HBA’s stage; this year the Home Show featured Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers.

mit activity through October increased 10 percent compared to this same timeframe in 2016 with Kansas City, Mo., topping the list of cities with the most permits being pulled by builders. New home sales in Kansas City are up about 7 percent year-to-date compared to 2016, according to the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors, and the average sale price of new homes in the area is approximately $380,500.

While it continued to host these trademark events, in its 80th year the HBA also chose to make some changes in working to advance its mission as the voice of the housing industry. This year, the decision was made to make a concerted effort to engage with local city officials to promote legislation and regulations in support of affordable housing and economic growth.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (HBA) continued to host its longstanding events in 2017 — the 55th annual Spring Parade of Homes, the 70th annual Fall Parade and the 69th annual Greater Kansas City Home Show. With more than 650 homes on display during the second largest Parade of Homes in the country, attendees saw a variety of floor plans in a range

Like any other industry, home building is not without its challenges. A couple of the most pressing issues are an ongoing labor shortage and increasing regulations that are driving up the cost of building homes. To address the labor shortage, the HBA established a Workforce Development Task Force. The task force began a multi-pronged approach that includes student outreach, partnering with career placement programs, and offering classes about the home-building process and the skilled trades associated with it. Within the HBA there’s also a renewed effort to strengthen its relationship with local government by creating an open dialogue between elected officials and staff of high-permitting cities and builders. To accomplish this, the HBA is establishing regular municipal meetings to discuss ongoing building, development, and growth issues which cities and industry stakeholders experience. Another welcome addition to the HBA is a Developers Council. It was created to identify and discuss issues within the 10

developer community throughout the metro area. This council will serve as a coalition of developers focused on local advocacy. They will connect with city council members, city staff and other relevant entities to mediate current issues as well as be at the forefront of any changes that may impact development in the Kansas City area. To support future growth in Kansas City, in 2017 the HBA Board of Directors contributed to the KC G.O. Bond Campaign, which will be used for repairing or expanding existing infrastructure, such as streets, sidewalks, flood control and public buildings. The association’s Board of Directors also voted to endorse Kansas City’s campaign for a new single terminal at the Kansas City International Airport. The board viewed the ballot measure as vital to further economic growth in the region. As 2017 comes to an end, the HBA and its members are confident the home building industry is on solid footing and will continue to see growth into 2018. The association would like to thank all those who have supported it and those who will continue to do so as it builds on its goals for the future.

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Brenner Holland Inducted into Past Presidents Club

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BJ Moffitt, Toni & Bruce Rieke (2005 President), Phil Acuff (1984 President) & Gail Acuff Each year those who have served as president of the Home Builders Association gather for dinner to induct the most recent past president into their circle. The past presidents have lots of stories and memories to share during the evening. This year, the HBA held its Past Presidents dinner Nov. 1 at Lidia’s in Kansas City, Mo. During the event, immediate past president Brenner Holland was presented with his Past President medal and officially inducted into this elite society. Congratulations Brenner!



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New Members Join the Board of Directors The KCHBA Board of Directors welcomed re-elected and new members at the November meeting. Greg Kudrna (Henges Insulation and Fireplaces) and Allen Gregory (Ferguson Enterprises) were re-elected for second terms as At Large Associate Directors. Newly elected Associate directors are Bill Arnold (Trendstone) and Bryan Keller (McCray Lumber). In the Builder-at-Large category, Russ Groshans (Casa Bella Construction) was re-elected, with Cory Childress (Evan-Talan Homes) and Dennis Shriver (Hearthside Homes) newly elected. Tommy Bickimer (Bickimer Construction) and Patrick Willis (Willis Custom Homes) will represent Kansas builders. Todd Lipschutz was elected to represent Missouri North and James

LaVoy for Missouri South. The KCHBA thanks Richard Holtcamp (Bank of Blue Valley) and Glen Dowding (United Heating & Cooling) for their service on the board.

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HBA Featured on NARI’s Home Time Radio Program HBA Executive Vice President Joshua Clark and 2018 President Gary Kerns of Gary Kerns Homebuilders sat down with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) to discuss the home building industry during its Home Time radio program on 1410KKLO last month. Hosted by Jan Burchett, executive officer for the Kansas City chapter of NARI, Kerns and Clark talked about what it takes to be a successful home builder and how the industry has changed since the recession.

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The City of Overland Park is working on a strategic plan to outline a path of continued success for the next 20-25 years. Because the home-building industry is vital to the economic growth and success of the city, the HBA’s EVP Josh Clark has been actively involved in this initiative and currently sits on the steering committee for this vision plan.

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NAHB Meeting of the Members

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Wednesday, January 10 8:00 - 9:30 AM Location: West Concourse Level 4, Valencia Ballroom The Meeting of the Members is a great opportunity for NAHB members to learn how NAHB’s grassroots guides the association’s direction and activities. Get a first-hand perspective on how NAHB develops its priorities and creates action plans. You’ll also hear about NAHB’s many membership benefits and have a chance to network with like-minded building professionals. Don’t miss a Q&A with entrepreneur and branding expert Daymond John, of ABC’s smash hit Shark Tank. The Meeting of the Members offers a first-hand perspective on how NAHB develops its priorities and creates action plans. NAHB leaders will:


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Sponsor Support is Crucial The HBA is immensely appreciative of the support from our sponsors. Annual sponsors provide both financial support and added participation for HBA events such as the Home Show, Parade of Homes, awards celebrations and others. The HBA will host a sponsor appreciation lunch on Dec. 19 in conjunction with the December Board of Directors lunch. The lunch is an opportunity for board members to thank our sponsors, because, as President Harold Phelps said at last year’s lunch, “feeling gratitude

and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” The 2018 Sponsor list is nearly complete, but opportunities remain to join this special group. The benefits for 2018 sponsors are listed on the table to the right. In particular, events such as the Home Show and Area Councils offer a variety of price and marketing options for interested companies. Please contact Dawn ( for information on ways you can be involved.


National Housing Endowment, Home Innovations Lab and HBI • Recognize significant accomplishments over the past year • Provide an update on the state of the housing economy • Offer members the chance to provide input on key policy issues • Endorse the slate of members to serve in the capacity of State Representative on the NAHB Board of Directors This event is for NAHB members only. It is complimentary, but an RSVP is requested—go the to reserve your spot at this event.

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There’s nothing like Florida in January for an outdoor party

Join Us for Drinks During IBS While you’re enjoying the exhibits, education, meetings and warm weather at IBS, plan to stop by the KCHBA’s cocktail party on January 9, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, at the Rosen Hotel.

The IBS 2018 Mobile App is Available Now Be in-the-know while you’re on-the-go with the FREE IBS mobile app. Receive real-time IBS alerts, plan your show experience and view the exhibit floor plan all on your smartphone. The mobile app lets you view education sessions, exhibitors’ listings, floorplans and more. To find the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show app, you can search “IBS 2018” in your device’s app store. Please note you must capitalize “IBS” when you search for the app. The IBS 2018 app is available for download on all Android and iOS tablets and smartphones. The IBS 2018 app is your guide to everything at the Builders’ Show as well as the NAHB Board Meeting. You can search education, events, meetings, speakers and exhibitors. Set favorites and add education and

events to your phone calendar to plan your personal Builders’ Show schedule and booths to visit. Get directions from where you are to the exhibits you want to see.

80th Anniversary Fact Kansas City HBA members have been constant attendees at the national conventions (now known as IBS) since the association began. In past years the group would travel together – for instance, a special train car took members to the 1961 convention in Chicago. For many years, members of KCHBA’s Convention Committee would personally travel to convention sites to choose the hospitality suite location, make arrangements for room and rental car reservations and choose a travel agent for booking flights.

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What’s Cooking? Top Trends for 50+ Kitchens Whether your targeted consumer is a treadmill-tromping active adult or an older senior with limited mobility, success in the mature market will require a new way of thinking about the kitchen, arguably the most important room in the home. And for the new-home shopper of any age, it remains vitally important to demonstrate the kitchen space with a model, showing the endless possibilities of today’s high-tech, high-style kitchens. Here are current trends to look for when designing kitchens for today’s mature market. Location, Location, Location While that is usually the most important tenet invoked when assessing a real estate purchase, it has become equally

important to consider that when laying out a kitchen for the over-50 crowd. Rethinking the placement of appliances, sinks, and storage so their locations are more comfortable for bending, reaching, and working will be the key to capturing this buyer. Rethink the double oven, for example. Why not install them in two separate locations — splitting, not stacking them – and eliminate that awkward oven on the bottom?

installed at counter height? “The universal reach ranges from 15 to 48 inches,” says Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD, CAPS, a kitchen and bath designer and universal design professional who recommends implementing this sort of out-of-the-box thinking. Consider the array of other appliances

Realize that the over-the-range microwave might be not only difficult, but also dangerous for the average consumer. And the dishwasher? That’s something we’ve all spent too many years bending over to load and unload, so why not raise the dishwasher with separate drawers


in drawer formats, such as microwaves, refrigerators, warming drawers, and ice makers. Fantasy Island Kitchen islands have become more stylish and functional. For the less mobile resident, or for people whom standing is a problem, Continued on page 19

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create an island niche or fold-up extension that accommodates sitting while preparing food. Another trend is to situate the microwave at the end of an island, making it more reachable for the mobility-challenged user, or even the grandkids. And while we’re at it, why not consider two islands? One can be for eat-in convenience and the other for chopping and rinsing. Two-tiered islands and breakfast bars offer additional flexibility, and cabinetry in finishes contrasting with the base cabinets appear more like furniture than a built-in. High-Tech Touches Don’t forget to include a tech nook in today’s kitchen. A great many of the over-50 crowd are quite comfortable with the Internet, email and social networking, so a computer desk in a kitchen will allow them to browse for recipes on cooking sites and Pinterest while they stay in touch with the grandkids. A docking station will allow them to recharge all of today’s gadgets. Streamlined systems can be slipped out of sight behind a base or wall cabinet. For the less mobile or eyesight-impaired, a monitor mounted on an articulated

arm can adjust for height and distance. Earth-Friendly Fashion While granite is still popular, the countertop world has opened up with new possibilities that are Earth-friendly, such as lava stone counters that emit zero toxins. Butcher block is making a comeback, and soapstone, limestone, glass, copper and concrete are other natural countertop materials. Recycled glass and metal shavings sealed into a transparent matrix also are environmentally conscious choices. So are low-VOC paint and bamboo flooring.


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Natural woods such as walnut, mahogany, hemlock and bamboo, are making strong appearances. Contrasting colors and two-tone colors are popular, not only for cabinets, but for countertops and appliances as well.


Don’t underestimate this important market’s discerning taste or desire for style and technology. For the builder catering to today’s over-50 market, the possibilities are endless. By staying on top of the shifting trends in this important market niche, builders will be able to target — and satisfy — this important demographic group in the future.

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1999 Distinctive Homes by J & K Properties Koehler Building Co., Inc. Sallee Homes, Inc.

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2008 Pyramid Homes, LLC 2009 Builders Development Corporation Wineteer, Inc. dba LifeWise Renovations 2011 MBL Development Co. Todd Hill Homes, LLC 2013 Arklyn Homes, Inc. 2014 Brookfield Residential 2015 Arrow Renovation Platte Valley Bank Wynne Homes, Inc. 2016 Culligan Water of Greater KC Energy One Integrity Operations, LLC Kansas Granite Mart, Inc. KC Custom Cabinet Noble Contracting, LLC Walker Custom Homes, LLC

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October Permits Continue Upward Trend Local home builders look forward to a busy winter and spring building season with 585 permits issued during October, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. Year-to-date total permits are the highest in 10 years with 5,236 single family permits compared to 2016 with 4,748. Permit activity through October has increased 10 percent as compared to 2016 at this time. Multi-family construction has slowed compared to recent years, with 1,903 units permitted to date. “The HBA has focused this year on strengthening our relationships with local government officials,” reported Josh Clark, executive vice president of the HBA. “As residential building continues to increase, it is crucial that we all work together on building regulations, development and growth issues.” The counties with the biggest increases in permits pulled in October were Jackson County, Mo., and Johnson County, Kan., with an increase of 15 percent in Jackson County and 18 percent in Johnson County. Lee’s Summit, Olathe and Overland Park are the cities responsible for much of the increase in those counties. Kansas City, Mo., continues to top the list of area cities in number of permits issued with 826. Other cities in the top permitting list are: Olathe with 558, Lee’s Summit at 418, Overland Park with 390 and Kansas City, KS/ Wyandotte County rounding out the top five at 285. Overall, permits issued in Missouri account for 56 percent of the total and Kansas for 44 percent.

Residential Building Permit Statistics

October 2017

Residential Building Permit Statistics OCTOBER 2017 CASS COUNTY Archie Belton Cass County Cleveland Garden City Harrisonville Lake Winnebago Lee's Summit Peculiar Pleasant Hill Raymore Village of Loch Lloyd

CLAY COUNTY Clay County Excelsior Springs Gladstone Kansas City Kearney Lawson Liberty North Kansas City Pleasant Valley Smithville JACKSON COUNTY Blue Springs Buckner Grain Valley Grandview Greenwood Independence Jackson County Kansas City Lake Lotawana Lee's Summit Oak Grove Raytown Sugar Creek PLATTE COUNTY Kansas City Parkville Platte City Platte County Riverside Weatherby Lake Weston JOHNSON COUNTY De Soto Edgerton Fairway Gardner Johnson County Leawood Lenexa Merriam Mission Hills Olathe Overland Park Prairie Village Roeland Park Shawnee Spring Hill Westwood

Single MultiFamily Family Total Units^ Units% Units 2 0 4 0 0 2 1 2 8 2 32 0 53

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2 0 4 0 0 2 1 2 8 2 32 0 53

S-F Units YTD

M-F Units YTD

Total Units YTD

3 95 72 2 3 5 8 33 83 37 215 10 566

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

3 95 72 2 3 5 8 33 83 37 215 10 566

7 0 3 58 6 0 4 4 0 7 89

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

7 0 3 58 6 0 4 4 0 7 89

62 17 21 609 106 0 46 5 0 143 1009

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

40 0 7 0 0 11 6 17 1 26 8 0 0 116

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

40 0 7 0 0 11 6 17 1 26 8 0 0 116

164 0 100 2 20 104 67 72 5 385 45 0 0 964

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 523 0 308 0 0 0 831

164 0 100 2 20 104 67 595 5 693 45 0 0 1795

13 0 0 13 0 2 0 28

276 0 0 0 0 0 0 276

289 0 0 13 0 2 0 304

145 39 0 158 37 14 3 396

276 0 0 0 0 0 0 276

421 39 0 158 37 14 3 672

1 0 0 8 6 4 73 2 0 76 42 9 0 7 17 0 245

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 0 0 8 6 4 73 2 0 76 42 9 0 7 17 0 245

17 0 9 91 50 45 229 4 4 558 390 44 7 156 93 2 1699

120 0 0 0 0 0 353 0 0 30 287 6 0 0 0 0 796

137 0 9 91 50 45 582 4 4 588 677 50 7 156 93 2 2495


Single MultiFamily Family Total Units^ Units% Units LEAVENWORTH COUNTY Basehor 3 0 3 Lansing 1 0 1 Leav. County 14 0 14 Leavenworth 0 0 0 Tonganoxie 2 0 2 20 0 20 WYANDOTTE COUNTY Bonner Springs Edwardsville KCK/Wyandotte Co MIAMI COUNTY Louisburg Miami County Osawatomie Paola Spring Hill

S-F Units YTD

M-F Units YTD

Total Units YTD

64 6 81 8 47 206

0 0 0 0 0 0

64 6 81 8 47 206

2 0 15 17

0 0 0 0

2 0 15 17

10 2 285 297

0 0 0 0

10 2 285 297

4 7 0 4 2 17

0 0 0 0 0 0

4 7 0 4 2 17

21 49 0 10 19 99

0 0 0 0 0 0

21 49 0 10 19 99

62 17 21 609 106 0 Totals 585 276 861 5236 1903 7139 46 5 Comparison of Single Family 0 143 Building Units for Greater Kansas City 1009 (Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Wyandotte Counties) Month/Year January February March April May June July August September October November December

2010 137 145 252 228 213 239 180 243 173 279 173 209

2011 90 121 180 210 230 262 204 205 202 205 185 207

2012 188 182 270 277 294 268 288 260 379 331 283 279

2013 273 224 335 444 337 333 409 354 384 369 340 288

2014 287 216 362 439 385 364 375 352 383 468 312 328

2015 240 260 393 437 395 438 399 425 462 459 360 432

2016 274 408 542 523 503 578 494 536 424 466 417 352

2017 457 478 571 563 506 570 514 481 511 585

Annual Total









Comparison of Permits By Units Issued Year to Date

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

S-F Units 2089 1909 2737 3462 3631 3908 4748 5236

2010 - 2017 M-F Units 253 600 1417 2493 3246 2970 3543 1903

Total Units 2342 2509 4154 5955 6877 6878 8291 7139

^The Single Family number is units and includes both attached and detached units. %Multi-Family units are in buildings with 5 or more units. # Not available at time of report Permit information reflects the most recent data at time of publication. In order to ensure accurate recording of residential building permit statistics, the HBA may revise monthly and year-to-date figures when updated data is made available. Copyright 2017 Home Builders Assoc of Greater Kansas City. All rights reserved. | Volume 23, No. 12 | December 2017


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