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Published monthly by the Home Builders Association of Lincoln Volume 49 No. 4

Tribute to Youth

About our speakers:

Speakers: Anders Lewendal & Jake Lewendal Monday, April 16, 2012 6 p.m. Social & 7 p.m. Dinner

Sesostris Shrine Center

1050 Saltillo Road (off Hwy. 77 & Saltillo Road) $20 Per Person RSVP to or 402-423-4225 by April 10. No shows will be billed. Scan this QR code with your smartphone to view the Lincoln Business Builder on the go! Need a QR code scanner? It’s easy and free to download an application from your service provider.

Find the Frog! Details on page 4.

Have you heard about The All-American Home? It’s been on the web, Facebook, in the New York Times, on ABC World News Tonight and in recent issues of the Lincoln Business Builder. Join us for the Tribute to Youth meeting for a chance to meet and listen to special guests, Anders & Jake Lewendal. They will cover the concept, impact, progress and experience of bringing this issue to the forefront in America today. You are invited to come and see how your business can be recognized for its efforts to use American-made products. This is sure to be a fun evening for everyone!

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Powerhouse Residential Staff Featuring Chuck Pfenning Business Development Chuck Pfenning Business Development

“Chuck has years of experience and his knowledge, expertise and integrity are an asset to Nebraska Title Company as well as our customers. He has the natural ability to make home buyers feel at ease when making one of the biggest investments in their life.”

Favorite part of your job? Helping first time home buyers at their closing, seeing the joy and excitement on their faces.

Patrick Lutz, CEO, and General Counsel

How I got into the business? I was a real estate broker in the late 70’s and was asked to help out a local title company by doing closings for them. As they say; “the rest is history”.

Recent Book you finished? The Lions Game How will your business change in the next year? Our industry will rely less and less on paper and move into paperless closings.

About my family; wife Rita, daughter Angie and son-in-law, Ben. New granddaughter Stella Grace. One thing that makes your company different? Our Company was founded on service and accuracy. With our long time employees, we have the foundation and experience to handle all real estate transactions, and we choose to keep ourselves independent.




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President’s Message April 2012 Vol. 49, No. 4

Contents President’s Message 3 Upcoming Events 4 2012 LHBCF Benefit Golf Tournament 5 Member News 6 Lowe’s Commercial Appreciation Days 6 LPS Updates School District Maps 7 Regional Energy Codes Conference 7 HBAL Mailbox 7 Spring Parade of Homes 8 Parade of Homes Requirements 9 Financial Column 11 HBAL Business Update 12-13 Chili Cook-off 14-16 Beat 2011 18 April is New Homes Month 19 New Members 20 Cancellations 20 Directory Changes 20 Renewals 21 Under Construction: HBAL to Help Build New Exhibit at Lincoln Children’s Museum 22 Important Changes 2009 IRC 23 Tour of Remodeled Homes 24 Quinn’s House 25 Building Permits 26

Home Builders Association of Lincoln

6100 S. 58th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, NE 68516 (402) 423-4225 phone • (402) 423-4251 fax • The Lincoln Business Builder is published 12 times per year by the Home Builders Association of Lincoln, 6100 S. 58th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, NE 68516. The Lincoln Business Builder is mailed to all members of the HBAL. The Home Builders Association does not accept responsibility for or endorse any statements or claims made by advertisers or authors of any articles. The annual subscription rate is included with your membership dues. Mike Benker Publisher Jennie Korth Editor, Photographer, Design HBAL Staff Kayla Harrison, Jennie Korth & Ashley Murphy

President’s Message Dan Klein, Sr., HBAL President Thanks for all the great cooking at the Chili Cook-off on March 12th. Good Food, Good Friends and Good Fun for the Families – Just plain GOOD! Have you ever re-read a book originally noted as worth reading again? Did it seem like the second time through you saw or noted things you missed with the first reading? I have two little books which are both worth reading and re-reading (each are $10 or less). You will pick up some tried and true, as well as new, insights with applications for business, personal life and values to pass on to others. The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Principles for Successful Living is an easy read and very insightful. It is a story set several centuries ago with timeless principles of success. You follow an older mentor over time as he reveals secrets to a younger man to apply in business, life and relationships. Fish! by Stephen C. Lundin is a contemporary parable set in the Seattle Fish Monger Market. It will draw you in, entertain, encourage and energize you at the same time. At times if you have to deal with folks with negative energy or just need a ‘pick me up’ to share great personal outlook and customer service, this book is a great read and re-read. Be Blessed and enjoy this spring of new growth, life and success.

Executive Committee Dan Klein, Sr., President Mike Rezac, President Elect Mike Kinning, 1st Vice President Perry Haralson, 2nd Vice President Dan Walker, Secretary Bob Bryant, Treasurer Lois Hartzell, GMB, CSP, Immediate Past President Mike Benker, Executive Vice President Board of Directors Jeff Bielenberg, Eric Hoke, Ken Inness, CGP, Justin Johnson, Matt Kleinschmit, Jo Lewis, Mike May, Lori Pippitt, CKD, CGR, CAPS, Gary Reese, Herb Reese, CGR, CAPS, Lance Roach, Ken Svoboda Remodelers Council Molly Johnson

National Directors Steve Fulton, CGP Justin Johnson Mike Rezac Lois Hartzell, GMB, CSP, Alternate Mike Kinning, Alternate Dan Klein, Sr., Alternate National Life Directors Jim Christo, CGR, CGB, Joe Hampton, Duane Helmink, John Hoppe, Jr., Ward Fred Hoppe, Joe McKee, Robert Peterson, J. Greg Schwinn, Bob Stephens, Jerry Witthuhn Past Presidents Allen Barber, Mike Benker, Jerry Boyce, Mike Goings, CGP, CSP, Rick Krueger, Dan Kubr, Donn Mann, Sam Manzitto, Roger Reynolds, CGR, CAPS, Dick Robison, Greg Shinaut, CGP, Ken Westerhold

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Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events Apr. 4

Apr. 12

Apr. 12

Apr. 16

Remodelers Council Lunch • EPA Lead Paint Q&A presented by The Hoppe Law Firm Valentino’s • 35th & Holdrege Street 11:30 a.m. • $10.00 per person (includes lunch) HOMEPAC HBAL Office • 6100 S. 58th Street, Ste. C 9:45 a.m. Board of Directors HBAL Office • 6100 S. 58th Street, Ste. C 10:30 a.m. Tribute to Youth Sesostris Shrine Center • 1050 Saltillo Road 6:00 p.m. Social • 7:00 p.m. Dinner Cost: $20 per person (no shows will be billed)

Apr. 21-22

Tour of Remodeled Homes

May 13-20

Spring Parade of Homes

Find the Frog!

Find this guy in the Lincoln Business Builder and be the third person to call the HBAL office (402-423-4225) with his location and your meal at the next General Membership Meeting is on us! Congratulations to Mark Jim Crawford, Precast Products & Landscape Village on finding the frog last month! Only one call per member company will be allowed. Note that once you win, you are not eligible for 12 months. If there is not a third caller, the prize will not be awarded.

Educational Opportunity

Generate Leads and Sales with Internet Marketing Wednesday, April 11 • 1:00-2:30 p.m. Cost: FREE

Almost Any Brick You Use Can Last for Hundreds of Years. So Be Particular.


ANKEE HILL BRICK manufactures the highest quality FBX brick in a color palette ranging from the traditional reds and buffs to the innovative pinks, maroons, and lavenders. Standard and custom color ranges, sizes, and shapes are our specialty. Brick murals and ornamentation are brought to a new level of sophistication at Yankee Hill Brick. Rely on Yankee Hill to supply your project with the nest of materials.

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 Face brick  Paving brick  Thin brik veneer  Pool Coping  Ceramic tile and marble  Keystones  Address & entry signs  Brick mural & ornamentation  Crushed landscape brick

NAHB BuilderBooks will host this free webinar, providing strategies and techniques to help housing professionals build a successful online presence. From search engine optimization to lead generation, Mitch Levinson will show participants how to recharge their web presence to increase sales. His strategies will also help to boost website traffic.

To register go to: If this date is not convenient, you can still register and receive the archive after the event to watch at your convenience. If you do not have access to a computer or the Internet, please let the HBAL office know (402-423-4225). We are happy to provide you with access to this webinar at our office. Members will receive one hour of continuing education credit toward their NAHB professional designation and can purchase Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased Home Sales at a 15% discount.

During the webinar participants will learn how to: • Capture prospects and convert them into buyers • Understand and effectively use tools such as search engine optimization to strengthen your brand on the Internet • Adapt proven web-based marketing and social media campaign strategies to better meet buyer expectations and your needs

The program will feature Internet marketing expert Mitch Levinson, MIRM, managing partner of mRevelance and author of Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased Home Sales.

4212 S. 133rd Street Omaha, NE 68137

(402) 330-2751

This webinar is available free of charge thanks to the generous support of Liberty Mutual, our auto and home insurance affinity program partner for NAHB members on Auto and Home Insurance. Find out more about Liberty Mutual Auto & Home Insurance at or call 800-531-3398.

2012 LHBCF Benefit Golf Tournament

2012 Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament Friday, June 1, 2012 Highlands Golf Course - 5501 NW 12th Street “Texas Scramble” - $60.00 per person First tee-off at 6:45 a.m. - Last tee-off at 4 p.m. Highlands Golf Course Golf Registration

If you are interested in a designated foursome, register all four players together. If not, you will be assigned to a team. This is a first-come, first-served event. Payment by May 1 is required to save your tee-time. Player No. 1 Name _____________________________________________________________________________ Company___________________________________________________________________________ Player No. 2 Name _____________________________________________________________________________ Company___________________________________________________________________________ Player No. 3 Name _____________________________________________________________________________ Company___________________________________________________________________________ Player No. 4 Name _____________________________________________________________________________ Company___________________________________________________________________________ Enclosed is $ ___________________________ for __________________ players at $60 each. Tee time range requested __________________

We will do our best to set your tee-time as close to your choice as possible. Tee-times are arranged on a first-come first-served basis.

Payment must be received before May 1 in order to ensure a tee-time. Note: Make checks payable to Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation. You will be sent a postcard as a reminder of your tee time.


The $60 registration fee includes green fees, cart, hot dogs all day, hamburgers and the fixin’s for lunch, and lots of prizes! Each person will receive drink tickets toward beverages. Additional drinks may be purchased (please assign a designated driver for your team).

Priority Tee-time

By making a donation of $200 to the tournament, you will have the ability to choose your tee-time range on a priority basis. In order to take advantage of a priority tee-time, you must pledge your contribution by March 1 and pay by May 1, 2012. (This contribution is in addition to the entry fee.)


Corporate Hole Sponsors are being contacted. If you are interested in sponsoring a hole, contributing giveaways for the golfers, or volunteering your time to help…call the HBAL office (402-423-4225) for more details.


This is a first-come, first-served event. So don’t delay, get your tee-time reserved. Fill out the form on the left and (make checks payable to Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation)

Fax to Or mail to 402-423-4251 Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation 6100 S. 58th Street, Suite C Lincoln, NE 68516 If the tee-time you request is full, we will call you with other options.

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Member News | Lowe’s Commercial Appreciation Days

Member News In Sympathy

Our sympathy to the Duane (Ready Mixed Concrete Co.) and Kim Kumpula (Millard Lumber, Inc.) on the death of Duane’s son, Richard, who passed away on March 15.

Michael Gray Elected a Life Director of NAHB The board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected Michael Gray of Lincoln, to be a life director at the Association’s IBS Board of Directors’ Meeting in Orlando, F.L., on February 10. “The success and scope of NAHB is largely due to the dedication and hard work of members of its board of directors such as Michael,” said NAHB Third Vice Chairman Kevin Kelly. “By giving up time with their own businesses and families, NAHB’s life directors are instrumental in helping further NAHB’s work to advance housing opportunities for all Americans.” Michael Gray is the Vice President of The Harry A. Koch Company in Lincoln. He has been a member of NAHB for 20 years, and has served as a voting director for 10 years. In order to be eligible for election as a life director, NAHB builder and associate members must have served as a voting director for more than 10 years, have attended at least two board meetings each year, and be recommended by their local or state association. ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.

Don’t Forget! The IRS Tax filing deadline is Tuesday, April 17. This is the season of the year when we discover that we owe most of our success to Uncle Sam. (The Wall Street Journal) It would be nice if we could all pay our taxes with a smile, but normally cash is required. Did you ever notice that when you put the words “The” and “IRS” together, it spells “THEIRS? The best things in life are free, but sooner or later the government will find a way to tax them. Ever wonder why the IRS calls it the 1040 form? Because for every $50 that you earn, you get 10 and they get 40. My uncle claims that if he files his income tax wrong he’ll go to jail, and if he files it right he’ll go to the poor house. (Nonnee Coan)

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Lowe’s Commercial Appreciation Days April 25-27, 2012

Mark your calendars for the Lowe’s Commercial Appreciation Days (CAD) event, April 25-27. The three-day spring CAD event will be held at all 1700+ Lowe’s stores nationwide to thank Lowe’s commercial customers for their business. Come by for special offers, free lunch on Friday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and take advantage of the Lowe’s and NAHB’s 5+2% commercial account program. NAHB Members should visit or call 877-435-2440 and register to save 2% on your Lowe’s Accounts Receivable (LAR) purchases and free delivery on purchases over $500. Members can save an additional 5% every day at the store when they mention the 5% at time of purchase and when using their LAR. For more information on Commercial Appreciation Days, visit your local Lowe’s and speak with a commercial sales associate. Lowe’s is part of NAHB’s official affinity program. To register or find out more information visit or call 877-435-2440.

LPS Updates School District Maps | Regional Energy Codes Conference | HBAL Mailbox

LPS Updates School District Maps The Lincoln Board of Education has assigned school attendance areas to the following properties in the City of Lincoln: • Annexation #11002 for the 2011-12 school year: Maxey Elementary School, Lux Middle School, and East High School (approved at the July 26, 2011, Board meeting)

Regional Energy Codes Conference Hosted by the Nebraska Energy Office

Oct. 16-18, 2012 • Marriott in Regency Plaza, Omaha, NE Conference Topics:

• “Innovative enforcement methods” to address compliance for code officials, government officials and others. • “How to” of the code for builders, engineers, architects, HVAC professionals and others. • “Why energy codes matter.” Advocacy for real estate agents, home inspectors, policy makers and others.

• Boundaries established for the opening of Kloefkorn Elementary School for the 2012-13 school year: Affects the boundaries for Maxey Elementary School and Zeman Elementary School (approved at the September 27, 2011, Board meeting) • Annexation #19668 for the 2012-13 school year: Kooser Elementary School, Schoo Middle School, and North Star High School (approved at the February 28, 2012, Board meeting)

Sadoff Iron & Metal Company has been serving the regional recycling needs of our businesses and communities since 1999.

To view the school district maps that show the approved attendance area assignments, go to :

BUYERS OF: • Sheet Iron • Siding • Copper Wire • Tubing • Flashing • Brass • Irrigation/Sewer Pipe • Aluminum • All Grades of Scrap Metal & Iron

If you have questions related to these areas or need additional information, please contact Mark Shepard at 402-436-1635 or by e-mail at

HBAL Mailbox Dear HBAL: I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for the Development Services Center “Employee of the Year” award. I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and I am deeply appreciative of your recognition of my efforts. I enjoy working with the builders and developers of Lincoln and appreciate their efforts to stay compliant with the city code and requirements of erosion and sediment control. I believe in assisting a builder to be compliant rather than waiting for failure and perusing enforcement action. Thank you again for this prestigious award and your support. We have all made great strides in our program and I look forward to the future.

SERVICES: • Scrap Metal Recycling • Container Services • Industrial • Dealer • Contractor • Commercial • Customized Environmentally Secure Recycling Programs • Neighborhood/Plant/Site Clean-Ups For more information, to request service, or for a current price quote please contact: Kara Kugler, Sadoff Iron & Metal Company 5020 NW 39th Street • Lincoln, NE 68524 (402)470-2510 - Office (402)-217-2149 - Mobile Located in the Airpark

Sincerely, Terry Ullsperger Engineering Specialist Watershed Management Bldr Assoc ad.indd 1

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Spring Parade of Homes

May 13-20, 2012 Hours: Weeknights: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. & Weekends: 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. You must remove your shoes at these lovely homes. MEADOW VIEW 1.

3435 SW 77 Street MK Builders, Inc. th


1633 NW 45 Street Stonybrook Homes, Inc. th


5130 NW Pemberly Lane Don Johnson Homes, Inc.


1030 Humphrey Avenue Lewis Homes


1615 Blanca Drive Vistar Homes, Inc.


5200 N. 10th Street CASEYCO, Inc.


2314 Northline Court Regal Building Systems, Inc.


7420 N. 51st Street Timber Ridge Homes


12510 Emmawalter Road MK Builders, Inc.


10. 3125 N. 90th Street Prairie Home Builders, Inc. 11. 8849 Blacksmith Court Prairie Home Builders, Inc.


12. 2963 N. 90th Street Prairie Home Builders, Inc.


13. 2356 Cedar Cove Road Cameron Townhomes

WATERFORD ESTATES 14. 1441 N. 95th Street Bugbee Homes 15. 1424 N. 95th Street MK Builders, Inc. 16. 1414 N. 95th Street Great Plains Custom Homes, LLC 8  Lincoln Business Builder

17. 1401 N. 95th Street Old City Homes, Inc.

33. 8001 Bellagio Drive Prairie Home Builders, Inc.

18. 1120 N. 96th Street Rybak Homes, LLC


SOUTHSHORE TOWNHOMES at WATERFORD ESTATES 19. 10040 Edgewater Lane South Shore Builders


20. 3218 310th Street Neighbors Family Homes, Inc.


21. 7559 Crystal Court Cameron Townhomes


22. 6307 Artisan Way New Traditions Custom Homes


23. 6540 & 6550 Ashbrook Drive CASEYCO, Inc.


24. 8033 Northshore Drive Vitruvian Homes


25. 8529 Remi Court Lewis Homes 26. 6268 S. 85th Court Goings Homes, LLC


27. 9321 Ravenwood Lane Schultz Construction


28. 9620 Koi Rock Drive Rybak Homes, LLC 29. 9625 Koi Rock Drive Medallion Custom Homes, Inc.


30. 7500 Hidden Valley Drive Schwinn Custom Homes


31. 155 Adams Street Cherry Hill Construction, Inc.


32. 7700 S. 81st Street Lewis Homes

34. 8534 Ridge Hollow Drive Cameron Townhomes

THE WOODLANDS at YANKEE HILL 35. 9042 S. 74th Street Prairie Gold Homes

36. 7377 Yankee Woods Drive Signature Homes, LLC 37. 8951 S. 72nd Street Third Generation Builder

WINDMILL RIDGE ESTATES 38. 9200 S. 71st Street Lewis Homes

39. 9257 Fairbanks Court Timber Ridge Homes 40. 9233 Fairbanks Court Hausmann & Sons Construction


41. 6900 Vanderslice Circle MK Builders, Inc.

VILLAGE MEADOWS 42. 8300 S. 62nd Street Buhr Homes, Inc.

43. 8225 S. 62nd Street Aspen Builders, Inc.


44. 3772 Pablo Lane Craig Bauer Construction Co.


45. 2211 Stone Creek Loop N. Adams Custom Homes


46. 9411 S. 29th Street Smetter Custom Homes 47. 2947 Ridgegate Drive Smetter Custom Homes 48. 2931 Ridgegate Drive Custom Design Homes, Inc.


49. 2645 Kranter Place Terry Quality Homes by Flat Water Construction

Parade of Homes Requirements

Important Notice for the Builders in the Spring Parade of Homes The following are guidelines which the Building & Safety Department requires in order to have a house open in the Parade of Homes. These items are required. Please observe. Your Parade contract requires that your home have final inspection.

City of Lincoln Building & Safety Department Parade of Homes Code Items to be completed Prior to being Open to the Public A show home in the Parade of Homes needs to meet basic safety criteria due to the large volume of public that passes through each home. Final inspections for all sections (plumbing, mechanical, electrical, building) must be scheduled AND completed before a house can be open to the public as a show home. As as reminder, each contractor or subcontractor must schedule their respective inspections separately for each permit. A building inspection can occur only after plumbing, mechanical and electrical finals have taken place. When all final inspections have taken place, the building inspector may issue a Certificate of Occupancy or a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. Temporary Occupancy permission may be granted by the building inspector based on the following guidelines: • • • • • •

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Address posted on the exterior of the house Sidewalks, steps completed leading to main entrance Handrails and guards on decks, porches, stairs Smoke detectors installed throughout the house Door hardware installed on all exterior doors Tripping hazards have been corrected due to uneven floor finishes

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Main electrical panel is properly enclosed and doors installed All switch and outlet plates covered Lighting fixtures installed (substitute fixtures may be used) Outdoor lighting installed

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Main plumbing fixtures installed Any missing plumbing fixtures need to have waste piping sealed Water heater needs to be installed All gas piping must be final inspected and approved for furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, etc.


Heating/AC must be operational Bathroom exhaust fans need to be installed Floor registers installed

These guidelines are not considered to be all inclusive but meant to assist the permit applicant in obtaining permission to have a show home open to the public.

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Bob Nohavec Plumbing


Service • Remodeling • New Construction Free Estimates Bob Nohavec, Master Plumber 3400 S. 6th Street, Lincoln, NE 68502

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A & D Auto-Truck Service

“Your Total Vehicle Service & Repair Center”

Special discount for HBAL Members! 10% discount on a service or repair First-time customers only.

“We Specialize in Fleet Service and Repair.” Open: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Phone: 464-3211 5940 Colfax Avenue

Financial Column

Key Estate Planning Documents You Need Provided by John Oestreich, Waddell & Reed

There are five estate planning documents you may need, regardless of your age, health, or wealth: 1. Durable power of attorney 4. Letter of instruction 2. Advanced medical directives 5. Living trust 3. Will The last document, a living trust, isn’t always necessary, but it’s included here because it’s a vital component of many estate plans.

Durable power of attorney

A durable power of attorney (DPOA) can help protect your property in the event you become physically unable or mentally incompetent to handle financial matters. If no one is ready to look after your financial affairs when you can’t, your property may be wasted, abused, or lost. A DPOA allows you to authorize someone else to act on your behalf, so he or she can do things like pay everyday expenses, collect benefits, watch over your investments, and file taxes. There are two types of DPOAs: (1) a standby DPOA, which is effective immediately (this is appropriate if you face a serious operation or illness), and (2) a springing DPOA, which is not effective unless you have become incapacitated. Caution: A springing DPOA is not permitted in some states, so you’ll want to check with an attorney.

Advanced medical directives

Advanced medical directives let others know what medical treatment you would want, or allows someone to make medical decisions for you, in the event you can’t express your wishes yourself. If you don’t have an advanced medical directive, medical care providers must prolong your life using artificial means, if necessary. With today’s technology, physicians can sustain you for days and weeks (if not months or even years). There are three types of advanced medical directives. Each state allows only a certain type (or types). You may find that one, two, or all three types are necessary to carry out all of your wishes for medical treatment. (Just make sure all documents are consistent.) First, a living will allows you to approve or decline certain types of medical care, even if you will die as a result of that choice. In most states, living wills take effect only under certain circumstances, such as terminal injury or illness. Generally, one can be used only to decline medical treatment that “serves only to postpone the moment of death.” In those states that do not allow living wills, you may still want to have one to serve as evidence of your wishes.

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Second, a durable power of attorney for health care (known as a health-care proxy in some states) allows you to appoint a representative to make medical decisions for you. You decide how much power your representative will or won’t have. Finally, a Do Not Resuscitate order (DNR) is a doctor’s order that tells medical personnel not to perform CPR if you go into cardiac arrest. There are two types of DNRs. One is effective only while you are hospitalized. The other is used while you are outside the hospital.


A will is often said to be the cornerstone of any estate plan. The main purpose of a will is to disburse property to heirs after your death. If you don’t leave a will, disbursements will be made according to state law, which might not be what you would want. There are two other equally important aspects of a will: 1. You can name the person (executor) who will manage and settle your estate. If you do not name someone, the court will appoint an administrator, who might not be someone you would choose. 2. You can name a legal guardian for minor children or dependents with special needs. If you don’t appoint a guardian, the state will appoint one for you. Keep in mind that a will is a legal document, and the courts are very reluctant to overturn any provisions within it. Therefore, it’s crucial that your will be well written and articulated, and properly executed under your state’s laws. It’s also important to keep your will up-to-date.

Letter of instruction

A letter of instruction (also called a testamentary letter or side letter) is an informal, nonlegal document that generally accompanies your will and is used to express your personal thoughts and directions regarding what is in the will (or about other things, such as your burial wishes or where to locate other documents). This can be the most helpful document you leave for your family members and your executor. Unlike your will, a letter of instruction remains private. Therefore, it is an opportunity to say the things you would rather not make public. A letter of instruction is not a substitute for a will. Any directions you include in the letter are only suggestions and are not binding. The people to whom you address the letter may follow or disregard any instructions.

Living trust

A living trust (also known as a revocable or inter vivos trust) is a separate legal entity you create to own property, such as your home or investments. The trust is called a living trust because it’s meant to function while you’re alive. You control the property in the trust, and, whenever you wish, you can change the trust terms, transfer property in and out of the trust, or end the trust altogether. Not everyone needs a living trust, but it can be used to accomplish various purposes. The primary function is typically to avoid probate. This is possible because property in a living trust is not included in the probate estate. Depending on your situation and your state’s laws, the probate process can be simple, easy, and inexpensive, or it can be relatively complex, resulting in delay and expense. This may be the case, for instance, if you own property in more than one state or in a foreign country, or have heirs that live overseas. Further, probate takes time, and your property generally won’t be distributed until the process is completed. A small family allowance is sometimes paid, but it may be insufficient to provide for a family’s ongoing needs. Transferring property through a living trust provides for a quicker, almost immediate transfer of property to those who need it. Probate can also interfere with the management of property like a closely held business or stock portfolio. Although your executor is responsible for managing the property until probate is completed, he or she may not have the expertise or authority to make significant management decisions, and the property may lose value. Transferring the property with a living trust can result in a smoother transition in management. Finally, avoiding probate may be desirable if you’re concerned about privacy. Probated documents (e.g., will, inventory) become a matter of public record. Generally, a trust document does not. Caution: Although a living trust transfers property like a will, you should still also have a will because the trust will be unable to accomplish certain things that only a will can, such as naming an executor or a guardian for minor children. Tip: There are other ways to avoid the probate process besides creating a living trust, such as titling property jointly. Caution: Living trusts do not generally minimize estate taxes or protect property from future creditors or ex-spouses. The article is written by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. but is provided by John W. Oestreich. It is meant to be used for informational purposes only and should not be construed as investment as investment advice. Please consult with your tax, legal and financial advisor prior to making financial decisions. ©2012 Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc, Inc. All rights reserved. Waddell & Reed and Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc are not affiliated companies. John W. Oestreich is a Managing Principal with Waddell & Reed in Lincoln, NE, and can be reached at 402-484-7526. Waddell & Reed, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC.

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HBAL Business Update

HBAL Business Update This section in the Lincoln Business Builder will share a few of the headlines for the Home Builders Association of Lincoln. It will recap completed events, look at future events and discuss current events that are taking place around us each month.

Notice from the HBAL Board of Directors

The Home Builders Association of Lincoln Board of Directors has requested the following information to be sent electronically and published in the Lincoln Business Builder informing all members of the following position. On March 8th, 2012 your Board of Directors voted unanimously to petition the NAHB for decertification of the Nebraska State Home Builders Association. Additionally the HBAL will inform the NAHB in this petition of its willingness to return its Charter to the NAHB if this decertification is not passed at the June 9th, 2012 NAHB Board of Directors meeting in Washington D.C. The Metro Omaha Builders Association has taken a similar stance and will be a part of this petition. Representation from 700 of the roughly 1000 members of the NSHBA have worked tirelessly meeting every week to work a compromise with the leadership from the NSHBA and other local Associations across the State of Nebraska. This effort will continue until the NAHB Board of Directors meeting in June 2012 in hopes of reaching a compromise allowing all groups to remain united together. The big question for many will be, “What does all of this mean for our company?” With either a compromise or decertification, the goal is greater efficiency and value at the best possible cost to you the member. There are no plans to decrease benefits to the member

Adam Flanagan

Construction and Real Estate Lending Officer

Scott Williamson

Vice-President Mortgage

Susan Bredthauer

Vice-President Mortgage

when it comes to state legislative issues, monitoring legislative bills or working to protect and promote our industry. Once the decertification is approved, the HBAL will continue to maintain your membership with the NAHB as part of your membership with the HBAL. There are many of you who are members of the NSHBA Councils such as the Green Build Council. Members of these groups are involved in the process and are working to protect your interest. Elimination of these valuable groups is not being sought and support for them has been strong. The HBAL Board of Directors feels all of these services can be delivered paying less in dues than currently paid. This potential change will be good for all of our members and their employees.

OSHA Update from Mike Rezac

The NAHB and its OSHA Task Force continues to work with OSHA in the updating of the NAHB OSHA Standards. Mike Rezac has been a part of this group with conference calls every two weeks that will continue until at least June. Mike says it is all about training. He appreciates the good working relationship with Bonita Winingham, OSHA Area Director out of Omaha, NE. Although they may have different ideas on how to reach the same common goal, progress is being made. There has been much attention on the framing aspect of jobsite safety. A Site Specific Best Practices program is coming forward and has been developed by a framing contractor out of Omaha.


The HOMEPAC is a voluntary, non-partisan organization to protect, preserve and further the private enterprise system, and in particular, the protection and advancement of the construction industry. A minimum suggested contribution of $100 allows you to be a voting member of this organization and be at the table to discuss current issues. HOMEPAC works to identify and recruit individuals, promote leadership, good citizenship and sound government. Please consider a contribution of any size today.

Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation Chili Cook-off

Although it was unusually warm outside, the 2012 Chili Cook-off was another successful event. The competition is getting stronger as each team continues to refine their chili recipe from one year to the next. This year’s event had about 170 attendees who enjoyed chili from each of 10 booths. There were prizes for the competitors and attendees. Kids enjoyed a balloon artist and an opportunity to win tickets to the Lincoln Children’s Museum.

Strong Foundations Begin With Great People

West Gate Bank recognizes that people make the difference. Our staff is knowledgeable, experienced and committed to providing excellent service. Whether you are building, buying or refinancing your home, experience the West Gate Bank difference. Create your customized loan program today. Lincoln’s Bank 402-434-3456

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April is New Homes Month

As the spring home buying season gets into full swing, the home building industry celebrates New Homes Month in April. NAHB has information to help its members promote all the advantages of newly-constructed homes during New Homes Month and year-round. The online toolkit is available at This is a great lead into the HBAL’s Spring Parade of Homes, May 13-20, 2012.

Improving Markets Index: Lincoln, NE MSA

NAHB recently unveiled an index that tracks housing markets on the mend, the NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI). The IMI is intended to draw attention to the fact that housing markets are local and that there are metropolitan areas where

HBAL Business Update economic recovery is underway. The index measures three readily available monthly data series that are independently collected and are indicative of improving economic health. The three are employment, house prices and single family housing permit growth. For the sixth release, 98 markets are currently classified as improving under a conservative examination of local economic and housing market conditions. Among these areas is the Lincoln, Nebraska metropolitan statistical area (MSA). The health of the Lincoln housing market is due to its position as a large regional healthcare center, the presence of the University of Nebraska, the booming agricultural sector, and the large Federal Government and state government presence because of its role as the state capital. According to home builder Jim Christo, President of Christo Design Build, “in addition, the insurance sector is very large with Lincoln Benefit Life, Farmers Mutual and many other firms either headquartered here or with a large presence here. Also, the steady stream of grandparents moving here to be close to family and to enjoy the many cultural amenities along with many twenty-somethings returning after being away for a several years, have also helped keep home builders active and the economy growing.” He went on to say that “the Kawasaki plant is very busy and Duncan Aviation, which refurbishes and upgrades business aircraft is hiring and as a result workers are upgrading their skills and that too has caused an up-tick in employment.” Comparing educational data from the 2000 Census to the 2009 American Community Survey shows that Lincoln has experienced increasing education levels. The number of people with a high school diploma or less actually fell from 57,518 to 56,025, a decline

of 2.6%. By contrast, the number of with some college rose by 3% from 38,873 to 40,129 and those individuals with an associate degree skyrocketed by 39% from 14,364 to 19,986. Similarly, the number of persons with a B.A rose by 23% from 34,615 to 42,657. Finally, the number with a professional degree jumped 12%, from 17,386 to 19,473. While the educational gains were across the board, the large rises in the number of persons with an associate degree and a B.A. respectively speaks to a workforce that is rapidly increasing its skills. According to Jo Lewis, a mortgage loan originator with Liberty First Credit Union and President of the Nebraska Mortgage Association, “Lincoln missed the real estate bubble and thus is not suffering from a bust. This is because construction here proceeded at a steady pace as lenders refused to loosen lending standards and held true to Midwest values.” As a result, house prices have held up well over the past few years. Prices are up 4.2% since the trough in January 2011 and are just 5.0% off their high set in July 2007. Improving economic conditions have resulted in payroll employment being down less than 1.0% from its peak in October 2011 and up by 3.2% since the trough in July 2010. Single family permitting activity is up 1.6% on a seasonally adjusted monthly average basis from the trough set in January 2009. While new homes are being built in many parts of the Lincoln MSA, activity has been primarily centered in the city of Waverly northeast of Lincoln, in and around the city of Hickman south of Lincoln and the city of Wahoo northwest of Lincoln.

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Chili Cook-off

Lincoln Laminating, Inc.

4th Annual

Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation


Chili Cook-off Raynor Doors, Harrison Roofing & The Frontier Group




Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery & Bob Nohavec Plumbing, Inc.



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Rezac Construction, Inc.

Lincoln Winnelson Co.

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Earl Carter Lumber Co.

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Chili Cook-off

Prize Sponsors

Thanks to our

& s r o s n o p S Congrats to our Winners!

Eric’s Electric, Inc. HBAL Lincoln Children’s Museum Nebraska Title Company Saltdogs Lincoln Laminating

Beverage Sponsor Lincoln Federal Savings Bank

Water Sponsor Culligan Water Conditioning

Kids Activity Sponsor Eric’s Electric, Inc.

Thank You!

Prize Winners

Lois Hartzel, Vistar Homes, Inc., and Mark Aksamit, Earl Carter Lumber Co. for supervising the cooks.

$15 to Starbucks

Ken Svoboda, Ray’s Lawn & Home Care, and Perry Haralson, Cornhusker Bank, for being our emcees.

Chili Cook-off Committee

Mark Aksamit Perry Haralson Lois Hartzell Eric Hoke

Jennie Korth Mike Rezac Dan Walker

Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation All proceeds from the Chili Cook-off went to the Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation. The Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation’s mission is to support the educational and charitable activities of the Home Builders Association of Lincoln. The Foundation strives to support the community by contributing to community service projects focused on housing, as well as providing scholarships for students pursuing a career related to the building industry, and providing funding for other industry related educational programs. If you are interested in contributing to the Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation, please contact the HBAL office. Gifts are tax deductible to this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 16  Lincoln Business Builder

courtesy of Eric’s Electric Andee Harris, Union Title Company

Chili Gift Baskets

courtesy of HBAL Molly Johnson, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery Jayson Becker, Tomorrow’s Online Marketing

4 Passes to the Children’s Museum

courtesy of the Lincoln Children’s Museum Zoe (daughter of Sara Worley), A Pause for Paws Sam (son of Jayson Becker), Tomorrow’s Online Marketing

$25 to Cold Stone Creamery

courtesy of Eric’s Electric Chuck Pfenning, Nebraska Title Company

$30 to Misty’s

courtesy of Nebraska Title Kim Kalhoff, The Frontier Group

4 Lower Reserved Tickets & VIP Parking Pass courtesy of Lincoln Saltdogs Terry Neemann, Neemann & Sons, Inc.

Custom Vanity

courtesy of Lincoln Laminating Jennifer Haralson, A Pause for Paws

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Beat 2011

The Beat 2011 Program NAHB is stepping up and again providing support to local HBAs with the announcement of a new membership initiative – the Beat 2011 program. Now HBAs and Spikes can “cash in” on outstanding membership performance. This locally-based, entrepreneurial campaign is based on rewards returned to individual local associations and Spikes according to overall membership performance, and literally, their ability to Beat 2011. To that end, iPad prizes, plaques and recognition distributed via monthly drawings will replace prizes and incentives formerly associated with National Membership Day. The Beat 2011 campaign provides local HBAs the opportunity to receive a special one-time incentive if they grow their Builder and Associate membership by the end of 2012. Any HBA that has, as of the end of the day on Dec. 31, 2012, a higher Builder and Associate membership total than they had on Dec. 31, 2011, will receive 50% of their national dues ($75) for every additional Builder and Associate member on their roster above the prior year end total. For example, if your association ended 2011 with 200 Builder and Associate members and finishes 2012 with 210, you will be eligible to receive the incentive and would receive $750 (10 additional Builder and Associate members X $75 each). Every affiliated local association is in the running and eligible for this incentive; no opt-in is necessary. Every month, NAHB will recognize the leading local association and Spike from each of the seven size categories. To help sweeten the deal and encourage friendly competition, these HBAs and Spikes will be put into a monthly drawing for a new iPad (one each for HBAs and Spikes) and will also become eligible for a special year-end grand prize drawing.

“Membership happens at the local level, and this program ‘gets it’ perhaps better than any I’ve seen. I love that NAHB leadership has shown a willingness to aggressively incentivize growth, and at the same time entrust local HBAs with how best to get there,” says Matt Morrow, CEO of the HBA of Greater Springfield. “Over the course of 2012, enterprising local HBAs will become incubators for next-generation best practices for membership growth – and we’ll get paid for our successes! It’s the perfect way to put each local’s strengths to work for the good of everyone.” Since it was first proposed, the response from association leadership to this program has been tremendous across all levels. “When presented at the state of Kentucky’s Home Builders Association board of directors meeting, the members were so fired up about the program that the HBA of Kentucky sweetened the offer by also sharing one half of the state membership dues ($25 of $50 dues) to any local association that ‘Beats 2011’, ” says John Miranda of the NAHB Membership Committee. NAHB has a strong history of supporting local membership efforts. Past initiatives, such as establishing a $500,000 Struggling HBA Support Fund, the Oliver Group partnership and Retention Rebate Program have shown this commitment.

Beat 2011 For each membership gained in 2012, HBAL will received $75 from NAHB. That means we need to recruit AND retain members! The use of the money earned from this program will reward our recruiters although the manner is yet to be determined. Just know that the more we earn, the bigger the prizes and/or party!

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All HBAs are categorized into one of seven groups based on the number of members they had at the end of 2011. There will be two winners selected each month (one HBA and one Spike) based on their percentage increase in membership (HBA) or on the number of new members recruited (Spike). Each month, the winners from each category will be entered into a drawing to receive an Apple iPad. Non-winners will be entered into a end of year drawing for a $500 American Express gift card.

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May is Double Spike Month! Spikes can earn twice the credits for new members recruited.

April is New Homes Month

Modern Features, Community Support Among New Home Benefits

Lincoln Home Builders Highlight New Home Advantages During New Homes Month in April The home building industry is celebrating New Homes Month in April, just as many families begin to think about buying a home that better suits their needs during the spring home-buying season. The advantages of newly-constructed homes and condominiums extend beyond the features enjoyed by the homebuyer to also support the community itself. “Not only do new homes feature modern floor plans and superior energy efficiency for the family to enjoy, but they also increase the property tax base which generates revenue that supports local schools and communities,” said Dan Klein, Sr., president of HBAL. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that three jobs are created for each new single-family home that is built, with about half being in the construction industry and the rest in other industries that are needed to outfit and sell a home such as furniture, appliances, textiles, loan officers and lawyers. A total of

$90,000 in government revenue is generated — $67,000 in federal taxes and $23,000 in state and local taxes. A newly-constructed home or condominium offers outstanding benefits to the home owner as well as to the community. The energy-efficient features that are often included in new homes such as tankless water heaters, ENERGY STAR appliances and HVAC systems make the home more comfortable and can save the home owners significant money over the long term. New home floor plans are designed with modern lifestyles in mind, and include open layouts, high ceilings, walk-in closets and conveniently-located laundry and home office accommodations. New homes are also wired to safely accommodate the usage of modern appliances and technology components such as highdefinition televisions, and sophisticated lighting, audio and security systems.

Using Social Media to Promote New Homes Month and National Homeownership Month Social media is where many people — including prospective home buyers and current home owners — are spending time these days. Communications channels such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and more provide a wide-reaching, cost-effective opportunity to promote special events such as New Homes Month and National Homeownership Month. Here are some ideas to get you started: • Post a new fact every day. Some examples include local or national statistics about living standards, tax benefits, consumer attitudes or research. NAHB has many resources for prospective home buyers to help them through the process as well. Or, draw information from these NAHB resources: - The Tax Benefits of Homeownership ( - “Opportunity Knocks” brochure on homeownership benefits ( - The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of Buying New (

home technologies or green building practices. • Develop a virtual tour of niche communities in your area, using a slideshow or video and post on Facebook or YouTube. • Create a location-based game (like Foursquare or Facebook Places) where different home buyers can “check in” once they’ve arrived at a designated location on their mobile phones to different open houses all month. Offer giveaways to those who check in and a prize, such as free tickets to the next home show event. • Work with a Realtor to organize a “tweet-up” at a few open houses. This is a special event that is spread through the social media vine, so always prepare for more people than you might expect. These should be more than just a regular open house, but also a social event where people can mingle and talk about why they want to buy a house. Post the time and place on your Twitter and Facebook accounts and blog, and encourage people to spread the word through social media. Make sure the event is worthy – have food, nametags, a raffle or speaker and of course, a WiFi connection.

• Connect with members, Realtors, media sponsors and other advocates on social media and ask them to help spread the word about New Homes Month and National Homeownership Month.

NAHB will be using social media to promote the benefits of new homes and homeownership throughout April and June, and you can repost our facts and messages to your own social media network. Feel free to use NAHB’s social media resources to enhance your own online presence:

• Ask your Facebook fans to post on your wall why they think homeownership is great, why they bought a house or to post pictures of their homes.

• Re-post messages seen on NAHB’s Twitter, Facebook and Linked In accounts.

• Interview open house attendees and post them on YouTube. • Blog about the benefits of homeownership or buying a new home, or invite a few home owners to be guest bloggers and write about why they love their homes. Some good sites where you can launch your own blog include Wordpress, Blogspot and • Blog or create photo albums with descriptions about new

• Add the NAHB Twitter feed to your website. This feed is updated regularly with new information and messages. Enter “NAHBHome” into the username box, customize the settings to your liking and paste the code into your website. • Share what you’re doing on social media by hashtagging #NAHB on Twitter or mentioning @NAHB on Facebook. For more information about this item, please contact Gwyn Donohue at 800-368-5242 x8447 or via email at

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New Members | Cancellations | Directory Changes

Welcome New Members

Directory Changes

A & J Donner Construction

• New address for Aqua Systems is 5501 N. 58th Court, #100, Lincoln, NE 68507-3111

Principal: Adam Donner

2511 S. 78th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506 Phone: 402-770-1223 Website: Sponsor: Pat Mooberry, CASEYCO, Inc.

Fax: 855-339-5439

• Joe Molacek, HomeSer vices Lending, LLC, is no longer an affiliate member.

Company Description: Concrete flatwork contractor and remodeler/builder/general contractor. Reason I joined HBAL: To expand my customer base. What I hope to get out of my membership: Good relationships with homebuilders in Lincoln. Desired areas of involvement: Membership and education. Company information: Family business started in Lincoln. Been in business for seven years and have 70+ combined total years of experience. Personal: Wife Casey and son River (3).

Adams Custom Homes Principal: Mike Adams

P.O. Box 23108, Lincoln, NE 68542 Phone: 402-499-8635 Email: Website: Sponsor: Greg Shinaut, Black Hills Energy

• Ellen High is a new affiliate with Home Real Estate. Address: 7211 S. 27th Street. Phone: 402-432-0334. Email:

Fax: 402-420-6547

• New address for Old City Homes is 1800 N. 129th Court, Lincoln, NE 68527. • New email for Special Tee Remodeling is

Sorry to See You Go! If you see your company listed below, contact HBAL at 402-423-4225 to renew your membership TODAY!

American Fence Company Bruce Schwartz Construction Rembolt Development, Ltd. V2K Window Decor & More

Company Description: Builder/remodeler

Flat Water Construction, Inc. Principal: Ray Terry

7333 Canyon Road, Lincoln, NE 68516 Phone: 402-423-1510 Fax: 402-423-1510 Cellular: 402-540-0468 Email: Sponsor: Mark Aksamit, Earl Carter Lumber Co. Company Description: Residential and commercial construction and remodeling.

New Traditions Custom Homes Principal: Lea Barker

601 W. Prospective Court, P.O. Box 22787, Lincoln, NE 68542 Phone: 402-477-6668 Fax: 402-477-6746 Cellular: 402-432-9784 Email: Sponsor: Lea Barker, Hartland Homes Company Description: Custom Home Builder Reason I joined HBAL: Parade of Homes and excellent resources.

Your Hometown Source For • House Beams • Columns • Brick Lintels • Joists & Deck • Miscellaneous Plate, Angle, Pipe & Tubing

APOLLO STEEL COMPANY Fabricating The Future of Nebraska 7200 Amanda Road, Lincoln, NE 68507 Phone: 402-466-8587 • Fax: 402-466-0594

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Thanks for Renewing Your Membership! (Please allow 60 days for names to appear on this list.)

2K Landscape Designs, 18 years

King’s Home Inspections, LLC, 5 years

Artz & Sons Construction, 11 years

KLNC-FM 105.3, 15 years

Biggerstaff Plumbing, Heating, A/C & Radiant Floor Heating, 29 years

KTGL The Eagle 92.9, 24 years

Buckley & Sitzman CPA, 3 years

Larsen Painting, Inc., 11 years

Cattle National Bank & Trust Co., 9 years

LincolnFirst Realty, 3 years

Cohawk New Horizons Drywall, Inc., 31 years

Metalworks, Inc., 2 years

Craig Construction, 3 years

Midwest Unlimited, LLC, 1 year

Crocker Construction, Inc., 1 year

Natural Light Co., 2 years

Detail by Design, LLC, 2 years

NEBCO Realty Group/Fallbrook Sales & Development, 3 years

ESPN/KLMS 1480, 19 years

Nebraska Printing Center, 10 years

Hans Electric, Inc., 28 years

Nissen’s Hardwood Floors, Inc., 5 years

Harley’s Heating & A/C, Inc., 38 years

Precast Products & Landscape Village, 20 years

Huenink Construction, Inc., 3 years

Reese Construction, Inc., 25 years

Journal Star Printing Co., 9 years

Tru-Built Construction, LLC, 3 years

KFGE Froggy 98.1, 20 years

Underfoot, Inc., 3 years

KFOR Radio, 43 years

Union Title Company, 10 years

KIBZ The Blaze 104.1, 17 years

Window Option Specialists, 15 years

KZKX, 26 years

Camherdz Services Corporation Painting

Interior, Exterior, Commercial, Residential New, Repaint


Power Washing, Staining


Sealers, Epoxies, Urethanes


Specialty Coatings

To include Epoxies and Urethanes on walls

Hector Hernandez 2240 S. 46th Street Phone: (402) 580-0870 Fax: (402) 438-6937 Lincoln, NE 68506 Email: 21  Lincoln Business Builder

Under Construction: HBAL to Help Build New Exhibit at Lincoln Children’s Museum

HBAL is excited to partner with the Lincoln Children’s Museum in creating their newest exhibit to open on May 30, 2012.

If you or your employees are interested in sharing the talents you’ve been given, let us know!

Yes! I would love to volunteer Name:




More details will be available in the May issue of the Lincoln Business Builder, so stay tuned! Proposed Plan

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Important Changes 2009 IRC

Important Changes 2009 IRC R106.2 Site Plan or Plot Plan

The site plan for a new dwelling shall include existing elevations of: (1) Street curb (2) Each corner of the lot (3) Elevation of the side lot line on each side of the foundation (4) The top of the foundation. The elevation at the property line cannot be altered.

R403.1.7.3 Foundation Elevation

The site plan shall also include: (1) The top of all exterior foundation walls shall be a minimum of 12 inches higher than the finish grade elevation 10 feet from the perimeter of the foundation (2) The floor of a walkout basement shall be a minimum of 12 inches higher than the grade 10 feet from the foundation. (3) The top of the foundation wall below a daylight window shall be a minimum of 12 inches higher than the finish grade elevation, 10 feet from the perimeter of the foundation. Mold and rot damage from water entering the exterior walls has become a significant problem. Because of the problem, the scheduling of a framing inspection has been changed.

R109.1.4 Frame Inspection

Inspection of framing construction shall be made after all framing, firestopping, draftstopping, and bracing are in place, installation of all doors and windows, and after all the water-resistive barrier and flashing is installed but before the exterior wall covering is installed. Incomplete rough-ins or interior framing will be inspected at the time that the insulation inspection is made. The inspector will pay special attention to the proper installation of the house wrap, self-adhered door and window flashing, and all other flashing.

R601.3 Vapor Retarders (Vapor Barriers)

Water that enters an exterior wall during air conditioning season can only be expelled to the inside in the form of water vapor. The follow change was made:

The alarm may be battery operated or 110V. The CMA is required for all new construction and interior remodeling projects. A combination smoke alarm and CMA is permitted.

R905.2.7.1 Ice Barrier; conditioned floor area

A self-adhering polymer modified bitumen sheet or other method approved by the Building Official shall be used in lieu of normal underlayment and extend from the lowest edges of all roof surfaces to at least 36 inches. The ice barrier may be omitted when a raised heel truss or other framing method provides space for a minimum of R-38 attic insulation along the exterior wall.

R302.12 Draftstopping

In an open webb truss floor/ceiling assembly, draftstops shall be installed so that the area of the concealed space does not exceed 1,000 square feet. Draftstopping shall divide the concealed space into approximately equal areas. Attics draftstopping shall be installed so that no part of the attic is greater than 3,000 square feet in area. The draftstop shall be constructed above the separation wall between the garage and residence.

R802.3 Framing Details

A roof that is over framed on a lower roof shall bear on a ledger board. The ledger board shall be a minimum of 2x6 inches and shall be located on the inside of the heel cut. On existing roofs the roof covering shall be removed to allow the ledger board to bear on the roof sheathing. The 2009 International Residential Code is effective as of March 1, 2012. All of the amendments can be found on the City of Lincoln’s website ( under DepartmentsBuilding & Safety-Building Ser vices. Mel Goddard Chief Building Inspector

The use of polyethylene (Class I vapor retarder) or Kraft face batts (Class II) is not permitted on the interior side of the exterior walls.

R703.2 Water-resistive barrier

One layer of water-resistive barrier (WRB) complying with ASTM E2556 for type II WRB shall be applied over sheathing of all exterior walls. The WRB shall be continuous to the top of walls and terminated at penetrations and building appendages in a manner to meet the requirements of the exterior wall envelope. Manufactured and natural adhered masonr y veneer and stucco shall be installed over an approved rain screen (drainage system) that has a minimum depth of 1/8 inch. The 1/8 inch space shall be formed by the use of any non-corrodible furring strip, drainage mat or drainage board. A water-resistant barrier shall be installed between the rain screen and the wall sheathing. Flashing shall be installed in accordance with Section R703.8. No. 15 asphalt shall not be permitted as a water-resistant barrier for adhered veneer and stucco. Exception: A space is not required where the exterior veneer is installed with a second WRB complying with Section R703.2 which is manufactured in a manner to enhance drainage and meets the 75% efficiency drainage requirement of ASTM E2273, ICC-ES, AC24, ICC-ES, AC235 or other recognized national standards and is installed over a complying WRB.

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Digital Color Copies

Graphic Design

Digital Black & White

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Engineering Copies

Bindery Services

Personalized Service

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Section R315 Carbon Monoxide Alarms

One Carbon Monoxide Alarm (CMA) per floor (level) is required.

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Tour of Remodeled Homes

Saturday & Sunday April 21-22

Noon - 5 p.m. Admission: $5.00 for all 18 Homes Children under 12 are free 1. 2511 N. 81st Street • Kitchen Remodel GoodeGuy Construction/3 Day Kitchen & Bath 2. 435 Eastridge Drive • Whole House Remodel Mahris Custom Homes 3. 1717 Devoe Drive • Kitchen & Master Bath Remodel Reynolds Design & Remodeling 4. 8011 Basswood Court • Kitchen Remodel CS Kitchen & Bath Studio

Local service for the life of your mortgage loan. At Cornhusker Bank, we believe when you come to us for a mortgage loan, you expect to continue to work with us well beyond closing. This is why we offer to service your mortgage right here in Lincoln.*

Life is good when banking is simple. Stop by, call, or visit us online to learn more. 56th & South St.




5. 4501 S. 67th Street • Whole House Remodel Willet Construction, Inc., Remodeling Specialists 6. 5520 Grouse Place • Kitchen Remodel Lincoln Cabinet 7. 7140 Stevens Ridge Road • Kitchen & Two Bath Remodel Lincoln Cabinet

* Not all mortgage loans qualify for the local servicing program. Please contact a mortgage lender for details.

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8. 7520 Union Hill Court • Kitchen & Three Bath Remodel Lincoln Cabinet 9. 6933 Beaver Creek Lane • Complete Home Remodel (Kitchen, Baths, Bedrooms, Living Areas) JR Premier Designs 10. 4744 Happy Hollow Lane • Kitchen, Family Room, Laundry Willet Construction, Inc., Remodeling Specialists 11. 6845 S. 44th Street • Kitchen & Dining Room Remodel Christo Design Build, Inc. 12. 6840 Shadow Ridge Road • Basement Finish Robison Design Build, LLC 13. 2925 O’Reilly Drive • Kitchen, Dinette & Command Center Lincoln Cabinet 14. 2909 Bonacum Drive • Enclose Courtyard & Create New Kitchen GoodeGuy Construction, Inc. 15. 3641 Sheridan Blvd. • Kitchen & Bath Remodel GoodeGuy Construction/3 Day Kitchen & Bath 16. 3000 Sheridan Blvd. • Kitchen Remodel & New Deck CS Kitchen & Bath Studio 17. 3130 S. 25th Street • Remodel & Addition Fulton Construction, Inc. 18. 129 N. 10th Street, Ste. 414 • 6,600 Square Foot Condo Tru-Built Construction, LLC 24  Lincoln Business Builder

When it comes to cabinetry, Millard Lumber offers a vast and diverse selection. Whether it’s a color, finish, or look, Millard Lumber has the solution to any builder or contractors needs. Stop by our Design Center today for design assistance and free estimates. Millard Lumber also offers installation for all cabinets and hardware. 11200 N. 148th St., Waverly NE


M-F 7:30am - 5pm

Quinn’s House

Quinn’s House The house is coming along! If you are interested in assisting in this project, please contact Greg Shinaut at 402-437-1717. They are currently looking for assistance with grading, sod and landscaping as well as financial contributions.

To read more about Quinn, go to

Volunteers / Contributions

Greg Shinaut Skyline Homes, Inc. / Ken Inness Delrae Designs / Delrae Hirschman Prairie Gold Housing, Inc. / Bob Peterson Home Builders Association of Lincoln Signs Now / John Hoppe Jr. – Yard sign Irons Grading, Inc. / Bruce Irons – Basement excavation The Frontier Group / Tom Harrison & Jeff Funk – Foundation G.E. Peterson, Inc. – Footing excavation K.C. Pumping – Foundation pumping Beatrice Concrete – Foundation concrete Carrol Distributing – Foundation wall supplies Drake Williams – Rebar Goetz Waterproofing – Basement waterproofing Crawford Plumbing / Pat Crawford – Plumbing labor HUB / Youth Build – Framing labor Lincoln Winnelson Co. – Plumbing supplies Briggs, Inc. of Lincoln / Jenny Samek – Plumbing supplies Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery / Molly Johnson – Plumbing supplies Wellmann Plumbing, Inc. / Robb Mueller – Water service material Shelter Distribution / Jeremy Hinze – Roofing material Harrison Roofing / John Harrison – Foundation & Roofing labor Darin Shinaut – Framing & Roofing labor Comfort Techs, Inc. / John Adcock, Jory Heiss, Zach Kremer – Heating & Air material / labor 84 Lumber / Rod Brown – Framing material Millard Lumber / Jeff Taake – Deck material Eric’s Electric / Eric Hoke Nebraska Home Improvement / James Lamb Nebraska Building Products / Shawn Stranathan - Insulation Lincoln Federal / Jason Firestone SCC-Milford / Building Construction student chapter Custom Countertops / Rich Oliver Black Hills Energy / Greg Shinaut – Water Heater Pride Homes / Matt Kleinschmit – Onyx products Earl Carter Lumber / Mark Aksamit – Exterior Doors Hoos & Suing / Chris Suing & Tike Hoos – Fork lift Mario Liak – Framing 10/11 News / Lance Schwartz ABC Supply – Siding Material Alley Cat Refuse – Dumpster Service

Stephens & Smith Construction / Bob Irwin – Concrete Flatwork Lincoln Industries – Grant donation Chris & Kelly Dittmer – Cash donation Don & Doris Damkroger – Cash donation Lawrence & Ann Jablonski – Cash donation Randi & Joshua Larsen – Cash donation Casey & Sara Fahrnbruch/Rob & Mandy Mizerski – Cash donation Dallas Whitford – Cash donation Rudy Kalama – Stone mason Reimers Kaufman – Stone material Drywall Supply Inc. – Drywall material Illuminations Lighting / Lois Pfundt – Lighting materials Katie Halperin / Nebraska Home Sales – sold the Otte’s existing home at a discounted rate Saint Paul Church Members – Cash donation Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces / Gary Johnson – Kitchen cabinets Cornhusker State Industries – Laundry room cabinets Chloe Fitzgibbon – Cash donation Block & Beam Construction – Cash donation Tom Guild – Cash donation Janet Stamper – Cash donation Precast Products / Jim & Sue Crawford – Address Plaque Jackie Daniels – Drywall hanger Eric & Karen Krull – Cash donation Jon & Lynne Fritz – Cash donation Ron & Marilyn Eberspacher – Cash donation Evans, Lipka and Associates – Cash donation Mary Kahm – Cash donation Vantage Pointe Homes / Marji McKibben – Blue prints Fulton Construction / Steve Fulton, Jason Mommes, Ryan Leu, and Eric Lienbendorfer – Trim Carpenters D&R Construction / Dee Wiles and Rex Nelson – Trim Carpenters Siemk Carpentry / Jim Simeck – Trim Carpenter Consolidated Kitchens / Gary Johnson – Kitchen and bath cabinets Prairie Gold Homes – Laundry cabinets Access Elevator – Greg Anglim Home Access Solutions / Bev Van Phillips – Overhead track system A-1 Floors / Jack Rice – Vinyl floors Remodel Solutions / Joette Kapke – Tile The Cleaning Ladies – Final house cleaning EMO Flooring / Bill Richter – Flooring

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Building Permits Building Permits

City of Lincoln - 10 -Year Table

Jan. Feb. YTD

SF 98 103 201

Jan. Feb. Total Avg. Cost

2003 TH MF 8 4 33 2 41 6


SF 74 73 147

2004 TH MF SF 8 5 54 9 24 66 17 29 120

2006 Cost 19 333,000 13 426,676 32 759,676 23,740

SF=detached single family - TH=townhouses - MF=multi-family (including duplexes)

2005 TH 21 10 31

MF SF 0 72 4 58 4 130

2006 TH 14 20 34

2007 MF SF TH 0 40 8 2 35 4 2 75 12

2008 MF SF TH 4 35 19 12 22 0 16 57 19

2009 MF SF TH 6 11 14 4 29 2 10 40 16

2010 MF SF TH 0 24 7 3 32 18 3 56 25

Remodeling Permits: Additions City of Lincoln - Detached Single Family - 7 Year Table


2007 Cost 7 87,400 4 314,300 11 401,700 36,518


2008 Cost 9 1,364,460 9 141,600 18 1,506,060 83,670


2009 Cost 2 52,000 5 125,240 7 177,240 25,320


2010 Cost 6 152,980 3 99,500 9 252,480 28,053


2011 MF SF TH 2 22 0 60 26 0 62 48 0

2011 Cost 3 80,100 7 178,700 10 258,800 25,880

2012 MF SF TH MF 4 27 4 0 20 31 13 144 24 58 17 144


2012 Cost 2 43,500 5 107,786 7 151,286 21,612

Remodeling Permits: Alterations

Jan. Feb. Total Avg. Cost

2006 Cost 89 1,007,372 87 967,125 176 1,974,497 11,219


City of Lincoln - Detached Single Family - 7 Year Table

2007 Cost 88 1,163,863 78 909,207 166 2,073,070 12,488


2008 Cost 81 907,619 76 947,505 157 1,855,124 11,816


2009 Cost 71 784,232 76 706,588 147 1,490,820 10,142


2010 Cost 57 502,454 69 600,743 126 1,103,197 8,756


2011 Cost 69 988,395 79 893,584 148 1,881,979 12,716


2012 Cost 81 804,484 69 565,929 150 1,370,413 9,136


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