HOME BUILDERS BACKSTORY A group of 23 men met in Birmingham’s Redmont Hotel to discuss starting an organization in the building industry back in 1941. Just 10 days later, they voted to proceed with the plans and nominated officers for the Birmingham Chapter of the Home Builders Institute of America. By 1942, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) was organized, and they had 250 builders in 13 chapters. Now, the NAHB has more than 140,000 members nationwide. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A unique pattern helps draw visual interest to the stove area. The den, dining area and kitchen have an open concept. Guests can enjoy a meal on the spacious island.
largest in the country. In October or November of each year, a builder is chosen for the home, and vendors, contractors and suppliers come together to promote their top-quality products. The home provides a way to show potential homeowners the benefits of hiring a licensed contractor and an active member of the GBAHB. “Early in the summer, we send out a request for proposals to build the Ideal Home to our members,” Murphy says. “Our Parade of Homes committee looks over all of the choices and then our board votes on it. We look at everything from the location, neighborhood, floor plan and designer.” The group definitely didn’t disappoint with the 2015 Ideal Home. Located in the Preserve, the home was just as eye-catching as it was efficient. “It showcases the latest and greatest May 2016 | Hoover’s Magazine •