The E-Magazine of the Fairfield County HBRA APRIL 2017 GMM at Clarke UPCOMING May 3 May 22-23 OSHA10 Construction JUNE 9 HBRA Annual Meeting JULY 24 HBRA Golf Outing FEATURED Luxury Home Tour April GMM Member News Builder News

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2016-17 OFFICERS HBRA VIP CIRCLE President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Sr. Vice-President Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Vice-President Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Group Secretary/Treasurer Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby's Immediate Past President Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders 2016-17 DIRECTORS Peter Battaglio Hocon Gas Max Bender Bender Supply Steve Berko Four Square Build & Design Ken DeLeo Doherty & DeLeo John Hertz Hertz Construction Brian Kurtz Interstate Lumber Rob Michaud The Michaud Group Steven Roth Elevator Service Company Alex Shook Pella Commercial Michael Wood Wood Builders LIFE DIRECTORS Joanne Carroll JMC Resources Jerry Effren The Greyrock Companies Gary Fanali City Carting Peter Fusaro Preferred Builders Maureen Hanley United Bank Michael Palumbo ERI Building & Design Nick Yanicelli Susquehanna Enterprises MEDIA SPONSOR gas Thank you to the following VIP Associate Members for their support in 2017. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3

IN THIS ISSUE Letter From The CEO Upcoming Events VIP Kick Off Luxury Home Tour Weekend 8 April GMM 12 VIP Night 14 Luxury Home Tour April 5th General Membership Meeting Annual Meeting Annual HBRA Golf Outing New Members Builder Spotlight Fairfield House & Garden Company Wright Building Company Member News Murphy Brothers Among New York Smart CEO 2017 Fast Growth Companies Cozy Basement Renovation for the Finnegans Builder News Survey: Demand For Outdoor Kitchens Heats Up Jobs, Good Jobs, And Home Buying There’s An App for That Seminars OSHA 10 Hour Construction HBRA Breakfast Series - Sales Institute Member Benefits Advertisers: TD Bank Ed’s Garage Doors New England Home County TV & Appliance CTC&G United Bank Hocon Gas DiMatteo Elevator Service Company Interstate Lumber Ridgefield Supply SmartHome Fairfield County Bank East Haven Builders Supply Ring's End Editorial Staff Gina Calabro Publisher/Editor Clare Michalak Designer Sarah Iannarone Executive Assistant Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Cover Photo: Tim Lee Photography p.6 p.7 p.8 p.10 p.16 p.19 p.20 p.22 p.21 p.22 p.28 p.28 p.30 p.31 p.31 p.32 p.32 p.35 p.1 p.1 p.5 p.5 p.15 p.19 p.21 p.23 p.25 p.25 p.27 p.29 p.34 p.34 p.36

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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER Dear HBRA Members, T he inaugural Luxury Home Tour was a grand success! Even with the weather not cooperating with us on Saturday we had visitors at all of the homes. Sunday was a beautiful day with many more touring these four fabulous homes. I have thanked the builders who stepped up to be part of this tour many times, but I need to thank them again for understanding the vision and opportunity this weekend event provided. So once again, Arnold, Ken, Tim, and Luigi – THANK YOU! I would also be remiss in not thanking Jim and Doron again as well for opening their home for the Kick Off event. I cannot imagine the evening being any better than what we experienced. We were privileged to enjoy your absolutely stunning estate, home, and pool house. THANK YOU! What a great evening at Connecticut Stone on April 5th! Tyra Dellacroce and her staff hosted our largest General Membership Meeting to date. The food, drink, raffles – all I can say is WOW and a BIG thank you! Be sure to check out the photos on page 16. The May 3rd General Membership meeting is sure to sell out. Clarke Showrooms once again is hosting the Building Official of the Year event in South Norwalk. This is a limited seating event so if you haven’t registered yet do so quickly. A new education series is being offered through one of our members - Sandler Training. The first class is April 28th but you can still sign up for the May 12 & 24th classes. Plus the May OSHA class is open to register – We sell out every class so register early! 6 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 Due to some unforeseen circumstances (a fire at the Italian Center in Stamford), we have had to change our June Annual Meeting venue to the Greenwich Regency Hyatt. The date has also changed to Friday June 9th. Come walk the red carpet and join us for cocktails, dinner, and our HBRA awards, plus a silent and LIVE auction benefitting the NEW HBRA scholarship Fund. See Page 19 for additional details. The Annual Golf Outing will be held at Tashua Knolls Golf Course on Monday July 24th. See page 20 for information. Additional announcements will be sent out shortly to the membership. Please be sure to check out the Builder Member Spotlight. Two more of our builders are highlighted - if you would like to be included, please contact me or the office. As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or e-mail us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." -- Albert Schweitzer

MARK YOUR CALENDARS UPCOMING EVENTS May 3, 2017 General Membership Meeting Clarke Distributors 64 South Main Street South Norwalk, CT Click Here to Register May 22-23, 2017 OSHA 10 Construction Ring’s End Educational Facility Stratford, CT Click Here to Register June 9, 2017 HBRA Annual Meeting Awards Night and Auction HYATT REGENCY GREENWICH 1800 East Putnam Avenue Old Greenwich, CT, 06870 Click Here to Register July 24, 2017 2017 Fairfield County HBRA Golf Classic Tashua Knolls Golf Course 40 Tashua Knolls Lane Trumbull CT 06611, US Click Here to Register 1 APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 7

VIP KICK OFF A Spectacular Evening at the 13 acre-estate of Sound Beach Partners Doron Sabag and Jim Hoffman location or a bettWe couldn’t have asked for a more exceptional er evening for the Kick-off of the 2017 Luxury Home Tour. Jim Hoffman and Doron Sabag graciously opened their Greenwich estate and pool house to over 100 guests to celebrate the launch of the tour while also raising money for PSC Partners Seeking a Cure. Guests enjoyed a delicious array of appetizers and desserts from David’s Soundview Catering. A wine tasting featured ONE HOPE Wines, a cause-centric winery that is making a social impact by donating 50% of their profits to partnered causes. And a special tasting of the new RIPE bar juices from FreshBev. Each guest also received a Luxury Home Tour tote, the official guidebook, a ticket to the 8 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 weekend tour, and the April issue of CTC&G featuring the four homes on the tour. Craig Wiele spoke to the group about the PSC Partners Seeking a Cure, a volunteer organization that provides primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) patients and their caregivers education and support and to raise funds to research the origins and a cure for the disease. Donating to this organization was special cause for the HBRA as one of our member’s granddaughter’s is living with this disease. Jeff Vangele of Wells Fargo, also spoke to the group on current programs offered to builders and potential homeowners. Special thanks to Wells Fargo, the evening’s main sponsor, to Jim & Doron, and to CTC&G, the Luxury Home Tour Media Sponsor.

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T he first annual Luxury Home Tour was a great success with over 140 unique visitors toured four of the most beautifully crafted and decorated spec homes in Darien and Greenwich. Although a light rain fell on Saturday, crowds still turned out at to meet the builders and explore these multimillion dollar, beautifully staged homes. Over $4,000 was raised for charity from ticket sales and donations. The tour featured the sprawling colonial built by Doherty & DeLeo, listed at $5.6 million, that featured a two-story foyer, formal living & dining rooms, gourmet kitchen open to the great room, 5 fireplaces, extensive built-in cabinetry, an elevator, a heated pool with spa, smart house technology, and a 3-car heated garage, all just minutes from Pear Tree Beach and downtown Darien. In Riverside, at $6.5 million, the timeless stone and clapboard colonial built by Argus Development in collaboration with Mockler Taylor Architects and Rutherford Landscape Architects designed to blend with the mature streetscape of Meadow Road. This beautiful six bedroom home featured an elegant living room with a wet bar, oak paneled study and spectacular open concept kitchen/family room, with an expansive lower level offering a temperature controlled wine cellar, playroom, second laundry and private exercise room. In Old Greenwich, a spectacular new FEMA compliant construction from Karo Associates listed at $5.25 million, with waterfront views on three sides built to take full advantage of its highly coveted location. The 4 bedroom, 3½-bath treasure features a beautifully dramatic barrelvaulted ceiling entry is fully paneled, leading to the magnificent first floor complete with custom builtins and the exquisite millwork and a 16-ft glass NanaWall that allows clear viewing to the water. Last, but certainly not least was the stunning Darien 4 bedroom, 4½-bath home built by Altamura Homes at $2.3 million. Sophisticated and chic, this extraordinary colonial offers a two-story entryway with floor to ceiling custom paneling, a soaring main staircase, a tray ceilinged APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 11

formal living room and adjacent coffered ceilinged dining room with custom-designed stained oak barn doors with rain glass panels. A spacious and bright gourmet kitchen features Taj Mahal quartzite counters, On the third floor there is a fully carpeted bonus room with ample storage. Special thanks to the builders who saw the vision of this Luxury Home Tour and worked with the HBRA staff to make this such a memorable event: Luigi Altamura of Altamura Homes. Tim O’Malley of Argus Development, Ken DeLeo and John Doherty of Doherty & DeLeo Development and Arnold Karp of Karp Associates. Additional thanks to the Luxury Home Tour Committee and all of the amazing volunteers who worked Saturday and/or Sunday at the homes scanning tickets or guiding visitors. This event would not have gone as smoothly as it did without their generous gift of time and energy. 12 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOUNDATION SPONSORS following companies. Thank you for seeing the vision of the exceptional event as well! KICK-OFF SPONSORS The Luxury Home Tour was also made possible with the generous support and donations from the MEDIA SPONSOR MEDIA SPONSOR LUXURY HOME TOUR COMMITTEE Birgit Anich - BA Staging & Interiors Connie Cooper - Connie Cooper Designs Jennifer Barbaro - CTC&G Tracey Heinemann - CTC&G Aleighen Bunkers - DeRosa Builders Kim DiMatteo - DiMatteo Group Jennifer Murphy - DiMatteo Group Christopher Shea - Domus Constructors, LLC Emilia Ferri - Emilia Ferri Architecture + Design Joanne Carroll - JMC Resources Jen Chieh - People’s Bank 14 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 Lora Mazurak - Aitoro Appliance Company Sharon McCormick - Sharon McCormick Design Stephanie Rapp - Stephanie Rapp Interiors Tanya Weinberg - Tile America Judy Doyle - Wright Building Company HBRA of Fairfield County Staff Gina Calabro, CEO Sarah Iannarone, Executive Assistant Clare Michalak, Graphics & Marketing

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HBRA Member News I t was barbecue night at the April General Membership Meeting held at Connecticut Stone’s Stamford location. Over 160 members and guests attended the event that offered an exceptional catered menu from Dinosaur Barbecue. Throughout the evening attendees visited various demonstrations and learned more about Connecticut Stone and their suppliers. The evening was capped with raffles that include a fire pit, patio stone, wine baskets and gift cards. The membership raffle name picked that evening was not in attendance. The May membership raffle is now at $1,000. Special thanks to Tyra Dellacroce and the Connecticut Stone staff for the tremendous event. Also, thanks to the April Membership Raffle sponsor Rob & Marc Michaud of The Michaud Group. 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017

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D on’t miss the premier event of the year where your peers are recognized for their achievements and involvement in the HBRA. The evening includes cocktail hour, dinner, award celebration, and dancing with Pimpinella! We will also be holding a silent and live auction to benefit the NEW HBRA scholarship fund. Award winners will be announced in June 9, 2017 Greenwich Hyatt Regency 5:30PM - Midnight early May. Invitations will be mailed out soon to all HBRA members. Hotel reservation information will be included. Sponsorships and Program Advertising Available: To sponsor, please CLICK HERE To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial y/ APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19

JULY 24, 2017 Tashua Knolls Trumbull, CT The Annual HBRA Golf Classic, presented by Ring’s End. There will be TWO Tournaments: • 18 hole tournament - 136 Golfers $225/indiv. $875/foursome (includes driving range, lunch, cocktail hour & dinner) Raw bar and beverages on the course • “The Glen” 9 hole tournament - 36 Golfers $125/indiv. Or $475/foursome (total 36 g (includes driving range, cocktail hour and dinner) Cocktail hour/Dinner only is $60pp 10:00am Registration Begins and Driving Range Open 11:00am Lunch begins 12:00pm 18-hole Tournament - Shotgun start 12:30pm 9 Hole Registration Begins and Driving Range Open 2:30pm 5:30pm 9-hole Tournament - Shotgun start Cocktails, Dinner, Raffle and Awards Register Here SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE Covers both tournaments: $2,500 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,000 $1,500 $1,500 $1,000 $750 Hat Sponsor Dinner Sponsor Dinner Sponsor Beverage Cart Sponsor Beverage Cart Sponsor Cigar Sponsor Water bottle Sponsor Complimentary Gift Bags Golf Towel Sponsor Golf Cart Sponsor Ice Cream Truck 9 Hole Tournament Only: $500.00 $300.00 $300.00 $200.00 $175.00 Golf Ball Sponsor Closest to the Line Closest to the Pin Hockey Stick Putt Tee Sponsors 20 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 18 Hole Tournament Only: $1,000.00 $750.00 $500.00 $500.00 $250.00 $250.00 $250.00 $250.00 Tee Sponsors TAKEN: Named Sponsor Awards Awards/Dessert Beverage Cart Cocktail Hour Driving Range Rings End Acadia Insurance DiMatteo Group Ridgefield Supply Interstate Lumber Ed’s Garage Doors Golf Cart Sponsor Elevator Service Co. Golf Cart Sponsor County TV & Appliance Lunch Sponsor Longest Drive Putting Green Hocon Gas United Bank Fairfield County Bank Golf Ball Sponsor Hole in One - $10,000 prize Closest to the Line Closest to the Pin Hole-in-One - PRIZE Hole-in-One -PRIZE Hole-in-One -PRIZE

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NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Carolina Rodrigues New Horizon Construction, LLC New Horizon Construction, LLC is a family owned business since 2007. Located in Danbury, CT, we’re focused on providing high-quality building services and customer satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. With a variety of services to choose from, we’re sure you’ll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. Dana Noonan Plycem USA For over 75 years Allura has been manufacturing and distributing fiber cement exterior building products that include lap siding, panels, soffits, shakes, exterior trim and decking. Our products, manufactured in North Carolina, Indiana and Oregon are specially formulated for high performance, look like natural wood but are fire, bug, moisture, impact and fade resistant with the strength and durability to handle any kind of weather in any climate. Romi Leska Romi Masonry Construction, LLC RMC/Romi Masonry Construction LLC specializes in all types of masonry construction. We are fully staffed, and able to handle any-size project. With over 10 years of experience, RMC offers a 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Our mission is to create long-term client relationship based on the achievement of client goals. Bethryn Rogers Coastal Tree Experts, Inc. What makes our company stand out? Very simply, it’s SERVICE! From its founding in 1973, Coastal Tree has always operated as a small organization. Our sole mission has been to provide the highest quality service to those who truly appreciate and value the beauty of their home’s landscape. Our success over the years in attaining and RETAINING a quality client base is testament to our high degree of personal service. John Weiss Lillian August What makes our company stand out? Very simply, it’s SERVICE! From its founding in 1973, Coastal Tree has always operated as a small organization. Our sole mission has been to provide the highest quality service to those who truly appreciate and value the beauty of their home’s landscape. Our success over the years in attaining and RETAINING a quality client base is testament to our high degree of personal service. 22 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017

Joan Hennessey Deane, Inc. What makes our company stand out? Very simply, it’s SERVICE! From its founding in 1973, Coastal Tree has always operated as a small organization. Our sole mission has been to provide the highest quality service to those who truly appreciate and value the beauty of their home’s landscape. Our success over the years in attaining and RETAINING a quality client base is testament to our high degree of personal service. Brett Fagan Build BNT, LLC BNT’s mission is to LEAD, EMPOWER and CHANGE Bridgeport neighborhoods, improving quality of life through affordable housing opportunities. To meet this challenge, BNT develops and manages affordable housing, creates healthy homes with a focus on lead remediation and provides comprehensive homeownership for low and moderate income families. Welcome to Our Newest Affiliate Members Joy Marino Maureen Rooney Elizabeth Ethridge McGann Sheri Snellman Jen Balash Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. Robin Carroll 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 23

BUILDER SPOTLIGHT FAIRFIELD HOUSE & GARDEN COMPANY Residential Construction And Landscape Construction After 75 years in the industry, Fairfield House & Garden Company is a leader in the interior and exterior construction field in Fairfield and Westchester counties. Our values are based on integrity and high quality workmanship. Each stone, planting, wall, and everything in between comes with precision and care for the detail as well as the project as a whole. Our construction is our art. Let Fairfield House & Garden build, re-model or enhance your home and garden to your specifications. Our team of talented craftsmen will work with you to create the living environment of your dreams. John Conte, III, son of owners, Kim & John Conte, has recently come on board as Director of Operations. John is a professional engineer licensed in the State of Connecticut. He has eight years’ experience in Civil Engineering, Planning and Construction. John Conte III, P.E. 24 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 John’s experience is in site design, permit acquisition, creating technical drawings, overseeing construction and installation of site infrastructure. John has indepth proficiency on a range of project sizes, including single family residential houses and estates, multifamily residential developments, as well as large scale commercial, institutional and campus sized projects. John’s capabilities include all stages of development from initial feasibility studies, through the permitting, construction, and close out of projects. John joins us from a local engineering company, where he has gained invaluable knowledge and experience in managing the workflow of complex projects. We are ready to meet all your indoor and outdoor needs. We look forward to hearing from you! Fairfield House & Garden Company 28 Langhorne Lane Greenwich CT 06831 203-661-8900 www.fairfieldhouseandgarden.com

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BUILDER SPOTLIGHT Wright Building Company to Appear on 2 Episodes of HGTV’s Property Brothers When HGTV experts Jonathan & Drew Scott needed help in Westchester County for their Property Brothers show, “Buying & Selling”, they called upon local custom home builders Chris Wright & Judy Doyle of Wright Building Company to help transform two dated homes in Westchester County to two amazing properties with smart, stylish living spaces. You can watch these spectacular transformations take place April 26th and May 24th on HGTV. Wright Building Company has been the area’s premier builder of fine custom homes for over 30 years. They are well respected among homeowners, architects and interior designers by providing experience, process, skill and communication to every job. They have built and renovated over 100 homes and always provide individualized consultation and ongoing communication to ensure their client’s needs are satisfied. Chris Wright is proud to say, “Our homes are not only beautiful, they are the most efficient homes around”. 26 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 Wright Building Company has 3 Divisions; Custom Home Building, Additions & Renovations and Estate Care. For more information on Wright Building Company call 203-227-4134 or go to www.wrightbuild.com Wright Building Co. 5 Myrtle St Norwalk CT 06855 (203) 227-4134 www.wrightbuild.com

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MEMBER NEWS Murphy Brothers Among New York SmartCEO 2017 Fast-Growth Companies New York SmartCEO recently honored Sean and Chris Murphy, co-owners of Murphy Brothers Contracting among its “Fast-Growth Companies” at the 2017 Future 50 Awards Ceremony. More than 300 executives joined SmartCEO in celebrating 60 of New York area’s fastest-growing companies, including (50) mid-sized companies, (6) Blue Chip companies and (4) Emerging Growth companies, at their annual award ceremony in Manhattan. The Murphy Brothers began their general contracting business nearly 40 years ago, operating out of the basement of their parents’ home in Larchmont, NY. Today they are known throughout the region for their custom homes and renovations as well as construction work at area private clubs. “The act of ‘building a building’ is essentially the same as it was when we started”, said Sean Murphy. “However, we’re learning to stay ahead of the curve with regard to green building, energy efficiency, stricter regulations and smart technology. After 40 years, we’re still learning”. Chris Murphy attributes their company longevity to successful collaborations, “Our company puts a lot of emphasis on achieving success through teamwork”. . For more information on the Future 50 winners, to read their inspiring stories, click here. Cozy Basement Renovation for the Finnegans Check out this week’s episode of George To The Rescue on NBC. Early this winter Rings End participated with our long time customer Dan Divitto (DPD Builders) on a remodel project of the Finnegan residence. The Finnegan family faced some unique challenges to make their home more handicap accessible for their 3 year old daughter Mia. Be sure to watch the heartwarming 28 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 story of the Finnegan family and their adorable little girl Mia. A special thanks to Rings End ownership for helping a local family meet a few of their special needs. Watch the episode here

BUILDERS, ARCHITECTS & INTERIOR DESIGNERS JOIN US FOR OUR MONTHLY TOUR of the Crestron Design Center in NYC! TUESDAY, MAY 9 at 11:00am • ARCHITECTS: Learn Why You Should Include Crestron Technology in the Design Phase of Your Next Project • BUILDERS: Learn How to Increase Your Bottom Line by Adding Smarthome Components into Any Residential or Commercial Space • THE SHOWROOM EXPERIENCE: In-depth look at Crestron Solutions in Real World Environments LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE To reserve your space call 203-659-4734 We look forward to you joining us at the CRESTRON Design Center – 979 3rd Avenue, #407, NYC AUDIOVIDEOCT.COM APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 29 INCLUDES: Train Fare, Lunch & the Tour

BUILDER NEWS Survey: Demand for outdoor kitchens heats up D ive Brief: Architects have reported an increase in demand for outdoor kitchens, according to the American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2016. The survey of architecture firms found that the most popular kitchen features were a computer area or charging station (42% of firms reporting such work in 2016 compared to 49% in 2015), under-counter appliances (38% in 2016 and 33% in 2015), larger pantry space (34% in 2016 and 2015) and high-end appliances (31% in 2016 and 39% in 2015). Additions and alterations were the most popular construction activities last year (54% in 2016 and 61% in 2015), followed by kitchen and bath remodels (51% in 2016 and 54% in 2015). Dive Insight: Home renovations remain a popular choice as rising home prices and persisting inventory shortages dissuade prospective buyers from entering the market or trading up. While homeowners are indeed more optimistic about selling — with 69% in the first 30 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017 quarter saying it was a good time to do so, according to the National Association of Realtors — not enough owners are putting their properties on the market to provide the supply needed to meet demand at these typically lower price points. Instead, many homeowners are finding new ways to add value to their existing homes. According to AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, this trend is apparent in the rise in popularity of outdoor kitchens. With interior kitchens functioning as the hub of the home, Baker said, homeowners are trying to replicate that space outdoors and bring some of the related activity with it. The AIA study comes on the heels of a January report by Houzz that found U.S. kitchens are getting bigger and more modern in style, with more than onethird of respondents saying they were increasing their kitchen’s footprint. In another recent report, Remodeling magazine found that general home remodeling will return of 64.3% of a homeowner’s initial investment upon resale, with a major mid-range kitchen remodel recovering 65.3%. Read More

There’s an app for that: How new tech is changing the way we buy and sell homes T Jobs, Good Jobs, And Home Buying T ech pioneer Kodak, headquartered in the upstate New York city of Rochester, employed 145,000 workers in 1988, to manufacture, distribute, and market its film and cameras. Today, there are more photographic images taken in a single hour than were shot in all of the 1800s, many of them on Instagram, owned by Facebook, which employs just under 18,000. What this case is an example of is how technology may generate wealth and productivity in America in broad strokes on the one hand, but when it comes down to specific places and specific worker groups, they’re worse off than they were. Now, a positive jobs report this past Friday--235,000 jobs created in February, and a lower unemployment rate of 4.7%-- carries with it four key meaningful areas of interest for home builders and developers at present: household wage growth, consumer confidence, good job concentration, and interest rate increases. Let’s take a look at them, shall we? Wage and income growth: Calculated Risk blogger Bill McBride explains that household wage growth is trending upward, as evidenced in Friday’s jobs report. Here, McBride looks at earnings growth, employment to population ratio improvement, and declines in both part-time-for-economic-reasons and unemployed for more than 26 weeks groups. Read More he internet has become the go-to tool for homebuyers. Searchable listings on websites like Redfin, Trulia and Zillow have helped to modernize the homesales process by giving buyers a look at what properties are available in their community of choice from anywhere with internet access. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors, 95% of homebuyers used the internet as part of their home search last year. When narrowed to just millennials, that figure jumps to 99%. Mobile is also catching on, with 58% of millennials and 46% of Gen-Xers using a device such as a smartphone or tablet to find their home. Read More APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 31

TRAINING & SEMINARS Register Online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 OSHA 10 Hour Construction Monday, May 22 & Tuesday, May 23, 2017* 8:00am-2:00pm Breakfast/Registration starts at 7:30AM Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA 10hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Department of Labor. OSHA 10 cards are good for 5 years. HBRA Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $60.00 *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by May 8th to reserve your spot. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this course due to limited seating. Sponsored by: 32 | HBRA of Fairfield County | APRIL 2017

HBRA Breakfast Series – Sales Institute The HBRA of Fairfield County and Sandler Training will be launching a Sales Institute in April and May at the Rings End Educational Facility in Stratford. This sales training is designed to help discover how simple improvements to your sales cycle and close ratio can increase your team’s highest level of performance to exponentially improve your bottom line. The Sandler sales methodology fosters an attitude of leadership, rather than just emphasizing technique. Reinforcement training facilitates the development of new and empowering behaviors, attitudes, and sales skills, mapping a unique road map to lasting success. Three courses will be offered that can be taken individually or as a package. Classes are from 8AM to Noon – breakfast is provided. The cost for all three courses is only $800 (normally $995), or you can pick and choose a course for $325 each. April 28th: Part A: Understand the 4 Personality Styles Salespeople recognize that establishing rapport with a prospect is an essential ingredient for developing a meaningful business relationship. Learn how personality affects the sales process as well as prospecting. This tool can help you and your employees learn more about personality styles, paving the way toward improved communication. Part B: Developing a Sales System Tired of providing unpaid consulting to potential customers and watching the deals go elsewhere? The Sandler sales system will be different than any other sales call you have ever done. You should hear things from your prospects that you have never heard before. You should be able to “sell” without the stress and pressure of traditional sales. May 12th: Part A: Develop Leverage When it Comes Down to Price Effective questioning strategies help move your prospects’ and customers decision forward. Learn how to ask the tough and effective questions. Part B: Why do People Make the Decisions that They do? Is your brain working for you or against you? Learn how to become a sales psychologist. Understand the barriers to success and develop tools to deal with the difficult prospect/customer. May 24th: Learn How to Separate Yourself from the Competition Tired of drawing up the plans, writing the proposal, and being told “this really isn’t what we’re thinking?” People buy emotionally and justify intellectually. People buy for two reasons – to avoid pain or to gain pleasure. Pain is 4x stronger than pleasure … so are you presenting your proposal effectively? For more information, contact the HBRA office at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty or 203-335-7008. APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 33

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MEMBER BENEFITS Members Save with the UPS Shipping Program The UPS Savings Program is available for NAHB members! Make the most of your membership and take advantage of some of the most competitive rates available on shipping services with UPS. Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for the most affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of reliability, speed and cost See how UPS discounts can help your bottom line: • Up to 36% on UPS Air letters including UPS Next Day Air®* • Up to 32% on UPS Air packages (1 lb.+)* • Up to 34% on UPS International imports and exports • Up to 24% on UPS Ground shipments • Savings begin at 70% on UPS Freight® shipments over 150 lbs. You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save with UPS. To enroll and start saving, visit savewithups.com/NAHB or call 1-800-MEMBERS (800636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. ET. *Discounts exclude UPS Express Critical® and UPS Next Day Air® Early A.M.® NAHB Member Advantage Discounts NAHB Member Advantage gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. Through agreements with leading national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. In the past year, members have saved over $17M through Member Advantage. For the most up-to-date information about which companies are offering discounts as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit www.nahb.org/ma BUSINESSES 22% OFF monthly access fees and more NPP offers members exclusive savings on a variety of Verizon Wireless services for business. Plus, you can also share Verizon discounts with your employees. Sign up today so your business can start saving with the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network. NPP members receive 22% OFF monthly access fees for eligible members* 25% discount on select accessories Special promotions on equipment *Corporate liable lines only. $34.99 or higher, 5–line minimum, 2 corporate lines required. *Industry eligibility requirements apply. EMPLOYEES Up to 18% OFF monthly access fees As an employee of an NPP member, you and your family are eligible for an 18% employee discount on Verizon Wireless service (15% plus 3% if you enroll in paperless billing and My Verizon). Once your company has signed up for a Verizon discount, you can access discounts on non-corporate lines. See what better looks like and save with NPP. NPP members receive Up to 18% OFF monthly access fees 25% OFF select accessories Click “Activate Discount” and follow the instructions to How to Register: Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company, then Construction, then Residential. Select HB&RA - Home Builders and Remodelers Associations from the dropdown menu, complete the enrollment and START SAVING! APRIL 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 35

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