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Modular Home Trends: The Push Towards Unique Designs

In recent times there has been a paradigm shift in home designs with an accelerated push towards uniqueness and sustainability. With more people inhabiting cities, the growing demand for energy and a concomitant rise in greenhouse gas emissions are fueling green and modular home trends. 

Sustainable, green homes using eco-friendly materials, solar power, energy-efficient layout, smart appliances, and sustainable furniture can help achieve the bold target of 100% zero carbon emissions by 2050.

In this guest post written by Westbuilt modular home builders, you'll learn about 5 trends in green modular building. 

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What does a circular building industry look like?

Over the years, green practices have evolved to better find a solution to our single-use, mass-waste society. It seems that the latest trend in the world of green solutions, circular economy, is the answer we’ve been looking for.

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Stronger Things: 11 Reasons to Choose Sintered Stone

We've spent a lot of time covering the trials and tribulations of the ongoing quartz tariffs saga, and things aren't getting any less complicated. Tariffs continue to skyrocket while manufacturers, designers, and fabricators alike are beginning to feel the impact on their wallets. Meanwhile, the public opinion continues to shift, as trends come and go and consumers grow smarter. They want more out of their surfacing. It's no longer just about price and that perfect veining the Jones family has next door in their too-perfect starter kitchen. It's about health - the health of our families and the health of the workers producing the material. It's about performance. It's time for stronger things. 

As all things Stranger Things pervade every corner of the social sphere, we couldn't help but draw parallels between the hit Netflix show and our favorite strong and strange material, Lapitec sintered stone. We think sintered stone is the next material that will turn the surfacing world upside down. As a nod to our favorite telekinetic television teen, here are 11 reasons to choose sintered stone: 

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The Ultimate Quartz Alternatives Product Guide


As the Quartz industry spirals indefinitely out of control, the design world looks for alternatives that are not commodities caught up in a war of trade and arrogance. Simultaneously, countertop fabricators and millworkers alike are looking for materials that are unfettered with cost uncertainty and impending penalties on already installed materials. Companies are scrambling to set up quartz manufacturing here in the US, but the reality is that there are already suitable alternatives here.
 

We have pulled together a list of some great alternatives to quartz that are beautiful, have exceptional performance and will get you ahead of the surfacing design curve and out of the quartz quandary.

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Terrible Tariffs and What it Means for You

The latest on the quartz tariff saga. Grab some aspirin - you're about to have a serious headache. 

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A Whizard in a Blizzard -  A 2-Day Crash Course in Improving Building Materials Marketing

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Venturing out to Boulder, CO the day before a bomb cyclone to meet with a group of building materials suppliers and marketing gurus may not appear to be the most sound of decisions.  We are all experts in our field and run companies brilliantly, so what could we possibly learn from a LinkedIn pontificator with over 300 pairs of socks and a packed agenda of marketing techniques which we have all heard of and implemented to some degree already?  

A lot.

In this blog post, we'll recap the most important takeaways from the 2019 Whizard Summit Event and the top three things we plan on implementing based off what we learned. 

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UPDATE: Quartz Companies Coalesce - Calling Out Cambria

And just when I thought surfacing was pretty boring, this Quartz countertop thing is blowing up!

An industry that rests on its laurels and has largely been running to the bank in a boom construction market for the last 7+ years, has had to stop and smell the roses.  And those are some thorny roses.

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