Dave Farley | dfarley@bcwood.com
A few comments, suggestions, and ideas …
BC Wood, accompanied by Norelco Cabinets, Daizen Joinery, C&C Wood Products, and Brisco Manufacturing, recently attended the Bond Custom Home event in Tucson, Arizona. BC Industry had the opportunity to meet with architects, builders, and key decision-makers in the custom and resort home sector from across the United States, with the majority being from the West Coast.
Coming out of the event, the consensus among participants is that the US residential construction market continues to be strong. This is especially true among the focused clientele of high net-worth buyers looking for very specialized custom homes designs. For our BC Industry, there are strong market development opportunities among resort and vacation home markets across the United States, particularly in Mountain States such as Colorado, Montana, and Northern California.
Two trends arose throughout the event:
The first being that home sizes are shrinking, while the demand for quality products is rising. The days of homes with a large footprint are behind us. Instead, buyers are now more interested in smaller footprint homes with top quality products.
The second trend of note is the continued interest in contemporary design in the Mountain States.  The heavy-to- wood design or “Mountain Contemporary ” is the front runner, incorporating steel, glass and wood elements, in concert with one another.