What a week! After months of show prep, we left cold and snow-covered Omaha for mild and sunny Las Vegas for our second of what we hope to be many appearances at the International Builder Show. The show was a great success for us, and we met hundreds of home builders from all across the country. We heard great things about the home market - like Omaha, it sounds like most markets are coming back with a vengeance! We were certainly encouraged by everyone who dropped by!
With a few days off to rest (I literally stayed off my feet the first day back), I've been thinking about the trip, my first visit to Vegas, and our experience at IBS. The following are 10 highlights, reflections, thoughts and surprises from #IBSVegas.
1. Next year, bring more comfortable shoes!
I arrived in Vegas and at the Convention Center just in time for the opening of the second day of the show. Little did I know just how HUGE IBS is! I got my first taste walking to the Central Hall to grab lunch. For a person intent on seeing everything - you really would need the full three days just to walk around! I broke away from our booth on a couple occasions to find some new ideas and to take in the event, and by the end of my first day I was just plain worn out. That didn't stop any of us from hitting the town. According to a pedometer app we started upon our arrival, we averaged over 13 miles of walking each day!
2. The home building market is rebounding across the country
In Omaha, we feel pretty insulated from the rest of the world, and as a result, we seemed to experience a smaller dip (though there was definitely a dip) in homes being built in our area. Like many builders, we tightened our belts and pushed through. We saw an explosive rebound this past summer, and heard some promising reports in most parts of the country. People are ready to build and many builders said they couldn't keep up with the demand!
3. The importance of being social in social networking
I am not a social guy. In fact, I am very content to mind my own business. As the appointed social media guru of our little operation (because I'm the youngin' around here), that's kind of a liability! I love Twitter, and I can read blogs and share links on Facebook and G+ all day, but making social media useful in generating brand awareness, web traffic, and leads involves actually being social!
I've been challenging myself not only to tweet and post on a regular basis, but to make conversation and have some fun. While at the show, I tweeted out things that stood out to me, random musings, and thoughts from the conversations I was having with builders and the guys I was with. Instead of a chore, it started to feel fun and natural! By keeping an eye out for conversations on #IBSVegas, and tweeting at some of the companies represented there, we got several mentions and even found a few great booths to visit that I wouldn't have otherwise. It's all little things, but it makes for some great momentum to keep it up!
Who knows, maybe I'll be an expert at this social media thing after all!
Which reminds me.. are you following us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+?
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We can't wait to be in Las Vegas for IBS 2014 to show off our latest plans, meet some great builders from across the globe, and (let's be honest) experience some warm weather!
We are just a few days away from flying from chilly Omaha to sunny and warm (oh, we hope!) Las Vegas to participate in our second IBS. We are very excited about this one - we learned a lot from the show last year and are hoping to turn some heads with our latest plans and unbeatable design services.
We are convinced we are one of the best kept secrets in the home-building business. Our years of experience in design, drafting, and construction have made us uniquely equipped to deliver the best plans, exceptional service, and greatest value. Come see how we can set you apart from your competition, attract clients with gorgeous and thoughtful home designs, and help you build smarter with plans that are easy to build with.
We'll be handing out free plan books chock full of our latest and greatest plans. This year alone we published over 30 new home plans! These catalogs are perfect for builders to share with clients and for homeowners to start dreaming. You'll definitely want to pick one up.
Come see us at booth #S2011!
Our latest plan book has arrived and we are so excited to share our newest plans! With the big shipment in, we can't help but reflect on the past year.
In 2013 we designed and published some 30 home plans and several project plans like garage plans and shed plans. We took a look at our existing collection and listened closely to the feedback we received from IBS 2013 and worked hard to develop more multi-family plans, narrow and economical home plans, and some different styles. We challenged ourselves to put out a new plan every week and we are proud that we nearly met our goal! Not bad considering we still designed dozens of beautiful local custom home designs, helped with several remodel projects, and modified many of our plans for builders and home buyers across the country!
What a year!
We improved our drawings - adding new details with best practices to make sure you build it right and build it well. Our Home of the Week emails go out to thousands of builders every week with our latest plans and exclusive deals.
We can't wait to show off our latest work at the Nebraska Builder Show and IBS 2014. We're excited to meet hundreds of home builders from across the country and around the world to share how our plans are without equal.
We have no intention of stopping the momentum and we have our eyes set on a big year for us in 2014. We're continuing our weekly plan challenge, looking for ways to improve our drawings, and hoping to be an invaluable resource for home builders across the country!
We're rolling out our latest collection of Family Centered Home Plans with a special focus on designs and features that help families get the most out of the place they call home.
Thank you to our amazing builders, product partners, and clients who have helped us grow and share great design with so many people. We'll keep you posted on our latest plans, and will continue to help folks find Perfect fit houses to call home!
P.S. If you'd like a copy of our plan book, send us an email with your contact information or give us a call at 402.445.0489 and we'll make sure you get one!
We are proud (and slightly relieved) to share that we've finished our latest plan book. It's out of our hands and off to the printers. We can't wait to share our latest house plans with builders from across the world at IBS 2014, and throughout the rest of the year.
Our second annual catalog is the culmination of a great year of work - we designed nearly 50 completely new home and garage designs. From our feedback we got at IBS last year, we've introduced more multi-family plans, modern styles, and some narrow homes. We can't wait for these plans to be built and enjoyed!
If you are a builder who would like a free copy of our plan book, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your contact information and we'll drop one in the mail as soon as we get them. If you'd like to stay informed on our latest plans and deals every week, sign up for our Home of the Week email!