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Gig Harbor Struggling to Find a Legal Way to Increase Minimum Lot Sizes

In the midst of an affordable housing crisis where Pierce County finds itself short of 10,000 units, Gig Harbor City Council is devising ways to decrease density.

Master Builders Association of Pierce County and MBAPC Affordable Housing Council 2019 General Endorsements

The Master Builders Association of Pierce County (Master Builders Association of Pierce County) endorses housing-friendly candidates at the local, state and national levels for every election regardless of their political affiliation. Check out our 2019 Primary Endorsements here.

Five Ways to Prepare Your Home Before a Freeze

While it may be easy to prepare your lifestyle for the winter months, as a home owner it is important not to neglect essential pre-winter home maintenance. To keep you and your home safe and ready for cold temperatures, consider taking the following steps.

Combating Job Site Theft? Join MBA’s Site Theft Prevention Program

Master Builders Association of Pierce County has partnered with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to prevent construction site theft in Pierce County.

Three Remodeling Projects to Reenergize Your Home

Remodeling your home can payoff in personal enjoyment and comfort and improve the value of your home. A professional remodeler can provide guidance on home improvement projects that will increase your homes resell value.

Kitchen Design Trends in 2019

Kitchens are the focal point of any home. From cooking to catching up with family and friends, this room is at the center of attention. If you are interested in adding some pizazz to your current cooking space, here are a few top trends in kitchen design this year.

Top Home Features Millennials Want

Millennials, those born in 1980 or later, are one of the most talked about and analyzed generations. Like other age groups, millennials have several distinguishable home feature preferences, according to a recent analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Tacoma YouthBuild is Seeking Construction Industry Partners

Tacoma YouthBuild is recognized as a formal Construction Pre Apprenticeship Program that serves young people ages 18 – 24. Students have the opportunity to learn job skills in the construction trades to begin earning living wage jobs upon graduation.

Zeiger to run for Pierce County Council

State Senator Hans Zeiger announces he will run for the Pierce County Council in 2020.

Open for Nominations! 2019 Member Recognition Awards

Master Builders Association of Pierce County is seeking nominees for its annual member recognition award categories. Each year, award winners are presented at the President's Gala in December. Deadline to nominate is September 27th, 2019.

Member Spotlight: Phillips Burgess PLLC ranked in 2019 “Best Law Firms”

Phillips Burgess PLLC has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 2 practice areas

Master Builders Pierce County Awards $12,500 in Scholarships

Master Builders Association of Pierce County (Master Builders Association of Pierce County) is proud to announce 2019 scholarship recipients, all of whom are pursuing higher education in the home building industry.

Recap of the Q3 Development Officials’ Forum

On Friday, August 2nd, Pierce County hosted the third quarter Development Officials Forum in which several building officials from around Pierce County were present.

Trend Alert: Wet Rooms Are Today’s Choice for Beautiful, Usable Bathrooms

Inviting, accommodating and a feast for the eyes—wet rooms are showing up in more and more homes and wowing visitors at new-home showcases.

New Study Shows Home Building Creates Over 100,000 Jobs, Adds $8.4 Billion Annually to State’s Economy

A new report released today shows the total economic impact of the construction of 24,000 single-family homes built in Washington State in 2018 was $8.4 billion.

Master Builders Association of Pierce County is participating in 2019 Stuff the Bus – Make a donation!

Master Builders Association of Pierce County is collecting donations for Communities in School's Stuff the Bus school supply drive! The collection bin will be located in the Master Builders Association of Pierce County office (3711 Center Street, Tacoma) lobby through August 22, 2019.

Housing Trend: Interest in Accessory Dwelling Units Growing

While single-family homes remain the most desired type of dwelling among home buyers, alternative living spaces are making headway. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as “granny flats,” “mother-in-law suites” or “secondary dwelling units,” are ideal for individuals seeking out a non-traditional living space.

BIAW Announces 2019 Excellence in Remodeling Award Winners

The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) is proud to announce its 2019 Excellence in Remodeling (EIR) Award where we honored 27 winners and honorable mentions. The EIR awards program recognizes outstanding remodeling projects throughout the state.

Fife Considering Increasing School Impact Fee by 72%

Per a Comprehensive Plan Amendment, the City of Fife is currently considering to increase School Impact Fees from $2,640 per single family unit to $4,532 per single family unit. In the Seattle/Bellevue/Tacoma region where Fife is located, a $1,000 increase in home prices out 896 people.

Spruce Up Your Lawn for Summer

Regular yard maintenance will boost your home’s curb appeal. In the summer months, between travel and warm temperatures it can be easy to ignore your lawn. Waiting for the beginning of the fall season for significant maintenance will not only make your home look neglected it could diminish its value.

How to Find a Builder Right for You

If you’re thinking about buying a new home, one key decision you’ll have to make is finding a home builder. Working with an experienced, professional builder can make a difference when it comes to creating your dream home. Here are some steps you can take to find a builder who is right for you...

Prep Your Home to Save on Summer Utility Bills

Summer is a time known for vacations, beaches and higher than usual utility bills. The average U.S. residential customer’s electricity bills will total $412 between June and August this year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Consuming less energy can help you save money on utility bills. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to reduce your energy costs during the dog days of summer.

Taking the Steps to Find and Purchase a Home

As the home building industry celebrates National Homeownership Month in June, new data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveal that starting in 2019, a majority of senior (56 percent) and millennial (50 percent) buyers have moved beyond planning to purchase a home to actually starting the search process.

Top Design Trends for 2019

At the beginning of each year, the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) recognizes dozens of new projects from this past year that showcased the best in home and community design, interior design and remodeling. Whether your looking for inspiration for your next home renovation or you’re ready to start browsing for a new home, here are a few of the top design trends you’ll see in 2019.