Characters of Note

by Michael Buck
1/14/2019

Characters of Note

How a Non-Profit is Making Disaster Recovery Faster and Easier

by Michael Buck
1/14/2019

How a Non-Profit is Making Disaster Recovery Faster and Easier

New Orleans-based SBP has directly rebuilt homes for more than 1,500 families since 2006. The group uses James Hardie siding and trim on many of their projects.

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by Bridget Kulla
7/2/2018

Characters of Note

Creating a Veterans Retreat with Travis Mills

by Bridget Kulla
7/2/2018

Creating a Veterans Retreat with Travis Mills

Despite losing portions of both arms and legs from an IED while on active duty in Afghanistan, retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne is not slowing down. A year later, in September 2013, Travis founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist combat-injured veterans. And four years after that, he opened the Travis Mills Foundation Veterans Retreat in Rome, Maine, an 11,000-square foot space on 17 acres, aimed at helping combat-injured veterans and their families. 

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by Miguel Guzman
8/23/2017

Characters of Note

Designing the Modern Farmhouse

by Miguel Guzman
8/23/2017

Designing the Modern Farmhouse

There’s a reason the traditional farmhouse style is still trending after hundreds of years. It’s simple, stylish and smart—one that centers on sustainable design. Incorporate modern details and you’ve likely got a home style that will stick around another hundred.

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by Jamie Schultz
3/15/2017

Characters of Note

Going Green with Jay Epstein

by Jamie Schultz
3/15/2017

Going Green with Jay Epstein

Jay Epstein—founder of Health-E Community Enterprises of Virginia, Inc.—builds high-performance, green homes that are affordable. “It’s not always the bottom line,” Epstein says. “It’s doing the right thing, building the right product and having it available for the buyer.” 

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Characters of Note

by Bridget Kulla
3/8/2017

Characters of Note

Women in Construction Build a Community

by Bridget Kulla
3/8/2017

Women in Construction Build a Community

In the U.S., women make up about 9 percent of the construction industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this national trend seems to ring true, too. “Sitting in a [construction industry] meeting, you quickly realize there are so many more men in the room,” says Masha Romer. “You catch yourself scanning the room for women—we’re rare.” 

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Characters of Note

by Jamie Schultz
1/19/2017

Characters of Note

Making a Southern Home with Holly Williams

by Jamie Schultz
1/19/2017

Making a Southern Home with Holly Williams

To singer-songwriter Holly Williams, there’s nothing more important than creating a welcoming home full of warmth and history—a space where creativity thrives and children can play. 

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Characters of Note

by Rachel Gast
6/17/2016

Characters of Note

Meet the Stancils: Plant City's Father & Son Duo

by Rachel Gast
6/17/2016

Meet the Stancils: Plant City's Father & Son Duo

It’s not uncommon for James Hardie employees to say that their co-workers are like their family, but in the case of Hercules and Trey Stancil, that really is the case. Hercules Stancil has been a shipping supervisor for James Hardie Building Products at the Plant City, FL manufacturing facility for 18 years. Two years ago, his son, Trey, joined him there as a maintenance engineer for the production line. This Father’s Day, we asked the Stancils to share their experiences working together at James Hardie.

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Characters of Note

by Jamie Schultz
4/11/2016

Characters of Note

Ryan Smith on Making Beautiful Useful Sheds

by Jamie Schultz
4/11/2016

Ryan Smith on Making Beautiful Useful Sheds

It was a tiny thought—we need some extra storage space—that led to something big. Architect Ryan Smith, and his wife Ahna Holder, bought their first Seattle home in 1998. It was a 1940’s style home with an ample yard, but without a basement, garage or attic. The lack of storage space forced the couple to think fast, and Smith was about to buy a pre-made shed for the yard when Ahna quickly nixed the idea, “Wait, you have to build something,” she said. “You went to architecture school.”

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by Jamie Schultz
12/23/2015

Characters of Note

Students Build a Home One Class Period at a Time

by Jamie Schultz
12/23/2015

Students Build a Home One Class Period at a Time

Drive past 904 E. Glencoe St. in Palatine, IL, and you’ll see the impressive high school class project that took two years to complete—a 4-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home built from scratch by 75 high school students with the instruction of Chris Gunsteen.

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by Bridget Kulla
9/22/2015

Characters of Note

All for the cause

by Bridget Kulla
9/22/2015

All for the cause

Gregory Trayer, James Hardie National Account Manager, Home Depot,
Location: Orange County, California

From the age of 22, Gregory Trayer knew that helping others living with and surviving cancer—in some shape or form—would always be a part of his life.

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