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ay Dulla has been involved in all aspects of the homebuilding industry, from financing to construction and marketing.

Location remains prime factor for Meritus Homes

By Jean Murphy Daily Herald Correspondent Throughout his career, Jay Dulla, executive vice president of Meritus Homes, has followed the progression of baby boomers and Generation Xers — building the types of homes they needed and wanted as they went through life. He got his first taste of the homebuilding industry when he worked for […]

Empty Nesters Flock to One-level Designs

An Illinois builder finds that its ranch-style layouts are a hit with 55+ buyers for a number of reasons. Every empty nester has a different story, but one common theme when it comes to this group’s housing choices is their preference for ranch-style homes. In fact, according to the NAHB’s 50+ Housing Council, 64 percent […]

Midwesterners Are Mad About Mudrooms

The mudroom is undeniably the workhorse of the home throughout the year. But when winter hits in the Midwest, this functional home feature is quickly elevated to superstar status. From corralling coats and boots to keeping winter slush outside rather than in, here are the top three reasons local builders and architects say Midwesterners love […]

Third home’s a charm for family in Inverness

After moving twice in the past seven years, Jennifer Andersen-Smith and her husband, Don, knew exactly what they were looking for in their third new home: new construction and a good school district for their two young children. Relocating from California for Don’s job, the couple did research to narrow their choices on new homes. […]