News & Stories6 min

LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® Partners with Hope Crisis Response Network to Build 100 Sheds for Sonoma County Wildfire Survivors

On June 9, 2018, LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® partnered with the Hope Crisis Response Network in the Inspiring Hope Shed Build event to build 100 sheds for families who lost their homes in the Sonoma County wildfires in fall 2017. Through this partnership, the LP Foundation worked with LP Outdoor Building Solutions, donating $40,000 worth of building materials for the sheds, which will be used to store tools and equipment while fire survivors rebuild their homes. 

The event attracted over 900 volunteers, who were divided into teams of four to eight people and paired with homeowners to build the sheds. LP Building Solutions Senior Market Development Manager, Dee Dee Graham, who helped facilitate the donation, volunteered at the event and said, “That day, I couldn’t help but feel extremely proud to be an LP employee. The turnout was very inspiring, with hundreds of incredible volunteers donating their time and working together to help rebuild their community.” 

Hope Crisis Response Network CEO and Founder Kevin Cox, who worked with Dee Dee to coordinate the product donation, said, “This event had a three-fold purpose. First, homeowners who are collecting items as they work on their property need a place to store them. Secondly, the shed is the beginning of the rebuilding process. It denotes progress and gives homeowners a sense of hope. Thirdly, the build begins the process of recruiting volunteers for home rebuilds in Sonoma County, as volunteers get a sample of the rewards of providing assistance to these families.” 

As a company, LP Building Solutions is committed to building strong relationships within their communities, whether that be through monetary or in-kind donations or volunteerism. This effort is an example of both, and part of the company’s overall commitment to giving back and supporting the communities where they live and work.

About Hope Crisis Response Network

Hope City is a ministry of Hope Crisis Response Network, a non-profit organization providing disaster response and relief founded in 1999. Hope City has been operating in Lake County, California, rebuilding homes following the Valley Fire in September 2015 and plans to build homes in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well.

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Business Advice6 min

Why It’s Important To “Respect the Spec”

While it’s perfectly alright for a jazz musician to improvise, that approach doesn’t always work as well in homebuilding. Architects, specifiers, engineers and product reps spend many hours collaboratively choosing the right materials for each job – and an abrupt substitution to save a few dollars can ironically be very costly in terms of callbacks, design underperformance and even code violations. “Ideally, all parties involved – the architect, builder and developer – have reviewed the spec before it’s final and have agreed on all the products being used,” says Karen Alves, LP Brand Marketing Associate. “That’s because finding an ‘equivalent’ for siding or fire-rated sheathing involves not just the substrate but the codes that the product meets as well.”

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Business Advice4 min
Siding That’s a Cut Above

Siding installers use many different brands of circular saws, but their preferred saw may not be as important as the siding material they are cutting with it. Some builders can sometimes be a bit removed from the importance placed on saw choice and would probably rely on their subcontractors choice, like Brent Taylor. “I don’t have much of an opinion on that because I use subcontracted labor,” says Brent Taylor, owner of O.C. Taylor in Raleigh, North Carolina, who was featured in an episode of Designing Spaces on Lifetime Network renovating a century-old house using LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding.

Inspiration6 min
Budget-Friendly Architectural Styles for Modern Multifamily Builds

Masterfully achieving modern architectural styles in multifamily designs takes expertise and patience, especially when a tight budget competes with other design goals like staying on top of trends, addressing resident preferences, and seamlessly incorporating a desired look into a community. Dominic Rigosu of RIDA Architecture, PLLC, balanced all of these factors in a recent project. He designed Woodrow Wilson Townhomes, a 100-unit affordable housing development originally built in 1972 in Amsterdam, New York. It was surrounded by a mix of market-rate, well-maintained, single-family homes.