Monday, April 12, 2021

Off-Site Construction Job Seekers and Job Providers Out of Sync

Offsite construction has a labor shortage problem. Whether it's modular, manufactured, panelized or one of the other myriads of new ways to build a house, the offsite construction industry simply can’t find enough people to work.

Most modular and manufactured housing factories are located in rural areas where often generation after generation worked side by side producing homes. Those days are long gone.

The young people that once knew they could get a job at the local factory are now choosing to leave the small town environment they grew up in and are off to college or the military where they will see opportunities not available back home.

The young people looking for work are located in larger cities while the work providers are located outside the large cities. Most of the time the factories providing jobs are not serviced by public transportation.

The Wall Street Journal called small towns in rural America the “New Inner City”.

Starting in the 1980s, the nation’s basket cases were its urban areas—where a toxic stew of crime, drugs and suburban flight conspired to make large cities the slowest-growing and most troubled places.

Today, however, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows that by many key measures of socioeconomic well-being, those charts have flipped. In terms of poverty, college attainment, teenage births, divorce, death rates from heart disease and cancer, reliance on federal disability insurance and male labor-force participation, rural counties now rank the worst among the four major U.S. population groupings (the others are big cities, suburbs and medium or small metro areas).

In fact, the total rural population—accounting for births, deaths and migration—has declined for five straight years.

Just two decades ago, the onset of new technologies, in particular the internet, promised to boost the fortunes of rural areas by allowing more people to work from anywhere and freeing companies to expand and invest outside metropolitan areas. Those gains never materialized.

As jobs in manufacturing and agriculture continue to vanish, America’s heartland faces a larger, more existential crisis. Some economists now believe that a modern nation is richer when economic activity is concentrated in cities.
There is an even deeper reason that people are leaving good jobs in rural areas and moving closer to large cities. Larger paychecks! What many young people don't realize is those larger paychecks come with an exaggerated cost of living expenses far beyond what they thought.

An example of this can be found at a lot of fast-food restaurants and convenience stores right in your town. They need workers just as badly as the factory does but they are willing to pay wages that rival and sometimes exceed what modular or manufactured housing pays.

In my town of 40,000, local stores have signs posted for wages unheard of before. The Aldi Supermarket has a help wanted sign with wages for part-time clerk/stockers of over $20 an hour plus benefits. Two large convenience store chains in town are paying $16 an hour to make sandwiches.

Factories and huge warehouses in the area usually offer a starting wage of $16 an hour plus benefits. A local sheet metal fabrication plant is offering $22 an hour after a 1,000-hour training program of $16 an hour. They still have the help wanted sign on the building.

Just the other day I saw a help wanted sign on the side of an office cleaning company truck offering $23 an hour.

Add to this the drug problems facing small towns, the lack of skilled labor education in high schools and the push by almost every parent to send their child to college and even the government increased unemployment benefits and stimulus checks and you’ve got a labor shortage.

Even if a factory can get someone that’s either qualified to work there or is willing to go through an apprenticeship, a majority of these new hires don’t make it past the first two weeks. They don’t show up for work or they don’t pass a random drug test.

There doesn’t seem to be an easy solution for this problem so maybe it’s time for the offsite industry to begin taking a tougher approach to lessening the labor shortage.

Many rural areas that have a manufacturing/business park also have low unemployment while many of the young people that moved away are struggling to find meaningful employment.

Offsite Construction businesses coming together and putting some real workable ideas on the table is the first step. Then agreeing to implement some of them is the next step. Will it mean raising prices?

One thing is certain, without a continuous supply of skilled labor willing to work and stay in rural America, the offsite industry could be facing a future where high tech and robotics will be our only choice.

Gary Fleisher is the Managing Director and contributor to the Modcoach Network and its affiliated blogs. 

Email at modcoach@gmail.com

Yesterday's Quonset Huts Are Today's Affordable Quonset Homes

Growing up in rural Pennsylvania in the 1960s, I saw a lot of steel buildings that looked like tin cans cut in half lengthwise. Adapted from military use, they were used as storage sheds and animal shelters on just about every farm in the county.

Today that Quonset hut design is seeing new life as another way to build affordable housing.

To the untrained eye, Robert Iantorno’s home looks like a grain shed. The utilitarian structure, in the small village of Singhamton, Ont., is a domed steel shell with no windows on its long, ridged sides. 

“I like the simple, pure form,” he says. “And it’s beautiful inside.” That it is. Twenty-foot ceilings soar over an open-concept living, dining and kitchen area. Through a single, tall expanse of glass on the south end, sunshine floods the house, bouncing between the smooth concrete floor and the shimmering metal walls. In the greyest parts of winter, light still glows against the honey-hued kitchen cabinetry and mid-century vintage furniture.

A campus of affordable Quonset houses called True North was built in 2018 in Detroit.

This type of dwelling is known as a Quonset house, named for a military base in Rhode Island where they were developed to house soldiers and equipment. Over time, they were modified for agricultural purposes, then houses. Now, thanks to growing interest in prefabricated homes that work generous space and natural light into a more affordable structure, architects are adapting the Quonset for contemporary living.

CLICK HERE to read the entire Globe and Mail article


Gary Fleisher is the Managing Director and contributor to the Modcoach Network and its affiliated blogs. 

Email at modcoach@gmail.com

Sunday, April 11, 2021

It's Time to Dust Off Your 5 Year Strategic Plan

Every industry in the world does strategic planning. I read a while back that some companies had 100-year plans but that is almost too hard to comprehend.


One of the mainstays of strategic planning for most companies has been and will probably continue to be the Five Year Strategic Plan. It used to be not having one was like taking a trip without a road map or Google Maps. You may eventually get where you want to go but you will have to stop and ask directions quite often as each person you ask only knows a small part of your journey.

When to Set Aside Long Range Planning

There are only two times when long-term strategic planning can be put aside. The first is when you start your business and the second is when you are in financial trouble at the end of your business.

Long-range planning before you open your doors is a crapshoot. Imagine you’ve planned to open a modular construction factory building small affordable homes but within a year, you can’t meet your goals...not even close. Then someone asks if you could build them 40 townhouses and your vision of your business changes forever.

This scenario plays out more often than can be imagined in every industry. Plan, plan, plan for one thing for your new business and Wham!, you’ve changed direction and found a better path to success.

However, when the lights are growing dim for your business, is that the time for reviewing your Five Year Strategic Plan or would your time be better spent trying to keep the lights on? The only real strategy in times like this is deciding how to sell and not lose your butt or what to do after you close the doors.

So the answer to the question of Strategic Planning’s demise is “NO”. It definitely is not dead or dying but it is changing from just a couple of decades ago.

I remember way back in my youth, when our family owned a chain of convenience stores, sitting around a table deciding where we wanted to open stores in the next 12 months. There was no real research to back up our decisions other than we thought a certain town would love to have one of our stores. Just a gut feeling. Eventually, we had to sell some of those stores simply because our planning was poor and many of the areas where we opened stores really had no need for a convenience store.

Out with Old - In with the New

Strategic planning is the key to achieving big goals but many industries are now questioning the value of long-range planning in light of the rapidly changing commercial environment and the huge amount of information available at our fingertips.

Leading modular, prefab and manufactured home companies are able to use all this data to anticipate changes in developer, investor and homebuyer needs and change appropriately

I recently read that there is an average of 5,000 data points on every American. Every time you use your store loyalty card, your debit card, order online, Google something, read an article or visit a website, a little bit more information is collected, stored and dispersed to anyone willing to pay for it.

Big companies like Clayton Homes and other modular home manufacturers now have information on who is looking for a new home, what type of home, their income and credit scores, where they want to live and so much more than was ever possible before. Cookies record everything. Even your Amazon Echo and Google’s Assistant are gateways to your personal information.

Though Strategic Planning is not dead, long-range strategic planning is no longer as relevant as it was. Your company, using all the data you can afford to collect, may find that looking beyond a couple of years is no longer the best practice.

Turning to "Spot Strategy"

Your company must learn to be adaptive and be innovative when using all this data. You must be able to ‘turn on a dime’, reinvent certain parts of your business and keep moving forward. This is using “Spot” Strategy.

Short-term initiatives are rapidly becoming the focus of many in our industry. This allows experimentation and helps your company from being blindsided by both your competitors and new technology. There are hundreds of data collecting companies selling everything from credit reports to consumer habits, from your family data to their criminal records. There are services collecting data on new products and new technologies in every single industry in the world.

There is No Small Company

Even if your company only made those little red reflectors for the back of Amish buggies, there are probably several data collectors that could supply you with more information than you could possibly want or need.

If the Five Year Plan is not as relevant as it used to be, is long-range planning obsolete? Another resounding “NO!”

Many companies use a 10 to 20-year plan to explore the limits of what’s possible and determine what will be important in the future. Envisioning the future and using short-term initiatives, continually gathering data along the way and adapting your company to meet your future plans is not only imperative but can be downright fun.

Gary Fleisher is the Managing Director and contributor to the Modcoach Network and its affiliated blogs.
 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

This Week's Featured Modcoach Connects Consultant - Bill Murray

William “Bill” Murray is a Modular Consultant with Modcoach Connects with expertise in Due Diligence, Buying or Selling a Plant, and General Factory Management/Operations

Bill Murray, a Modcoach Connects consultant

Over 45 years of homebuilding experience with modular construction as the primary focus.  

From retail sales to the modular wholesale experience I have vast experience and knowledge in all facets of the industry.  Last 20+ years I was the COO for a major modular manufacturing firm in the Southeast.  

I had total responsibility for all departments including production, engineering/design, sales, accounting, purchasing and service.

Vertical integration experience as well as start-up and turnarounds.  

Strength is in building a team that will build the business.

Operations are my specialty.

To Contact Bill, join Modcoach Connects FREE as a client today and learn how he can help you.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Modcoach's Trip to New England Off-Site Factories Revisited

Two years ago I joined with 12 others on Yestermorrow School’s tour of 5 factories in Vermont and New Hampshire. Our travel guides were John Connell and Giocondo Susini, Architects, school instructors and principles of Yestermorrow.


Modcoach (orange jacket) and some of my fellow travelers

First I have to say that after 2 days of being crammed into a 15 passenger van we all emerged happy at the end of the trip and a lot of new friendships were made.

HUNTINGTON MODULAR HOMES

Our first stop was Huntington Modular Homes in East Montpelier, VT. Touring their factory was very similar to modular home factories in the Mid-Atlantic region with one big exception...it is more boutique than production. Since this was the first real modular home factory most of my fellow travelers had toured I was glad it was Huntington Homes.


Smaller boutique modular factories spend more time with their customers producing custom homes with more attention to detail than the larger production builders. One can sense the pride in what they build simply by walking the production line and that was especially true at Huntington Homes.


A special tip of the hat to Jason Webster and his staff for filling a need lost in most high production modular home factories.

VERMOD

Another ride in the van brought us to VERMOD in White River Junction, VT. This is without a doubt one of the most unique little modular factories in the country.

Touring the VERMOD model

The Vermont government wanted to see single wide, energy-inefficient mobile homes replaced with affordable Net-Zero single wide sized IRC modular homes which gave birth to VERMOD.


Our tour started in their single-wide modular model home with Ashley Andreas giving us the details of what goes into producing their Net Zero homes. Most of the questions were asked by the Architects in our group.

Having a chance to hear first hand the thought and work that went into designing a VERMOD home was very interesting.

The factory is very small with individual bays each just big enough to hold one module built on cribbing. This is not a production facility but rather a workshop where the energy-saving magicians work. Fun place.

After a dinner featuring a burrito the size of a small football, I went back to my hotel room while the youngsters (those under 70) continued to stay up talking about everything system-built.

Bensonwood

The first stop the next morning was Bensonwood, the Walpole, New Hampshire automated panel plant founded by Tedd Benson, a leading authority on automation building sciences.


I was looking forward to seeing this factory in person and was not disappointed. Instead of a hundred people working, talking, shouting with hammers pounding and saws cutting we encountered a workplace with a staff building panels and roof assemblies using on-floor computers, checking quality assemblies and having their automated machinery work without a break for 8 hours.


Those machines could continue doing their computerized measurements and cuts 24/7 if necessary. Sheets of plywood being lifted into place by robotic arms over there, stud cavities filled with compacted cellulose by a large automated machine over here and as they say..”the beat goes on”.


Yankee Barn Homes

Our next stop was something from my bucket list, Yankee Barn Homes in Grantham, NH. As a boy I built the most elaborate buildings with my Lincoln Logs and walking through a factory where skilled woodworkers build homes one at a time by hand was something I will never forget.


Molly Ferrante, Yankee Barn’s Marketing Manager started our tour by showing us the very modern side of their business, their state-of-the-art computer system that allows customers and Yankee Barn sales and engineering staff to create these totally custom homes featuring panels and timber framing.


Then it was off to see the factory. The first building was more workshop than a production floor. Several people worked on wall panels while others worked custom specialty items like cupolas.

She then showed us what I like to call “Santa’s Workshop” where Fir beams weighing hundreds of pounds are stacked like kindling each waiting their turn to be measured, hand-cut, routered, numbered and stained knowing they will soon be part of a cabin in ski country, a rural residence or even the huge Boy Scout lodge which was an upcoming project.


On a side note, Santa’s Workshop only has two workers, both skilled timber framers whose workmanship is exemplary. When I asked them if they go to the jobsites to install their work they both pulled out their phones to show me pictures of their installed beams like proud parents showing me their kid’s pictures. That is how you know you have the best people you can get!

Preferred Building Systems

The last factory on our whirlwind tour of New England had us at Preferred Building Systems (PBS), a true production modular home factory. Modules at every stage of production welcomed us as we toured the factory.


Bryan Hout, VP of PBS along with George Burge, one of their sales reps, guided us from station to station where the material was waiting to be added to the home.


What would have been a noisy factory floor was quiet as we arrived after the production line closed for the day.


Being a modular home factory means you have to adapt your homes to many different wind, seismic and extreme snow loads. Maybe that’s why they offer 14 different wall panels to choose from. Nothing says snow load like a Vermont Winter.

So thanks to the fellows from Yestermorrow School, the group experienced a lot of different types of system-built housing in just two days. Everything from a boutique modular plant, to a Net Zero factory, an automated panel plant, a factory building timber-framed homes and all the way to a state-of-the-art production modular home factory.

Let’s hope my fellow travelers are still talking about this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Contact me at modcoach@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Can US Off-Site Construction Industry Obtain Better Lumber

Many of the problems we hear about and actually see on jobsites, both offsite and site built, is the poor quality of standard SPF #2.


When I was the General Manager of a large lumber yard back in the 1980’s it wasn’t much better. I can still remember the yard men cutting the steel banding from around the 2x4s and watching some of the sticks literally leap out of the bundle. They were that warped! And this was directly from the mills.

Our bundles of 3D lumber (damaged, dirty and discontinued) sometimes rivaled what we had in the yard.

Site builders would go through the lumber sent them and refused up to 20% of it as it was twisted, warped and split beyond usability.

Have things changed much since the ‘80s? Not from what I’ve been hearing from builders and factory people.


What would you say if I told you that there is a source for absolutely beautiful 2-by lumber and sheet goods but it would cost you up to 30% more than you’re paying now with a usability factor of over 97%?


There is such a product and it can be found in Finland. UPM Lumber has sawmills that are turning out such good products that it is in demand around the world.

Too bad this lumber isn’t readily available at a competitive price here as it sure would be great to work with, especially in modular housing.

CLICK HERE to download their brochure


Gary Fleisher is the Managing Director and contributor of the
Modcoach Network and its affiliated blogs.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Pop-Up Modular Factory Planned for Minnesota

In order to meet the demand for affordable housing, the contractor for this huge affordable project is opening a modular factory near the project to hold down costs and hire the same people that need those homes.

Gary Findell, center, with Dana Taylor, left, and Jim Erchul in St. Paul. 

"Just because it's affordable doesn't mean it can't be quality," said Seanne Thomas, a Twin Cities real estate broker who caters to entry-level buyers, who have been waiting more than a year for a chance to buy a house in Village on Rivoli, which is among the biggest single-family housing developments in St. Paul in decades.

With a star architect and high-end materials and construction techniques, the project shatters many of the stereotypes about the quality and character of affordable housing.

The houses will be priced at less than $250,000 — a fraction of what most new homes sell for today and a hot commodity at a time when house prices are increasing swiftly as buyers scramble to outbid one another.

The Village on Rivoli project has another mission: train a new generation of workers in a modular housing factory that will replace a vacant warehouse near downtown St. Paul. That effort is being led by Gary Findell, a Twin Cities general contractor who wants to reduce the cost of modular houses by building them closer to their construction site.

Findell, a former landscape architect, has been involved in the redevelopment project for many years. About three years ago he founded NeuHus and plans to launch his own modular housing factory in the Midway neighborhood in St. Paul in partnership with Extreme Panel Technology in Cottonwood, Minn., and several business partners and investors.

The first two modular homes in Village on Rivoli are being built by Northstar Systembuilt in Redwood Falls, Minn., but the others will be built in the Midway facility, which will employ 40 to 50 workers.

CLICK HERE to read the entire Star Tribune article


Gary Fleisher, Managing Director and contributor of the Modcoach Network and its blogs.

Contact me at modcoach@gmail.com

Saturday, April 3, 2021

How an Apple Crumb Pie Changed My New Home Plans

The simple act of baking an apple crumb pie today, something I've done many times, was made almost impossible because of a torn MCL.

A little background on me. Many years ago, before I became a general contractor, a modular factory rep and now in retirement as the Managing Director of Modcoach Network, my wife and I had a catering business serving parties, grand openings and lots of 'firehouse' wedding receptions. For you city folk, a lot of wedding receptions are held in the large meeting rooms of the local volunteer fire company in small towns.

I know my way around a kitchen and love baking. That is until today. Peg and I love cooking for the entire family for all the big holidays including Easter Dinner followed by the Easter Egg hunt.

But life took a left turn on Tuesday when my bathroom sink drain needed to be replaced. With my arthritis and a couple of other things that come with aging, I still attempted to get down on my knees and work on it. It needed a part I didn't have and I went to Lowes, got it and when I lowered myself down to fix the drain, I heard a 'pop' and as they say, the rest is history.

And that brings me to the Apple Crumb pie. Being on crutches and my knee wrapped in a hinged brace, I set out to bake my Easter pie and that's when the advice of one of the contributors to Modcoach Network began running through my brain.

Valerie Jurik-Henry, the designer of The Ageless Home, has spoken at my events and at IBS, telling everyone that homes need to be redesigned to meet everyone's needs from cradle to grave and today she was right on the money.

I have never been on crutches or worn a brace before. Those two things immediately made me a candidate under the ADA guidelines. Making my pies from scratch means I have to move around the kitchen from stove to refrigerator to sink many times. 

All those once easy steps became a huge and very painful chore. Oh, how I wished I had a counter with an area where I could pull a chair or maybe a tall stool under it to make peeling and slicing the apples easier, and lower the tall wall cabinets so 5'2" Peg wouldn't have to get a chair to reach the glass pie pan.

Valerie is a big advocate of open space homes and that would have come in handy today as I maneuvered through doorways and corners.

At my events, she spoke of bathrooms being the most dangerous room in the home. That topic then started a conversation with Peg about how I am going to raise my leg high enough to get into the tub to take a shower.  We both have arthritis and turning doorknobs is getting harder. Valerie addresses that also.

As I'm writing this, Peg and I are still talking about what changes we should make to our present home and the plans we had drawn for our new one.

I wish I had hired someone to repair the drain but I didn't. And that repair has changed our lives forever.

Gary Fleisher, Managing Director and contributor of the Modcoach Network and its blogs.

Contact me at modcoach@gmail.com

Friday, April 2, 2021

Another Modcoach Connects Featured Off-Site Consultant - Phil Hickman

The Modcoach Connects team would like to introduce Phil Hickman, another one of the Modcaoch Connects consultants for off-site construction industry. 

Phil's areas of Expertise include Business Management Consultant, Due Diligence Buying or Selling a Plant, General Management/Operations, Vertical Integration.

He has a broad experience building profitable start-up divisions, deal transactions and streamlined operations. A multi-disciplined executive with an indelible reputation for delivering inventive business strategies and customer-focused solutions that improve margins.

  • Strategic Business Planning and Execution
  • Fiscal Accountability and P&L Management
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and System Integration
  • Development of High Performing Cultures that Consistently Achieve in Volatile Market
  • 15 years of experience working with investment and private equity firms

Prior experience includes:
  • President of a $100 million HIG Capital equity-backed roll-up of building systems companies specializing in custom factory-built single family and multi-family housing units.
  • VP Operations – Unibilt Industries
  • CEO -modular building company owned by Lone Star Private Investments
  • VP Operations Huffy Corporation
  • Manufacturing systems analyst Robbins & Meyers
  • Materials Manager General Tire and Rubber Company
To Contact Phil, join Modcoach Connects FREE as a client today and learn how he can help you.



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Using Psychology to Help Make New Home Sales

An article by Valerie Jurik-Henry, The Ageless Home


As a new home builder, one of the biggest challenges to overcome is the buyer’s resistance to actually saying “Yes” when you ask for the sale.

Have you ever thought about using psychology to help make the sale? I didn’t either until I studied various reasons why people respond a certain way to stimulation, and they don’t realize they are. So, if people can do that, how can we have our customers feel better by just walking into our sales office? How can we pre-sell by using visuals?

Let’s start with colors! Here is a shortlist of what certain colors can do to one's ‘feeling’ both good and not so good. We need to be careful about what we put on our walls.

What is Color Psychology?  (from arttherapyblog.com)
The psychology of color is based on the mental and emotional effects colors have on sighted people in all facets of life. There are some very subjective pieces to color psychology as well as some more accepted and proven elements. Keep in mind, that there will also be variations in interpretation, meaning, and perception between different cultures.

There are also commonly noted psychological effects of color as it relates to two main categories: warm and cool. Warm colors – such as red, yellow, and orange – can spark a variety of emotions ranging from comfort and warmth to hostility and anger. Cool colors – such as green, blue, and purple – often spark feelings of calmness as well as sadness.

The concepts of color psychology can also be applied in everyday life. For example, maybe you’re planning on re-painting your sales office with a new color scheme. Well, you might want to consider some of these suggestions about colors and how they might affect your emotions and mood.

Need to be creative? Want help getting those brain synapses firing? Try utilizing the color purple. Purple utilizes both red and blue to provide a nice balance between stimulation and serenity that is supposed to encourage creativity. Light purple is said to result in a peaceful surrounding, thus relieving tension. These could be great colors for your sales office.

Are you looking for a peaceful and calming environment? You might consider using green and/or blue. These cool colors are typically considered restful. There is actually a bit of scientific logic applied to this – because the eye focuses the color green directly on the retina, it is said to be less strainful on your eye muscles.

Event Boundary

OK, here is another psychological twister that I feel we can all relate to! Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you went there? The first thing we do is question our age…”am I really starting to lose it?” 

Well, let me put your mind at ease and give you a bit of information that you can talk about with your friends. 

That act/action was taken seriously and studied by Notre Dame scientist, Gabriel Radvansky. This is what she came up with and opened my eyes as to why people like a certain feature in their house. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Event Boundary.

Why is it that the one organ of our body that can keep us breathing while we are sleeping seems to be unable to remind us of why we stepped into the kitchen?
This is the question that drives Notre Dame scientist Gabriel Radvansky, who has spent close to 20 years trying to find the answer.

Published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Radvansky used a combination of computer-based and real-world experiments to assess how people’s memories responded to changing environments. The tasks were simple: pick up an object, such as a red cube or a purple disc, from a table and carry it over to another table. The second table would either be in the same room or in another room. In the computer-simulated experiment, the fifty-or-so student participants had to traverse a 55-room environment picking up and putting down variously colored and shaped objects, and every so often they were asked what they had just put down.

In a similar experiment, Radvansky used the three rooms of his lab to test the participants’ level of recall as they passed from room to room. In both types of experiments, passing through a door and into a new room resulted in an increased error rate in responding. That is, passing through a door seemed to make people forget what object they had just carried through it.

The underlying brain phenomenon responsible for this is what is known as an “event boundary”. Our brains compartmentalize events and tie them to the environment, or room, in which they occurred. By moving from one room to the next, the brain effectively creates a file containing all the information about the first room, and what you did there, and tucks it away. It then starts to focus on the second room. Thus, remembering what you intended to do upon leaving the first room is a lot harder than if you had simply crossed from one side of the room to the other.
Is there a way to stop this from happening? Not really. You could try mumbling the task to yourself as you move from room to room or write yourself a note on the back of your hand. 

Or, as Radvansky once joked, “Doorways are bad. Avoid them at all costs.”

Ever wonder why houses with open floor plans just feel better? I think this has something to do with it!

Valerie Jurik-Henry uses her speaking platform to inform industry professional and the consumer about The Ageless Home®

One home design thought for ALL generations of home buyers. 
As an adjunct professor, Valerie has educated at Wake Tech College in North Carolina on Ageless Living by Design. She has also spoken at The International Builders Show as well as at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)  about creating home design for all ages. 

Additionally, she has an Ageless educational class with AIA (American Institute of Architects) and, as of 2021, has a class “Ageless Living by Design” with NC Licensing Board for General Contractors to provide CE (continuing education) credits to industry professionals.