Jess and Aaron Alway of Alway Homes
Jess and Aaron Alway of Alway Homes

Aaron Alway, the handsome guy on the right, was recently let loose in Vegas to learn everything he could about the latest home building trends and techniques at the NAHB International Builders’ Show, January 19-21. Here’s what he had to say about the experience.

Q: What were your first impressions of the show?

AA: My gosh, there was a lot going on. The venue was enormous and there were a lot more people than I expected. Of course, the number of venders was sizable, so I never ran out of people to meet or things to discover.

Q: What was on trend this year?

AA: No question, the entire industry is concerned with building Green. It’s topmost on everyone’s priority list, including my own. Because consumers are more knowledgeable than ever before—and have access to such a vast wealth of knowledge—we licensed home builders MUST be up to date on our product offerings and green education. It is up to us as influencers to use our creativity and passion to drive this trend forward.

Q: Any new Style trends?

AA: It’s not new, by any means, but MODERN design was everywhere. Lots of clean lines, muted colors, and open space. I think the new direction is this: It doesn’t have to be cold and vacant to be modern. Lots of earth tones add warmth, and people are looking for function—not just form. This is where Alway Homes ‘Wins the Day’ to borrow a phrase from the Ducks (go Ducks). Jess and I believe in building houses that allow people to live more abundant lives. It can’t just look good. That doesn’t work, modern or not.

Q: What was the best part of the show?

AA: Networking.

Q: So, did you meet anyone cool?

AA: Yes! One of the vendors came all the way from Italy with some amazing new products.

Q: AND?

AA: And, I brought some of their (SUPER SECRET) hidden hinges home. They are so awesome. They disappear right into the door jamb. Seriously cool stuff. We are experimenting with them right now in the shop.

Q: Will you take Jess next year?

AA: I think we’ll go to Bologna, Italy next year. That’s where the European show is and that sounds like an adventure for sure!