In a perfect world, your original plans are clear, and the job will be produced as planned and with zero modifications. However, since that rarely happens I thought it would be a good idea to explore this under-appreciated topic.
In this week’s episode, I share best practices you should be
A futuristic kitchen designed by Virginia Tech University researchers includes a dishwasher that sends a text or email when it is out of soap, a microwave that listens for the moment when popcorn stops popping and a pantry that can report low supplies.
But it will be a while before most big U.S. home builders offer such automation on a mass scale.
Home automation has made great strides in recent years, with wireless technologies enabling users to monitor and control more functions
I used to feel like that for many years when we ran our company. Then I realized that sharing a meal with clients has the potential to take the business and personal relationship to a new level.
More often than not, about two-thirds of the way through a project,
A surprisingly large amount of the money you spend on your new home will be determined by the options choices you make — and those options are forever changing.
For example, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, both considered pricey upgrades for years, are now standard in most new homes.
A skilled labor shortage is threatening the construction industry, and contractors across the nation are already feeling the effects.
A report by Construction Labor Market Analyzer indicates that by 2016, U.S. construction projects will require 6.7 million skilled workers — about
The fun part, at last! Walking through state of the art model homes furnished by top interior designers (AKA merchandisers in the new home world) offers some big benefits:
You get a free pass into an interior design showroom, with the latest home furnishing and design trends on display. Picture Crate and Barrel, Ikea and your local furniture, wall-
The key is to do your homework first — and then to plan and organize your shopping process to ensure that your journey is rewarding, concise — and most of all, enjoyable.
About the time that this article is published, I’ll be speaking at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association–Alberta, at its February conference in Edmonton. With Edmonton high up on most everyone’s list of idyllic winter destinations, it’s hard to believe you missed this, yet I have worked in Alberta many times in the winter and I find the preparedness and resilience of Edmontonians quite inspiring. My favorite day a few Decembers back was when Celsius and Fahrenheit converged at –40, with a wind howling out of the west across the prairie. Life—
Understanding the NFRC Label, and what all the numbers mean can be confusing. Here is a short video that helps to explain ...
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One of our coaching clients was telling me about his problems finding a subcontractor for a job. If you're a general contractor, this might sound all too familiar.
Smart business practices can go a long way toward reducing, even eliminating, the chance of legal trouble. With that in mind, here are three Do's and three Don’ts that should keep you from being sued by unhappy customers or vendors.
DO get it in writing--always. Even a small job needs a formal written agreement. It should include scope, price, payment terms, and schedule. It should reference a complete set of plans and specs. It should include language on insurance, indemnification, warranty, termination, dispute resolution, and recovery of legal fees and costs.
We all have that dream deck envisioned in our mind. Personally, my dream deck has 2 levels, with three separate “rooms” and of course a spot for a hot tub! The more difficult part is figuring out what colors I want and how multiple colors look when used together. Well, TimberTech has a solution for that.
The new marketing tool features the Therma-Tru portfolio of fiberglass doors in the most popular sizes, as well as decorative, privacy and specialty glass.
It is available for I-devices as well as Android.
Asking builders the 15 questions below will help you choose the right builder to create your new home — and give you confidence in your choice.
These questions will also help you better understand key steps in the building process and the decisions you'll make, in partnership with the builder, to bring your new home to life.
|Before making any changes to your new home, always check with your builder.|
Many builders work hard to educate their buyers to help them avoid common mistakes that can lead to costly repairs.
“We work with our homeowners to help ensure that they have all the information they need to make a smooth transition,” says Teri Wilber, customer experience coordinator for Grenadier Homes in Dallas, Texas. “Most of the common mistakes new homeowners can make stem from not having enough information.”