Recent Blog Posts

Build a Firewood Storage Box

If you have a wood stove or a fireplace in your home, then you more than likely have dealt with the issue of storing your firewood. While the bulk of your wood naturally would be kept outdoors, there needs to be a way of keeping a ready supply indoors near the stove or fireplace.

Watch the Skies

Just about everyone in home improvement hates to climb a ladder when they’re on a sales call. Enter drones. They’re not just toys anymore. Instead, drones are becoming must-have sales tools for aggressive exterior remodeling companies, which are using them in all phases of the sales and marketing process.

Are You Missing-Out on These Project Opportunities?

Yale University weather researchers say 2017 is shaping up to be “… among the hottest years of the observational record. ” That’s no surprise to any contractor active with outdoor remodeling projects. With all this talk of summer heat, it makes sense to keep energy efficiency in mind when pitching project quotes. “I think it’s the easiest conversation for a pro to have with a prospective customer.

Must-Haves for a Comprehensive Contract

Unless you have someone on staff who can do a Vulcan mind-meld with your customer, odds are you and your potential client will clash about something you thought you had agreed on. When that happens, you’re almost certain to refer to the contract, so the better it is, the greater the likelihood that you’ll avoid problems later. Dennis Dixon, a builder and consultant based in Flagstaff, Ariz.

When It Comes to Siding, Looks Are Everything

Beauty may be skin deep, but when it comes to siding, at least, looks are everything. Google search “siding curb appeal” and help yourself to the roughly 1.5 million links on that topic, many leading to real estate agents' pages eager to point this fact out. But here’s the paradox: The people who own the house are usually in the house, looking out, not outside the house looking in. What they’re looking at right now is their kitchen, their bathroom, their boring den.

Protect Your Jobsite Crews From the Summer Heat

On a jobsite in Kingsville, Texas, in August 2013, a worker was mixing gypsum concrete in preparation for gypcrete installation on an apartment building. It’s not a particularly taxing job, but he was doing it in direct sunlight. “He wasn’t training or doing anything that involved a lot of lifting or climbing,” says Holly Webster, director of administration at Texas-based KWA Construction, which served as the general contractor on the job.