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More stories about Remodeling

  • Are Your Contracts Bulletproof?

    Effective July 1, 2009, the state of Pennsylvania will require a written contract for nearly every construction task in or around a residence — even minor repair work like repainting or reroofing.

  • New Rules for Lead-Safe Remodeling

    If you plan to work on pre-1978 houses, you’ll need certification by April 2010.

  • Window Seats and Safety Glass

    While trimming out a room during a remodeling job, the homeowner asked me to build a window seat. Does the window above the seat now have to be fitted with tempered safety glass?

  • Beating Wood Rot

    Use borate-based wood preservatives to stop decay and epoxy to repair the damage.

  • Regional News

    SIOUX CITY, IOWA - Dominium Development & Acquisition has finished its $4.5 million renovation of Hillside Park Apartments here.

  • Block Foundations for Small Additions

    If your crew has the skill and you own the right equipment, it may make sense to lay your own masonry foundations.

  • Track Your Business With a Dashboard

    Even companies with good systems can get into trouble if they don’t manage their growth. To avoid this fate, Jim Kabel created a “dashboard” — a set of fundamental numbers that shows the monthly trends in their sales and production pipeline: leads, close rates, job profits, and customer...

  • Weathering the Downturn

    Small construction companies are relying on diverse strengths to survive in a dismal economic climate.

  • Surviving the Recession

    We’re in the midst of unprecedented uncertainty in the financial markets, and consumer confidence is the lowest it’s been in a long time. It seems that no one really knows what’s going to happen.

  • Defining Your Niche Can Help in Downtimes

    I specialize in custom decks. I switched to this niche last winter, when my backlog of general remodeling work dried up and I had no jobs on the horizon. The suburbs of New York City — where my business is located — were hit hard by the economic downturn; many GCs I knew were going out of business.