This is certainly not the first time we've heard of the use of drones. A number of residential contractors are leaning on quadrocoptors and other UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) for inspecting hard-to-access areas and capturing aerial work views  (see "Drone Building Inspections," 7/23/14).

But the way in which Allied Remodeling of Baltimore, Md. is employing UAVs is the first we've heard about a residential remoder banking on drones to replace labor, or heard an estimate on expected savings - up to $80,000 annually. But the advantages to Allied go beyond potential labor savings or even the increased safety from not sending as many workers onto ladders. The drones are popular with clients, and Allied Remodeling is taking a unique approach introducing them to clients.  Read more.