Worker with dust in the air on a jobsite. Photo: courtesy ITW

Photo: courtesy ITW

Dust isn’t just a nuisance byproduct of remodeling; it’s nasty stuff that’s bad for employees, bad for subs, bad for clients—and bad for business

home show attendees

Photo: Flickr user Steven Damron (CC by 2.0)

Even contractors who dislike them concede that success is all in the effort

subcontractors—plumber and electrician—at work

Photo: Flickr user Mike Hauser (CC by 2.0)

You’re using guys you know but they’re not on your payroll. Does that matter to your homeowner customer? 

Remodelers and builders who want to be proficient in their craft should understand the designs they imitate


Kitchen image: Flickr user nancy hugo (CC by 2.0)

Searching the web from a computer vs. a mobile device invokes a different mindset. Understand that difference and design for it

installing rigid foam insulation on home exterior

All photos: courtesy Dan Morrison

On the second layer, offset and tape the seams, and use the rainscreen strapping to hold everything in place

Homeowners sometimes get blindsided when it turns out the GC they hired hasn't paid his subs or materials suppliers. The lien waiver in your contract protects homeowners against this.

Today’s time-strapped homeowner doesn’t have time for show-and-tell or the patience for high-pressure selling

Bill Millholland powder room remodel

All images: courtesy Bill Millholland

Powder room trouble often means choosing how to add one. But what if you need to move the one you've got?

men on roof

Photo: courtesy Gipson Corwin Homes, Jeffrey Volker

When is a roof inspection legitimate, and when is it just the precursor to an estimate?


Photo: courtesy Wavebreak Media Ltd /

You close your company and retire. Years later a former client wants to file a warranty claim. Are you still liable?


All photos: courtesy Tim Gillerlain

The 2016 Model ReModel home in Batavia, Ill., features design excellence, innovative materials, and construction best practices

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