dreammaker franchise owner survived recession and gives advice

In 2007, DreamMaker Ogden won Franchise of the Year for their concerted effort to help veterans and seniors with special needs remodel their kitchens and baths. Nate Coombs (middle) was in a sales role at the time, where he worked under his father and learned firsthand how a tanking economy can disrupt the remodeling industry.

Four DreamMaker remodelers share what they learned from surviving the recession

Remodelers are overlooked when it’s time to dole out kudos for a job well done

facebook introduces lead gen and booking features

In eight weeks, one company generated 3,000 leads using this new Facebook Messenger feature

remodelers working on plans

The NAHB looks at how the labor shortage is hurting remodelers

How becoming transparent has freed our company and increased close rates 

remodelers can improve and streamline basement door installations

In addition to properly sealing the basement door to the foundation, inspect and clean gutters above the door semi-annually to ensure your basement and belongings remain safe, clean, and dry.

3 tips from the experts for improving and streamlining basement door installations

james hardie hardiesoffit

The industry staple introduced three new products at this year’s International Builders’ Show

chameleon power introduces tool to take measurements with photos

Eliminating 3D models and hand measurements for roofing and siding replacement

Tile that transforms pottery waste into useful material

remodelers can improve their call center culture

3 tips to provide purpose, create a supportive environment, and find new ways to make work more fun 

The result is a clean cutout that will be easily concealed by a standard coverplate

The trick is to use narrow strips of membrane and a triangular stick

cutting holes in drywall

Tools and techniques for making perfect electrical box cutouts every time

In this bathroom for a master suite addition to a Tudor-style home, most of the daylight comes from two north-facing skylights.

Part of a master suite addition to a Tudor-style home in Denver, most of the daylight comes from two north-facing skylights. A monochromatic palette of light colors was chosen, with a contrasting dark stain used for “his” vanity to make it feel more masculine. Interior designer: Kristi Dinner, KD Design; general contractor: Coggeshall Construction

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