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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

Tips on finding security system contractors.

Pointers on selling safety items to homeowners.

One kitchen remodel goes from good to better despite project problems.

Customers offer feedback on Stronghold's kitchen design.

Analyzing the cash flow of one kitchen remodel.

High school students build homes for class credit.

Stylemark has expanded its manufacturing operations.

Sonny Lykos offers tips on finding and hiring new employees for a remodeling business.

Laminate countertop sales and how they compare to other materials.

Students in home building courses learn to deal with product manufacturers.

This article outlines the skills necessary in a good lead carpenter.

Sawhorse Inc. founders discuss stepping away from their businesses and letting new employees take over.

Communication is the key to an effective scheduling process.

Maintaining schedules depends on maintaining close relations with subcontractors.

In planning his schedules, Dave Carson knows delays will accumulate around three key activities.

Online tools offer advice for remodelers.

Edge treatments are a quick, inexpensive way to introduce creativity into a countertop project.

Granite countertops have advantages and disadvantates over laminates.

This sidebar for 'Too Close For Comfort' analyzes in detail the financial elements of one remodeler's sunroom addition.

This sidebar for 'Too Close for Comfort' highlights the customers' perspective on the work done for their sunroom addition.

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