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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

One remodeler recovers after a sunroom addition leaves him in the red.

One remodeler talks about encouraging his contractors to give better service by attending classes and going out to dinner.

One remodeler uses a customized estimating system to take complete control.

This sidebar for 'Take Control of Your Estimating' compares and contrasts two styles of estimating.

This sidebar for 'Take Control of Your Estimating' outlines the major elements for consideration when developing an estimating database.

Sidebar to 'Trump the Wild Card'

Adam Helfman outlines his plans for managing and meeting client expectations.

This sidebar illustrates how gas heater rated fireplaces can channel heat to other areas of the home.

One remodeler solves the tricky problem of working on a project located in the remote wilderness.

Tips on presenting your company's best face to the media.

Columbia Flooring's three laminate deck boards debut.

This sidebar lists the top areas homeowners want fireplaces.

Mike Miller offers advice to his fellow remodelers on how to track leads effciently.

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