PR December 2004

August 16, 2010

Features

Brick: It exudes warmth, character, staying power. Brick often commands a higher resale value and naturally provides thermal mass, which offers some insulation. Under normal weather conditions, it could see a century or more of use, according to Brick Industry Association estimates. But for all its durability, brick is vulnerable to external factors that can decrease the lifespan of a brick hom...

Applied to any glass surface, the overlay will actually strengthen the original glass' surface. With over 200 colors and textures to choose from, each UV-resistant glass is handcrafted for windows, skylights, front-door sidelights or anywhere else. Contact: 800/944-4746 www.stainedglassoverlay.com Circle xxx

How many remodelers does it take to change a light bulb? At David and Ellyn Robbins's Highland Park, Ill., house it takes one — a multi-skilled carpenter, namely Bob Stone, CLC, who has 32 years of remodeling experience. Why? For one thing, the ceiling in the Robbins's entry is 20 feet high, and climbing a stepladder to change the bulb up there is beyond what the Robbinses are comfortable...

These custom-engineered structural concrete insulating panels for floors, rooftops, interior and exterior walls have a 45-degree welded-wire truss design. They provide R-40 insulating performance and sound co-efficient protection of STC 50+. The Green Sandwich Panels are made of 40 percent recycled material by weight, 60 percent by volume.

With "indoor air quality" and "energy efficiency" becoming household terms for many homeowners, it pays even for remodelers outside of environmentally conscious markets to understand what green remodeling is and how to do it. In their new book, Green Remodeling: Changing the World, One Room at a Time (New Society Publishers), authors David Johnston and Kim Master explain the basics of building ...

Pella's Vivid View window screens are virtually invisible, so the view to the outside is crisp and clear. The windows allow up to 50 percent more natural light and provide up to three times the airflow. Backed by a 5-year transferable warranty against chalking, fading, hazing and corrosion, the windows can be cleaned by simply hosing them off with water.

Earlier this year, NARI released the results of its Homeowner Remodeling Survey, based on phone interviews with 602 homeowners who had hired a remodeler or done their own remodeling in the last five years. Highlights follow. Why they remodel: Updating the home to their taste was very important to more than 70 percent of respondents, while fitting the needs of their family was cited by more than...

Superior customer service is the number one way remodelers can (and should) differentiate themselves from inferior competition. In the ongoing battle for customers' trust and — ultimately — referrals, remodelers must distinguish themselves in everything from quality of materials and workmanship to the professionalism of sales personnel and work crews.

"Whatever it takes." That's the mantra that Kevin Franklin, co-owner of Consolidated Construction Group, and his employees repeat time and again. How does the St.Louis-based company make customers happy? How do they complete projects on time? How do they keep job sites spotless? Simple. They do whatever it takes.

Though Boardwalk Builders works mostly on second homes in the resort town of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the company makes their customers' happiness first priority. As proof, the company ranked above benchmark averages in the 2004 NRS Homeowner Satisfaction Awards. Number of walk-through items identified for correction: When asked how Boardwalk limited the number of punch list items, president P...

The owners of this home originally intended to do a relatively minor remodeling of the dated basement, a 1,600-square-foot space with poor lighting and low, beamed ceilings. But when Prestige Custom Builders began the remodel, the company discovered that the foundation was cracking, leaking and inadequate, says president Jeff Santerre.

Designed by Sieger Design, Dornbracht's new MEM faucet collection features wall- and counter-mount faucets, matching shower and tub faucets and accessories for a fully-coordinated bathroom. The line's signature feature is the wide, flat design of its spout. The units are not equipped with conventional aerators; instead they are designed to provide the most natural water possible.

Crane Products' new PermaChoice Vented Fascia and Solid Trim Board feature an exterior woodgrain surface and smooth backside and are available in white, clay, beige, gray and pearl vinyl siding colors. Replacing rotting wood fascia and adding attic ventilation, the fascia and board have a rigid outer covering of weatherable PVC foam core and are covered by a limited 25-year warranty against rot...

The Blueskin line of water barrier and vapor breathing systems includes SA, an air- and vapor-barrier membrane system; WP200, a self-adhered waterproofing membrane; and Breather, a vapor-permeable transition air-barrier membrane. The line also includes formulas for low temperature applications, TWF Thru-Wall Flashing Membrane and the Blueskin Membrane Primer, which provides additional tack for ...

KitchenAid built-in refrigerators feature the new in-door ice dispensing system, commercial-grade drawer technology for smooth drawer performance, and Foam-In-Place door insulation technology for a tighter seal. Homeowners can choose from side-by-side and bottom-mount freezer locations. Available in a variety of exterior styles, the refrigerator is Energy Star-approved.

Toto's Neorest 600 automatically opens the lid when an individual approaches the toilet, then flushes itself and closes the lid when the person walks away from it. Featuring a 1.2 gallons per flush water-saving mode and the Power Catalytic Deodorizer, which eliminates odors and provides a white noise that masks sound, the new toilet is equipped with the "Fuzzy Logic" energy-saving system that r...

Making money is all about maximizing performance — using your tools, people and materials as efficiently as is practical. This month we look at annualized sales per field employee, office employee, sales employee and total employees. Are we being more efficient in garnering sales or producing projects with our present staff than last year, or last summer? Or perhaps with the lead carpente...

Applied to any glass surface, the overlay will actually strengthen the original glass' surface. With over 200 colors and textures to choose from, each UV-resistant glass is handcrafted for windows, skylights, front-door sidelights or anywhere else. Contact: 800/944-4746 www.stainedglassoverlay.com Circle 128

There once was a time when you thought that if you built the best room addition, remodeled the best bathroom, installed the best windows you would be guaranteed success. But little by little, job by job, you began to realize that it's difficult to get your clients to pay the kind of money you need to have for the quality of work that you do.

KWC

KWC Rain One Eighty is a flat disc showerhead available for both ceiling and wall-mounted applications in polished chrome and Splendure brushed nickel. The 8 1/2-inch-diameter showerhead swivels 35 degrees and has 180 water outlets on its face. The showerhead's flow rate is 2.5 gallons per minute at 80 PSI and it comes with KWC's Jetclean technology for easy cleaning.

Bob DuBree, CR, president of Creative Contracting in North Wales, Pa., and his company have been named Professional Remodeler's 2004 Remodeler of the Year. ,

Crane's Solid Core family of siding products introduces its newest, CraneBoard Double Seven. With a 7-inch profile, the siding features an authentic wide board, straight-face design and textured appearance. The purple solid core backing includes Perform Guard to repel insects such as termites and carpenter ants, and has an R-value up to 4.

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