PR December 2007
When Reg Marzec and Jack Steindl founded Normandy Builders in 1979, they had a fairly straightforward business plan: provide a high-quality remodeling experience and charge a fair price for their work. That simple approach gained them more than a few happy customers over the years, and in 2005 they reached a hefty $25 million in sales in the burgeoning Chicago market.
Moving one wall, and partially removing several others, transformed the dark and cramped kitchen in this 42-year-old residence in Potomac, Md. into a bright and inviting social center for its owners who are thrilled with their modern Zen-inspired space. See how.
A contractor turns his own house into an accessible home and a remodeling showplace. It's a great home for the owners and their three teenagers; it provides easy living for Karen's resident parents; it's accessible for guests, including children and Karen's wheelchair-bound aunt; and it's an impressive showroom for the Shustars' Glen Ellyn, Ill. design build company.
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There comes a time when you'd like to focus on the larger picture — and that means delegating responsibilites.
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Smart remodelers hire good people, train them well and delegate important duties to them.
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