PR December 2012

December 16, 2012

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Kitchen & Bath Design

Features

In today’s remodeling market, establishing and working with design-build clients can be a difficult process. Professional Remodeler’s Tom Swartz talked to remodelers Bob Peterson and Sherry Schwab about their design-build model, and each offers tips that can make a design-build project successful.

Our PRIME advisory panel includes some of the remodeling industry’s top companies. This month’s question to our PRIME experts is, “How do you express your appreciation for your employees?”

This new pedestal lavatory offers elegant details and clean, transitional lines that coordinate with a wide range of bathroom decors.

With a sink size of 25- by 21 inches, the contemporary design of this new faucet pedestal offers a generous wash basin with large deck space.

The Accord Seated Shower sports a wide removable bench, storage, and space.

This new showerhead from Danze has five functions: wide, centerjet, aeration, massage, and wide+centerjet.

The new Quatrus undermount sink series provides luxury through design-driven performance.

The Cinch undercounter sink makes life easier from installation to everyday use.

The new County Series apron-front sink line from Ukinox offers sharp, professional styling with the hygienic benefit of the new “Micro” radius corner.

The wave sensor at the top of this new faucet starts and stops the water flow with a simple hand movement above the faucet.

The DSV screw is a powerful fastening solution for preservative-treated decking applications.

EnduraMax Wall System by Oldcastle emulates the look and feel of natural stone or traditional brick while offering the benefits of a modern masonry veneer.

These new doors from ProVia provide the strength of fiberglass with a wood door look at a cost-effective price.

Kleer PVC Trimboards are manufactured from expanded cellular PVC that is superior to wood in virtually any non-load-bearing exterior application.

HMI’s archtop aluminum storm doors are extruded and welded to make a perfect custom fit and are available in five designs: full, camber, curved, pointed, and cathedral.

These two new decorative levers expand the Gramercy Series. The RAG lever offers a grooved insert, providing a distinct, contemporary look.

These two new decorative levers expand the Gramercy Series. The RAG lever offers a grooved insert, providing a distinct, contemporary look.

This new addition to Terra Legno’s Collection Quercia features a burnished copper color that will add subtle warmth to any interior, making it ideal for residential and commercial spaces.

Diablo’s Ultimate Flawless Finish 10- and 12-inch saw blades deliver precise, splinter-free cuts on fine molding with no rework required.

Gorilla Glue Single Use tubes provide the versatility and durability needed for infrequent, small repairs and projects.

This new showerpipe boasts a handy shelf that doubles as a thermostat. Blue and red markings on the thermostat indicate hot and cold; and, the shelf always maintains a neutral temperature, even when extremely hot water is used.

For those who’ve not yet made the pilgrimage to the headquarters of the Kohler Co., you are missing a first-class kitchen and bath design center, along with five-star accommodations.

Airoom Companies transforms an unfinished Chicago basement from storage area to lively indoor entertainment space.

Remodelers remain hopeful for 2013, still await big recovery.

Entrepreneurship, partnering, and a dose of trial-and-error characterize a family company’s three-decade rise.

Following last year’s popular article “77 Tablet Apps Made for Remodelers” (see September 2011), Professional Remodeler editors continue to search for the most popular and latest applications for the residential construction market.

Water is perhaps our most valuable natural resource. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that while approximately 70 percent of earth’s surface is covered by water, only one percent of it is available for human consumption.

Most people enjoy buying; nobody likes to feel they are being “sold." A good salesperson will allow their clients to buy from them. Here are 10 mistakes to avoid when working with clients:

As you begin to see a market uptick, or as you tire of being hunkered down, growth should be a priority for you. It has been said that if a business is not growing, it is dying. Over the past five years, growth has not been a common mindset. It has been survival of the fittest. Today, shifting out of a survival mode is imperative. If not, you risk seeing your business slip dramatically over the next year or two.

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) has released the second edition of its “Electronic Systems Technical Reference Manual,” a comprehensive guide to the world of residential electronic systems.

Recently, the EPA postponed the lead paint rule for public and commercial buildings until July 1, 2015, a positive sign for remodelers.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) third-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse data of current and future remodeling business conditions is positive overall with mixed sentiment about the future. New weather-related developments are assumed to impact the remodeling industry on the East Coast next quarter as homeowners start to rebuild.

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