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PR July 2013

July 01, 2013

PR's 40 Under 40

2013 Chrysalis Awards

Spotlight: interiors


The 40 young remodeling professionals featured on the following pages represent the Class of 2013 in Professional Remodeler’s “40 Under 40” franchise.

Our PRIME advisory panel includes some of the remodeling industry’s top professionals. This month we asked, “Which positions in your company are you finding the most difficult to fill?”

Develop a system to isolate what is in the way of the prospect buying.

Determining the size of the kitchen you are planning will be an important first step in developing the design and layout of the space.

Sullivan Building & Design Group ushers historical stone farmhouse into 21st century.

How remodelers use their tablets and smartphones for business.

This month, the Remodeler’s Exchange hosts two remodelers that are part of our 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. Professional Remodeler’s Tom Swartz talked with Benton Rooks and Scott Brown who offer tips to running a successful business, how and why they chose to enter the remodeling business, challenges of starting a remodeling business, and much more, all while under the age of 40.

Where else can a former Marine, college football player, sheepherder, alligator hunter, and professional chef come together and share a commonality?

This year, 79 remodeling and design companies were honored as winners of the 2013 Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence. The winning projects were selected from over 300 entries judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

The first certified DOE Challenge Home—the Wilson Residence in Winter Park, Fla.—produces more energy than it uses with construction costs one-third less than originally proposed. Completed in May 2012, this 4,305-square-foot custom home scores a HERS 57 without solar, which is well below the HERS 100 for a standard home built to code.

To achieve a measure of differentiation that really works, how you do what you do is equally important, and in many cases more so, than the actual deliverable it produces. I know that sounds absurd on the face of it, but think about it.

Now is the time to start planning for next year. Start your brainstorming, your creative ideas, and your staffing plans so you can have your plan in place with a budget starting Jan. 1.

Your biggest competition today is your prospect making the right decisions and choices. They have been sitting on the sideline so long that the level of pent-up demand is very high. Meanwhile, the proliferation of products and choices has many homeowners paralyzed.

Advancements in weather-resistant barriers keep things tight yet ventilated to save energy.

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