PR October 2002

August 16, 2010

Features

In February, manufacturers entered a voluntary agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw chromated copper arsenate (CCA) as a wood preservative by Dec. 31, 2003.

Heating elements are woven into UnderFloor mats, which install between 16-inch joist spaces to provide electric radiant heat under existing wood subfloors.

Clad double-hung windows come in three new grades.

Keohane Construction Co. did a 2,500-square-foot addition to a saltbox Colonial house to help its clients break away from their home's traditional floor plan while maintaining its traditional look.

Spanish-made Silestone natural quartz countertop surfaces are available in seven new colors.

Tactics for handling tough customers and 'loser' projects, according to the Remodelors Council of the Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan.

Users of Pulsar estimating software now can pull reports that highlight specific information, such as cost of materials only, total cost of labor (with or without materials) or an hourly labor cost breakout.

Have you ever given a customer a product, an upgrade or a service for nothing?

Moisture-detection instruments with LCD or LED displays are designed to reveal mold-causing moisture after fire control, storm, water or other damage has occurred.

Purcell Inc., a design/ build remodeling and custom-home building firm in Stillwater, Minn., restored the 1874 Victorian home pictured and expanded it to more than 7,000 square feet.

The Miter Saw Utility Vehicle is a miter saw support stand that collapses into a cart with 12-inch rubber wheels for mobility over job-site terrain as well as for transport on stairs and into and out of pickup trucks.

Although the Simply Insulate Web site (www.simplyinsulate.com), created by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association...

Made from recycled material, QuikSand is designed to be a nontoxic alternative to chemical strippers.

Prareit and Kavita Garg found Sandy McAdams, CGR, CAPS and owner of Sandy's Design & Remodeling, through her local home builders association's annual remodeled homes tour.

Using critical-chain project management, the New Zealand chapter of Habitat for Humanity set a world record in 1999 by building a four-bedroom, 1,080-square-foot home in less than four hours with a construction team of 130.

Sierra Premium Shake now is available stained and primed. Designed for use as exterior accents or on an entire house, the fiber-cement product comes in cedar, mahogany, maple and redwood.

Price remains a big factor with many remodeling clients and therefore with remodelers.

All business leaders want to maximize resources and return on investment.

With the Replacement Sash Kit, remodelers can increase the efficiency of old double-hung windows without disturbing interior or exterior trim, the company says.

The mood was unusually somber among the remodelers attending the NAHB Fall Boards in September.

A properly designed and installed whole-house ventilation system provides fresh air, filters and mixes the air, and then distributes that air around the house, all with minimal maintenance.

Silver Shield is a multilayer radiant barrier system for attics.

Clodagh, an Irish-born designer who lives and works in New York, incorporates the Chinese practice of feng shui into the City Spa bathroom.

Professional Remodeler's first Pinnacle Design Awards competition attracted excellent examples of what's right with the remodeling industry today.

WaterTite, a waterproofing paint for basements and masonry, contains a mildewcide that prevents mold and mildew growth on the paint film for at least five years, the company says.

Whether as part of a high-end remodel on a second home or as an individual home modification, more customers are asking remodelers to add an elevator to their homes.

TreHus Builders Inc. won this project when a fire destroyed the existing kitchen in a 44-year-old house.

Designed and engineered for sound reduction, Sound Barrier Window Systems include double-hung, slider, picture, awning, casement, bow and bay windows, as well as patio doors.

Twenty-five years after being part of the architectural/design team that wrote the influential A Pattern Language, Max Ja-cobson and Murray Silverstein have collaborated with fellow architect Barbara Winslow to write Patterns of Home: The Ten Essential...

The Pharo Prestige Panel SL, a pre-plumbed, wall-hanging shower panel, has a 55-inch hand-shower hose built into its aluminum body.

Four new desktop software products designed for small to midsize businesses include QuickGantt 4.0, an alternative to Microsoft Project.

Almost all the news I've heard lately is grounded in fear.

Sierra Series 36- and 42-inch B-vent fireplaces feature a standard radiant design, permitting noncombustible material such as marble, stone, ceramic tile and brick to be installed around the firebox opening.

Cellular PVC cornerboards have a miter-locked seam that won't open, the company says.

Anticipating the market downtown and resultant project downsizing, Bill Bartlett, president of Atlanta design/build firm Home Rebuilders, wanted to position his company accordingly.

Exterior Accents latex paint is designed to eliminate concern about colorfastness, even with bright colors.

At 80 inches high, Sonata one-piece, high-domed bath/shower enclosures accommodate taller bathers.

For clients who prefer natural light in all corners of the home, Solatube International offers small tubular skylights that work well in hallways, closets, bathrooms and other areas without direct roof access, where traditional skylights wouldn't work....

The Twin Cutter portable saw cuts metal, wood, plastic, fiberglass or any combination of those materials without changing blades, the company says.

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