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One of the hallmarks of a custom-made railing system is high-quality welding. Typically, with custom-made railings there are no snap-on pieces; all...
galley

All photos: courtesy Doug Walter

In the 1920s and ’30s, bungalows and Tudors—like this Park Hill Tudor in Denver—had small galley kitchens with even smaller breakfast “rooms.” The...
LP

Photo: courtesy Construction Solver

Estimating is getting easier, thanks to iPad apps such as Go Figure from Construction Solver. The app...
react v sawstop

All photos: ProToolReviews.com

SawStop is known for bringing flesh-sensing technology to the market, and early in 2015, the company introduced...
Bill Millholland powder room remodel

All images: courtesy Bill Millholland

Many of the Washington, D.C., metro-area homes we work on were built 50 to 100 years ago. Evidently people back then had much larger bladders than...
metris

Photo: Metris, courtesy Mercedes-Benz

Photos: All images provided by the featured manufacturers The distinct, boxy look of cargo vans makes trade professionals easy to spot—on the job, on...
Using a CRM system for sales leads

Photo: blogsocial.net

Sometimes when home improvement industry consultant Tony Hoty mentions CRM, he says he gets “...
domino

Photo: courtesy ProToolReviews.com

This is an excerpt from a longer article. Read the...
The products that make the cut for Professional Remodeler’s annual Top 100 are determined by you, our readers. From drains to decking and sinks to...
Thermador induction cooktop

Photo: courtesy Thermador

No, induction technology isn't exactly new, but it is currently experiencing newfound popularity with U.S. consumers. Pro Remodeler took a look at...
Thermador's Freedom Induction Cooktop delivers more usable surface area

Thermador says its Freedom Induction Cooktop delivers 63 percent more usable surface area. How? Under the grey-black glass surface, there are 48 magnetic coils measuring 3 inches each. Photo: courtesy Thermador

To find out which leading manufacturers are offering induction cooktops and the pros and cons of each,...
Kitchen tile

Photos: Sal Alfano

The Italian-made 12-by-18-inch tiles were just what the homeowner wanted. White with light streaks of gray, they complemented the white base cabinets...
Natural stone-look tile from Argenta Ceramica

Photo: courtesy Argenta Ceramica

A feature story on tile looked at the cause and solution for matte finish floor...
Kohler DTV

All photos: courtesy Kohler

TJ Monahan Director of project development Case Design/Remodeling Bethesda, Md.   I first saw...
Bosch steam oven

Photo: courtesy Bosch

Homeowners are just beginning to learn what culinary experts have long known: Steam cooking rules. And as its popularity continues to grow, more...

Staphylococcus aureus (shown magnified in rendering). 123rf.com / Sebastian Kaulitzki

The latest generation of interior paints focuses on indoor air quality. “We’re kind of entering a renaissance period for paints right now,” says...
TracRac SR truck accessory

Photo: courtesy ProToolReviews.com

The TracRac SR is a second-generation product that combines lightweight powder-coated aluminum...
Intex Hampton extruded PVC railing system

Photo: courtesy schedulefred.com

Steve Todd, senior remodeling consultant Fred Home Improvement Washington, D.C., metro area    ...
Building Envelope: X Marks the Spot, Building Science, Professional Remodeler April 2016

The colored “X’s” in this 3-D view identify thermal shorts (red) and areas—such as framing joints and places where pipes,  wires, or fixtures penetrate walls or travel between floors—where air sealing (purple) and vapor control (yellow) are needed. Image: courtesy Dan Morrison

A simple way to check for continuous air, vapor, thermal, and drainage layers.

There’s a lot of confusion around how to treat the building envelope. Despite everything that’s been written about air sealing, insulation, and...
 Some home improvement contractors, such as System Pavers, are now using drones

Site measurements that used to take landscape designer Garrett Winkler hours to produce are now recorded in a matter of minutes using a drone and specialized software. Photo: courtesy System Pavers   

A drone improves efficiency and accuracy both on site and in the office.

As a landscape designer in the new design-build department at System...
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