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Project Management

Remodelers remain optimistic that the merger will lead to the combination of the best aspects of both companies, but are still cautious of the impact on clients. 

The Home Star program — otherwise known as "Cash for Caulkers" — looks to be edging closer to reality.

Though 2009 was a down year for most decking material manufacturers, some market segments, particularly cPVC boards, fared better than others. Still, top manufacturers are expecting more industry consolidations

Remodelers are getting ready to deal with the challenges of the new EPA lead paint regulations.

Remodelers need to get ready for the new lead paint laws

What percentage of leads should a remodeler close and how do you reach that close ratio? Two leading remodelers offer their advice.

The new lead paint regulations are set to take effect April 22, 2010, and that will mean a big change in the way many remodelers do business.

Almost every company is dealing with smaller projects. Remodelers Peter Feinmann and John Todd share how they are making it work for their award-winning firms.

Professional Remodeler editor Jay Sweet answers the most common questions remodelers have about the stimulus package and tax credits.

The American Society of Landscape Architects quarterly business survey shows sustainable, low-maintenance outdoor living projects are gaining popularity

Dan and Barbara Strauss have great things to say about their Victorian house in suburban Connecticut and also about the process of remodeling it top to bottom.

Trade secrets from the remodeling industry

In a down market, some remodeling firms will look for commercial projects to keep their employees working and to beef up the bottom line.

With many remodeling jobs coming through the pipeline, who's in control, and how do they manage the backlog?

There's a right way and a wrong way to drive a condo conversion. Just ask Michelle Brown. An experienced Chicago real-estate broker now with Rubloff Residential Properties, she and a colleague snatched up a foreclosure property in 2004 — a 1917-vintage six-flat apartment building — planning to convert it to eight condos.

Whether your craftsmen are employees or trade partners, it's always a challenge to find and keep talented, reliable people. Tom: One of the top challenges we have today is how to maintain good craftsmen. Mostly we're going to talk about production people and today's challenges of labor, whether or not they're employees or subcontractors.

Whether you use an in-house architect, outside source or home designer, there are benefits and problems. This month's discussion deals with the good, bad and ugly of those different options. Jud: We're talking about the pros and cons of using an in-house architect. Chris, do you have an in-house architect? Chris: No we don't — we're a design/build firm.

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