Recent Blog Posts

'Super Pantries' Keep the Kitchen Clean

Convenience and functionality are behind a new idea in kitchen design that is growing in popularity with many different types of home buyers. Much like the trend of larger showers a decade ago, I see the footprint of the pantry space growing in upcoming years. New homeowners are gravitating to upgrading this space to hide everyday messes in order to keep a clean, welcoming look in the kitchen.

Four Factors to Consider When Working with Minimalist Floor Plans

Many homes are now following the trend of a minimalist modern house plan. As remodelers are called more often to work in these types of homes, they should keep in mind four important characteristics. These homes tend toward open floor plans, yet implement many interesting features of the last few decades, with vintage furniture designs constructed from sustainable materials as an example. The theme of the trend makes the remodeler repurpose the acronym K. : keeping it simple and sustainableI

Are You Missing-Out on These Project Opportunities?

Yale University weather researchers say 2017 is shaping up to be “… among the hottest years of the observational record. ” That’s no surprise to any contractor active with outdoor remodeling projects. With all this talk of summer heat, it makes sense to keep energy efficiency in mind when pitching project quotes. “I think it’s the easiest conversation for a pro to have with a prospective customer.

Must-Haves for a Comprehensive Contract

Unless you have someone on staff who can do a Vulcan mind-meld with your customer, odds are you and your potential client will clash about something you thought you had agreed on. When that happens, you’re almost certain to refer to the contract, so the better it is, the greater the likelihood that you’ll avoid problems later. Dennis Dixon, a builder and consultant based in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Roof Ventilation

Why ventilate a roof? “The main purpose of roof ventilation is to keep the air space above the roof insulation more or less at the same temperature as the outside air. ”  That’s Sarah Gray, an engineer with RDH Building Science, talking about best practices for venting a roof.