Is It Normal to Work 80 Hours a Week?
Unfortunately, long hours have become standard in our business, particularly for the small business owner. While "normal" likely isn't the right word for it, it certainly has... Read more on
Answers to Ten Tough Business Questions
For this article, we asked a dozen successful builders and remodelers from around the country to share their opinions on some of the business questions our readers ask most frequently. Read more on
Repairing a Stone Foundation
In the early 1900s, the town of Marble, Colo., produced some of the countrys finest pure white marble. Its stone...
While many builders will never see the merit of building with panels, some formerly diehard stick builders I know have started doing at least some of their building off site. There are many reasons...
Ordering Ready-Mix Concrete
Concrete in general is a pretty simple material, with just four main ingredients: cement, water, sand, and stone. Those elements...
On the Job: Girder Truss to the Rescue
We all know what happens when you put an addition on a home and what once was an exterior bearing wall ends up in the middle of the room: You either drop a beam...
Making EIFS Watertight
As an architect and frequent consultant on waterproofing and building
envelope failures, I see a lot of EIFS problems...
Making Brick Repairs Disappear
We've all seen brick repairs where the new mortar and brick didn't match the original they're visible from half a block away. Yet with a little extra effort
Some East Coast builders are in for an expensive surprise: They may have to install storm-resistant windows on coastal-area...
As a concrete contractor, I have a vested interest in how well the water on site is controlled. Underground water and runoff from rain and snow pose a threat both to the structural...
Under every house is a foundation, and under most foundations are footings. Most of the time we take footings for granted, and usually...
In recent years, builders have been paying more attention to the importance of
keeping water out of walls. News of construction-defect lawsuits in California,
EIFS failures in North Carolina...
Engineered Exterior Trim
More and more customers are insisting on low-maintenance exteriors, while builders are facing rising prices for quality lumber. So when it comes time to choose exterior trim...
Designing Concrete Basement Walls
Concrete basement walls are designed to do two main jobs. One job is supporting the house; the other is holding back the pressure of soil against...
Design: Dormers by Design
Some of the most appealing interior spaces are those created under a roof that has been sensitively fitted with dormers. Nestled at treetop...
Ready-mix plants all around the country sell hundreds of different concrete mixes. Fine-tuning your mix and your techniques can get pretty complicated. But you can usually do...
How To Make Your Time Management Plan Stick
You may think a time management session is a quick fix for all of your organizational woes, but it takes dedication to make the lessons from the sessions actually work..Read more about
Ten Powerful Steps to Keep Your Focus!
Most people fail in their attempt to string together enough of the momentum, desire, energy and persistence that they need to reach their goals. Focus is what keeps you on track to?Learn How to
Are Your Prospects for Real?
For any contracting business, time is money. A good sales pitch goes a long way in determining what prospects are worth the time and effort. Read More on How to
How to Solve Your Business Headaches!
If your business relies on you being there and doing everything, you don't have a business, you have a job! You'll never change or improve your business until you come to terms with the...Read More on
Effective Low-Tech Scheduling
You need expensive and complicated software to keep your employees organized and efficient at all timesıright? A contractor in Washington State proves that all you need is a... Learn more about
Guarantee Your Completion Dates
The thought of voluntarily adding a penalty clause to your construction contract may seem like heresy, but it can actually make good business sense. Read more on
Salvaging Scrap Time
As business people, we realize our time is invaluable. But do you realize just how valuable those few moments of spare time throughout the day are? If you make $50,000/year ... Learn how to
How to Hold an Effective Meeting
We all strive to become more efficient and effective in our jobs but much of our time is wasted due to inefficiency, including time spent holding and attending ... Read More on
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