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Yoga for builders

Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?  See the whole story at Fine Homebuilding.  

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Couples’ retreat for married remodeling company owners

While everyone tries to balance family and work life, married business partners are working on two sometimes diametrically opposed relationships simultaneously. Paul and Nina Winans, married 33 years, began their annual couples retreat workshop (Feb. 26–27, 2010, in Tempe, Ariz.) to help others encountering the same challenges, says Nina, who had a bookkeeping background when [...]

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Homeowners more cautious on remodeling projects

'Twas only a few years ago, when the housing boom was in full roar, that homeowners didn't have to fret too much over whether the money they invested in remodeling would be paid back at resale time. Indeed, it was practically a no-brainer: Home sale prices were going up so high and so fast that [...]

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Inmates help remodel police department

Extensive renovations to much of the Marshfield (Mass.) Police Department’s interior, which took place from April to July, included a complete remodel of the building’s lobby, dispatch area and records room. The months of full-time labor that it took for those projects to come together was completed at virtually no cost to the taxpayer, said [...]

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The remodeling blues from Home Depot

For lack of a kitchen sink, Darrell and Colleen Brandt wash their pots and pans in the bathtub. Sheets of cardboard and drywall serve as their countertop. It's exactly the situation the Golden Valley couple were trying to avoid when they chose a contractor for their kitchen remodel.  In September, they hired the Home Depot [...]

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Checklist for hiring a builder or remodeler

Use this checklist to help you select a builder or remodeler to work on or build your home. Does the builder or remodeler have a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers? How long have they been in the building business? It usually takes three to five years to establish [...]

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Unlicensed contractor faces jail time, restitution

An unlicensed Napa (Calif.) contractor has been ordered to pay full restitution to three customers he defrauded or he faces a six-year prison term, the Contractors State Licensing Board said this week. Ronald Russell Clawson, 27, pleaded no contest in Napa County Superior Court last week to elder abuse, identity theft, grand theft and fraudulent [...]

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Remodel a home in a shaky market?

The troubled housing market isn’t just hurting homeowners who want to sell, it’s torpedoing incomes for builders and remodelers as well. As a result, contractors have cut bids by 20% in many parts of the country, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal, which adds that many contractors are willing to take on [...]

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Here’s one way contractors spend their time in a down market

The dynamic home remodeling trio of Brandon Keyser, Jason Ball and Al King was wondering which of their many fine projects to exhibit for the recent Oregon Remodelers Association Home Tour. “Our one in Vancouver was the one we really wanted,” said Keyser, a general contractor for 13 years. “It’s beautiful. But it was too [...]

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Homeowners find bargains in this year’s remodeling – Wall Street Journal

People who refrained from splurging on big home-improvement projects during the housing boom are reaping the rewards now. Depending on the region and the job, some homeowners are paying as much as 20% less for home-remodeling projects than they would have a few years ago. Many contractors are willing to accept smaller jobs and "handyman" [...]

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Ensuring healthy indoor air quality during a remodel

Living through a major home remodel can turn anyone’s life topsy-turvy, but when you suffer from asthma, it can become a hazard to your health. That’s why it’s important to hire a contractor who knows how to minimize indoor air pollution during a home remodel, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Dust, [...]

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A new bathroom concept, ready for prime time

Matt Plaskoff has invested 10 years and $4 million into One Week Bath, and after nearly 1,000 fast-turnaround bathroom remodels in Los Angeles since 2004, he’s ready to roll it out across the country. One Week Bath Kansas City, a joint partnership with Jake Schloegel of Schloegel Design Remodel, will have its grand opening – and the [...]

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Ask an expert: Keeping home, family safe during remodeling

By Michael McCutcheon for the Mercury News Q: How can I keep my home and family safe during a remodel? A: That's a great question. Clients usually dwell on price vs. quality, and the remodeling schedule, but rarely do they seriously consider the safety of their family and home during a remodel. Yet I would argue [...]

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Rent-a-Husband allegedly divorces investors

Home repair contractor Kaile Warren had a rags-to-riches story that was enviable. The former homeless home improver credits "divine intervention" with giving him the idea for a home improvement company and brand name that would ultimately place him on a national stage that included appearances on Oprah, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the [...]

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4 steps to avoid a ‘remodel gone wrong’

A recent article on Bankrate.com, nicely written by Margarette Burnette, lists four steps to make sure you don't end up with a nightmare remodeling story to share at dinner parties. Sure, a nightmare remodel makes for some lively minutes of banter. But really, in the end, you want a successful remodel. If you need something [...]

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This California addition is done, and these homeowners have some advice for you

You may have followed the 1,200-square-foot addition to a Burbank, California, home as chronicled on the lively and well-written Park Haus Blog. It's been quite a ride, and this is what the homeowners have to say (the last item is most illuminating): Sixteen months. That's how long our 1200 sq. ft. addition took. Never in [...]

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Police seek contractor accused of bilking woman, 73, out of $35,000

From the Orange County Register: HUNTINGTON BEACH — Police are seeking the public's help in finding Masoud Tabeshnekoo, who is charged with stealing $35,000 from a 73-year-old woman. The 48-year-old Tabeshnekoo, who is also known as Matthew Nekoo, has been charged with five felony counts of theft, theft from an elder, and diversion of construction [...]

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She Said He Said: Who should be the general contractor?

A columnist (Kathy Price) and a contractor (Bill Robinson) duke it out on questions about remodeling. QUESTION: My husband and I are planning a big renovation to our home, including building a new kitchen and family room, remodeling all the bathrooms, and putting in new windows. I always assumed my husband would act as general [...]

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Do you want your remodel good, quick or cheap?

There’s a common ditty in the remodeling industry that goes like this: “Do you want it done good, quick or cheap? Pick two.” While you may want all three (and maybe you’ve actually done that), there’s a certain amount of truth to the fact that you won’t likely get all three. I’m not saying this [...]

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Hell hath no fury like a homeowner scorned

When something starts to go south in a remodeling project, there can be a cascading effect. Rather than overlooking various imperfections in a company's operations, irked homeowner begin to compile the long list of infractions they will intone over and over again, to whomever will sit still long enough for the we've-been-wronged recital. I'm not [...]

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