June 2013 Table of Contents

Features
37 Ideas To Help Clients Prepare Their Homes for Their Future Selves 37 Ideas To Help Clients Prepare Their Homes for Their Future Selves

Universal design is all about things remodelers can do now to help clients prepare to live in their homes for years to come. Here are ways to do that. Read more

How To Sell Aging-in-Place How To Sell Aging-in-Place

Owners who need their homes modified for infirmity or age fall into two broad groups: those who know and want those modifications, and those who do but aren't really thinking about it. Here are tips on how to sell to each of these customer types. Read more

Modernizing a Historic Eichler Home Modernizing a Historic Eichler Home

Renovation maintains the lines of this classic design while enhancing its connection to the outdoors. Read more

Dashboard
Something to Crow About: FeatherWood Bio-Based Composite Lumber Something to Crow About: FeatherWood Bio-Based Composite Lumber

Reclaimed chicken, duck, and turkey feathers are put to use in this engineered wood product. Read more

Opinion
RMLC Top Tweets RMLC RMLC Top Tweets

A selection of tweets from the 2013 Remodeling Leadership Conference in May. Read more

Your Business
Creating a Strategic Plan for Aggressive Growth Creating a Strategic Plan for Aggressive Growth

Growth of 15% per year through 2018 requires a well-considered plan and employee involvement. Here's how Neal's Design Remodel intends to make it happen. Read more

One Way to Boost Sales Closing One Way to Boost Sales Closing

How one remodeler found that creating a design center could improve his company's closing ratio. Read more

Casing the State: What To Consider When Expanding Your Business to Another State

Construction attorney Richard Feeley offers advice about expanding your business to another state. Read more

A Guide for Remodelers To Choose Project Management Software A Guide for Remodelers To Choose Project Management Software

Industry consultant Joe Stoddard compares the features of the most common project management software to help you find which will best fit your particular business. Read more

Don't Compete -- Differentiate

Competing on price is not the long-term answer for winning jobs and seeing your company thrive. Shawn McCadden describes a better way. Read more

Your Clients
Check the Mail: New Direct-Mail Options Check the Mail: New Direct-Mail Options

Even the mail is going high-tech. Two new apps can offer creative direct-mail opportunities. Read more

Marketing Pre-Purchase Consultation to Real Estate Agents Marketing Pre-Purchase Consultation to Real Estate Agents

How one remodeler is helping home buyers see a homeís potential while boosting his lead flow at the same time. Read more

Your Team
Retreat to Rejuvenate: Why Annual Retreats Are Good for Your Company

Industry consultant Victoria Downing interviews Steve Barkhouse of Amsted Construction about his company's annual planning retreat and why it's so important. Read more

No Train, No Gain: Start Training Employees From Day One No Train, No Gain: Start Training Employees From Day One

Effectively using a training manual to orient and train new hires goes a long way toward building company culture and consistent company procedures. Read more

Tips for Hosting In-House Training Sessions

Quarterly "lunch and learn" educational sessions for employees help BOWA Builders reduce construction defects and improve processes. Read more

Your Projects
Get Handy Advice About Building Techniques Via Your Smartphone Get Handy Advice About Building Techniques Via Your Smartphone

Now building techniques info from APA-The Engineered Wood Association is available through your smartphone or tablet. Read more

Stop Losing Money on Change Orders

Remodeling industry consultants Leslie Shiner and Melanie Hodgdon offer tips on creating a work authorization form to keep from losing money on change orders. Read more

More Outdoors: Increased Interest in Outdoor Living More Outdoors: Increased Interest in Outdoor Living

Homeowners in all climates continue to want outdoor kitchens, decks, patios, and fireplaces in growing numbers. Read more

K+B
Mirror, Mirror: Using Reflective Surfaces in the Bath to Lighten and Enlarge Mirror, Mirror: Using Reflective Surfaces in the Bath to Lighten and Enlarge

Sarah Susanka offers some examples of how bathrooms benefit from the use of reflective surfaces. Read more

Mail Handler: Including a Paper Shredder in the Kitchen Desk Area Mail Handler: Including a Paper Shredder in the Kitchen Desk Area

This design detail enables homeowners to quickly deal with incoming mail and helps keep counters clutter-free. Read more

Bright Ideas: New Products Highlight Tips, Tricks, and Trends in Lighting Design Bright Ideas: New Products Highlight Tips, Tricks, and Trends in Lighting Design

Try a new installation technique or style with these great new products from around the lighting industry. Read more

Replacement
Fall Protection: Residential Roofers an OSHA Priority Fall Protection: Residential Roofers an OSHA Priority

Workplace accidents and fatalities due to falls occur more frequently in small residential construction companies and OSHA is making checking this type of business a priority. Read more

The Key To Converting Web Leads? Rapid Response The Key To Converting Web Leads? Rapid Response

Companies that contact online inquiries within the hour have a far greater chance of converting those leads to actual appointments. Read more

More Than Just Vinyl: Upsell the Insulation in Insulated Vinyl Siding More Than Just Vinyl: Upsell the Insulation in Insulated Vinyl Siding

There are many reasons why insulated vinyl siding, a premium product, is an attractive upsell to consumers. Its actual insulating characteristics should be foremost among them. Read more

Home Performance
How Do You Define 'Home Performance'? How Do You Define 'Home Performance'?

For retired home performance expert Ed Voytovich, the core of home performance is understanding that the home is a system where everything is interdependent. Read more

Sustainable Ceiling: WoodTrac Ceiling System Sustainable Ceiling: WoodTrac Ceiling System

Get a custom-looking wood ceiling made from FSC-certified materials without the labor of finish carpentry. Read more

New Vantage Point: Vantage Engineered Strand Bamboo Flooring New Vantage Point: Vantage Engineered Strand Bamboo Flooring

Teragren introduces this thoroughly FSC-certified bamboo flooring. Read more

Redwood Reinforcement: Green Diamond and California Redwood Co. Earn FSC Certifications Redwood Reinforcement: Green Diamond and California Redwood Co. Earn FSC Certifications

Lumber companies take sustainability seriously. Now 70% of redwood is FSC certified. Read more

Products
Put a Coat on: StoCoat X-Black Put a Coat on: StoCoat X-Black

StoCoat X-black provides a finishing coat for EIF systems such as StoTherm Next EIFS. Read more

Panel Improvement: Dryvit Outsulation RMD Panel Improvement: Dryvit Outsulation RMD

Designed for residential applications in all climates, Outsulation RMD features a drainage plane between the code-approved water-resistive barrier and the continuous insulation component. Read more

Give EIFS a Chance - Here's Why Give EIFS a Chance - Here's Why

Set aside past concerns about moisture intrusion. New EIF systems are built better than before. Read more

Continuous Insulation Continuous Insulation

Not all exterior insulation needs to be installed as its own component. Try these products as part of an insulated cladding system to meet code requirements. Read more

Wet Work: DuPont RainVent Battens Wet Work: DuPont RainVent Battens

Do away with wood furring strips in favor of corrugated plastic that won't deteriorate or harbor moisture. Read more

Concrete Seal: WR Grace Preprufe Plus Concrete Seal: WR Grace Preprufe Plus

A strong adhesive layer creates an impermeable barrier between concrete and exterior moisture. Read more

What I Like: James Hardie Fiber-Cement Siding What I Like: James Hardie Fiber-Cement Siding

Replacement contractor Terry Stamman had experience with siding repairs as the owner of an exterior painting company. After good experiences with James Hardie's fiber-cement products, he now installs the material full time. Read more

Fortifiber Moistop Rigid CornerShield Fortifiber Moistop Rigid CornerShield

Provide extra stability and protection against moisture intrusion at window corners with the Moistop Rigid CornerShield. Read more

Stick to It: Cosella-Dorken Delta-Vent SA Stick to It: Cosella-Dorken Delta-Vent SA

An upgrade from its mechanically fastened product, Delta-Vent SA is a high-permeability air and water barrier. Read more

Good Form
Problem Solver: Comprehensive Universal Design Checklist Problem Solver: Comprehensive Universal Design Checklist

The overlooked detail in an aging-in-place remodel could prove hazardous, even deadly. Use this list to get design specifics right. Read more

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