October 2013 Table of Contents

Features
2013 Fred Case Award Winner: Nick Richmond 2013 Fred Case Award Winner: Nick Richmond

Started with just a small wad of cash and a lot of big ideas, it's no surprise that Matrix Basement Systems was launched by this year's Fred Case Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner, Nick Richmond. Read more

Are You Going to Court, or Courting Disaster? Are You Going to Court, or Courting Disaster?

Every remodeler has thought about suing a client who doesn't pay what they're owed, but going to court might not be your best option for settling debts. Read more

Multipurpose Mudroom Multipurpose Mudroom

A split-level entry sequence leads from the landing the lower-level mudroom. Read more

Your Business
How to Increase Video Exposure Without Breaking the Bank How to Increase Video Exposure Without Breaking the Bank

Being on TV still is one of the best ways to market yourself. Two remodelers have found ways to limit the costs. Read more

In-Bound Marketing Software Helps Nurture Potential Clients

HubSpot tracks website visitors so remodelers can connect with them until they are ready to buy. Read more

Steps to Improve Email Etiquette

You don't want to lose jobs or turn people off with poor email writing skills. A little courtesy and some solid information go a long way. Read more

Your Clients
Clients Are the Main Attraction at Remodeling Street Fair Clients Are the Main Attraction at Remodeling Street Fair

How one company's innovative marketing event educates the community about remodeling with vendor booths and seminars. Read more

Monthly Giveaways Promote Company's Range of Services Monthly Giveaways Promote Company's Range of Services

Grills, televisions, and trees garner attention for remodeling work. Read more

Your Team
Is It Time to Hire? And If It Is, Can You Afford It?

Victoria Downing describes the decisions that go into choosing whether and when you should add staff to your company. Read more

Tap Into Lead Carpenters' Full Potential by Adding Incentives Tap Into Lead Carpenters' Full Potential by Adding Incentives

Dreammaker owner's three-step method for incentivizing lead carpenters. Read more

Know Your State's Rules Regarding Interns

Using interns can save you money and possibly gain you a future employee that's already trained. But you need to understand the rules to avoid legal issues. Read more

Make To-Do Lists Your Top Priority

A simple, consistently updated to-do list can help you prioritize and complete tasks. Read more

Your Projects
Modest Addition Respects Original Bungalow Modest Addition Respects Original Bungalow

Two-story space adds just 350 square feet to this house, but it makes a big impact. Read more

K+B
Trash Drawer: Push to Open

Electric-assist trash drawer is a splurge for most kitchen remodel customers. Read more

3 Drivers Behind Bathroom Design Trends 3 Drivers Behind Bathroom Design Trends

New products, finishes, and functionality are arising in bathroom design. Here's why. Read more

Built-In Coffeemakers Are a Splurge for Homeowners Built-In Coffeemakers Are a Splurge for Homeowners

Your clients may want to create a home cafe with these high-end machines. Read more

WhisperGreen LED Ventilation Fan Light

Available in two models offering 80 cfm and using just 7.5 watts, plus a 12-watt LED light engine and 1-watt LED night light. Other features include a DC motor, built-in variable speed controls, a delay timer, and more. Read more

Prizer Hoods Brings More Options to Range Hood Customization Spotlight: luxury fixtures Prizer Hoods Brings More Options to Range Hood Customization

With nearly 200 finishes and a wide range of materials to choose from, homeowners can have almost any range hood design they can dream up. Read more

Home Performance
Design Inspiration for Solar Living From the 2013 Solar Decathlon Design Inspiration for Solar Living From the 2013 Solar Decathlon

Every year the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon inspires fresh thinking in solar design. Of the 20 projects entered in this year's competition, take a look at these four designs to see a good cross section of the wide variety of approaches taken. Read more

What I Like: Mitsubishi Ductless Mini-Splits What I Like: Mitsubishi Ductless Mini-Splits

Room-by-room operation and humidity control are soe of the key benefits this remodeler sees in this product category. Read more

Could Ductless Mini-Splits Solve Your HVAC Problems? Could Ductless Mini-Splits Solve Your HVAC Problems?

Small, low-profile space conditioning units fit where ducted systems can't, and bring efficiency with them. Read more

Products
2014 Color Trends Leave No Tone Unturned 2014 Color Trends Leave No Tone Unturned

Color experts find inspiration in past and present, far and near to identify this year's color trends. Read more

Gypsum Prices on the Rise, Again

At least three manufacturers announced 20% price increases for 2014. Read more

Exploring GE's Home2025 Project Exploring GE's Home2025 Project

Laundry that folds itself? Refrigerators that fill themselves? GE experts imagine the next-next generation of appliances. Read more

Good Form
Sales Manager Project File Review Sales Manager Project File Review

This checklist helps the sales manage ensure that the project file is complete before it is passed to production. Read more

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