April 2014 Table of Contents

Cover Story
What I Like: Remodelers Tell Us About Their Favorite ProductsWhat I Like: Remodelers Tell Us About Their Favorite Products

What helps you get the job done? We asked 21 top remodelers across the country to tell us what their favorite products--everything from building materials to office software--were and how it helps them run a top notch remodeling firm. Here's what they said. Read more

From the Editor
Remodeling Magazine's Fresh FaceFrom the Editor Remodeling Magazine's Fresh Face

Earlier this year we redesigned our website, now it's our magazine that gets a revamp. Beginning this month you’ll notice a redesigned REMODELING magazine in your mailbox sporting a new logo and a fresher visual style to show that as your business changes, so do we. Read more

Punch List
Lowe's to Pay Record $500K Penalty Over Subs' Lead-Paint Rule ViolationsLowe's to Pay Record $500K Penalty Over Subs' Lead-Paint Rule Violations

EPA cites job practice and recordkeeping infractions by contractors that Lowe's uses Read more

Congress Passes Flood Insurance Relief BillCongress Passes Flood Insurance Relief Bill

The legislation holds flood insurance premium increases to 18% per year Read more

How Ethnic Groups Differ in Home Preferences How Ethnic Groups Differ in Home Preferences

Whites, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians generally have small but notable differences in what they value most in a home, an NAHB study reveals. Knowing those differences can affect what you stress during a sale. Read more

Your Business
Callback Crunch: Ways to Limit Warranty WoesCallback Crunch: Ways to Limit Warranty Woes

Warranty work is inevitable, experienced contractors say. It’s also manageable. Learn to communicate in ways that minimize potential trouble when problems crop up. Read more

Get Dwell's Project Form Helps Ensure Clients Pay on TimeGet Dwell's Project Form Helps Ensure Clients Pay on Time

Get Dwell, a handyman service in Chicago's northern suburbs, uses a project management form not just to organize crews but also as a means to make certain the company gets paid for its work each day, every day. Read more

Be Careful When Walking Off a Job, Even if You Weren't Paid

"I am always reluctant to recommend that a subcontractor walk from a job for non-payment if it is possible to continue," construction attorney and REMODELING columnist Christopher Hill. "This is not so much for legal reasons, but for practical ones." Read why. Read more

Design Focus
Survey Data: Going Green With No RegretsSurvey Data: Going Green With No Regrets

A survey of 187 green homeowners commissioned by the NAHB reveals that the majority of owners are happy with their initial decision to buy or build a green home. Read more

IBS/KBIS Day 1 Product PicksIBS/KBIS Day 1 Product Picks

ARCHITECT's Hallie Busta and resident product guru Lauren Hunter share some of their favorite products from day one of IBS/KBIS. Read more

IBS/KBIS Day 2 Product PicksIBS/KBIS Day 2 Product Picks

Hallie Busta, Lauren Hunter, and Jennifer Goodman share some of their favorite IBS/KBIS products from day 2. Read more

IBS/KBIS Day 3 Product PicksIBS/KBIS Day 3 Product Picks

Cool product selections from day 3 of IBS/KBIS. Read more

Before + After
Modernist Maryland Home Plays Well With Family and FriendsBefore & After Modernist Maryland Home Plays Well With Family and Friends

A builder and architect work together to transform mid-century ugly into an award-winning modernist home. Read more

Replacement Contractor
Replacement Contractor How Warranties Can Help You Sell Roof Work

Long-term workmanship warranties can be a potent marketing and sales tool Read more

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