May 2014 Table of Contents

Features
Big50 Ideas Worth Stealing

Gleaned from the 2014 Big50 awardees, check out these creative ways to bring in revenue, streamline operations, and impress clients. Read more

Remodeler's Special Challenge: Updating a Frank Lloyd Wright SynagogueRemodeler's Special Challenge: Updating a Frank Lloyd Wright Synagogue

Hanson General Contracting is installing an elevator in a building with intentionally few straight lines Read more

Your Business
8 Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance8 Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance

Yes, you can harmonize your home and business lives and there is more than one way to do it. Want to be successful at it? Follow these eight tips to find the perfect balance between your work and home lives. Read more

Busy? Avoid Slipping—Put Down Stepping Stones

Growth is great, but rampant growth can be deadly, REMODELING consultant Judith Miller warns. Her advice: Put systems in place to manage growth and achieve your dreams. Read more

This Hot Dog Vendor Can Teach You to Be a Better Boss

REMODELING consultant Paul Winans cites the story of a longtime worker at one of his old favorite eateries as an example of how to encourage and celebrate your workers as they strive to deliver on your company’s promises. Read more

The Day Robots Can Go to Work for Remodelers Is Getting NearerThe Day Robots Can Go to Work for Remodelers Is Getting Nearer

Thanks to leaps and bounds made in the world of robotics, the possibility of having robots on the jobsite taking an active part in the construction process moves closer and closer to becoming a reality. SCHAFT, featured in the video in this article, is an example of that reality. Can you dig it? Read more

Keep Your Crews on the Job: Use a TaxiKeep Your Crews on the Job: Use a Taxi

Too many trips to the supply store can do some serious damage to your numbers—and can cut into your employees' productivity. How do you cut down on those costs? Try hiring a cab or courier to run your pickups and errands. Read more

Customers Killing You on Change Orders? Van Halen Has the Answer Customers Killing You on Change Orders? Van Halen Has the Answer

You probably don't associate the famous rockers with being crafty businessmen, but that's exactly what they were. By adding a silly rule to each contract, the band knew whether the contracts had been read entirely. Maybe you should invoke your version of the band's famous "brown M&Ms" rule to avoid surprises later. Read more

Design
Contain Your Enthusiasm: Oki Sato's Kitchen Design for ScavoliniContain Your Enthusiasm: Oki Sato's Kitchen Design for Scavolini

Japanese designer's wordplay on display at Milan's EuroCucina. Read more

Postcard from EuroCucina: Five Innovations in Kitchen DesignPostcard from EuroCucina: Five Innovations in Kitchen Design

The latest releases in kitchen models and appliances from the Milan Furniture Fair's K+B side Read more

Products
Start Spring With a Great GarageStart Spring With a Great Garage

As garages projects gain resale value, give these new products a try. Read more

Spring Forward With Hot & Cool Outdoor Living ProductsSpring Forward With Hot & Cool Outdoor Living Products

Break out the lawn chairs! It's time to bring this party back outside. Read more

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