John Sylvestre

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Making a New Year's Resolution: Remodel!

Paul Winans encourages remodelers to tap the New Year urge to improve by getting homeowners inspired to remodel their homes. More

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Top 100 Markets: Sample Market Data: Minneapolis - St. Paul - Bloomington Top 100 Markets: Sample Market Data: Minneapolis - St. Paul - Bloomington

Detailed analysis of the Minneapolis metro area remodeling market using Residential Remodeling Index data. More

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Start Right Start Right

Laying a solid foundation for a working relationship during the first sales meeting. More

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Remodelers: Laying Off or Ramping Up for a Rebound? Remodelers: Laying Off or Ramping Up for a Rebound?

Remodelers face tough decisions on new low-volume realities for staffing. More

Insurance claims are easier to settle if you have photos
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Insurance claims are easier to settle if you have photos

An earthmover tips into a foundation hole Ö your super backs a truck into a... More

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Client reactions to costs

Sticker shock is universal, and clients each respond differently. It's up to you to manage expectations and present cost issues in a way that clients understand and feel comfortable with. More

Make exits and entries flow better
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Make exits and entries flow better

Though they are referred to as mudrooms, if designed correctly, these small spaces... More

Honorable Mention: Wood Wonder
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Honorable Mention: Wood Wonder

By adding just 800 square feet to this 1960s rambler, Minneapolis design/build... More

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Solving cost slippage problems

Slippage occurs when something on the job causes unrecoverable costs to extend beyond the limits of the estimate. King has since refined and implemented several processes to help her company reduce slippage, most notably instituting a "post-mortem" review of costs at the completion of every job. More

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Reader Panel: Profit Slippage

Typical profit slippage -- the difference between estimated and produced gross profit--is 5% or more according to our survey. More

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