Max Isley

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Tuning in to a New Channel: KitchenBathChannel.com

This smart phone app is designed to to help consumers connect with kitchen and bath professionals in their area. More

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Top Remodelers Reveal Their Year-Ahead Budget Changes

Which expenses do you expect to change most from 2008, and how will you offset them? More

K+B Trends
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K+B Trends

Kitchen and bathroom trends from this month's special supplement. More

Big50 discusses selling his business
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Big50 discusses selling his business

Max Isley, named Big50 in 2000, can remember the exact moment he knew he had... More

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Workshopping the Room

When The Home Depot came to town more than a decade ago, Hampton Kitchens struggled briefly before asking the question that revived its business to this day. More

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Design Aid

Until about a year and a half ago, we solely drafted by hand. We now use AutoCAD LT for everything except hand-renderings or quick conceptual plans/elevations that give a sense of personalization to the project and keep it in the “idea” phase. More

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Profile: Max Isley

It might seem like filling out a materials order would be relatively simple, but anyone who has done it long enough will tell you that there are myriad things that can go wrong. Max Isley, president of Hampton Kitchens, decided he'd had enough of the wasted time and money such errors caused. More

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Q+A: Employees of the Year

In the past eight years, the two best people I hired came in different ways. In the past, my best field employees have come from knowing somebody in the industry and getting referrals from that direction, or knowing somebody's work prior to them coming with us and being able to work them into our operation. 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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Weather effects still being felt by remodelers

It's June, and that means, for nearly all parts of the country, that battles with snow and ice are at least four or five months away. The effects of this past winter's weather, however, are still being felt by remodelers in the nation's hardest-hit areas.Philip Busse, president of American Eagle Home Improvements, is one of those contractors. More

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