Teakwood Builders

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Interval agenda keeps workers on track

Some production managers visit jobsites daily to keep their lead carpenters on task. But when Chris Levitas became production manager at Teakwood Builders, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., he wanted to be a hands-off “coach” who could help his leads assume more autonomy. More

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A Remodeler Completes A Project For A Client Who Was Arrested

When Jim Sasko (Big50 2002) of Teakwood Builders returned to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., from a business/pleasure trip to Mexico, he learned a client, a health practitioner, had been charged with double billing patients. More

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Cost-plus job with wicked curves has gorgeous outcome

Despite the rocky road, homeowners, architect, and remodeler are all delighted... More

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Questions to measure applicant's realistic potential for job

About a year ago, Jim Sasko, president of Teakwood Builders, found that he was spending too much time interviewing job candidates who simply wouldn't fit in with his company. If an applicant responds incorrectly, Sasko knows that he is probably lying about any prior experience he claims to have had. More

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Reader's Choice for Proiducts

Remodeler: Laura Ferrell Company: Woodenwings Builders, Palo Alto, Calif. Product: Fireclay Tile, www.fireclaytile.com. More

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Liability Premiums Spiking

Liability insurance is becoming increasingly expensive and is often completely unavailable to builders and remodelers in California, Mike Pattison, head of the California Building Industry Association, told state lawmakers at a legislative hearing in December.Jim Sasko of Teakwood Builders in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., says his liability insurance went from $3,570 last year to $7,689 this year, and he considers himself lucky to have gotten any coverage at all. More

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