Kai Tong

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2008 Remodeling Design Awards

Our team of judges pored over 340 entries in the 2008 Remodeling Design awards to... More

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Merit Award: Design/Build: Backyard Embrace

Architect Kai Tong, with Hopkins & Porter in Potomac, Md., said that “the porch is doing exactly what the owners want it to: It embraces their backyard, is functionally connected to what happens inside the house, and it gives them good access through two different locations for landscaping tasks.” More

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Now Screening

There is nothing like a screened porch for enjoying a bug-free summer evening or... More

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Avoiding relationships that may diminish remodelers credibility with the client

Rick Hjelm, president of Phase II in Lakewood, Wash., noticed several incidents where employees had difficulty saying no to clients. In one instance, a carpenter sided with the client on an issue, which pitted Hjelm against the homeowner. More

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