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Exterior accessories add style

Houses lacking exterior accessories tend to look unfinished. It's the millwork,... More

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Making phone calls on the internet

A look at useful VOIP services. More

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Continuous Improvement

We've all heard the adage, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it.” And how many times have you heard someone say, “It's good enough for now,” or “We don't have time to improve how we do it; we need to just get it done”? More

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Adapting to Change in Business

Focusing on a single type of project or client might not work as well in a slower economy. Setting a high minimum target for job size, for example, excludes a portion of the market in small projects that might just serve to pull a company through a downturn. Declining handyman work or referring it to smaller companies may appear to be the best course in boom times, but in slower economies those small jobs might be worth keeping. More

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Creating a successful work environment

In 1987, John Abrams converted South Mountain Company, the small Martha's Vineyard construction company he co-founded in 1975, to a worker-owner cooperative corporation. He and two trusted company foreman became the original three owners, with eight employees in line for ownership; today, more than half of the company's 30 employees are owners. More

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New home theater products

With ticket prices getting more and more outrageous and the wait time for movies... More

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Cooperative advertising is cost effective

When remodelers flourish, their subcontractors and suppliers also flourish. Neil Kelly Co., Portland, Ore., harnesses this truth and runs with it, creating a lucrative source of business by way of cooperative advertising: sharing the cost of advertising with subcontractors, suppliers, and other professional partners. More

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20 years of change

Twenty years ago, the remodeling world was very different from what it is today óso was the rest of the world. Join us in comparing trends and prices of today with those of 1985, when the magazine began. More

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HGTV expands internet presence

Launched in January, the online network brings the same kind of how-to and case-study ideas to remodelers and other construction professionals that HGTV's popular TV shows and Web sites deliver to consumers. More

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Guarding against supply price rises

Most modern contracts account for at least some known and unknown risks such as force majeure events (e.g., unusually severe weather, labor strikes) and differing conditions on the project site. But one risk not often addressed is price fluctuations for labor, materials, and equipment. More

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