A Fashionable Facade for this Florida Ranch

This Winter Park, Fla., remodeled ranch home embodies a lakefront view with clean, modern lines and creative accesses that capture its dramatic landscape composition. By Lauren Felechner Photography by Harvey Smith Photography For the homeowners of the Lake Catherine remodel project in Winter Park, Fla., life was a bit off kilter — literally. This 1960s style, Floridian, waterfront ranch may have a lakefront view, but it also had an entryway that was off-center, calling for a much-needed weighted balance. Enter Phil Kean, owner of Phil Kean Designs, Inc., architect, builder…

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NAHB Comments on Lead Paint Rule Change

In January, Environmental Policy Program Manager for the National Association of Home Builders. Tamra Spielvogel submitted a letter to the EPA on their proposed rules of lead-based paint programs; amendments to jurisdiction-specific certification and accreditation requirements and renovator refresher training requirements. Spielvogel commended and agreed with the agency’s “determination that it would be in the public’s best interest to remove the hands-on training requirement as soon as possible and supports making this change effective” More from the letter: NAHB supports EPA’s proposed action to amend the existing regulations under the RRP…

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Extreme Team Takes on Transformations

ABC’s Emmy-award winning “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” collaborates with a team of builders, designers, contractors and hundreds of workers who all have just seven days to rebuild an entire house. By Carina Calhoun “It never gets old. I always make it a point after we yell ‘Move that bus’ to turn my eyes right to the family. I’ve seen the house — I don’t need to see it again,” stated host Ty Pennington of ABC’s hit television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (EMHE). Known for its popular catch phrase, the…

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Holmes Knows Homes Best

Holmes on HGTV Doing the job right the first time is what HGTV’s host Mike Holmes is all about. By Carina Calhoun Photography by The Holmes Group When a homeowner contracts a home repair or renovation, they must beware of the risks involved. The world is full of shady contractors who take shortcuts, use careless building practices or employ a Band-Aid approach to repair work, often leaving homeowners in dangerous situations or out a ton of money. Renovation expert Mike Holmes believes in doing a job right the first time…

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A Drive For Success

It’s important for builders to have what it takes to get the job done. It’s time to recognize the industry leading vehicles that help them get there. By Evan Lancaster Professional builders and contractors need the tools to get their jobs done right. They know that reliability is not just a one-time deal, but that it’s built from a long-standing dedication to doing things right the first time. We’re making sure we recognize the commercial vehicles that get builders to the job on time and continue to deliver the dependability…

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Sales Is Simple!

Selling construction services is simple! Price every job ten percent lower than your competitors and you should get at least eighty percent of the projects you bid or propose on. Or you can implement a winning sales system that beats your competition on a regular basis. Your company organizational chart is also simple. In order to build and grow a profitable company, you only have to do two things well: get work and build work. The primary responsibility of the owner or president of a small to medium size construction…

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A Remodeler’s Guide to EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator Recertification

Wondering what action has the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently taken concerning renovator certifications under the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule? Look no further: Administrator Gina McCarthy signed a final rule extending the certifications for certain renovators on April 8, 2015. The final rule amends existing regulations to extend renovator certification for those renovators whose certifications expire before changes to the refresher training course can be finalized. Remodelersneed to complete a refresher course to maintain their individual EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator certification depending on when the completed their…

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