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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Creating Excitement with Interior Design

I hate buying a car. My discomfort stems from what I don’t know about cars. But I need a car. I get nervous the minute I step onto the showroom floor and steel myself to face sales people whose job is to compel me to buy. I want to like it – I just don’t want to be sold. This distress makes me keep the salesperson at arm’s length. “I’m just looking.” Well, no I’m not. But then something pretty catches my eye and the knowledgeable rep senses my interest,…

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Seattle’s Sustainable Lakeside Remodel

With the help of the Master Builders Association of Washington (MBA), Seattle home builder Sockeye Homes received a 5-Star Built Green Certification. By Evan Lancaster Photography by Todd Sakai Sustainable building practices have become a staple in home building today. Now, builders are utilizing the techniques used to reach maximum energy efficiency for new homes, in whole-house remodels and deep energy retrofits without sacrificing style or location. Washington home builder, Sockeye Homes, was given the opportunity to recreate an outdated 1950’s design, into a three-story, 3,276 square foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom,…

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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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