Recent Blog Posts

When It Comes to Siding, Looks Are Everything

Beauty may be skin deep, but when it comes to siding, at least, looks are everything. Google search “siding curb appeal” and help yourself to the roughly 1.5 million links on that topic, many leading to real estate agents' pages eager to point this fact out. But here’s the paradox: The people who own the house are usually in the house, looking out, not outside the house looking in.

Protect Your Jobsite Crews From the Summer Heat

On a jobsite in Kingsville, Texas, in August 2013, a worker was mixing gypsum concrete in preparation for gypcrete installation on an apartment building. It’s not a particularly taxing job, but he was doing it in direct sunlight. “He wasn’t training or doing anything that involved a lot of lifting or climbing,” says Holly Webster, director of administration at Texas-based KWA Construction, which served as the general contractor on the job.

Von Tobel Lumber & Hardware Shows New Products at Demo Day

Friday afternoon, Von Tobel Lumber & Hardware in Valparaiso welcomed carpenters, construction workers, and loyal customers to Von Tobel’s Festool Demo Day, where they tested out new tools and met factory representatives to learn more about how companies are changing the way you do construction. Located near downtown Valparaiso, Von Tobel has been the region’s go to building materials and hardware supplier of contractors and do-it-yourself customers for over 50 years.

Design Your Dream Kitchen and Bathroom For Less With The Help Of Lori Garrard- Steighner

Lori Garrard-Steighner, a kitchen and bathroom designer at Von Tobel Lumber and Hardware of Valparaiso, has been with the company for several years now. She started off as a cashier, but was promoted to a kitchen and bathroom designer. “I did not go to college for designing, but Von Tobel put me through a ton of kitchen and bathroom designer training. I have visited a lot of places for seminars and training events,” stated Garrard-Steighner. The kitchen and bathroom designers at Von Tobel use a designing program called 2020 Design. “The 2020 Design program lets us layout all the kitchen and bathroom designs for the customer.

How to Write a Small-Job Proposal

Some things to keep in mind when preparing a small job “proposal. ” Keep It Simple While Being CompleteI agree that you don’t want to overwhelm the client with too much detail. However, you want to protect yourself and your company from being regarded by the client as not giving them enough detail. Address the EssentialsA good proposal and estimate addresses these questions: What is the problem to be fixed?

Why

Every business owner will tell you that it’s important to meet, and do your best to exceed, client expectations. Yet, what does that really mean or entail? There is a major difference between good and great when it comes to meeting those expectations, and it often comes with a hard case of expectations meeting reality. “Good” isn’t good enough. Great is when you offer up results that show the homeowner you got their project on a level they didn’t think you’d comprehend.