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Must-Haves for a Comprehensive Contract

Unless you have someone on staff who can do a Vulcan mind-meld with your customer, odds are you and your potential client will clash about something you thought you had agreed on. When that happens, you’re almost certain to refer to the contract, so the better it is, the greater the likelihood that you’ll avoid problems later. Dennis Dixon, a builder and consultant based in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Make Custom Kitchens And Baths Pencil Out

Kitchens and baths are opportunities for a custom builder to really shine. When clients bring photos of European cabinets, pro-style gas ranges, steam showers, and other sexy features to a meeting, builders are inclined to go all out in order to please them. But because some of the costliest line items in a custom project, particularly cabinets, are allocated to the kitchen and bath, budgets can quickly spin out of control.

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. What they’re looking at right now is their kitchen, their bathroom, their boring den.

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.