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Successful builders are not waiting for the market to recover. They’ve accepted the current economic environment as the new nor

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Successful builders are not waiting for the market to recover. They’ve accepted the current economic environment as the new normal and wake up every day focused on making it happen in these stormy waters. Mark Richardson talks about what sets these builders apart from the rest.

Expansive picture windows and glass doors in this 1930s beach cottage in Malibu,

Expansive picture windows and glass doors in this 1930s beach cottage in Malibu, Calif., provide breathtaking views of the ocean

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Not exactly the simple cottages you remember from childhood, these vacation homes in Malibu, Calif., Indian Beach, Del., and Groton Long Point, Conn., are made for getting away — in style.

Mark Richardson: How to speak with a remodeling dialect

Mark Richardson: How to speak with a remodeling dialect

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To help offset the downturn in home building business, many custom builders have taken on remodeling work during the past few years. A key to success in remodeling is understanding the rules of the game. Custom Builder contributing editor Mark Richardson discusses a few key differences in the language of remodeling versus traditional custom home building.

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Nearly three quarters (72%) of U.S. homeowners agree that the home inspection they had when they purchased their home helped them avoid potential problems down the line, according to a survey by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

Tips on designing and specifying shower systems
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Understanding the mechanics of shower systems is vital to creating a great user experience, according to kitchen and bath design expert Paul Greenspan. He offers advice on shower system design and specification, including when to use a thermostatic valve in lieu of a pressure balance valve.

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IBM, GE, and American Express are among the Fortune 500 companies that have implemented “voice of the customer” programs to help create a customer-centric culture. How customer-centric is your company? Take our self-assessment test and find out.

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Here's a sample of the recommendations of three industry experts from a recent Professional Builder Webcast.

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84-year-old HVACR technician passes North American Technician Excellence certification retention test

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Faced with a shortfall of new business, remodelers have been obliged to make cuts in staff, pay and benefits and bring work in house that used to be outsourced.

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Professional Remodeler magazine examines why remodelers should care about social media and what they should consider before jumping in.

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This team set and met outstanding goals in a slowing Canadian market to win gold

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WINTER 2022

This Month in Custom Builder

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Sales leader and author Mark Richardson shares his advice for how custom builders, and leaders throughout residential construction, can improve the effectiveness of thier staff meetings

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