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This past summer, staff members of Professional Remodeler convened in a conference room on the outskirts of Chicago to review this year’s Design Awards.

Many of you are looking at this editorial page and probably wondering: Where’s Jonathan? And who is this new guy?

Sept. 201977, was the day that I breathlessly awaited the conclusion of the shark-jumping episode of "Happy Days." All week long I had fretted about Fonzie’s mid-air cliff hanger.

An article in the Chicago Sun-Times this past Sunday featured the Chicago bungalow, an architectural style much beloved in the Windy City. Former Mayor Richard M.

A CNN Money article this week elaborated on what many

To a remodeling contractor, saying “no” to a potential client could possibly be the best decision you make for your company.

 

A new theme park just opened in Houston, and it’s not Six Flags. MainStreet America is a collection of 12 show homes, ranging from 1,800 to 6,000 square feet and representing a smorgasbord of architectural styles.

I read thousands of customer surveys every year – THOUSANDS!  This customer insight gives me a unique perspective on many home building topics, like today’s “Finding Your Special Agent 007s For Huge Sales Increases."

This thing will change your life.

 

It may appear to be another timemarking commodity. 

It’s not.

 

There’s a new business buzzword spreading like Strep Throat. I’m betting it’s still in the early adoption phase, but these viral epidemics (pandemics?) move quickly. 

After my January 2013 article in Professional Builder, “3 Ways to Huge Profits Through Lean Design,” was published, I was thrilled to get a shout-out from a faithful reader regarding a costly insulation mistake. It was too good not to share. Here is what he wrote:

Michelle Jennings Wiebe is helping to spread the message that new homes are better than resales.

When I travel with my wife, or sometimes just run to the grocery, cleaners or hardware store, she frequently has to remind me, “Scott, remember, you are NOT in charge here.” Many of you fellow Leanistas know the drill.

This pottery is the future.

OK, not the pottery itself. 

What the pottery represents… is the future.

 

Our future. 

 

 

When I was part of a growing home building company we learned to be on guard for the newest “technology” coming down the pike that promised to revolutionize our home building business.

 

Studies show that across industries Cost of Quality (Failure, Appraisal & Prevention) is: 2.6-4% of sales revenue.

In the construction industry the Cost of Quality profile is:

70% spent on Failure Costs

25% on Appraisal Costs and only

Did you know that Bronson Pinchot has a show on the DIY Network? That’s right, folks — Balki renovates houses!

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