Five Key Spokes of the Business Bike Wheel
Much like a bike wheel depends on its spokes to work effectively, a business depends on its various departments to find success in the market.
Top Problems Faced by Builders in 2022
Chief among the concerns was the price and availability of builder materials, though the impact of waning consumer confidence also grew
Stretching the Budget to Meet the Massachusetts Stretch Code
We take a look at Massachusetts' Stretch Code and how it's affecting design and construction on The House That Blues Built
84 Lumber Founder Joseph A. Hardy Passes Away at 100
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of 84 Lumber founder Joseph A. Hardy, who passed on Saturday, January 7, his 100th birthday.
Mark Richardson: Are you a professional?
Defining and articulating what is a professional in remodeling or new construction is tougher than in some other industries.
Buy it now book recommendation: Ctrl Alt Delete by Mitch Joel
I’ve been enjoying the Chicago Blackhawks run to the Stanley Cup Finals. I went to a party last week where a friend, Bobby Krueger, owner of…
What I learned at KBIS 2013
Very few industry trade shows exude a raw enthusiasm and excitement like the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. Last month in New Orleans, the lift in…
Recovery takes a predicted path
Six months ago we asked Bob Toll, the executive chairman of Toll Brothers, how he saw the market recovery playing out. Back then the home building…
Design for failure
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…
What LBJ can teach you about the most valuable commodity.
Early in Lyndon Johnson’s senate career, he lobbied for the title of Senate Majority Whip. The more seasoned senators chuckled. Senate…
Marketing & Sales
Great home plans: check out this 2,500-square-foot head turner
Today we have a ranch (or if you are on the East Coast, a rambler) to review. It is a Lean Design with a ton of amenities, and it is a beauty. I’m…
Marketing & Sales
Mark Richardson on selling: 'Embrace it, then master it'
Most successful business people are also masters at selling. Here are three proven approaches for becoming a sales pro.
Ideas for the upturn
Richard Dugas, the CEO of PulteGroup, did not want to throw cold water on the party, but he deserves credit for at least pointing out that housing…
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