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Why private construction jobs are requiring surety bonds, too

Apr 14, 2022 (0) comment , , , ,

Bonding is no longer just a requirement for public works projects. Public construction projects almost always require surety bonds. As a type of insurance, bonds protect the government if the wheels come off a project, or the contractor absconds with the funds. Indeed, bonding has been mandatory on federal public works projects since the late […]

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Which Type of Entrepreneur Are You: Bedrock or High-Risk?

Feb 22, 2018 (0) comment , , , , , ,

There are two fundamentally different kinds of entrepreneurs. It doesn’t matter which you are, so long as you know which you are. Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, from all kinds of backgrounds, and with many different types of personalities. But there are two, and only two, entrepreneurial mindsets that lead to successful business […]

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What contractors need to know about OSHA’s new silica rule

Aug 25, 2017 (0) comment , , , , ,

After a few legal fits and starts, as well as extra time for review and input, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new silica standard for construction is scheduled to go into effect about a month from now, on Sept. 23. What that means is contractors who engage in activities that create silica dust — […]

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11 designer details for kitchen remodels

Jul 27, 2017 (0) comment , , , , , ,

Designers have many secrets they deploy for a successful kitchen remodel. Recently Barbra Bright from Houzz shared 17 of her favorites, and here are 11 more. Read on for ideas that will make your kitchen more beautiful as well as more functional. Note: The following is a guest contribution from Houzz, a leading platform for home […]

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Should your business be charging clients for project estimates?

Jul 06, 2017 (0) comment , , , , ,

You can’t ask a doctor to tell you what’s wrong but then say you might not pay for the diagnosis. That’s according to Brian Altmann, president of DBS Remodel, in Poughkeepsie, NY, when asked whether builders and remodelers should charge for providing project and cost information to clients considering their services. Homeowners are often quick […]

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Breaking the mold: Why bath remodels are becoming an ultra-custom job

Jun 15, 2017 (0) comment , , , , ,

Nothing drives home the point that there are few design constraints for today’s bathrooms like shower heads that play music and toilets with night lights and feet warmers. Add a fireplace to go with the heated floors and towel racks and it’s apparent a room that was once purely functional is now becoming a space […]

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One Entrepreneur’s Keys to Success Behind a Multi-Million-Dollar Construction Company

Jun 01, 2017 (0) comment , , , ,

Josh Downing has been declared online platform Thumbtack’s first ‘millionaire professional.’ Any business — whether it’s washing windows or consulting — needs to take advantage of technology or risk losing out on precious customers to faster and more connected competition. But that doesn’t mean every business has to create its own technology. Josh Downing, a […]

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CA developers float idea of $250M Queen Mary entertainment complex

May 25, 2017 (0) comment , , , , , ,

Brief: Operators of the Queen Mary hotel and tourist attraction in Long Beach, CA, are hoping a 65-acre, $250 million Gensler-designed entertainment complex will generate enough cash to pay for an estimated $289 million, five-year upgrade and maintenance plan for the iconic ship, according to The Los Angeles Times. Urban Commons, which leases the ship […]

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The top 5 tech trends at ConExpo 2017

Mar 30, 2017 (0) comment , , , , , , ,

With total attendance topping out at 128,000 and near endless lineups of parked heavy equipment across four behemoth lots and five conference halls in Las Vegas, ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 lived up to its reputation as one of the world’s largest gatherings of contractor professionals and the equipment that powers global heavy construction. A first to ConExpo […]

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Houzz: These 6 kitchen trends are expected to heat up in 2017

Mar 09, 2017 (0) comment , , , , ,

Credit: Studio McGee, original photo on Houzz Keeping up with kitchen trends isn’t quite like peeking over your neighbor’s fence, but it’s close. Houzz caught up with designers Jane Lockhart and Gail Drury for a preview of how homeowners will design their kitchens in 2017. They’re confident these trends will rule the cooking sphere this year. […]

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