Business Advice3 min

Tips For Increasing Winter Remodeling Business

Winter can be an ideal time for many home remodeling projects. Increasing your business often starts with customer education. Here are some things customers may not know:

January and February are good months for starting a home addition – According to Angie’s List, digging a foundation is better because the ground is hard and the air is dry – which is rarely the case in April. Some customers are willing to shift the schedule.

Winter is the perfect time to build a mud room – Most homeowners hate the way that mud and leaves get tracked throughout the house during the winter. The idea of adding a mud room can often be an easy sell.

Remodelers have seasonal promotions, too – Everyone expects post-holiday sales and President’s Day promotions, so why not give them special offers on remodeling? There’s something about the phrase “offer ends Feb. 18” that prompts action

Winter doesn’t affect workmanship or materials – Working conditions in many areas are actually better in January or February than in the heat of summer. (Think Dallas on a sunny 50° winter day vs. 96° in August.) And most building materials – especially engineered wood solutions – are designed to effectively withstand harsh climates and temperatures.

With a little marketing effort and customer education, you may find the winter season can be surprisingly busy for remodeling.

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Business Advice6 min

Why It’s Important To “Respect the Spec”

While it’s perfectly alright for a jazz musician to improvise, that approach doesn’t always work as well in homebuilding. Architects, specifiers, engineers and product reps spend many hours collaboratively choosing the right materials for each job – and an abrupt substitution to save a few dollars can ironically be very costly in terms of callbacks, design underperformance and even code violations. “Ideally, all parties involved – the architect, builder and developer – have reviewed the spec before it’s final and have agreed on all the products being used,” says Karen Alves, LP Brand Marketing Associate. “That’s because finding an ‘equivalent’ for siding or fire-rated sheathing involves not just the substrate but the codes that the product meets as well.”

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Business Advice4 min
Siding That’s a Cut Above

Siding installers use many different brands of circular saws, but their preferred saw may not be as important as the siding material they are cutting with it. Some builders can sometimes be a bit removed from the importance placed on saw choice and would probably rely on their subcontractors choice, like Brent Taylor. “I don’t have much of an opinion on that because I use subcontracted labor,” says Brent Taylor, owner of O.C. Taylor in Raleigh, North Carolina, who was featured in an episode of Designing Spaces on Lifetime Network renovating a century-old house using LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding.

Inspiration6 min
Budget-Friendly Architectural Styles for Modern Multifamily Builds

Masterfully achieving modern architectural styles in multifamily designs takes expertise and patience, especially when a tight budget competes with other design goals like staying on top of trends, addressing resident preferences, and seamlessly incorporating a desired look into a community. Dominic Rigosu of RIDA Architecture, PLLC, balanced all of these factors in a recent project. He designed Woodrow Wilson Townhomes, a 100-unit affordable housing development originally built in 1972 in Amsterdam, New York. It was surrounded by a mix of market-rate, well-maintained, single-family homes.