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Construction Practices

Articles, surveys, ideas, trends, and tips on best practices for residential builders, remodelers, and architects serving the residential construction industry.



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3 Pro Tips for Insulating Foundation

Symbi Homes builds and remodels green from the ground up at the Model ReModel 2022 project, the Regeneration House



Model ReModel

Siding Restoration on a Historic Home: Part 1

In order to give our Model ReModel 2022, a 19th-century Victorian, a proper facelift, the Symbi Homes team opted to repaint in a new palette. The age of the home required a specific approach to manage lead paint and historical requirements.


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An Invisible Threat

How remodelers can better protect themselves against cyber threats

Reducing Risk When Making a Switch

Tips for easing the transition between traditional products and processes and newer, resilient options

Four Types of Stairs

The simplest is also the most dangerous

Beautiful Hazard: How to Design Safe, Functional and Beautiful Stairs

Can you count the code violations in this shot? Twelve tips for designing safe, functional, and beautiful stairs.

Notes Taken at the Time

A written daily log of the who, what, and when of job progress is a good business-survival tool. Audio recordings are even better ... when they’re legal.

Roofing Backlog: How Much Is Too Much?

It's great to have lots of jobs in the pipeline, but only if you manage your future revenue stream properly

DON’T MISS: Silica Standards FAQ

The more you know, the better. Example: Question 2 or 53. Does the standard cover employees who perform silica-generating tasks for only 15 minutes or less a day?

Selling and Installing the Difficult Roof

Estimating man-hours can be tricky on the tough or unique roofing jobs most companies will walk away from.

Preventing Bottlenecks in Sales, Design, and Production

If one area of your business runs more slowly than the rest, a bottleneck will occur, causing delays and lost profitability

Don't Let Client Quirks Take You Off Your Game

The way to manage erratic or indecisive personalities? Set boundaries and be the expert. 

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