Copyright (c) 2014 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - FPR's posts Fine Homebuilding - FPR's posts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/profile/FPR Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:33:16 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - FPR's posts Fine Homebuilding - FPR's posts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/profile/FPR <![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Jack of All Trades, Master of One]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:48:50 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38883/self-taught-mba-jack-of-all-trades-master-of-one http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38883/self-taught-mba-jack-of-all-trades-master-of-one Self-Taught MBA: Jack of All Trades, Master of One Posted by FPR
To become a competent general contractor, it helps to know a little about a lot. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38883/self-taught-mba-jack-of-all-trades-master-of-one
<![CDATA[Self-taught MBA: One Homebuilder's Comeback]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:45:47 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38578/self-taught-mba-one-homebuilders-comeback http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38578/self-taught-mba-one-homebuilders-comeback Self-taught MBA: One Homebuilder's Comeback Posted by FPR
Mike Roberts lost a fortune, and almost took his own life. But he made it back, and his experience provides useful business and life lessons for us all. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38578/self-taught-mba-one-homebuilders-comeback
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Failing Forward ]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:55:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38364/self-taught-mba-failing-forward http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38364/self-taught-mba-failing-forward Self-Taught MBA: Failing Forward Posted by FPR
The confidence to start or expand a business comes from the hope for success, but if you’re smart, a thorough knowledge of the anatomy of failure is indispensable. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38364/self-taught-mba-failing-forward
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Bulldogs and Double Agents]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:25:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38249/self-taught-mba-bulldogs-and-double-agents http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38249/self-taught-mba-bulldogs-and-double-agents Self-Taught MBA: Bulldogs and Double Agents Posted by FPR
The martial art of learning from and leveraging customer complaints for constant improvement. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38249/self-taught-mba-bulldogs-and-double-agents
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: To Cut Costs, Split the Profits]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:50:03 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37679/self-taught-mba-to-cut-costs-split-the-profits http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37679/self-taught-mba-to-cut-costs-split-the-profits Self-Taught MBA: To Cut Costs, Split the Profits Posted by FPR
To induce my employees and subcontractors to remain on the lookout for cost savings, I offer to split the money. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37679/self-taught-mba-to-cut-costs-split-the-profits
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: One Picture Saves a Thousand (Written) Words]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:40:30 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37653/self-taught-mba-one-picture-saves-a-thousand-written-words http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37653/self-taught-mba-one-picture-saves-a-thousand-written-words Self-Taught MBA: One Picture Saves a Thousand  (Written) Words Posted by FPR
Keeping accurate job site field logs can become a fulltime job, but technology makes it easy. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37653/self-taught-mba-one-picture-saves-a-thousand-written-words
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Three Desks for Better Organization]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:27:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37483/self-taught-mba-three-desks-for-better-organization http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37483/self-taught-mba-three-desks-for-better-organization Self-Taught MBA: Three Desks for Better Organization Posted by FPR
Beyond three hats, I have always separated my workspace into three administrative centers, each with its own files and a separate desk. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37483/self-taught-mba-three-desks-for-better-organization
<![CDATA[How to Finance a New Home]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:55:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34610/how-to-finance-a-new-home http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34610/how-to-finance-a-new-home How to Finance a New Home Posted by FPR
Here are a few key things to know about the new world or mortgage lending. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34610/how-to-finance-a-new-home
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Collecting Data to Improve Bids and Operations ]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 08:21:13 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37323/self-taught-mba-collecting-data-to-improve-bids-and-operations http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37323/self-taught-mba-collecting-data-to-improve-bids-and-operations Self-Taught MBA: Collecting Data to Improve Bids and Operations Posted by FPR
Developing methods to collect accurate data on your company’s construction costs will improve your bids as well as your operations. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37323/self-taught-mba-collecting-data-to-improve-bids-and-operations
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: An App for Designer and Builder Collaboration]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:54:27 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36826/self-taught-mba-an-app-for-designer-and-builder-collaboration http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36826/self-taught-mba-an-app-for-designer-and-builder-collaboration Self-Taught MBA: An App for Designer and Builder Collaboration Posted by FPR
An ingenious app that makes it easy to share plans, markups, photos, and reports electronically with the entire project team on tablets and smartphones. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36826/self-taught-mba-an-app-for-designer-and-builder-collaboration
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: The Tailgate vs. the Water Cooler]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:05:23 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35737/self-taught-mba-the-tailgate-vs-the-water-cooler http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35737/self-taught-mba-the-tailgate-vs-the-water-cooler Self-Taught MBA: The Tailgate vs. the Water Cooler Posted by FPR
Job-site communication styles don’t readily translate to the office environment. I almost lost my job learning this important fact of life. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35737/self-taught-mba-the-tailgate-vs-the-water-cooler
<![CDATA[Building the Best Affordable House: 10 tips for Getting the Most House for Your Money ]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:13:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34509/building-the-best-affordable-house-10-tips-for-getting-the-most-house-for-your-money http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34509/building-the-best-affordable-house-10-tips-for-getting-the-most-house-for-your-money Building the Best Affordable House: 10 tips for Getting the Most House for Your Money Posted by FPR
Here are the top ten things you can do to build on a budget. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34509/building-the-best-affordable-house-10-tips-for-getting-the-most-house-for-your-money
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:45:06 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35232/self-taught-mba-an-app-to-eliminate-callbacks http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35232/self-taught-mba-an-app-to-eliminate-callbacks Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks Posted by FPR
By putting installation information at your fingertips, the new app by Construction Instruction helps you get the job done right the first time. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35232/self-taught-mba-an-app-to-eliminate-callbacks
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: The Builder's Briefcase]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:51:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34992/self-taught-mba-the-builders-briefcase http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34992/self-taught-mba-the-builders-briefcase Self-Taught MBA: The Builder's Briefcase Posted by FPR
A briefcase is nothing more than a leather toolbox for your business gear. Here’s my take on the top five tools that belong in that bag. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34992/self-taught-mba-the-builders-briefcase
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Blue Ocean Advantage]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:08:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34578/self-taught-mba-blue-ocean-advantage http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34578/self-taught-mba-blue-ocean-advantage Self-Taught MBA: Blue Ocean Advantage Posted by FPR
Find an uncontested area of the market to ply your business and you’ll have smooth sailing toward success. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34578/self-taught-mba-blue-ocean-advantage
<![CDATA[What Are the Best Affordable Home Security Systems?]]> Wed, 07 May 2014 07:57:11 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34538/what-are-the-best-affordable-home-security-systems http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34538/what-are-the-best-affordable-home-security-systems What Are the Best Affordable Home Security Systems? Posted by FPR
For home security, the low-hanging fruit may be in your smartphone. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34538/what-are-the-best-affordable-home-security-systems
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Teaching the Old Dogs New Tricks]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 14:34:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34486/self-taught-mba-teaching-the-old-dogs-new-tricks http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34486/self-taught-mba-teaching-the-old-dogs-new-tricks Self-Taught MBA: Teaching the Old Dogs New Tricks Posted by FPR
Exploiting social media for marketing, while adapting best home-building practices to the digital world, the next generation’s business strategies may teach us old dogs a few new tricks. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34486/self-taught-mba-teaching-the-old-dogs-new-tricks
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Know the Battlefield]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:49:17 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34246/self-taught-mba-know-the-battlefield http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34246/self-taught-mba-know-the-battlefield Self-Taught MBA: Know the Battlefield Posted by FPR
Strategic thinking is essential to success in any highly competitive activity, and the building business qualifies as one. This, the second in our three-part series on strategy, focuses on learning the contours of the real-estate marketplace, the builder's battlefield. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34246/self-taught-mba-know-the-battlefield
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:43:06 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33932/self-taught-mba-profiles-in-good-business http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33932/self-taught-mba-profiles-in-good-business Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business Posted by FPR
Profiles of building enterprises that provide valuable insights. Unique business strategies that work for them, and may work for you. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33932/self-taught-mba-profiles-in-good-business
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Strategic Thinking]]> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:44:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33933/self-taught-mba-strategic-thinking http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33933/self-taught-mba-strategic-thinking Self-Taught MBA: Strategic Thinking Posted by FPR
What makes the move from tradesman to entrepreneur so difficult? To start, the tradesman focuses almost entirely on tactics—the means and methods of good craft and honest work—while the entrepreneur focuses on a strategy, an ambitious vision to fulfill in the future. Which one are you? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33933/self-taught-mba-strategic-thinking
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Builder-Office Automation]]> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:20:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33294/self-taught-mba-builder-office-automation http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33294/self-taught-mba-builder-office-automation Self-Taught MBA: Builder-Office Automation Posted by FPR
Nowadays, builder software offers far more than estimating and accounting. We take a close look at what’s available and discuss how you can determine what office automation products provide the best fit for you. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33294/self-taught-mba-builder-office-automation
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Project Management Made Easier]]> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33014/self-taught-mba-project-management-made-easier http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33014/self-taught-mba-project-management-made-easier Self-Taught MBA: Project Management Made Easier Posted by FPR
Project management is the skill set at the heart of any contracting business, and technology brings powerful tools to help you to do it better. As we continue looking into computing power tools for job-site management, we'll focus this time on InLoox for Outlook. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33014/self-taught-mba-project-management-made-easier
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Homebuilder Resolutions--What Will Builders Do Differently in 2014?]]> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:50:47 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32738/self-taught-mba-homebuilder-resolutions-what-will-builders-do-differently-in-2014 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32738/self-taught-mba-homebuilder-resolutions-what-will-builders-do-differently-in-2014 Self-Taught MBA: Homebuilder Resolutions--What Will Builders Do Differently in 2014? Posted by FPR
We asked homebuilders about their New Year’s resolutions. Here's a sampling of what we got. Please add yours in the comments! ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32738/self-taught-mba-homebuilder-resolutions-what-will-builders-do-differently-in-2014
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Accurate Estimates Don't Come Cheap]]> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:25:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32581/self-taught-mba-accurate-estimates-dont-come-cheap http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32581/self-taught-mba-accurate-estimates-dont-come-cheap Self-Taught MBA: Accurate Estimates Don't Come Cheap Posted by FPR
Xactimate and XactRemodel are perhaps the most accurate and speedy estimating systems available—but they come at a price. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32581/self-taught-mba-accurate-estimates-dont-come-cheap
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Free Estimates]]> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:58:41 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32377/self-taught-mba-free-estimates http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32377/self-taught-mba-free-estimates Self-Taught MBA: Free Estimates Posted by FPR
We all give them, but you can get them, too. This series is a response to one reader’s search for more-affordable estimating systems. I'll start with as affordable as it gets: free ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32377/self-taught-mba-free-estimates
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Dealing With Workforce Diversity]]> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:26:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32199/self-taught-mba-dealing-with-workforce-diversity http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32199/self-taught-mba-dealing-with-workforce-diversity Self-Taught MBA: Dealing With Workforce Diversity Posted by FPR
To lead a diverse team, learn the silent language of culture. And then mine the riches discovered in the differences for a more productive and personally enriching day at work. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32199/self-taught-mba-dealing-with-workforce-diversity
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: You're Fired!]]> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:07:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31983/self-taught-mba-youre-fired http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31983/self-taught-mba-youre-fired Self-Taught MBA: You're Fired! Posted by FPR
It’s the hardest thing you'll ever do as an employer--so hard, in fact, that some firms hire it out. But you can't, and shouldn't, so from time to time you'll have to say those two devastating words: “You're fired.” Still, you can break off with kindness and with a touch of class. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31983/self-taught-mba-youre-fired
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Writing Job Descriptions]]> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:55:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31722/self-taught-mba-writing-job-descriptions http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31722/self-taught-mba-writing-job-descriptions Self-Taught MBA: Writing Job Descriptions Posted by FPR
Every position in your company, including yours, should come with a written job description. What basic elements should a job description contain? Here, you'll find a quick guide to help you create clear, concise descriptions for your employees. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31722/self-taught-mba-writing-job-descriptions
<![CDATA[Self Taught MBA: New Recruits: The Art of Hiring Right ]]> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 08:30:52 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31712/self-taught-mba-new-recruits-the-art-of-hiring-right http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31712/self-taught-mba-new-recruits-the-art-of-hiring-right Self Taught MBA:   New Recruits: The Art of Hiring Right Posted by FPR
Faced with a shortage of qualified workers, contractors suddenly have to confront hiring decisions. In case you've forgot how, here’s a primer on handling the good hire. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31712/self-taught-mba-new-recruits-the-art-of-hiring-right
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Motivating Employees Through Lean Times]]> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:27:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31427/self-taught-mba-motivating-employees-through-lean-times http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31427/self-taught-mba-motivating-employees-through-lean-times Self-Taught MBA: Motivating Employees Through Lean Times Posted by FPR
Anyone making weekly payroll knows the meaning of stress. Avoiding white-knuckle Fridays while still motivating your employees requires creative, nonmonetary incentives. Here are a few tricks for keeping the troops happy without a raise. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31427/self-taught-mba-motivating-employees-through-lean-times
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Strategies for Communicating With Couples]]> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:37:39 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31428/self-taught-mba-strategies-for-communicating-with-couples http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31428/self-taught-mba-strategies-for-communicating-with-couples Self-Taught MBA: Strategies for Communicating With Couples Posted by FPR
Building or remodeling a home can stress couples to the breaking point. On a scale of 1 to 10, with the highest number equating to the death of a child, psychologists place remodeling at about 6 in terms of relationship stress. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31428/self-taught-mba-strategies-for-communicating-with-couples
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Good Communication with Homeowners is Crucial]]> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:13:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30563/self-taught-mba-good-communication-with-homeowners-is-crucial http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30563/self-taught-mba-good-communication-with-homeowners-is-crucial Self-Taught MBA: Good Communication with Homeowners is Crucial Posted by FPR
The most basic element in good customer service involves frequent and fluent communication. But this simple chore eludes many in the construction industry and represents the number-one customer complaint. How do you handle communication? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30563/self-taught-mba-good-communication-with-homeowners-is-crucial
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Building Abundance in a Tough Market]]> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:36:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30258/self-taught-mba-building-abundance-in-a-tough-market http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30258/self-taught-mba-building-abundance-in-a-tough-market Self-Taught MBA: Building Abundance in a Tough Market Posted by FPR
You're a good customer, using the same subs job after job, yet your costs keep skyrocketing and you can barely keep up. Just hiring the same guys time and again isn’t enough. Building mutually beneficial alliances requires the most difficult but ultimately most rewarding type of negotiation: the collaborative approach. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30258/self-taught-mba-building-abundance-in-a-tough-market
<![CDATA[Cool New Building Products from the AIA Conference]]> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:44:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30142/cool-new-building-products-from-the-aia-conference http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30142/cool-new-building-products-from-the-aia-conference Cool New Building Products from the AIA Conference Posted by FPR
I recently attended my first American Institute of Architects Conference, held this year in my home port of Denver, Colorado. It was a pleasure to see things I’d never seen before. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30142/cool-new-building-products-from-the-aia-conference
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Collaboration and Competition]]> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:25:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30093/self-taught-mba-collaboration-and-competition http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30093/self-taught-mba-collaboration-and-competition Self-Taught MBA: Collaboration and Competition Posted by FPR
In real estate and construction, you will engage in every sort of negotiation, from win-win to the most disheartening losses. By learning the techniques and tactics of professional negotiators, you will see through the fog of war, understand the gambits being played to focus on achieving desirable results. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30093/self-taught-mba-collaboration-and-competition
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Let's Make a Deal ]]> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:37:46 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29429/self-taught-mba-lets-make-a-deal http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29429/self-taught-mba-lets-make-a-deal Self-Taught MBA: Let's Make a Deal Posted by FPR
The negotiator's playbook includes a handful of tactics and a few dirty tricks. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29429/self-taught-mba-lets-make-a-deal
<![CDATA[Can You Survive a Tornado?]]> Sun, 26 May 2013 14:17:43 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29322/can-you-survive-a-tornado http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29322/can-you-survive-a-tornado Can You Survive a Tornado? Posted by FPR
Living in Tornado Alley without a storm shelter is a bit like barreling down the freeway without fastening your seat belt. Never mind the house--what about you and your family? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29322/can-you-survive-a-tornado
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: The Real Value of Experience]]> Thu, 16 May 2013 15:41:09 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29082/self-taught-mba-the-real-value-of-experience http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29082/self-taught-mba-the-real-value-of-experience Self-Taught MBA: The Real Value of Experience Posted by FPR
In the end, the hard-won soft skills are more solid assets than the technical skills that got you started in business ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29082/self-taught-mba-the-real-value-of-experience
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: The Little Lumberyard that Could]]> Wed, 08 May 2013 08:16:41 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28825/self-taught-mba-the-little-lumberyard-that-could http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28825/self-taught-mba-the-little-lumberyard-that-could Self-Taught MBA: The Little Lumberyard that Could Posted by FPR
Meek’s Lumber & Hardware does not have some of the advantages of a national chain, but it competes by providing what a megaenterprise cannot: heart, and lower prices. This small lumberyard chain has set up a responsive, contractor-focused alliance with its customers to build up sales through the success of their contractors. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28825/self-taught-mba-the-little-lumberyard-that-could
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Make Your Digital Devices Work Harder and Smarter]]> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:27:20 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28363/self-taught-mba-make-your-digital-devices-work-harder-and-smarter http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28363/self-taught-mba-make-your-digital-devices-work-harder-and-smarter Self-Taught MBA:  Make Your Digital Devices Work Harder and Smarter Posted by FPR
Builder and business owner Sergio Grado recommends his go-to desktop, tablet, and smart-phone apps for finance, construction, and more ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28363/self-taught-mba-make-your-digital-devices-work-harder-and-smarter
<![CDATA[A Talk With The Home Depot's Vice President of Pro Business]]> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:12:34 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27045/a-talk-with-the-home-depots-vice-president-of-pro-business http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27045/a-talk-with-the-home-depots-vice-president-of-pro-business A Talk With The Home Depot's Vice President of Pro Business Posted by FPR
The market view from The Home Depot’s national perspective and how the chain has changed to serve its contractor clients better. Plus, an introduction to The Home Depot’s free online estimating program and aerial job-site maps—you’ll never get up on a roof to measure it again. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27045/a-talk-with-the-home-depots-vice-president-of-pro-business
<![CDATA[A Conversation with Tedd Benson About the Road from Fine Carpenter to Fine Businessman]]> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:26:31 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27048/a-conversation-with-tedd-benson-about-the-road-from-fine-carpenter-to-fine-businessman http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27048/a-conversation-with-tedd-benson-about-the-road-from-fine-carpenter-to-fine-businessman A Conversation with Tedd Benson About the Road from Fine Carpenter to Fine Businessman Posted by FPR
Tedd Benson, one of the most celebrated homebuilders in America, has been a leader in reintroducing the art of timber framing, and has continued to develop it using modern technology to create structures of lasting beauty and high efficiency. He also built a successful business, stalwart enough to sail through the Great Recession and expand. I recently had the opportunity talk with Tedd Benson and learn about his background, his business, and his plans for the future. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27048/a-conversation-with-tedd-benson-about-the-road-from-fine-carpenter-to-fine-businessman
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling?]]> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:39:19 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25561/self-taught-mba-are-you-ready-for-building-information-modeling http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25561/self-taught-mba-are-you-ready-for-building-information-modeling Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling? Posted by FPR
Building information modeling (BIM) is the next evolution of CAD, involving the five-dimensional generation and management of digital plans. This post, written by my colleague Kristin Dispenza, introduces a new product specifically for small firms. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25561/self-taught-mba-are-you-ready-for-building-information-modeling
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Getting Intimate with Social Marketing]]> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:25:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25669/self-taught-mba-getting-intimate-with-social-marketing http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25669/self-taught-mba-getting-intimate-with-social-marketing Self-Taught MBA: Getting Intimate with Social Marketing Posted by FPR
In this second half of a two-part social-media primer, I'll discuss using LinkedIn, a professional’s platform that can help you stay abreast of industry trends, build credibility, and engage in business-to-business dialog with prospective clients. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25669/self-taught-mba-getting-intimate-with-social-marketing
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Getting Social With Guerrilla Marketing]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:12:16 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25558/self-taught-mba-getting-social-with-guerrilla-marketing http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25558/self-taught-mba-getting-social-with-guerrilla-marketing Self-Taught MBA: Getting Social With Guerrilla Marketing Posted by FPR
Get started with social media even if you’re not interested. It’s free and easy to learn, and it offers the best guerrilla-marketing opportunity in history. Here’s a builders' primer, the first of two installments. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25558/self-taught-mba-getting-social-with-guerrilla-marketing
<![CDATA[Digital Toolbox: Getting an Education Without Leaving the Job Site]]> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 10:23:21 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25327/digital-toolbox-getting-an-education-without-leaving-the-job-site http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25327/digital-toolbox-getting-an-education-without-leaving-the-job-site Digital Toolbox: Getting an Education Without Leaving the Job Site Posted by FPR
New contributor Sergio Grado provides accessible and practical advice on how to keep growing your knowledge base even when you have no time to spend on furthering your education. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25327/digital-toolbox-getting-an-education-without-leaving-the-job-site
<![CDATA[Self Taught MBA: Learning to Walk Again: Life Lessons From a Professional Negotiator]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 10:00:32 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25007/self-taught-mba-learning-to-walk-again-life-lessons-from-a-professional-negotiator http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25007/self-taught-mba-learning-to-walk-again-life-lessons-from-a-professional-negotiator Self Taught MBA: Learning to Walk Again: Life Lessons From a Professional Negotiator Posted by FPR
Mike Walker lived the rise and fall of the real-estate market as a broker and developer, but really learned his trade on the way down. Nowadays, Walker teaches effective negotiation strategies and skills in 14 cities, and almost as many states. He talks about how he learned so much about negotiating and what he believes are the negotiator’s top three strategies. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25007/self-taught-mba-learning-to-walk-again-life-lessons-from-a-professional-negotiator
<![CDATA[Self Taught MBA: Empowering Homeowners at ArmchairBuilder.com ]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:12:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24971/self-taught-mba-empowering-homeowners-at-armchairbuildercom http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24971/self-taught-mba-empowering-homeowners-at-armchairbuildercom Self Taught MBA: Empowering Homeowners at ArmchairBuilder.com Posted by FPR
Building a business by empowering homeowners, ArmchairBuilder.com provides DIY support online, internationally and for free. How does entrepreneur Michael Luckado make money? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24971/self-taught-mba-empowering-homeowners-at-armchairbuildercom
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Developing Executive Thinking]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:25:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23836/self-taught-mba-developing-executive-thinking http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23836/self-taught-mba-developing-executive-thinking Self-Taught MBA: Developing Executive Thinking Posted by FPR
The manager focuses on doing things right; the executive focuses on the right thing to do. The manager asks how and when; the executive asks what and why. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23836/self-taught-mba-developing-executive-thinking
<![CDATA[Self Taught MBA: Going to Where the Going Is Good, Part 4]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:38:16 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23384/self-taught-mba-going-to-where-the-going-is-good-part-4 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23384/self-taught-mba-going-to-where-the-going-is-good-part-4 Self Taught MBA: Going to Where the Going Is Good, Part 4 Posted by FPR
Head for the equator: Continuing to explore promising building business niches, here’s the last profile illustrating how good fortune sometimes comes through relocating. In this case, it’s the story of a southbound immigration: A successful Midwestern developer dodged the recession and found continued growth and prosperity in Ecuador. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23384/self-taught-mba-going-to-where-the-going-is-good-part-4
<![CDATA[Self Taught MBA: Going to Where the Going Is Good, Part 3]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:45:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23351/self-taught-mba-going-to-where-the-going-is-good-part-3 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23351/self-taught-mba-going-to-where-the-going-is-good-part-3 Self Taught MBA: Going to Where the Going Is Good, Part 3 Posted by FPR
Continuing to explore promising building business strategies, here’s a third profile illustrating how good fortune sometimes comes through relocating. In this case, it’s a story that has played out millions of times in the United States, and one at the core our democracy, since most of us are or descend from someone who came to America for a better life. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23351/self-taught-mba-going-to-where-the-going-is-good-part-3
<![CDATA[Self Taught MBA: Going to Where the Going is Good, Part 2]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 08:21:34 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23232/self-taught-mba-going-to-where-the-going-is-good-part-2 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23232/self-taught-mba-going-to-where-the-going-is-good-part-2 Self Taught MBA: Going to Where the Going is Good, Part 2 Posted by FPR
Continuing with our exploration of construction-business niches, here’s the second of two profiles illustrating how some builders find good fortune by relocating. Determined to survive the downturn, this Montana developer discovered black gold in a mobile-home park. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23232/self-taught-mba-going-to-where-the-going-is-good-part-2
<![CDATA[Self Taught MBA: Going to Where the Going is Good, Part 1]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23143/self-taught-mba-going-to-where-the-going-is-good-part-1 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23143/self-taught-mba-going-to-where-the-going-is-good-part-1 Self Taught MBA: Going to Where the Going is Good, Part 1 Posted by FPR
We have talked about strategies to develop a business niche that works in today’s challenging environment. But there’s another strategy, and that’s to go the business climate is sunny. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23143/self-taught-mba-going-to-where-the-going-is-good-part-1
<![CDATA[Self Taught MBA: From Single to Multifamily Builder]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 10:59:11 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22845/self-taught-mba-from-single-to-multifamily-builder http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22845/self-taught-mba-from-single-to-multifamily-builder Self Taught MBA: From Single to Multifamily Builder Posted by FPR
The transition from single family to small multifamily builder presents fewer challenges than from homebuilder to remodeler. You use the same designers, the same subs, and even the same mindset. Now that the multifamily market is booming, perhaps there's an opportunity for you. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22845/self-taught-mba-from-single-to-multifamily-builder
<![CDATA[Find Your Niche and Own It]]> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 06:30:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22817/find-your-niche-and-own-it http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22817/find-your-niche-and-own-it Find Your Niche and Own It Posted by FPR
With the reshuffling of the construction industry, some contractors have become subs, some bosses have cinched on the tool belt, others moved into other industries, but some builders have found productive niches and stuck with them though think and thin. The next few posts will explore alternatives to the, we’ll do anything that requires a hammer approach and “no job too big or small.” ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22817/find-your-niche-and-own-it
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: A Real-Estate Lawyer's Advice, Part 2]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 06:30:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22549/self-taught-mba-a-real-estate-lawyers-advice-part-2 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22549/self-taught-mba-a-real-estate-lawyers-advice-part-2 Self-Taught MBA: A Real-Estate Lawyer's Advice, Part 2 Posted by FPR
With a practice focused on real-estate, business, and bankruptcy law, attorney Nancy Loftis has counseled clients big and small through boom and bust cycles since 1982. She has seen success and failure firsthand, and observed what works and does not. Part 2 of our conversation: Consulting services, road hazards, and the definition of success during times of famine. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22549/self-taught-mba-a-real-estate-lawyers-advice-part-2
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: A Real-Estate Lawyer's Advice, Part 1]]> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 06:30:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22547/self-taught-mba-a-real-estate-lawyers-advice-part-1 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22547/self-taught-mba-a-real-estate-lawyers-advice-part-1 Self-Taught MBA: A Real-Estate Lawyer's Advice, Part 1 Posted by FPR
With a practice focused on real-estate, business, and bankruptcy law, attorney Nancy Loftis has counseled clients big and small through boom and bust cycles since 1982. She has seen success and failure firsthand, and observed what works and does not. Her honest, disinterested take on what it takes to make it in construction and real-estate might provide us a refreshingly realistic look at the ingredients of success. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22547/self-taught-mba-a-real-estate-lawyers-advice-part-1
<![CDATA[Self-taught MBA: Arming the Insurgency]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22365/self-taught-mba-arming-the-insurgency http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22365/self-taught-mba-arming-the-insurgency Self-taught MBA: Arming the Insurgency Posted by FPR
You can build name recognition, credibility and a customer following using your local paper, television and radio to tell your story effectively and for free. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22365/self-taught-mba-arming-the-insurgency
<![CDATA[Self Taught MBA: Decoding Your Sales Factor]]> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22362/self-taught-mba-decoding-your-sales-factor http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22362/self-taught-mba-decoding-your-sales-factor Self Taught MBA: Decoding Your Sales Factor Posted by FPR
To create an effective marketing scheme and know it’s working, you have to aim for specific results, the specific number of leads required to keep your business running without down time. This is how to figure it out: the sales conversion factor. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22362/self-taught-mba-decoding-your-sales-factor
<![CDATA[David Gerstel's take on the Benshoof Interview]]> Wed, 30 May 2012 09:25:56 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23686/david-gerstels-take-on-the-benshoof-interview http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23686/david-gerstels-take-on-the-benshoof-interview David Gerstel's take on the Benshoof Interview Posted by FPR
I prefer a somewhat different approach. The kind of business planning Benshoof he favors seems to me a bit too tidy for the turbulent realities of the construction world. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23686/david-gerstels-take-on-the-benshoof-interview
<![CDATA[The Self Taught MBA: A Conversation with Mike Benshoof, MD for the Ailing Builder]]> Tue, 22 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21993/the-self-taught-mba-a-conversation-with-mike-benshoof-md-for-the-ailing-builder http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21993/the-self-taught-mba-a-conversation-with-mike-benshoof-md-for-the-ailing-builder The Self Taught MBA: A Conversation with Mike Benshoof, MD for the Ailing Builder Posted by FPR
“So you want to know, if you have a real business? Ask yourself if you can take off for a month or more and the operation runs just fine without you. If not, you don’t have a business—you have a job. I can fix that…” says Mike Benshoof. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21993/the-self-taught-mba-a-conversation-with-mike-benshoof-md-for-the-ailing-builder
<![CDATA[Self Taught MBA: Strategic Planning, Part 3 - Organizing a Strategic Planning Session]]> Mon, 07 May 2012 09:27:05 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21944/self-taught-mba-strategic-planning-part-3-organizing-a-strategic-planning-session http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21944/self-taught-mba-strategic-planning-part-3-organizing-a-strategic-planning-session Self Taught MBA: Strategic Planning, Part 3 - Organizing a Strategic Planning Session Posted by FPR
Here's how to embark on a strategic planning session, run a business, and make it home in time for dinner. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21944/self-taught-mba-strategic-planning-part-3-organizing-a-strategic-planning-session
<![CDATA[Self Taught MBA: Strategic Planning, Part 2 - The ABCs of Strategic Planning]]> Mon, 07 May 2012 09:25:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21829/self-taught-mba-strategic-planning-part-2-the-abcs-of-strategic-planning http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21829/self-taught-mba-strategic-planning-part-2-the-abcs-of-strategic-planning Self Taught MBA: Strategic Planning, Part 2 - The ABCs of Strategic Planning Posted by FPR
It's more critical than ever to have a plan of how you will deal with this tough economy. Strategic planning focuses on redefining high-level priorities and setting a course for the year ahead. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21829/self-taught-mba-strategic-planning-part-2-the-abcs-of-strategic-planning
<![CDATA[The Self Taught MBA: Business and Strategic Planning, Part 1 - Best Laid Plans]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:31:41 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21792/the-self-taught-mba-business-and-strategic-planning-part-1-best-laid-plans http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21792/the-self-taught-mba-business-and-strategic-planning-part-1-best-laid-plans The Self Taught MBA: Business and Strategic Planning, Part 1 - Best Laid Plans Posted by FPR
You may not have started your business with a formal plan, but writing one now may help you achieve your goals--now that you're old enough to think ahead! ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21792/the-self-taught-mba-business-and-strategic-planning-part-1-best-laid-plans
<![CDATA[The Self Taught MBA: The Harvard Home Builder Story]]> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:19:57 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22346/the-self-taught-mba-the-harvard-home-builder-story http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22346/the-self-taught-mba-the-harvard-home-builder-story The Self Taught MBA: The Harvard Home Builder Story Posted by FPR
A new book from researchers at Harvard University shows that American home builders were immensely profitable during the housing boom, but did little to improve the efficiency of their operations. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22346/the-self-taught-mba-the-harvard-home-builder-story
<![CDATA[The Self Taught MBA: David Gerstel on Running a Successful Construction Company]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:29:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21493/the-self-taught-mba-david-gerstel-on-running-a-successful-construction-company http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21493/the-self-taught-mba-david-gerstel-on-running-a-successful-construction-company The Self Taught MBA:  David Gerstel on Running a Successful Construction Company Posted by FPR
You Don’t Have to Run Your Business by the Seat of your Pants ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21493/the-self-taught-mba-david-gerstel-on-running-a-successful-construction-company
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Inspired Reading]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:26:26 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21369/self-taught-mba-inspired-reading http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21369/self-taught-mba-inspired-reading Self-Taught MBA: Inspired Reading Posted by FPR
Helpful business books categorized by the eight divisions of business management. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21369/self-taught-mba-inspired-reading
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: You Can't Be a Successful Builder Without Management Skills]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:42:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21367/self-taught-mba-you-cant-be-a-successful-builder-without-management-skills http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21367/self-taught-mba-you-cant-be-a-successful-builder-without-management-skills Self-Taught MBA: You Can't Be a Successful Builder Without Management Skills Posted by FPR
Businesses do not have a tangible structure, like the frame of a house, but every business has a framework nonetheless. The purpose of management is to keep that framework functioning effectively. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21367/self-taught-mba-you-cant-be-a-successful-builder-without-management-skills
<![CDATA[The Self-Taught MBA]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:49:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21339/the-self-taught-mba http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21339/the-self-taught-mba The Self-Taught MBA Posted by FPR
About 30 years ago, I read a Fine Homebuilding article that changed my career. I came upon it while building my second house. By then, I owned a sturdy Ford truck and a garage full of tools, and I... ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21339/the-self-taught-mba
<![CDATA[Do You Remeber Your First Issue? ]]> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:26:56 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15373/do-you-remeber-your-first-issue http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15373/do-you-remeber-your-first-issue Do You Remeber Your First Issue? Posted by FPR
Do you remember your first issue of Fine Homebuilding Magazine? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15373/do-you-remeber-your-first-issue
<![CDATA[A Few Inspiring Products Amidst the new Normal at IBS]]> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:06:39 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15368/a-few-inspiring-products-amidst-the-new-normal-at-ibs http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15368/a-few-inspiring-products-amidst-the-new-normal-at-ibs A Few Inspiring Products Amidst the new Normal at IBS Posted by FPR
Sitting at the airport bar, having just left the International Builders Show, waiting for a delayed flight, it's time to muse on the International Builder’s Bash in Orlando. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15368/a-few-inspiring-products-amidst-the-new-normal-at-ibs
<![CDATA[¡Viva Verde!]]> Thu, 13 May 2010 20:36:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12294/viva-verde http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12294/viva-verde ¡Viva Verde! Posted by FPR
For green building to survive it has to become bilingual. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12294/viva-verde
<![CDATA[Ready or Not]]> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11363/ready-or-not http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11363/ready-or-not Ready or Not Posted by FPR
The Suddenly it's Here and Now Future of Energy Remodeling ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11363/ready-or-not
<![CDATA[Haiti InnoVida Update]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2010 09:10:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11015/haiti-innovida-update http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11015/haiti-innovida-update FPR
Short movie shows how these homes go together. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11015/haiti-innovida-update
<![CDATA[Have You Considered Vinyl Siding, Lately? ]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2010 19:28:14 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11002/have-you-considered-vinyl-siding-lately http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11002/have-you-considered-vinyl-siding-lately Have You Considered Vinyl Siding, Lately? Posted by FPR
Considering advances in product quality, energy efficiency, and improved manufacturing, it pays to take a second (or third) look at vinyl siding. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11002/have-you-considered-vinyl-siding-lately
<![CDATA[IBS 2010: Green Builder Donates 1,000 Homes to Haitians]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 11:11:32 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/10973/ibs-2010-green-builder-donates-1000-homes-to-haitians http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/10973/ibs-2010-green-builder-donates-1000-homes-to-haitians IBS 2010: Green Builder Donates 1,000 Homes to Haitians Posted by FPR
New building technology firm, InnoVida™, donates 1,000 homes to Haiti using Fiber Composite Structural Insulated panels introduced at IBS. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/10973/ibs-2010-green-builder-donates-1000-homes-to-haitians
<![CDATA[IBS 2010: Last Tango in Vegas]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2010 20:24:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/10968/ibs-2010-last-tango-in-vegas http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/10968/ibs-2010-last-tango-in-vegas IBS 2010: Last Tango in Vegas Posted by FPR
A veteran's take on this year's International Builders' Show: Things can't get any worse ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/10968/ibs-2010-last-tango-in-vegas