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Building a hybrid permeable project
Contractor Jeremy Martin says this property was graded so that nearly all the runoff – from the driveway, the entire backyard and pool area – was all directed to where the patio is today. First step in fixing the drainage was raising the patio area about 2’ providing enough slope to carry all that runoff into the grassy area at the far end of the backyard. Then they installed a permeable stormwater management system... MORE
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Biggest challenge is minimizing challenges
Contractor Marc Larsen says his company’s involvement in this porcelain project was 2 years in the making – 18 months planning and 6 months of construction. Marc’s company, Mountain West Paver Specialists, installed 9,000 sf of porcelain pavers on grade, and on 2nd and 3rd story decks. Marc says, "We focus our energy and our expertise on one thing. We are paver specialists. We do our job. We do it really well. We're detailed with it. And we're fast." MORE
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How contractors get sloppy
"What goes up must come down" is a musty old adage that is still true today. The contracting market is hot. High volume can create sloppy practices that will haunt you particularly when the market slows. Growing gross profit should be your number one priority rather than growing sales without margin. Job overload creates a run-run environment rather than a profit-profit focus. Avoid these sloppy business practices that typically accompany a heavy workload... MORE
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Finding reliable hardscape employees the fast and easy way
Bitching and complaining about employees has got to stop. Contractors are suffering because they are using outdated methods for recruiting. Many are finding themselves stuck in the field with a sore back and unable to fulfill their contractual obligations. It’s time for YOU to change your employee recruiting and hiring system... MORE
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Plan for your future
About the time [our son] was born we decided we needed help with planning for our goals in life. The first order of business was to get disability and life insurance. This is something a lot of young people don’t think about. Look at my case though. Out of nowhere I had a stroke and was out of work for an entire season. Thank goodness I had disability insurance and savings... MORE
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
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Contractor Profiles

A big beautiful wall
April/May 2019

A big beautiful wall

Overbuilding a residential retaining wall with lots of curves and lots of cutting. MORE


Awards aren’t everything; but they help
February/March 2019

Awards aren’t everything; but they help

Awards boost employee morale, build credibility with prospects and inspire employees to produce award-worthy work. MORE


Empowering employees to buy the company
December 2018/January 2019

Empowering employees to buy the company

Giving people real responsibilities allowed John Cottrell to grow his company and sell it. MORE


Learning to share
October/November 2018

Learning to share

Contractor Josh Jones is all about learning and sharing what he knows with other contractors, even local competitors. MORE


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