Paver Designs’ cutting perfection
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Paver Designs’ cutting perfection
Over the last 18 years father and son Jim and Justin Hampton have made a living perfecting their hobby – hardscaping. In the process, they’ve become experts in cutting inlays to the point where their skills are called upon by clients several states away. Their work has earned HNA project awards each of the last 4 years. With no employees, the 2 of them do all the work themselves and still generate a half million in annual sales...
The building of a curbed, heated, permeable award winner
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The building of a curbed, heated, permeable award winner
The homeowners wanted both a permeable paver system and a heated pavement system in the same project even though either system used alone does a job on ice. When used in combination, any snow or freezing rain that hits the surface immediately melts and drains below the pavers. The job was exceptional enough to win Grindstone Hardscapes a 2014 HNA Hardscape Project Award in the Residential Permeable Concrete Paver category...
The drone – the next frontier for marketing your work
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The drone – the next frontier for marketing your work
Last October we took videoing to the next level. We purchased a drone and began videoing completed hardscape projects from 4’ to 400’ off the ground. We have videoed several completed jobs. (Check out Hardscape Project Flyover on the DirtNinja YouTube channel.) The drone flyovers give clients a completely different perspective of their project. Our clients love it...
Why aren’t you getting more referrals
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Why aren’t you getting more referrals
One of the biggest “ah-ha” moments I’ve had in my consulting career came when I was talking to one of my contractor client’s customers. I flat out asked him, “Why are you not referring my client?” He said, “Your client is good enough to work for me but he's not good enough for me to risk a relationship on.” Regardless of what someone tells you, if they're not referring work, they’re probably not that happy...
3 ways dust is hurting your business
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3 ways dust is hurting your business
You let the dust fly. You know it’s a problem, but you don’t have a choice. The fact is you run a business and you have to get the job done. We know the problem, because we were contractors before starting iQ Power Tools Company. And we’ve spoken with thousands of other contractors. But most of them don’t realize how much dust is costing them. Here’s how dust is hurting your business...
  • 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

Contractor Profiles

Finding a way to build what the client wants
April/May 2015

Finding a way to build what the client wants

Designing and building a unique wall that also has a wall behind it and a deck above it while making the deck look like a patio. MORE


Planning to retire from a 1-crew company
February/March 2015

Planning to retire from a 1-crew company

Gary Buckpitt trains and retains capable employees to run things when he’s away, and when he retires. MORE


Launching a cleaning/ stabilizing/ sealing business
December/January 2015

Launching a cleaning/ stabilizing/ sealing business

After 3 years of setting up systems, Paver Rescue is poised to take advantage of a growth opportunity. MORE


Remaking a struggling company
August/September 2014

Remaking a struggling company

Switzer's makes the difficult transition from a large, unwieldy business down to a small design/build firm now on a solid footing for the future. MORE


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