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When It Comes to Siding, Looks Are Everything

Beauty may be skin deep, but when it comes to siding, at least, looks are everything. Google search “siding curb appeal” and help yourself to the roughly 1.5 million links on that topic, many leading to real estate agents' pages eager to point this fact out. But here’s the paradox: The people who own the house are usually in the house, looking out, not outside the house looking in.

Deck as Living Room? Not Far Off

Gary Marsh, a much-published deck designer and builder in Northern California, still gets calls from people who want curves. When Marsh—trained as an artist, designer, draftsman, and builder—first launched his business, All Decked Out, curves were curiosities. That was 1979. Though design in California, where the biggest trees on the continent grow, has always made innovative use of wood, Marsh’s signature curves and organic shapes put his deck designs in another league. In his original mission statement, the contractor/designer announced that he was “striving to reshape the image of a deck. ” Platform Blues Fast-forward 38 years and the image of the deck has indeed been reshaped. Decks are not what they were, or at least they don’t have to be.

I QUIT! 5 Reasons Your Best Employees Are Leaving

If you’re struggling to keep your best people from quitting, you’re not alone. According to CareerBuilder, employee retention is the number one priority for 50 percent of employers--and for good reason. It can cost a construction or remodeling firm anywhere from $3,328 (entry level) to $100,000 (executive level) to replace just one employee. People aren't cheap, especially the good ones. Don't let your most valuable assets walk out the door. Here are the most common reasons people quit their jobs and things you can do to keep your top employees committed to you. 1. THEY DON'T LIKE THEIR BOSS. Bad bosses are bad for business. According to a Gallup poll of more than 1 million U.