Archive for December, 2007

Rethinking the Home Office

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Have you ever had this thought: “Maybe someday we'll all do our work from a Lazy-Boy!”

The idea of doing all my work from a reclined dentist chair sounds like paradise. Over the years I've made a lot of improvements to the ergonomics of my own home office, but — due to logistical and cost constraints — I still do my work sitting upright in an office chair. While I don't have any pains resulting from this arrangement, I've always sensed that leaning back — or even laying down — would allow a more relaxed, free-flowing type of office environment.

And now, vindication has arrived in the form of a recent study by Scottish and Canadian researchers: (more…)

General Contracting — a Promising Field for Women?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

I recently heard it said that, in another 20 years, we will see a vast number of Hispanic General Contractors due to the fact that they will have a natural connection with the vast majority of subcontractors, who will increasingly be Hispanic. One weakness of this prediction is that it's unclear whether there will be many Hispanic GCs who can make a genuine connection with the typical homeowner.

Time will tell.

But here is my prediction: We will see a much greater number of female GCs in 20 years. Here's why: (more…)

Four Feelings that Drive Kitchen Remodels

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Generally it is feelings not functionality that motivates a kitchen remodel. Here are the ones that make it happen: