Actually the question should be more like, does the time you spend promoting your business on social networks actually help you grow? In a guest post I wrote on HomeAdNet.com I ask if there are ways to help free up your time to focus on tasks which indeed provide tangible results. Click here to find

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    Erin McDermot has written a great article at Bank of America’s Small Business Community on how designers are using Houzz in their design businesses. The vast number of projects on the site make it much easier to do research on products as well as see how other designers have used those products in different

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Feel like you’re spinning your wheels doing more and more work but staying in the same place? Do you look at your marketing materials and get the nagging feeling that there’s something missing? Or worse have you noticed that your flow of new clients has changed and you don’t know why? This is the frustrating

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Whoa, did you feel it? The ground was moving and things were shaking – yes it was an earthquake! Now where we are based (Toronto, Canada) we don’t get many quakes so our buildings don’t have the rigid seismic code requirements that other jurisdictions have, like Vancouver or San Francisco. In those (and other locations

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Over at recool (blog by Designers Westlake Reed Leskosky) there is a good review(including specs for energy consumption) of the MOCA Cleveland. What is interesting are the graphs which are available (see above) which show dramatically which areas of the building use the most energy. In this case the Gas Space Heating is responsible for

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Over at Daily dose of architecture, there’s a particularly good review of Stormclouds the third project in a series of installations designed for SCI-ARC (the Southern California Institute of Architecture.) In it they mention: The thinness and lightweight color of the fabric produce a changing set of effects as natural lighting conditions change throughout the day. The fabric

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A cost overrun is an amount over your original budget that you’re charged by the contractor building your custom home or renovating your house. This might include changes, additional work, low estimates, or unforeseen conditions. When you are planning the project and considering your budget we always recommend you have a contingency to account for

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From the biggest new house project to a small interior renovation, your construction project will be an exciting but potentially unsettling process at times if you don’t prepare yourself going in. Based on our experience looking at past projects, here are 5 key things to make your project a success. Understanding: Take some time to

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