What's your favorite area of a home to work on? Personally, I enjoy bathroom
projects, both remodeling and building new. Perhaps you prefer working
on kitchens. These are both areas that present unique problems because
they receive constant use and take considerable abuse. The upside is
that they're a good way to showcase your professional skills.
Bathrooms started out as a basic utility, but they've gone way beyond
that. Today's customers want luxurious comfort, including more space,
steam rooms, exercise equipment, or larger (even social) bathing facilities.
And kitchens frequently serve as the focal point for family gatherings.
So what's your role in all this? You'll want to suggest installations
and products to enhance your customers' bathrooms and kitchens and meet
their very personal needs. As a skilled contractor, you can create
bathrooms that are important – and yet very private – rooms. You can
design and build kitchens filled with warmth and personality.
Bathrooms and kitchens are big business. Both can generate large sales
and big profits. How profitable they are depends in large part on your
knowledge of new products on the market, and how well your company can
sell and install those products.
But here's a word of caution: Don't overlook the terms of the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Familiarize yourself with
barrier-free issues and codes as defined by your local building department.
Right now, barrier-free codes generally only apply to commercial installations,
but I think it's only a matter of time before they become mandatory
in residential applications. Just look at what's happening in people's
lives. More and more people remain in their homes longer than previous
generations did, and many parents are now moving back in with their
children instead of going to commercial facilities like nursing homes.
The time will come (if it hasn't already) when you'll be asked to create
barrier-free living space, particularly in bathrooms and kitchens. Being
abreast of the law and current trends in the field, as well as available
products and their proper installation, can give you a major edge over
the competition. For detailed guidance on this, order Accessible Housing,
It's packed full of useful information.
With that in mind, I want to introduce you to some state-of-the-art
products. Some may lengthen the life expectancy of some areas of the
bathroom or kitchen. And their sheer good looks will ensure that you
leave behind a satisfied customer, the kind that provides you with many