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How a New York Home was Built to Withstand a Hurricane

Before Hurricane Sandy devastated the oceanfront community of Breezy Point in Queens, New York, homes there were not typically built to withstand such strong storms. That changed in Sandy’s aftermath when residents who vowed to rebuild realized their homes would need to be stronger and more resilient to stand up to a future filled with more severe weather.
 
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8 Tips to Make Instagram Work for Builders and Contractors

Instagram isn’t just a way for people to share vacation photos or prove their dog is the cutest in the world — it’s also a powerful business tool.
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Finding Success With The James Hardie Contractor Alliance Program

Standing behind our growing contractor base is a top priority for James Hardie. That’s why we developed the Contractor Alliance™  Program (CAP), a multiple-level program that combines sales support, marketing tools like lead generation, and installer training to help our members grow and differentiate their business in the highly competitive siding market.  
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Baltimore County Development Brings Urban Convenience to Suburban Life

The lifestyle offered by Greenleigh at Crossroads in Baltimore County, Maryland, is attracting a range of buyers and is well-timed to cater to a shift in living preferences.
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A Contractor’s Journey from Vinyl to James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

Contractors who are transitioning from vinyl siding to James Hardie® fiber cement siding and trim are often finding success right down to the core of their business models.
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Tips for Installing James Hardie Lap Siding

We’re always fielding questions about HardiePlank® lap siding installation. Hey, even seasoned pros need to occasionally check up on an installation best practice. Here are some tips, answers to FAQs and more about installing HardiePlank lap siding.
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5 Siding Installer Jobsite Safety Tips for the Busy Summer Season

Safety is important every day, but especially as the residential construction and renovation industry heads into its busiest time of year, which also happens to be during the hottest months. To help keep safety top of mind during the busy summer season, here are five jobsite safety tips.
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Blending Traditional Exteriors with Modern Trends in St. Louis

When it comes to exteriors, St. Louis is a traditional town. Here's how Fischer & Frichtel, a leading home builder in St. Louis, is updating the traditional look and enhancing the region's rich design history.
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How to Photograph a House Before and After a Siding Renovation

It’s a well-worn saying, but a picture is still worth a thousand words. They can be worth even more if the pictures look good and tell a story.
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5 Expert Tips to Improve Your Project Budget Management

The principles of good construction project budget management — cost, quality, and schedule — never change. In a perfect world, the contractor, builder, or architect who balances all three finishes on time and on (or under) budget. But, it’s not a perfect world, so here are five construction project budget management tips to help you compensate.
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Rethinking Residential Developments to Bring Back a Sense of Community

The Great Recession was just starting when Howard “Chip” Hall left the high-tech startup industry to join his father’s vacation community development business. As discretionary income for vacation homes depleted, the Halls saw a need for a renewed approach to their development businesses. Here's what they did.
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Working the Neighborhood: Radius Marketing Nets Results

Having a great product isn’t always enough. Contractors need to promote themselves and their work, too. What better place to promote than in the neighborhood surrounding a current job? Find out how James Hardie's neighborhood marketing kits can work for your business.
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Prioritizing Construction Safety to Promote Culture, Retain Talent, and Save Money

Read about how Wenger Construction prioritized construction safety to benefit their overall business.
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How to Install Staggered Edge HardieShingle® Siding

Whether you’re using it to side an entire house, or just a small portion, here are general instructions on how to install staggered edge HardieShingle® Siding.
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Bringing New Life To An East Coast Oceanside Condo Complex

Cape Manor Condominiums sit eight blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, a feature that has drawn seasonal and full-time residents alike. Its proximity to the coast also exposes the 24-unit property to above-average precipitation, which eventually led to trouble with the building’s original cedar siding.
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How One Builder Drove Long-Term Success with Unwavering Client Focus

Brad Lundberg's success over the years in the home construction industry has come from an unwavering focus on his clients. Here's how his reputation helped him earn referrals and repeat clients.
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Preserving Historical Aesthetics with James Hardie Products

The greater Baltimore area has its share of important historical communities and maintaining their authenticity is important to its residents. Local builder, Mueller Homes, shares how James Hardie siding products help meet the needs of historic preservation with the durability required to last for years to come.
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The Making of a ‘Pocket Community’ Through Property Zoning Changes

After acquiring property just three miles east of downtown Atlanta, Eric Kronberg, a principal at Kronberg Wall Architects, needed to work with city officials on property zoning changes so he could create his new community.
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How James Hardie Products Helped Differentiate a Home-Building Business

Scott Blodgett, President of Infinity Custom Homes, says he was looking for opportunities to bring something different to the Pittsburgh marketplace when he founded his home-building company in 2013. “And, James Hardie was at the core of all of that,” he said.
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Londonderry North Fire Station Re-Side Project

When the Londonderry North Fire Station’s current siding was failing they turned to James Hardie for their siding replacement needs.
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Protecting Your Home From Wildfires

Forests and homes in the western part of the U.S. are being ravaged by wildfires, causing record-breaking damage. As wildfires become more widespread there’s a new urgency for builders and homeowners to take proactive steps like using safer products to better protect homes and everything that matters inside.
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How to Capitalize on Millennials Buying Homes

Millennials are driving a paradigm shift in just about everything, including home buying. In fact, they are the largest group of home buyers in the U.S. and their preferences cannot be ignored.
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Changing the Face of the Jersey Shore

From Cape May to Ocean City to Lavallette and beyond, James Hardie is quickly becoming the home exterior siding option of choice for top New Jersey builders. See how James Hardie has changed the face of the Jersey Shore.
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Providing a Designer's Toolbox to Architects

Architect Christopher Luce says, “In architectural design, the idea is to create something that is timeless.” See how James Hardie provides him with a designer’s toolbox that allows him to experiment with colors and products in order to create timeless designs that not only stand out, but set him apart.
 
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6 Tips for Successful Construction Project Management

When it comes to keeping construction projects on track, there’s a lot of factors that come into play. According to KPMG, over 50% of engineering and construction professionals have reported one or more underperforming projects in 2015. Think back on your past projects, did any take longer than expected or cost more than you scoped? To avoid potential problems in the future, consider these six helpful construction project management tips to not only keep your plan in check but also on budget.
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How to Use Social Media to Grow Your Business

A digital presence is instrumental for businesses. You need to make certain your company stays top of mind when it comes to decision making. With social media growing every minute, there’s no better time than now to give your business the mass audience and engagement that only social media can provide.
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Helping to Build a Sustainable Future

The people at Habitat for Humanity do more than build homes for families in need, they build a more promising future for people around the world.
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Crafting a Streetscape in Hallsley

Developed by East West Communities, Hallsley features 800 homes located in Midlothian, Virginia.
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A Colorfully Modern Twist on Tradition

Cambridge, Massachusetts might not be the first place you would think to look for modern architecture, but innovative design knows no bounds, making its way into some of the storied city’s traditional and upscale neighborhoods.
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Top 3 Trends to Watch in Commercial Design for 2018

There are 3 popular movements that you should pay attention to when it comes to trends in commercial design for 2018: Virtual reality and technology, smart glass, and resilience by design.
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Trends in Community Living

The lifestyle dynamics for consumers are changing and there is a high demand for things that make life easier, extending to travel, online shopping, and even their living situations. The desire for a simplified lifestyle has provided a rise in community living.
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