Severe Weather Preparedness – The Newest Remodeling Trend

This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, sponsored by FEMA and NOAA. This is effort is a good one because I remember so many of us getting caught off guard last April when about a dozen tornadoes tore through the Fort Worth – Dallas Metroplex. We were fortunate that these were small tornadoes as far as tornadoes go, or the damage could have been catastrophically worse.

It did get people’s attention, though. I’ve noticed in our remodeling design and planning that shelter and safety from the forces of nature is becoming more and more of a concern and a remodeling trend. The projects include large fortified supply closets, storm shelters both under and above ground, and safe rooms. Read more

Safe Rooms, Home Shows and YouTube

This past weekend I attended the Dallas Home Show. I usually go to at least one home show a year hoping to get inspiration or some new ideas. Everything is bigger in Dallas, and this home show was definitely the biggest disappointment for a home show as I’ve seen. I’m sure the few vendors who paid to be there felt the same way. About 75% of the booths were filled, many selling things that had nothing to do with homes, and the attendance was very low. The NARI guys did put together a nice display. Dallas does have some great remodelers and their marketing is always first class, but the reality is that the Internet is the new home show. Read more