Qualified Remodeler Magazine

SEP 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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Regional Trends Outdoor living is a profitable niche for remodelers nationwide, but there are regional subtleties in desired features, products used and construction details. By Patrick O'Toole ver the last two decades, the way Americans live has evolved. It is dis- tinctly more outdoor-oriented. But the pace of change has been gradual, requiring remodeling contractors to be nimble and on the lookout for the newest ideas. Today's obscure client request can be to- morrow's next big trend. Beginning 20 years ago, the complexity of outdoor spac- es began to grow from simple decks and patios to much more robustly designed spaces. Smart remodelers have been building their outdoor expertise for many years, while oth- ers are new to the niche. Today, outdoor living remains a full-blown national trend that is on the rise. O Outdoor spaces are an expression of luxury living in all regions of the country. Clients who want them are spending freely these days. This project is from Neal's Design Remodeling in Cincinnati. PROJECTS: QR Outdoors 56 September 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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