February 2002 Table of Contents

Features Getting Started on Job Costing

Having returned recently from the World of Concrete, we once again are amazed at the number of contractors who simply do not understand their production costs. Job costing is both critical and invaluable to any construction owner, superintendent, or supervisor. Proper job costing will have a profound impact on profitability, competitiveness, quality, longevity, and even employee morale. Designing the right costing process for your company can be challenging but not impossible. Read more

Features Building Concrete Homes Is Becoming Big Business

Although concrete is the material most often used for home construction throughout the world, home buyers in the United States favor wood because it has been so readily available. But that's beginning to change. Concrete is gaining market share in the residential marketplace. Though the occasional concrete homes have been built for many years (including perhaps the world's most famous home, Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright), the driving forces behind the current level of interest are insulated concrete forms (ICF) and specialized removable forming systems. These newer methods for building concrete homes make them affordable and competitive with wood systems. Read more

Features The Housing Explosion in Mexico

In today's Mexico the need for low-income housing is staggering. If awareness is the first step in the change process, then change is imminent because the demographic information about where the population is headed and what's needed has everyone's attention—starting with the highest office in the land. Read more

Features Concrete Home: Smart, Safe, and Beautiful

There are some folks here in McIntosh County who plan to take refuge in my house when the next big hurricane bears down on our Georgia coast. The reason my neighbors see my home as a safe haven in a storm is because it is constructed with an almost indestructible material: concrete. Compared with traditional wood-frame homes, concrete homes are resist fire, hurricanes, and insects and are strong, economical to build, and energy-efficient. Read more

Features Concrete Home-Building Innovations

Concrete is an important part of nearly every home built in the United States. But above-grade concrete walls traditionally have been looked upon as eccentric or extravagant—domes, underground homes, or coldly modernistic glass and concrete behemoths. The true nature of concrete homes, of course, has always been much more inviting, and now, in unprecedented numbers, the public at large is beginning to accept the idea of concrete homes, thanks in large part to smart new ways that have been developed to build them. Read more

Decorative Concrete Marketing Your Decorative Concrete Company

So you want to participate in the rapidly growing construction market segment known as decorative concrete. Your new truck has arrived, the stamps are in the shop, hardeners and release agents are waiting to be applied, and your crew has just finished training. Now what do you do? Someone once said, "The day doesn't start until someone sells something." But even before you start selling, you need to get the phone to ring. What you have to do is to market your decorative concrete company. Read more

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