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Topeka, KS (August 15, 2018) - Winston Brown Remodeling has been selected by REMODELING magazine to join the REMODELING Big50. Each year since 1986, the REMODELING Big50 inducts 50 remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big 50 remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.

“To get a sense of how unique this status is, consider there are roughly 98,000 remodeling firms in America with paid staff,” noted Craig Webb, REMODELING’s Editor-in-Chief. “Since 1986, we have selected only about 1,600 firms. That’s just 1.6% of all the remodeling businesses in the country today.”

“We are honored to receive this distinction,” says Jake Brown, Owner of Winston Brown Remodeling. “The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and we are privileged to be named to this select group of remodelers.”

REMODELING editors, columnists, industry leaders, and companies themselves make the nominations each year. Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select the 50 companies that exemplify the best of the industry that year, and that have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices.

This year’s Big50 includes full-services remodelers, home improvement firms, insurance restoration firms, and specialists in specific parts of the homes, such as basements, kitchens and bathrooms. Some have a history going back decades, while others are just a few years old. “There’s no single strategy here and no lack of competitors for their services,” REMODELING’s introduction to the list declares. “What Big50 firms share is a culture that celebrates employees and customer service above all.”

The Big50 awards will be presented at a dinner at the Remodelers Summit and Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, in New Orleans. The 2018 Big50 winners are featured in the August-September issue of REMODELING, a national trade publication read by more than 150,000 professional remodeling contractors. Longer profiles of the winners are posted on the REMODELING website, remodelingmag.com.

Aug
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Winston Brown Construction named to Qualified Remodeler's Top 500 List

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Qualified Remodeler, the premier publication serving remodelers and home improvement companies in the United States, has selected Winston Brown Construction as one of the Top 500 remodelers of 2017. Since 1978 the QR Top 500 has tracked the industry’s largest and most successful companies.

Winston Brown Construction was chosen as a 2017 Top 500 remodeler by the Qualified Remodeler editorial staff for meeting a set of criteria including installed remodeling dollar volume, total years in business, industry association membership, industry certification, industry awards and community service. 2017 marks the 19th year Winston Brown has been named to this prestigious list.

The Top 500 ranking is the home building industry’s top recognition program, produced by Qualified Remodeler magazine, the largest and oldest audited magazine in the trade. Qualified Remodeler publishes the annual ranking list as the feature piece in the August issue of the national trade publication. The Top 500 list is the longest running recognition program in the remodeling industry. The annual ranking is CPA-Audited analysis of the financial performance of remodeling businesses throughout the United States.

Additional information on the Top 500 can be found in the August issue of Qualified Remodeler and at www.qualifiedremodeler.com.

ABOUT WINSTON BROWN CONSTRUCTION

Established in 1974, Winston Brown Construction is an award-winning industry leader with an outstanding portfolio of design and remodeling in Topeka and Lawrence. Their unique process for design-build remodeling delivers distinctive designs and successful builds that result in remarkable client satisfaction. Winston Brown looks at each and every project as a new opportunity to excel and set new standards for the remodeling industry.


Aug
15
At Home: Retired Washburn professor creates home office

Article by Linda Ditch, Freelance Writer for the Topeka Capital-Journal

Photography by Keith Horinek, Topeka Capital-Journal

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Barry Crawford, retired Washburn University professor of philosophy and religion, enjoys spending

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Budgeting for Your Home Remodel

Money. It is the driving factor in most home remodeling projects, but definitely a topic that no one really enjoys discussing. The budget conversation can make homeowners a little uncomfortable and even cause a bit of anxiety. But as you may or may not know, the expense of a remodeling job can cost a lot more than you had imagined. There are so many options for just about every aspect of the job, like cabinetry, flooring, countertop material. Each one of those categories has a vast price range, depending on your style. So in the end, it really boils down to how much do you want to invest in your home?

Instead of keeping your budget a secret through the estimate process, save yourself time and agony by sharing the amount you have decided t...


Apr
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Before You Decide to DIY

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Oct
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Winston Brown Construction is Hiring!

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Winston Brown Construction is seeking experienced, qualified individuals to join our team. We are fortunate to have a lot of jobs lined up, so there is plenty of work to keep you busy all winter and into the spring! We offer competitive wages and a benefits package including medical and dental coverage, paid vacation days, and paid holidays.


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Dust Control an Essential Part of a Healthy Remodeling Environment

About 90 percent of homeowners stay in their homes during remodeling projects. Some end up regretting it.

Why? Dust, which can permeate every part of your home, from your toothbrush to your dog’s fur.

Here are a few ways you can tell whether your contractor is concerned about a livable environment during a major remodeling project, lasting six months or more.

Does the remodeler:

  • Have a dust control plan? Not just a fan in a window, but a real action plan that will assure you that dust will be contained on the worksite – not in your kitchen.
  • Use best practices as part of the plan? For example, top contractors across the country use the BuildClean Dust Control System (buildclean.com) because it takes away up to 90 percent of the airborne dust, even on the most challenging projects. They know the installation of barrier walls and use of vacuums aren’t enough.
  • Bring up dust control to you before you even ask about it? That’s another good sign. If a contracting company says it is a “clean” contractor, it’s likely you’ll hear about its dust control plan, and why it insists on using BuildClean, during one of its first meetings with you.

Dust isn’t just a nuisance. Remodeling and demolition dust can trigger asthma attacks, allergic reactions and problems for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Jobsite dust can also have an adverse effect on the health of pets that are in the home during construction. In addition, particles from sawing, scraping and sanding can ...


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Which Kitchen Countertop is Right For You?

Granite Kitchen Counters
Granite is one of the most popular choices — it’s a natural stone with plenty of character, unique grains, colors and customizable finishes. When properly sealed, it's one of the most durable options out there. Unsealed granite can absorb stains such as oil, which can ultimately cause dark spots or discoloration. Heat from pots and pans or hot liquids will likely have no effect to the granite surface under normal circumstances. Certain foods with citric, lactic, and vegetable acids such as oranges, milk, and tomatoes can strip the polish or etch the stone surface.

It is recommended to seal the granite countertops and then periodically reseal the surface every few years to help liquids penetrating the...


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