Editor’s [re]Marks

Not This Time

Jan 25th, 2023

I’ve never been one to sit around waiting for just the right time and circumstances—not once I’ve made my mind up about something, at least. These past few years have been no exception, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that it has been difficult to do anything with a high level of certainty. […]

Change the Thermostat All You Want, Someone Will Always Be Unhappy

May 25th, 2021

For 15 years now, it seems, I’ve had a file on my desk labeled “Softwood Lumber.” Well, maybe not a crinkled up, over-stuffed, physical folder, but at least a collection of digital files and research. I say, “it seems,” because I’m speaking somewhat figuratively. Point being this topic has been part of my life and […]

Show These Boys How It’s Done

Mar 8th, 2021

My 11-year-old daughter is a home design and renovations junkie. (My wife constantly reminds me how close the apple fell.) She started using 3D architecture and home design apps when she was just 10, and, if you let her, she will sit for hours designing homes from the ground up, mulling over every tiny detail. […]

With a Pile of Lumber on Hand, I Aim to Buck the Trend

Dec 22nd, 2020

It’s the year of DYI. Or so say the statistics, as in 2020 more homeowners report they’re tackling their own home improvement projects than ever before. Meanwhile, if you’ve read my past blogs (or happen to know me), then you know that they’re all DIY years for me. But 2020 was going to be different. […]

Hello, Is Anybody There?

Sep 29th, 2020

It seems that we all might be adjusting to this thing called social distancing and virtual events/meetings. Meanwhile, not all of us love it, but you have to admit that it’s working quite nicely to keep the business world turning. In addition to journalism and writing for magazines, over the course of my career I’ve […]

Why Door and Window Companies are Suited for COVID-19

May 4th, 2020

It feels like a risky time for pep talks. And who can fault anyone for wanting to hurl something at someone trying to shed any positive light in the current situation. But anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a pragmatic optimist. I can understand why some folks are reluctant to receive a pat […]

Will the Coronavirus Push us to do the Right Things?

Mar 25th, 2020

It’s hard to find any outcomes to shed a positive light on these days. But if you look close enough, they’re there. Even if it’s a family game of Monopoly that wouldn’t have otherwise been played. A couple of weeks ago, I started a list. It began with things like a shortage of paper products, […]

Are We There Yet? Why Yes, We Are.

Feb 25th, 2020

I remember when I bought my first house. It was a two-bedroom bungalow in one of Richmond’s early suburbs, overlooking a small meadow and one of Bryan Park’s two-acre ponds. This is a rare setting to find in the middle of the city. And to go with that pond view (a feature we came to […]

Vinyl Comes Clean

Jan 10th, 2020

I’ve watched plenty of people turn their noses up at the mention of vinyl windows over the years. But I’m also digging into a memory bank that dates back decades and includes the clientele of high-end builders—many of whom are purists about wood. There’s plenty of data to suggest that some luxury markets still show […]

The New [DWM]: More Than Just Another Pretty Face

Aug 2nd, 2019

Well, if you’ve seen my mugshot and you’ve had a look at our latest magazine cover, then you know that the title for this blog post isn’t about me. And though he’s certainly got a leg up on me, it isn’t about the guy on the cover, either (Andrew Keenan, president and owner of Maui […]

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