Editor’s [re]Marks

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 […]

Good Help is Hard to Please

Jun 14th, 2019

If the old adage is “Good help is hard to find,” there may never have been a time when that comment was more rhetorical—and in more areas than just labor. These days, it also adds insult to injury. At the same time, I would argue that a paradigm has risen, making it more accurate to […]

I’m in the club. The club of indecision.

Apr 11th, 2019

Replacement of just about anything is a difficult option to weigh. Or it is on an editor’s salary, at least. Old socks and shoes? You know when it’s their time to go. Cell phones and computers? They may not let your toes hang out, but they have other means for informing us when their time […]

This is Why

Jan 15th, 2019

If when one door closes another one opens, sometimes those doors are simply too far apart. Yesterday, I wrote about the closing of Vista Window Company. Today, I write about the new manufacturing facility Andersen is building in Goodyear, Ariz. (for which they broke ground and intend to open next year). Unfortunately for those who […]

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