Welcome New Members
We welcome two new members to the chapter.
Bin There Dump That opened
for business on March 9th, and services the Cincinnati South communities. Franchise operator John Gauch brings this new mini dumpster company as a service to our contractor members and other organizations across Greater Cincinnati. Bin There Dump That delivers
the residential friendly service with smaller, clean trucks, attractive lighter and various sized dumpsters, and a unique placement system with a driveway protection guarantee in order to put your homeowner's mind at east when remodeling their home. Whether
you are doing an extensive remodeling job, just putting on a new roof, or dealing with a flood or fire restoration job, John and wife Janet look forward to "delivering the friendly" to you and your business. You can reach John at (513) 604-4435 or by
email and their
Wolf Custom Tile and Design
was founded by Cincinnati-based couple Rick and Leslie Wolf, and is a collaboration of experienced interior artists, designers, and installers. Rick and Leslie are both graduates of the University of Cincinnati's Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP)
program and studied in custom design and construction under the guidance of renowned architect Terry Brown. Their work with Terry has been showcased in HGTV's "Offbeat America" and Home Trends magazine.
From residential improvements to commercial centerpieces, they offer a full range of custom renovation services to the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond. They can transform your home, office or commercial site into a space that impresses, inspires and
meets your needs.
Their staff, in conjunction with an established and experienced collaboration of designers, builders, electricians and plumbers, can manage all aspects of your project, including demolition, framing, drywall, subflooring, plumbing, electric and tile.
Wolf Custom Tile and Design ensures that your project will be orchestrated according to your personal timeline, availability and budget. Contact Rick at (513) 505-7620 or by
email and visit them on their
2015 National CotY (Contractor of the Year) Awards Winners Announced
The 2015 Evening of Excellence reception took place on April 17 during a three-day event for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), which also includedits Spring Business Meeting, held at the Hyatt
Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Thirty-six national CotY winners were named at this year's ceremony. Preliminary judging took place online in January, after which 160 regional winners were announced. These regional winners, which included member
JDH Remodeling of Liberty Township advanced as finalists at the national level. In our region, the most significant national award winner nearby was Greater Dayton Building and Remodeling, a member of Miami Valley NARI for their work on the White Allen European
Showroom in the southern suburbs. Other winners in Region 4 included Artistic Renovations, LLC in Seven Hills, OH; J.S. Brown of Columbus, winner of two awards; Buckeye Basements of Delaware, OH and Thompson Remodeling, Inc. of Grand Rapids, MI were also
The list of National CotY Award Winners for 2015, including National Achievement Award winners, is available
Contractors from seven regions nationwide vie for the awards on an annual basis. All projects submitted for judging were an improvement or an addition to an existing structure, with the exception of one category, "Residential
Exterior Specialty." Otherwise, new construction projects were not eligible.
In addition, the projects entered
were completed between December 1, 2012 and November 30, 2014, and were not submitted in prior NARI National contests. An impartial panel of industry experts selected winners based on each entrant's submission, which include "before and after" photography
and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty, and entry presentation.
To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing. The entries of this year's competition totaled more than $85.5 million worth of remodeling projects. NARI members represent an elite
group of the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.
The 2015 Evening of Excellence sponsors included Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group LLC, The Home Depot, and Pella Windows and Doors.
NARI also brought the Evening of Excellence to the remodeling industry via an online webcast announcement that was also broadcast to those who were in attendance in person at the reception. The Webcast will be available
for 30 days on NARI's YouTube channel.
REMODELING CONTINUES ITS GROWTH
DRIVEN BY PENT-UP DEMAND
NARI issues its first-quarter 2015 Remodeling Business Pulse
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) recently released its first-quarter 2015 Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data of current and future remodeling business conditions. NARI remodelers are finding a good environment for their services.
The combination of homeowner desire for improvements in their homes and a more stable economy is turning into solid business conditions.
Surveyed in March, NARI contractors found their current business conditions better than they were last year at this time. On a 1-9 scale, the average rating was 6.11 (above 5 indicates growth). While still positive, this was a drop from the reading gathered
in December. (The change was not a statically significant difference.)
Looking at the sub-components of the current conditions show all show improvements versus the prior year (above 5), but some are up and others are weaker than measured last quarter:
- Number of inquiries was at 6.13, up 0.3%.
- Requests for bids came in at 6.22, up 3.0%.
- Conversion of bids to jobs was 5.76, a 1.4% decline.
- Value of jobs sold fell by 2.5% to 6.14.
Altogether, this data suggests good current growth, but a possible moderation in pace versus that experienced earlier in the year.
Looking at expected conditions 3 months from now finds a dominant proportion (74%) of remodelers expecting growth while only 8% see any level of decline. The balance (17%), see sales being about where they were last year. At a rating 6.46, the outlook
for 3 months from now is almost at the highest level ever measured (March 2014 at 6.51).
When asked about the drivers of growth, 'postponed projects' continued to lead the way with mentions by 72% of remodelers.
Tom O'Grady, CR, CKBR, President of O'Grady Builders, Drexel Hill, PA, has first-hand knowledge of what is happening in the market. He also has a broader perspective on what other remodelers are thinking as chairman of NARI's Strategic Planning & Research
O'Grady says the research results ring true to him. "I see a large amount of interest in work based on pent-up demand. I also hear the same thing from my fellow NARI remodelers. We see this pent-up demand driving the market for the foreseeable future.
Homeowners are doing remodeling today for their personal enjoyment or meeting specific needs. While there was a time when decisions were driven by adding resale value, that mindset is largely gone now."
The second largest growth driver mentioned in the study was 'more certainty about the future.' O'Grady's experience is similar. "Customers are feeling better about where the economy is going, but they remain somewhat cautious. Having short term liquid
assets to spend appears to be a driver of when they actually will start a remodeling project," he said.
For the complete report on first quarter Remodeling Business Pulse click
2015 OHIO VALLEY NARI GOLF OUTING
2015 Ohio Valley NARI Golf Outing is again right around the corner. Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 6th to be at Glenview Golf Course for what promises to be another great event for our members and guests.
Registrations are open now to claim your spot in this annual event. As always the success of this event would not be possible without the generous support of our
sponsors. Slots are being filled now for everything from Hole Sponsorships to a Gold Level sponsorship. KBR Manufacturing has graciously agreed to again support our outing, this time as our Platinum sponsor for this event. Many thanks to KBR again for their
support. Now is the time to get your reservations and sponsorship in for this annual fun day on the links.
Sponsors as of 4/28/2015
BEVERAGE CART SPONSOR
Membership Meetings - Highlights
January - Mason Hill
Driving Personal Growth to you Organization and Life
February - Ferguson Enterprises
Grow Your People and You Grow Your Company
March - Floor and Decor
IQ Versus EQ
April - Building Value
Leveraging Your Strengths
Is there a treasure chest awaiting you at
While at the last membership meeting at Building Value we
noticed a few items that may be of interest to our membership. For those of you who are not aware, Building Value was founded by Easter Seals Tristate in 2004 and is a non-profit social enterprise that salvages reusable materials for sale to the public.
Two particular items may be of significant interest at this time. They are:
Dozens of New Pozzi Double pane wood windows in various sizes and styles.
One curved, all wood 18-foot long Wissmann Brothers custom staircase.
For more inforamtion call David Rich at Building Value (513) 475-6783.
May 21, 2015
August 6, 2015
Ohio Valley NARI
136 S. Keowee Street
Dayton, OH 45402