We are thrilled to announce that Sydney Contant was selected as one of this year’s recipients of the “40 Under 40” award given by Professional Remodeler magazine. The 2016 award salutes the best practices of remodeling’s best and brightest professionals under 40. At 26, Sydney is one of the youngest to be honored.
Sydney Contant’s climb to Project Manager
After graduating from high school, Sydney worked for five years as an apprentice under ADB project managers, Mike Pike and Jamie Franks. Mike and Jamie had her doing everything, from demo, framing, and trimming out, to decking and screened porches. Now she is a Certified Remodeling Project Manager (CRPM) running jobs on her own. Her favorite part of a project comes after the walls are up and the project is ready for all the cosmetic details. “I actually enjoy tedious work,” said Sydney. “I get great satisfaction out of giving our customers exactly what they want, giving them 100 percent.” Continue reading Sydney Contant Receives “40 Under 40” Award
Constructing the Elements for Success
There is no quick and easy formula for long-lasting success. Just ask Dale Contant, principal owner of Atlanta Design & Build. Since 1996, ADB has persevered through good times and bad, pressing forward to a strong future with Dale as the driving force behind the company’s success.
A native of South Florida, Dale received his work ethic from his father, a residential contractor. The knowledge and hands-on experience he gained from working alongside his father was a strong factor leading to a profession he would continue to revisit throughout his professional career.
In January, Teresa Mears of U.S. News and World Report interviewed Dale Contant for an article on how to avoid costly mistakes when you hire a contractor to do a major home renovation project. Angie Hicks, founder of AngiesList.com and Brandon Turner, vice president of BiggerPockets.com were also included in the article. Click here for some wise and practical advice from those in the know:
How to Make Hiring a Home Contractor Less Like Gambling
Hiring a contractor to do a major home renovation is difficult for most of us. We’re risking a lot of money, so it’s important to avoid costly mistakes. Since it’s not something we do often, we have few opportunities to practice and improve our skills.
Even for experienced home renovators, hiring a contractor can feel a lot like gambling. But there are things you can do to improve your odds.
“All the documentation needs to be clear and concise,” says H. Dale Contant, president-elect of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and president of Atlanta Design & Build. “There should be no ambiguity.”
Continue Reading the article at U.S. News
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Considerations When Selecting a Two-Level Kitchen Island
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