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How the concept of “green remodeling” has evolved over time and what, if anything, does it mean today? In this episode, Tim and Steve discuss the green movement, where it has been, where it is going, and a little about being involved. To dive further in we welcome Paul Eldrenkamp – Founder and Project Manager for Byggmeister, Inc. in Newton, MA to …
 
Join us as we sit down and discuss sustainability with Michael Kraus, Director of Operations at Food Loops and founder of Second Life Lumber. Michael has a real passion for sustainability and the mindful use of our resources. Find out more about Food Loops at www.foodloops.net Support the show at www.patreon.com/lookwhatidid Please rate and review!…
 
Many remodelers, builders and business owners make resolutions or commitments to create Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and then they get caught up in the daily grind and it never happens. Or, they take the time and energy to create them and they sit, unused, in a binder on a shelf. Another challenge for many companies we work with is attracti…
 
Remodeling companies and builders are now selling virtually, saving time and labor. Business owners and sales teams are finding new and unique ways to reach their audiences and secure contracts for projects and we’ve heard from some R/A Roundtables members that are now booking projects into 2022. Our guest today has taken it a step further and we w…
 
This week we got to sit down with Erin. Erin has been playing guitar for a number of years, either sitting in with bands, playing solo shows or playing at the Cowboy's stadium a number of times over the last few years. We hope you enjoy hearing about conquering fear, learning new things and why interaction with people is often the fuel for the crea…
 
In this episode, Tim and Steve are talking about code… yes, the building code. Who gets excited about the building code? One of the most common thoughts is that it makes it hard for a contractor to make money, however another thought is, it sets a low bar and as professionals, we should all be building better than the minimum standards. While likel…
 
In Episode 87, back in January, we spoke with John Murphy about the devastating fire that ripped through his cabinet shop and office and the process they were using to rebuild, literally from the ashes. And, of course, soon after we spoke, COVID hit and they were faced with yet another obstacle… however John’s company was already working remotely, …
 
Today’s topic came from a subscriber who contacted Tim asking about making the transition from a single owner-operator to building a team and assuming the role of “Boss.” Some remodelers just want to do the work themselves and stay small. They enjoy wearing all the “hats,” resigning themselves to the fact that they don’t have the energy or desire t…
 
In this episode, we take a look at what it takes to be a good boss from an employee’s perspective, but also from the supervisor side as well, as both of our guests have risen through the ranks to become leaders of their respective businesses. Our first guest, Aaron Enfinger, came up through the ranks and is now General Manager of the company he wor…
 
The Mariners were active at the trade deadline and Jerry Dipoto details the M’s biggest move. We take a look below the surface at the excellent season Dylan Moore is having. The defense has significantly improved since last season and Jerry gives us the reasons why. We revisit a time when Jerry pitched against the Mariners and something very usual …
 
We are well into the Covid crisis of 2020 and we are starting to hear of people struggling with the stress. We also see business owners and production leaders that are working like crazy to handle the surge of business, catch up or even to just make it all work. Our guest today is someone that deals with people everyday that are just trying to deal…
 
This week we sit down with Shea, the Willy Wonka behind Arkadia Retrocade. We recorded this before the pandemic and so some of our plans got a little sidetracked, but now Arkadia is open again and you can enjoy a full day of non stop retro video gaming for $5 dollars. Pull up a chair and listen in as we talk about heartbreak, following your dreams,…
 
It has been a long road for Austin Nola to Major League Baseball and Jerry Dipoto details how the journey has paid off. Leading Rookie of the Year candidate Kyle Lewis continues to surge and we talk about the most impressive aspect of his season. Jerry also describes the recent accomplishments of Evan White and Ljay Newsome. The MLB trade deadline …
 
In the last episode, we talked about the importance of Daily planning with Billy Andrews from Schloegel Design Remodel. In this episode, we take another step by talking more about how to approach planning and orchestration for larger, more extensive remodeling projects. This topic of planning actually came from one of our subscribers, so keep those…
 
As MLB celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro Leagues Jerry Dipoto marks the occasion by sharing personal stories of his time spent with Buck O’Neil. Jerry gives us an in-depth look at what makes Marco Gonzales so effective and gives us insight into the outstanding last few starts from Justus Sheffield. We check in with Tacom…
 
As you have likely heard us request ideas for show topics and guests, we are happy to deliver with this episode, focusing on the importance of daily planning. This topic can be slightly different depending on the size of the project; this episode is focused on regular sized projects and we will cover planning for larger projects in a future episode…
 
This week we get to sit down with Greggy Amisial. He works in Leadership Development for a global company and in his free time he teaches fitness classes and recently started his podcast, Dad Fit Podcast. Join us as we sit down with one of the most energetic men on the planet as he talks us through the power of one hit wonders and what you can do t…
 
We have covered the challenges associated with labor shortage on this show and we have probably had more than ten guests that are directly associated with solving the issue and increasing the awareness and opportunity in the Skilled trades. We have included many guests who are getting involved by putting together programs and initiatives, and not j…
 
This week we get to sit down with Randy Wilburn and discuss podcasting, how to interview and maybe most importantly, the art of truly listening. Randy is an author, speaker, consultant and business coach. You can learn more about Randy at www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com You can follow us at www.instagram.com/lwidproject And be sure to visit us at www.…
 
Finding and keeping good “help” can make or break your remodeling business. As a business owner you can recruit and interview candidates, maybe even hire one you think will be a superstar, and 2 weeks later you realize that not only are they a bad “fit,” they are destroying the chemistry and dynamic of your existing team. In this episode Tim and St…
 
In this episode, we continue to explore outside of the production world, but touch on areas of the business that affect what we do every day. Remodeling sales is typically handled by the business owner, or perhaps a sales team if the company is large enough. What if we got others involved in the sales process? Ideally, the entire team should be foc…
 
This week we got to sit down and chat with Jordan O'Donnell about his debut novel, Zoon Garden. This modern parable can best be described as current twist on Animal Farm. Learn why Jordan made the leap from working for the FBI to touring the country in a converted school bus to talk to you about anything under the sun but most especially the state …
 
As we continue to explore ways to overcome the labor shortage, that plagues so many remodelers and builders in our industry, we found that so many overlook one of the largest untapped labor pools out there… women working in construction. Women make up a small percentage of the construction workforce and most are in office-based roles or in design. …
 
Energy, and more specifically energy efficiency, has been a critical issue for building and remodeling since the late 80’s and 90’s when the attention seemed focused on window size and glazing. Fast-forward to today where the discussion has advanced to green energy, solar and thousands of products focused on energy conservation and efficiency. An i…
 
We get to sit down this week with our old friend and bandmate, Chris Villines. We reminisce about playing in a band before we get around to discussing Chris' path to building a studio. We really get to dive into the value of a recording studio in a world where recording at home has become so affordable and common place. The studio is all about coll…
 
The skilled labor shortage is a challenge we hear far too often about in our industry. In many cases we have asked “What are you doing about it?” and for many, it has been very little. It’s tough for business owners to take this on themselves because of the finances and resources needed to tackle the issue. It is refreshing to see the trade associa…
 
Raise your hand if you are a salesperson… Maybe a few business owners raised their hands, but most likely our production people and our Project managers, Lead carpenters, and Production managers all kept their hands down. Not so fast! In this episode, we step out of our comfort zone a little and talk about the impact that your production teams have…
 
We sat down with Hannah back at the beginning of the year as she took us on a verbal tour of the world of cosplay. The mixture of skills utilized is seemingly without end and it was inspiring to see how Hannah pushes her skillset in a world that is constantly evolving around her. You can follow Hannah at www.instagram.com/hannahvictoriacosplay/ and…
 
For a remodeling or general contracting firm, having trusted trade partners is critical. Often they can be the key to a successful project and overall experience for your clients. Over the years, we have worked with several remodelers who have considered having a service, like plumbing and electric, as part of their service offering, to have more c…
 
We usually focus on production issues like getting good help, working with trade contractors, change orders, etc. In this episode, we change things up and tackle a more general business topic, running debt-free. We are fortunate enough to have a returning guest join us for this discussion. Wally Staples was on Episode 72, talking about how he recru…
 
This episode marks a milestone for Look What I Did. Jimmy's podcast, Making It, was the direct inspiration for our show and we could not be more honored to be able to sit and chat with him for a while. We discuss creating content, making stuff, and our shared love of finding old tools. You can watch Jimmy's youtube channel here and follow him at ww…
 
For the last decade (pre-COVID), the demand and lack of skilled labor may have slowed production and increased housing costs more than any other factor. This condition is not new to the U.S. housing industry; the nation faced similar conditions at the founding of the country, and the evolution of the U.S. education system and the building trades ha…
 
Meeting the growing need for a qualified workforce in the remodeling and home building industries has evolved into seeing the ideal worker as coming from a range of backgrounds but with a common interest. In this episode, Tim and Steve welcome Home Builders Institute (HBI) President and CEO, Ed Brady, who explains the breadth of programs offered an…
 
This week we got to celebrate our 50th episode and two years of doing the show with all of our good friends at the Voice Press Network! It was our first attempt at a large live stream and unfortunately it didn't work, but the audio is saved and so now you get that conversation forever! Join us as we hang out with Travis from BeatsByTravis Alex from…
 
In this episode of theTim Faller Show, Tim and Steve explore some of the more technical aspects ofthe remodeling and building industries. In this case, we take a closer look atmoisture control and bring in an industry veteran and well-known speaker, BillRobinson out of New Orleans, Louisiana. Bill is a nationally known construction trainer and pres…
 
In this episode, Tim and Steve cover the Customer Experience. Creating a positive feeling in your clients can not only make the project successful but more importantly, leads to referrals which we all know is the “lifeblood” for any successful remodeler. No one knows the concept of Client Experience tracking more than our friends at GuildQuality so…
 
In this episode, we talk about mistakes. Not technical mistakes like forgetting to shim a heavy door, but the mistakes that cost remodelers and renovators in other ways. Our guest was recommended to us from an avid listener in British Columbia who heard him speak at a conference. His topic was avoiding costly mistakes in renovation and remodeling p…
 
The Wheelhouse returns with the first episode of 2020. Jerry Dipoto, Aaron Goldsmith, and Gary Hill discuss how the organization is dealing with the current situation. We dive into the unique ways communication with players and staff are taking place. Jerry also details the challenges of preparing for the draft given the current circumstances. He a…
 
Congratulations on Reaching 100 Episodes! To celebrate this milestone, we’re changing up the format, turning the tables and featuring our Host, Tim Faller! In this episode of the Tim Faller Show, Steve interviews hisco-host and explores Tim’s background as a lead carpenter, business owner andhis transition to a trusted advisor and sought-after indu…
 
As he’s stated many times, Tim wants to see punch lists eliminated completely. The punch list can be an invitation for clients to find fault for remodelers. In new home building, there’s a part of the budget set aside to take care of the punch list. It can be a drain on profits. Usually. Derek Stone built a business, in part, by completing punch li…
 
We got to sit down and talk with the incredible Will Nicholson about everything that goes in to creating, building and flying drones. That's all that Will does though, the hour that we spent with him felt like finding a missing brother. He is a handy guy with experience and interest that cross many fields. This one is all about the belief that the …
 
Editor’s note: We’re all working remotely, away from the podcasting studio, so we’ve dug into the virtual vault to bring you this episode. With so many projects on hold due to Covid-19 emergency orders, take some time to get your systems and processes ready for better days. Developing a system that makes your kitchen and bath jobs more profitable h…
 
This week Aaron and Daniel talk to...themselves. Taking a moment in the middle of this crazy time to connect back with each other and the roots of the podcast as they practice responsible social distancing. Learn more about Look What I Did at www.lookwhatidid.net Follow us at www.instagram.com/lwidproject For additional content go to www.patreon.co…
 
Training to help move team members up the ladder is important to any remodeling company and its ability to move fast and make money. Chris Peterson has seen the importance of training from his first days in the field as a carpenter through to his present leadership position. He says it’s a concrete way to coach and promote great people from the gro…
 
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