Author: Bruce Sommers

GRADUATE MASTER BUILDER (GMB) is for experienced veterans only, and is the ultimate symbol of the building professional. Before beginning the certification process and attending the advanced GMB courses, you must have ten years of building experience and have earned a

GRADUATE MASTER REMODELER (GMR) is a designation program that helps consumers identify remodelers who perform professional, quality work.  To earn a GMR designation, a remodeler must meet nationally defined criteria for previous experience, earned and maintained a Certified Graduate Remodeler

CERTIFIED GREEN PROFESSIONAL (CGP) is an exclusive designation designed to teach building industry professionals strategies for incorporating green building principles into homes using cost-effective and affordable options.  Requirements include 24 hours of classroom instruction, industry experience and adherence to a

CERTIFIED AGING-IN-PLACE SPECIALIST (CAPS) this designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry - homes modification for the aging-in-place.  The NAHB Remodelers Council - in

CERTIFIED LEAD RENOVATOR is a certification that is required and will be enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for any builder working on any property that was built prior to 1978.  This means that this kind of project is going

This project consisted of converting and refinishing the attic for this Royal Oaks client, so they could better use their previously unusable space. "Remained on schedule, completed work as described. Quality workmanship. Reliable, quality workmanship, honest, hard working." K M, Royal Oaks

This project in Sugar Land included a guest suite addition. “Courteous, professional, helpful and responsive approach. Highly recommended.  You may pay a little more, but you certainly get your money's worth.  Excellent & professional attitude." SF, Sugar Land

This home remodeling project included a new garage with a second story mother-in-law suite.  Additional work for this client included a master bath remodel in Memorial. "Ability to work with you instead of against you. Bruce is knowledgeable and works to

Ashworth completed multiple, award winning projects for this family.  The projects in Amberwood, Humble included a master bath addition, and the designing and building associated with a whole house renovation. "Flexibility and attention to detail. Quality work and professional." JK, Amberwood, Humble

Do you want to add on to or remodel an existing home or other building? Do you want to renovate? Or, is it just some maintenance or repairs that need attention? Maybe you’re looking to build a new home or

How do you determine if you’re dealing with a professional? The term “Professionalism” is thrown around rather easily, but what does it really mean to be a professional? Think about your first visit to a doctor’s office. What do you look

Getting Started - Finding the appropriate design, building or Design Build professional for your project is not a difficult task. The steps are similar to those you would take in locating any qualified professional. First, you will need to compile

When are permits and inspections required, who gets or calls for them? What is the benefit of a third-party inspection?  Inspections help protect your property value and life safety.  The building industry is constantly changing there are new materials and systems