Women in Construction Build Successful Careers

Career paths and plans have changed for many Americans in 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic has led to significant job losses across multiple industries nationwide. However, the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows residential construction hiring was up more than 300,000 in the last two months. In the United States, women make up …

Professional Women in Building Week, Sept. 14-18

The Greater Fort Smith Association of Home Builders Supports Increased Workforce Development Opportunities for Women to Help Address the Home Building Labor Shortage According to labor force statistics from the Current Population Survey and analyzed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the share of women in the construction industry is currently at 9.86 percent, although women make up …

How to Design Your Home Office for Productivity

In a connected world, working outside a traditional office is now a viable option for employees across the country. According to recent U.S. Census data approximately eight million people work from home. If you work from a home office, it is important to create a separate space for productivity with minimal distraction. One of the benefits of a home office …

Keep Unwanted Summer Guests Away

Social distancing this summer may be a barrier for having visitors at your home. There are some guests, however, that you should never allow into your home — pests such as ants, roaches, rats, and termites. Not only are pest infestations a nuisance, its critical to protect your family from disease due to food contamination and your property from damage …

Five Things to do After You Purchase a New Home

If you’re a first-time home buyer who has just finished the closing process, you might be wondering what you should do as soon as you move-in. Maybe it’s unpacking or gathering new design ideas to make the home your own. Before settling in, there are a few tasks you should consider completing to help keep your home comfortable and family …

Coronavirus Concerns Spark New Home Design Ideas

Home owners have transformed their living spaces into classrooms, home offices and gyms this year. With people spending more time at home, the future of home design is being reimagined. As home owners seek out ways to maximize the functionality their living spaces, here are some of the budding trends in home design and renovation. Modifying Mudrooms and Entryways A …

How to Solve a Shortage of Storage

As communities across the country practice social distancing to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, you might have more people in your home than usual. Whether it’s your college student who has moved home earlier than expected, or young kids spending more time at home than normal, finding storage for blankets, clothes, books, toys and other items that …

Five Tips to Prepare for A Home Remodel

Home is important now more than ever. If you’ve spent a significant time at home this year, you may have started to reimagine your space. Maybe you want to add a new home office or perhaps you’ve decided your dated bathroom finally needs some attention. A home renovation can modernize your home, increase your comfort and potentially add value to …

Three Myths About Buying a Home Right Now

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded this year, a place to call home took on a new meaning for many. Living spaces evolved into home offices, schools and playgrounds. Stay-at-home restrictions this year may have accelerated your desire to purchase a new home to gain more space or perhaps you were prepared to buy a home this year but are now …

Fred Kirkwood Joins Summit Utilities’ Executive Leadership Team

CENTENNIAL, CO – Summit Utilities, Inc., (Summit), announces the promotion of a company veteran, Fred Kirkwood, to Chief Customer Officer (CCO).    Kirkwood has served as the Senior Vice President of Customer Development for Summit since March 2017. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Kirkwood began his career as a Customer Development Representative working with residential and …