Working with family is a fairly common occurrence in the remodeling industry. That famililal familiarity can ease some situations but add stress to others. Remodeling Columnist Paul Winans shares some of the tips he learned over 29 years of working side-by-side with his wife.

When at work, we were two professionals who worked in the same company. We were not family members.

That clarity meant we were not airing out our dirty laundry in front of those we worked with. I see this happen with some who work together, often a parent and a son or daughter, where patterns that should have been discarded years ago are brought into the work place. Clear boundaries allow everyone to be more productive and satisfied.

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