Builders — the Good, Bad & Ugly

How do builders want to be remembered? In the real estate service industry there are numerous ways to differentiate a builder from the competition. Service…product…ability, but every differentiation tactic involves the same strategy — managing expectations and every client and partner will measure a builder for how well he managed expectations. read more →

01 May 2011
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Owner As Installer – Should You Help Build It?

You’re a DITY…I’m a DITY…we’re all DITY. Pick up that hammer and join the DITY (Do-It-Yourself) world. Admit it, you’ve fallen victim to the DITY-movement. Frequent DITY shows on HGTV inspire you to build your own project. Instructional U-Tube videos empowered you to remodel your kitchen. The sheer number of home improvement stores, shows and helpful U-Tube videos inspired many owners to build IT themselves. read more →

05 Feb 2010
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How do I get a good construction estimate?

How do I get a good construction estimate? The jury is still out, but one thing is for sure; no one knows what a project costs until it’s finished. The industry and most builders will suggest they are better estimators than architects are. I agree that a builder will arrive at a price for your.. read more →

12 Dec 2009
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Owner As Builder – Should you Build It?

Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Do friends call your wall in China, “great”; your arch in France “triumphal” and your tower in Paris an “eye-ful”? Do friends mock you because you built your own computer, car or man cave? Are you the envy of the neighbors because all your home improvement projects are better than glossy magazine photos? If this is true, you’re obviously skilled so why not build your own home? Building your own home is a challenge, but may be more manageable than you think. read more →

08 Dec 2009
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Architects like builders

Architects genuinely like builders! Contrary to what you read in many publications or overhear at trade shows, architects and builders like and appreciate one another. The builder-bashing and architect-lynching will wage on eternally because these “partners” lack effective communication – like many relationships. The problem is builders are rarely included in design and architects are.. read more →

Design-Build: The Super Star or Super Team

Do you like sports? Do full-contact team sports like football, basketball and soccer motivate you or do you prefer the indivdual sports like tennis, golf and gymnastics? I’m a team sport fan and enjoyed playing football, basketball and soccer because I like the interdepence of players working together, exploiting their strengths, to win championships. Of course, the satisfaction of cultivating an individual talent to earn the #1 ranking in the world is remarkably fulfilling too. Did you know designing and building your home can be like a team or individual sport? It’s true! You can develop your design-build project in countless ways, but regardless what the industry calls it, you are “working together” or “working in parts” and both methods have advantages, but how do you know whether to be a super star or super team? read more →

14 Sep 2009
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Why should I involve a builder in design?

Why should I involve a builder during design? Because it benefits you and improves your project success! If you don’t involve a builder who understands market price fluctuation during design, there is a chance you will design a home you cannot afford. I will design a home that meets your requirements and desires and will.. read more →

10 Sep 2009
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What is the most common service clients request?

What is the most common service clients request?   Most clients request the design package (The Sketch, The Details, The Docs) because they are interested in buying the expertise and documents to bid and build their project. But consider asking your architect to help you choose the best project (The Test), select a compatible builder.. read more →

11 Aug 2008
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