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The DIY Trap - Owners Build Their Own

The DIY Trap - Owners Build Their Own

Massing – A big part of zoning codes My engineer, Richard, and I sat at the Starbucks at Parmer and MoPac in Austin.  I sipped a cappuccino and he his hot cocoa.  We had just rolled up two sets of blueprints we were studying for upcoming projects.  Our small talk eventually turned to our latest…

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The First Appointment - Who Should come to Your Door?

The First Appointment - Who Should come to Your Door?

What is the Builder’s Motivation? Any successful builder will have a certain degree of skill in sales and personal interaction with a potential client.  If the work could present itself, your work as the homeowner would be considerably easier.  Unfortunately, the hiring process is very much a guessing game, your gut instincts playing a large…

10 Questions You Should Ask - Having Trouble Picking a Qualified Builder?

10 Questions You Should Ask - Having Trouble Picking a Qualified Builder?

Most Home-Owners go with one of the first Three Builders they See So you have listed your request for bids on Houzz, Home Advisors, Angie’s List, Thumbtack, or any other of the scores of sites designed to connect you to a builder for your home project.  Once the messages and calls start flooding in what…

How to Select a Contractor Who Can Build the Home of Your Dreams

How to Select a Contractor Who Can Build the Home of Your Dreams

Welcome to the Tricky World of Residential Construction As someone who is building a new home, or a home owner with the desire to renovate your family home, you have a very clear picture of how you want your dream home to look and feel. In today’s market, crowded with new or inexperienced builders, many…

Tips to Hire a Reliable Home Remodeling Contractor

Tips to Hire a Reliable Home Remodeling Contractor

The Days Before Design Build Over the last 37 years, I have seen many changes in the Austin Home Remodeling industry. General contractors used to be the only game in town. Austin design build firms were not even a thing back then. Architects designed, builders built and customers rolled the dice. We can all thank…

Sub-Contractors vs Employees - Is it Important?

Sub-Contractors vs Employees - Is it Important?

Why Does Everyone Ask About Subs? There has always been a perceived detriment associated with builders who use sub-contractors rather than their own company employees. The perception is that a salaried employee is more loyal; more reliable; more trustworthy. Many people believe this because one must assume the employee’s dedication and commitment to the organization…

Builders: Trust is Precious

Builders: Trust is Precious

Will your Builder Understand your Needs? As a person interested in building a new home or office; or someone who seeks to improve your current property, you have reservations inherent to customers within this industry. How can you trust in the ability of a builder to translate your building goals into a final product of…