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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…

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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…

Design Drawings: Exhibit A

Design Drawings: Exhibit A

We Produce a Free Drawing with every Proposal ATX Design Build has always produced design drawings with every proposal.  In my long career, however, I haven’t always produced drawings for every proposal I tendered. I started the practice some years ago when I found it difficult to farm out the design to architect firms. The…

Does an Itemized Proposal Save you Money?

Does an Itemized Proposal Save you Money?

Comprehensive vs Itemized Proposals As an Austin Builder I interact with many clients.  Each has his or her preferred way to do business.  A client asked me, recently, if I itemize my proposals.  I replied that the proposals I submit are comprehensive and extremely detailed.  A few days later he sent me an email with…

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…