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I took the project for some reasons that were clear to me and others not so clear. I’m sure a phycologist would have a field day theorizing why a person would put themselves in this position by choice. Hero complex? Superiority complex? Still trying to prove I’m better than the other guy? What better way to prove my brilliance than fixing “their” shoddy work, right? Damn that ego! Even the call from the building inspector warning me that this was a “very problematic” project wasn’t enough to deter or scare me off, although it did raise a red flag. The fact...

The Vision Every remodel project whether you are planning it or not has to start out with a vision and every remodel project is much like a story, it has a beginning, a middle, and an ending. Often, actually always, it's the planning in the beginning the dictates the ending. When you hear somebody tell you” if they had only known in the beginning” well then you know it wasn't planned very well at the outset. Also, the idea that there is any predictability what so ever when you're uncovering an existing house, deconstructing structural and mechanical elements is a fool’s...

We are all from somewhere else, some other country, some other tradition, some other language, a multicultural society that came together to form the greatest nation on earth. Just like air conditioning running water and electricity it's easy to forget about how we got here and take it for granted, how this country was built, who built it and why. As we become accustomed to the conveniences that we've discovered and built in our history we've become less and less in touch with the basic question “How did it happen” What sort of sacrifices were made by the people who...

Hey Kris! Please excuse all typos as I am doing this by voice. I try and correct them but I might miss some. Thanks for contacting me! Garage floors are typically A separate pour from the main house slab And not connected to it. You can look at the edges where the Garage slab butts up to the house slab and see if there is a small gap and possibly a piece of expansion material. It may look like a little piece of rubber or wood or there may just be a gap between the garage slab and the beam of the...

Patience is the word this week So I have 2 clients I'm doing too pretty good size projects for. One is living in the house and one is living off site. The one living in the house is pressing me because they want me to get finished because I'm making a huge mess and I've only just started literally within the last few weeks. And they want to celebrate T-DAY in their new kitchen. The one living off site is pressing me because they want to get back in their house because it's taken so long to do the project not...

Q. Is it hard coming into a new country and starting a new business? Not if you have a great plan! RG I came upon Pink Belts Roofing and Robyne Garten from a referral from my friend Gary Neidert when I was pitching the idea of this podcast series to him. A quick google search and email to Robyne and much to my delight a quick response. She was in fact going to be coming through my neck of the woods in a few weeks and could stop by the radio station and do a live interview. How much more lucky...

30 years ago while sitting at a desk as a phone receptionist Lisa Dritschler never thought she would be the President of a home building company in 2018. After all, everyone around her was very male and very dominating. The building industry in Texas was the wild wild west of the business world, smoky back room deals, good ol boy networks, and shady bankers made the headlines, but there was light at the end of the long twisted tunnel. Lisa was lucky, she worked for men she admired and respected, men that were willing to teach her and mentor her....

F.H. Perry Builders has a long and distinguished legacy in the greater Boston, Mass. area, in this weeks interview and podcast I had the privilege of chatting with the founders daughter, Allison who is now Owner/President. I hope you enjoy the podcast as much as Allison and I enjoyed chatting. Below is a brief bio of F.H. Perry.     Our Story TWO IMPORTANT THINGS HAPPENED IN 1977. 1.) F.H. Perry Builder was created. 2.) The company’s future President, Allison Perry Iantosca, turned five years old. And for the next twenty years or so, both grew and flourished without minding much about the business of...

WHEN EVERYBODY IS IN CHARGE NOBODY IS IN CHARGE My friend is building a house for a couple when he notices the brick mason he's hired isn't doing a good job. He tells the owner that he's going to fire the mason and replace him and that it will cause a delay. The owner insists that the builder not fire the mason, that somehow he (the builder) can force a not very talented mason to learn to be a better mason and not cause a delay. My friend has over 40 years experience in the home building business, he is a...