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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...

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...

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...

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....

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...