The process of building has evolved into an elaborate scavenger hunt. Having a family say "Let's go!" begins a process that can take upwards of a year or more of time chasing around approvals, permits, labor, materials, and so on.At the very first, we need to have a plan to build from, so we turn to architects and engineers to collaborate with. I've been extremely fortunate to … [Read more...] about When Beginnings are Endings
An article recently caught my attention- it has to do with a condominium building built in San Francisco that has started to sink. Of course, this isn't any small condo building, this is a high rise, with multi-million dollar units and high profile owners. Of course, the building's reps claim that the building started to sink when a government transit station was started … [Read more...] about Avoid that Sinking Feeling
I had the opportunity to tour an amazing home in Cleveland Heights last night. Several things made the home amazing to me- first was the impeccable way the owners had restored nearly everything in the home, saving the pieces that froze the home into the early 20th century- things like what had to have been one of the first intercom systems- and undoing some of the unfortunate … [Read more...] about Artwork is Timeless
Several years ago there was a study done based on exit polling from model home visitors on what they thought builders make on each home. This was done in the context of a national survey by the NAHB (National Association of Homebuilders) on what builders actually make. Most people believe that builders make over 20% on their products. Nationally, builders were actually making … [Read more...] about The Business of Building
This week I had the chance to tour a few of Washington DC's iconic buildings. What struck me was the fantastic detailing and craftsmanship in buildings built during the country's infancy. The British burned down the Capitol Building during the war of 1812, and craftsman began immediately to rebuild it. Using strictly human powered hand tools, they built brick arches, groined … [Read more...] about Craftsmanship never gets Old!