Hurricane Impacts – Expect the Unexpected

Hurricane impacts to areas of landfall and within the reach of a hurricane's winds, waves, and rain are graphically illustrated by recent events. First, Hurricane Harvey produced incredible flooding in East Texas.  Then the winds of Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated many of the Carribean Islands. God Bless those affected by these hurricane impacts, the rescuers and those helping with the rebuilding of these areas. The...

Cost Per Square Foot – A Potential Pricing Problem

Blindly pricing a job on a cost per square foot is risky business. Are we talking heated square footage, foundation square footage, total square footage? Design, location, and finishes all influence the cost of a job. Still, customers push for this simple comparison. I explain some effects of design, location, and finishes below. Cost Per Square Foot - Location Influence. Building location influences cost....

‘www.windy.com’ – A Weather Resource for Construction –

I had never heard of 'www.windy.com' before the Hurricane Irma United States landfall. My brother mentioned it while discussing Irma. A surfer and fisherman, he uses it regularly to forecast weather, wind, and waves. Later that day, a friend tracking the storm  from Florida told me to check out  windy.com while mentioning the sites awesome graphics. Due to Hurricane Irma I had an immediate interest in...

Construction Problems-Identify, Solve, Prevent

The only good thing about bad construction problems during the building process is being able to use the problems as learning experiences. Construction problems occur every day. Estimation, bidding, permitting, and each phase of the build out fail from time to time. Construction personnel find multiple and frequent opportunities for error. Inaccuracy, omissions, miscalculation, misunderstanding, oversight, misinterpretation, ignorance, arrogance, carelessness and/or “care less”ness lurk...

Senior Citizen Construction – A Growing Market

  There are around 46 million people age 65 and over living in the United States today. Estimates are as high as 98 million people over age 65 by the year 2060. Senior citizen construction needs to catch up. No one is getting any younger. The majority of the present 65+ population consists of the baby boomers and their parents. Over 72 million baby...

Construction Contract Protections Risk or Reward?

“IF YOU DON’T HAVE IT IN WRITING, YOU DON’T HAVE IT”. So read the nicely embroidered sampler in the expensive frame alone on the wall behind and above the general contractor who I was meeting for the first time. We had talked on the phone.  I had also met his general foreman. Before meeting him, I had even done the interior carpentry on forty-four of...