10 items to assess the soundness of your builder

September 30th, 2008 by Peter Schmelzer

Thanks to my Dad for forwarding this link. It contains good advice for those considering building a home and looking for a builder: (Marketwatch link)

It seems to pertain more to larger scale operations and developers rather than local custom builders, but I think you will find value in the article either way.


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A Disservice to the House

September 18th, 2008 by Mary Schmelzer

I found this interesting article in my e-mail this morning. The premise is that one bright side to the burst of the housing bubble is it has changed people’s thoughts about housing as investments.

During the boom, many people were investing in their homes to get a quick turnaround increase on their investment. Fast sales or the ability to tap the equity in the house turned the home into the equivalent of a promising stock…which led homeowners into making their properties into showpieces that would net sums well above their initial investments and current asking prices.

I invite you to read the whole article, but I think the closing line says it best,”The rule for a house is like the rule for a bottle of wine: If you love it, that’s what matters most, and therein lies its real worth.”

We’ve always believed the home should be somewhere you love, whether it is a showpiece or not. When you think of improving your home, think of what you will enjoy for a long time, not what will get you top billing in a real estate brochure.

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Union Street Wrapping Up

September 4th, 2008 by Peter Schmelzer

Colors applied judiciously add interest

Construction is nearly complete for our addition on Union Street. The Owner has done a great job painting the exterior, pulling colors from the existing house.

Exposed steel, wood deck and quarter-sawn cabinetry

The cabinets are looking good; door pulls were being installed when I took this shot. We are pleased with the project; the various materials come together nicely and provide a strong contrast to the historic interiors. It was fun when the Owner came into our office after seeing the new stainless steel counters in place; his smile was a mile wide and he was jazzed!

Tomorrow is the final walk-through. The green roof plantings will wait until the spring.

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