I have been in the building business for over thirty years, during that time I have learned a

lot and seen a lot of changes to the entire process.  It used to be so simple.  I miss the days where we could draw something on a napkin over a cup of coffee, then get started

on it as soon as logistically possible. That was before all the specialization, the growth of the bureaucracies, as well as the general deterioration in work ethics.

 

When I was first learning the trade we learned from the old masters, we learned every aspect of every trade from running the backhoe to putting the shingles on the roof. We had to learn how the plumber did his job, how to make provisions for him, and of course help him when needed. This applied to all the trades. As young apprentices we learned ALL the aspects of a home so we could jump in and do whatever was asked of us. It was hard work, but now I look back and think how lucky to have been forced to get a complete understanding not only of the process, but of each trade.

 

We epitomized that old adage - Jack of all trades master of none.

 

Homes are different now; they have become so complicated that even the specialists are scrambling to keep up. The public is demanding choices. Remember when the choices for your walls would be paint color and drywall texture? Now we have a myriad of different types and finishes of paint with denim or leather texture for example, sheetrock or plaster, hand finished, machine finished or perhaps bees wax finish and on and on In this millennium the specialists

rule the roost.  The advantage is they are more proficient, the disadvantage is they never get to see the big picture and they donít worry nor do they know about what comes next. This phenomena isnít unique to the building industry it is everywhere. I can still remember when I

could give my car a tune-up or put in a new clutch, I could go to the Dr., now I run all over town to different specialists. I even remember when all we had to do was put our name on our trucks,

now I spend days working on my website. 

 

This was also a time when you made a decision whether you liked people or just money. I remember working at Big Sky, Montana as it was just starting up in the late 60ís early 70ís. There was lots of work so you could go just about anywhere on the mountain and find a job. There was more money to be made working on the huge condo projects as a carpenter, where you had no responsibility, you were off at 3:30, and nobody cared. Or you cold work on the homes that were going up. You could work on Chet Huntleyís new home where he would stop in all the time and he knew your name and said hello. Wow that felt good! He was enthusiastic and grateful to everyone for all the hard work helping him realize his dream.

 

I realized then that I would much rather use my knowledge and energy to help people with their home than I would just take impersonal dollars. Much harder work, but it was much more rewarding.

 

I spent the next thirty years building and/or developing everything from new homes, to tract homes, subdivisions to condominiums, restaurants, remodels, office buildings, whew, you

name it? However the ones that I remember and the people I have been lucky enough to

become life long friends with are from building their dream home, their addition, or perhaps

just a front step or a deck.

What this means to you is a way to tap into our years of experience to benefit you in your building project. We offer different services that are available for differing fees, but we will answer any questions you may  have. Just send us an email. probuilder@gmail.com