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
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.
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