Posted to E2custom by Erik
on 3/4/2019 6:22:48 AM
Well I’m getting cuaght up on the blog thing I have so many things I’ve learned through this process that I want to share and haven’t had time because I’ve been so crazy busy with the house. It has been super cold here this weekend so I thought what better time than to get this caught up. I am doing all of the General Contracting with a ton of help from my awesome wife. She truly is the one that makes it all possible without her none of it would work. She makes sure the family is running on the right path everyday and that I don’t spend to much money on one thing. I have been running it and working on it a lot in the last 5 months. I’m doing all my own Plumbing, Hvac, Hydronic infloor Heating, and a ton of other things as well. Keeping trash picked up running to the dump and cleaning what feels like constantly. I try to buy whoever is out there lunch at least once a week if I can. Make sure they have answers to questions as fast as possible because uncertainty is a time eater. I found it is very important to check in and make sure they have what they need for the next day because it is amazing how much time is wasted when you run out of material.
Paying subs quickly is very important as well. My bank doesn’t like it that I do more draws than the two a month they specified in the beginning but I have found that when you get them there money fast they tend to call you asking if there is anything you need rather than you calling them to see where they are at and why works not getting done.
My wife gets on me every now and then for Shooting the s—t so to speak she tells me I talk to much. But sometimes it is really beneficial. I got a concrete guys name by talking to the excavator. We also saved 15k just by me talking with a guy about a barn they were tearing down and the next thing you know we are getting our reclaimed barn wood floors from a local company! And from a barn that was a mile away from our house that was built in the 1890’s.
I love meeting all the people working on my house and knowing a little about them and getting to share a little about me and my family with them. I want them to know who they are building it for so they don’t feel like it’s just another job and just another house. I feel like that is a big part missing now days in our fast paced buildit and move it world. The pride that used to go into homes I feel has really diminished. I take pride in the fact that I feel like my house won’t be that way I can see the pride that all of my subs have had in working on our house and it shows.
Thank for reading!