Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I just wanted to drop a line to all my past customers and friends for their support over the past few years. It has been a struggle in this business and I have managed to stay busy with all of your support. We just dug one basement for an expanding family in NE Rochester getting ready for twins!! I am just finishing up with a large project in the metro area of Lake Elmo and hope to post some finished pictures when completed next Friday. 6400 sq ft fully finished home on an acreage and finishing on the day we scheduled 5 months ago! We have 5 more to dig prior to the fall rush and hope to have several more to start before the snow starts to fly. One of our projects is going to be in Northfield on the Country Club golf course there. Should be a fun project and a super couple to work with. Another home to start is in NE Rochester for a couple expanding their business and getting closer to their family. It is a gorgeous Ranch on a super lot in Shannon Oaks. We then plan on digging a home for another expanding family in ManorWoods west of Rochester. We are just getting going on the selections and should be digging by mid October. We should be starting another home in NW Rochester sooner than the homes listed above. Another up and coming family who is currently getting all their new home selections dialed in for us to roll along. Lastly, we are looking at a larger 2 story in SE Rochester for a developer. This home would be a great home for any family looking to expand and will be ready for a move in by the time the snow would start to fly. I really do appreciate all of your support and hope the summer found you all some fun family times. Drop us a line anytime here with thoughts and ideas you have. We are all ears and appreciate the feedback!!!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I have heard many of my clients express concerns about building too late in the fall or winter. I have built a few hundred new homes in the Rochester and Surrounding communities and meet with my clients at the one year point of when we closed on their new home. I do this to not only meet up with my past customers, but also to gauge how the home we built reacted over the past year. One of the surprising things I have found is that the homes we build through the winter actually show much less movement than the ones we build in the spring. There are a couple factors attributed to this I believe. First, all the raw materials going into the home are at a point where they are the driest point of the entire year. The humidity is virtually gone in the fall and winter months. Secondly, I feel with the lowered humidity the home doesn't actually take on moisture while we are building. When wood takes on moisture, it swells. If this wood doesn't dry out prior to the vapor barrier going on or the sheetrock, it is much more likely to cause nail pops and sheet rock cracking over the next year. Building in the fall and winter can have its challenges as well. Heating costs may be higher, but due to the fact we are able to build these homes in a 2 to 4 month window we don't see that as much of a factor in our homes. The bottom line is that potential clients should not have concerns about building in the winter months if the builder they choose is capable of handling the conditions that come with it. You might be surprised how well the home will function for you if you do!