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Home Remodeling [1.0] – Building Yourself a Home…

…is not a Rational Endeavor Our home is our shelter. We have a need to protect ourselves. We can go deep down the evolutionary tree to try find where it began, but it’s definitely something that is not our choice, … Read More

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Home Remodeling [2.0] — It all Starts with a Dream

…and dreaming is for free. At the very beginning of the project there is no need to limit your imagination. Leave the budget conversation for the next phase. This is your only chance to dream without limitations. It’s surprising how … Read More

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Home Remodeling [3.0] — Budget Wisely

When thinking of budget there are actually few budgets that you need to plan. Let’s start from the beginning of the project: In early design phases you’ll count everything that you want done and arrive at a number. Let’s say … Read More

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Home Remodeling [4.0] —Notes About the Budget

Prerequisite: Home Remodeling [3.0] — Budget Wisely If you look at the budget stages, you can notice that in each stage you can’t predict or see what is going to come in the next. No matter how detailed your initial budget is, you … Read More

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Home Remodeling [5.0] — Roles and Interests

Navigating through the maze of home building is easier if you understand roles and interests that drive behaviors. Each role has its rational interests, inherited interest, but also its personal, intrinsic interests. Additionally, there are two variations of each role, … Read More

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Lack of Trust Between Owner and Contractor

Jane and Joe After signing a contract and a handshake, Joe the Contractor asks Jane the Homeowner to give him a check to buy materials and start. Jane feels uncomfortable about giving him a check, but doesn’t have a choice. … Read More

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Dan Ariely on Honesty and Accountability

Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, writes about honesty: “One percent of people will always be honest and never steal,” the locksmith said. “Another one percent will always be dishonest and always try to pick … Read More

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Quotes: Olga Tochilinskaya

Olga Tochilinskaya, Interior Designer, on importance of escrow “If client doesn’t want to put money in the escrow it is a sign for me to be cautious . And if I am in a position to choose, maybe I don’t … Read More

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Quotes: Michael Homeier

Michael Homeier, Attorney , on importance of secure payment and pain of construction “I’ve been working with developers on large projects for years . Unfortunately, there is, from time to time, a situation where money is not as secure as … Read More

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Quotes: Rosslyn Hummer

Rosslyn Hummer, Attorney , on lack of available remedies for collecting on invoices and importance of record “…there is no help for the small guy: there are many projects where budget doesn’t allow client to pay for legal help. Some of them have to … Read More

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Quotes: Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C.

Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C. , on problems non-payment creates and lack of remedies “Anyone who has ever done any amount of work as a construction contractor or subcontractor or represented them in collections cases has learned from hard experience … Read More

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Quotes: Joe Ferrante

Joseph Ferrante , Ferrante-Coberling Construction, on risk of not being paid in full “I’ve been in construction business since I was a kid. My father ran a contracting business and I’m running one now. No matter how careful we are … Read More

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The Worst Self-inflicted Disaster

… that can happen to your project is running out of funds midway through construction There is an old saying: The only thing worth less than a bare piece of land is land with an unfinished structure on it… (just … Read More

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Lack of Trust Between Owner and Contractor

Jane and Joe After signing a contract and a handshake, Joe the Contractor asks Jane the Homeowner to give him a check to buy materials and start. Jane feels uncomfortable about giving him a check, but doesn’t have a choice. … Read More

Featured Post

Dan Ariely on Honesty and Accountability

Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, writes about honesty: “One percent of people will always be honest and never steal,” the locksmith said. “Another one percent will always be dishonest and always try to pick … Read More

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Homeowners, Architects, Builders… We Deserve Better

Our industry, the building industry, is in technological stone age. In the age of information we build information in CAD, reduce it to the PDF, email to our colleagues to print it and look at it same way they would look … Read More

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Three Pillars of Architectural Service

Not to be Confused with “What is Architecture” What do Architects do, and why one should pay them? In my 20 something years in AEC industry I had to answer this question to myself and then to the clients, their … Read More

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Is it Important?

…or, who is going to see the difference? Setting priorities is the key when time is limited. But how to decide what is the priority. When in doubt, appropriate question is : Is it Important? In a time of ever-shortening architectural … Read More

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The Worst Self-inflicted Disaster

… that can happen to your project is running out of funds midway through construction There is an old saying: The only thing worth less than a bare piece of land is land with an unfinished structure on it… (just … Read More

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Timeline vs. Deadline

.. or plan vs. wish list When I was young and unexperienced, I assumed that a client’s organization is, by definition of the relationship, better managed. Haphazardly, to my great disbelief, and definitely too late, somewhere along the way I realized … Read More

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Lack of Trust Between Owner and Contractor

Jane and Joe After signing a contract and a handshake, Joe the Contractor asks Jane the Homeowner to give him a check to buy materials and start. Jane feels uncomfortable about giving him a check, but doesn’t have a choice. … Read More

Featured Post

Dan Ariely on Honesty and Accountability

Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, writes about honesty: “One percent of people will always be honest and never steal,” the locksmith said. “Another one percent will always be dishonest and always try to pick … Read More

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Quotes: Olga Tochilinskaya

Olga Tochilinskaya, Interior Designer, on importance of escrow “If client doesn’t want to put money in the escrow it is a sign for me to be cautious . And if I am in a position to choose, maybe I don’t … Read More

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Quotes: Michael Homeier

Michael Homeier, Attorney , on importance of secure payment and pain of construction “I’ve been working with developers on large projects for years . Unfortunately, there is, from time to time, a situation where money is not as secure as … Read More

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Quotes: Rosslyn Hummer

Rosslyn Hummer, Attorney , on lack of available remedies for collecting on invoices and importance of record “…there is no help for the small guy: there are many projects where budget doesn’t allow client to pay for legal help. Some of them have to … Read More

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Quotes: Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C.

Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C. , on problems non-payment creates and lack of remedies “Anyone who has ever done any amount of work as a construction contractor or subcontractor or represented them in collections cases has learned from hard experience … Read More

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Quotes: DT

Presidential Debate Transcript, Sep. 26, 2016 , on normalization of non-payment in the industry “HC:….I’ve met dishwashers, painters, architects, glass installers, marble installers, drapery installers, like my dad was, who you refused to pay when they finished the work that … Read More

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Quotes: Joe Ferrante

Joseph Ferrante , Ferrante-Coberling Construction, on risk of not being paid in full “I’ve been in construction business since I was a kid. My father ran a contracting business and I’m running one now. No matter how careful we are … Read More

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Home Remodeling [1.0] – Building Yourself a Home…

…is not a Rational Endeavor Our home is our shelter. We have a need to protect ourselves. We can go deep down the evolutionary tree to try find where it began, but it’s definitely something that is not our choice, … Read More

Featured Post

Home Remodeling [2.0] — It all Starts with a Dream

…and dreaming is for free. At the very beginning of the project there is no need to limit your imagination. Leave the budget conversation for the next phase. This is your only chance to dream without limitations. It’s surprising how … Read More

Featured Post

Home Remodeling [3.0] — Budget Wisely

When thinking of budget there are actually few budgets that you need to plan. Let’s start from the beginning of the project: In early design phases you’ll count everything that you want done and arrive at a number. Let’s say … Read More

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Home Remodeling [4.0] —Notes About the Budget

Prerequisite: Home Remodeling [3.0] — Budget Wisely If you look at the budget stages, you can notice that in each stage you can’t predict or see what is going to come in the next. No matter how detailed your initial budget is, you … Read More

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Home Remodeling [5.0] — Roles and Interests

Navigating through the maze of home building is easier if you understand roles and interests that drive behaviors. Each role has its rational interests, inherited interest, but also its personal, intrinsic interests. Additionally, there are two variations of each role, … Read More

Featured Post

Homeowners, Architects, Builders… We Deserve Better

Our industry, the building industry, is in technological stone age. In the age of information we build information in CAD, reduce it to the PDF, email to our colleagues to print it and look at it same way they would look … Read More

Featured Post

Three Pillars of Architectural Service

Not to be Confused with “What is Architecture” What do Architects do, and why one should pay them? In my 20 something years in AEC industry I had to answer this question to myself and then to the clients, their … Read More

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Should I Spend a Dollar ?

…or Marginal Cost=Marginal Revenue Somewhere at the start of my MBA path, econ professor Sebastian Edwards walked into his first class and said: Marginal Cost=Marginal Revenue is the answer to all the questions in this life and if you answer … Read More

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