So you want to build a house…..

When I look back on the first time I went to renovate my house, I can’t help but think about how I had no idea where to begin. I had spent years saving and finally had enough money to make that big step. But there were so many things I wanted to do: I had […]

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How to use a Wish-list / Contingency to get what you want

Think about your phone. Imagine you run the manufacturing company that made the phone. Imagine your company is going to create a new phone and sell millions of these phones to people all over the world. So before making millions of these phones, you’re probably going to want to make just one to be sure […]

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What’s a control account and how does it give you control?

How much is your project going to cost?  Sometimes it’s a chicken or egg problem: How do you know you can get what you want for your budget? Is your budget enough? What should or shouldn’t be included in your budget? Many homeowners will try to answer this with the chicken… they get something designed […]

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THE Secret to Staying on Budget

There exists an unfortunate reality that permeates much of the building industry, especially custom home building, and it’s often not talked about.  What is this unfortunate reality?  Going over budget. Not just by a little bit, but often by a lot…often even double.  Why is it not talked about? When you’re walking your friends through […]

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