Six phases of a construction project

This pretty much sums it up in six short segments.

  1. Enthusiasm
  2. Disillusionment
  3. Panic
  4. Search for the guilty
  5. Punishment of the innocent
  6. Praise and honors for the non participants

Head West

5 out of the top 15 housing markets in the U.S. are found in Montana.  

I had to double check to make sure this list wasn't published on April Fools Day - Fargo, ND made #2...?

  1. Billings, MT
  2. Fargo, ND
  3. Lander, WY
  4. Trenton, NJ
  5. Morgantown, WV

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Building Costs up 6.5% in 2009

Although we are seeing quite a drop in local building costs - the national average is still elevated over 2008. With steel leading the way again this month, Engineering News Record reports the following figures for April 2009: 20-CITY: 1913 = 100 April 2009 Index Value % change Month % change Year Construction Cost 8528.39 -0.1 +5.1 Common Labor 18015.79 0.0 +5.4 WAGE $/HR. 34.23 0.0 +5.4 20-CITY: 1913 = 100 April 2009 Index Value % change Month % change Year Building Cost 476 ... Read the rest of entry »

Federal Stimulus Plan

Still in the dark about the fed stimulus plan and how it will affect the different streams of the economy - check out THE web site on the subject.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is an unprecedented effort to jump start our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century.

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18 off the back porch

Out of the 80+ projects I've built in the last 10 years - this floor plan easily makes the top five list.  Designed by Locati Architects and built in the Black Bull Golf Community, this plan really hits a note for a smaller home with more than enough space to accommodate the crowds, yet not too large for the retired couple.  Take a look at the photos - the home speaks for itself.

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