More progress on the decks and second floor system! Gotta get caught up and ready to roll on the roof. The guys have made great progress on the build this week. Very glad to see things back up and running like they should be. Lets see how much of this bad boy we can get finished up this week!
More Progress and an Important Note
So, long time no see! We have some updates to share, and a few lessons even the old heads can stand a refresher course on.
We have had some trouble on this job finding a steady supply of builders to work with our job foreman! One of the major victims of the economic down-turn has been the carpentry trade. Crews that have worked for many years before the down-turn, have had a difficult time, on average, coping with the amount of time off from steady pay. In some cases even losing their homes due to no work coming in at all. Here at Custom Timber Log Homes, we have been extremely fortunate to keep a steady supply of work and jobs coming in and going out. While we have been lucky, we have all had horrible stories of depression, job loss, and an almost non-existent new home build category over the last few years.
If you have had an appliance go out on you recently, you probably already know, we are living in a completely different world than we were 4-6 years ago. Now, if you attempt to go to your local hardware store for a simple part, water heater, or microwave, you will probably find yourself having to order one and have it shipped to you or to the store.
Companies that have been in operation for 40+ years are folding, or have folded in some situations. Most of us know one of these, or at least know of one of these situations, but the harsh reality is, not everyone has made it through this mess. Even if your best plumber, or roofer, or crew foreman is back physically, you might want to touch base with them before you get the project started. So, if you find yourself in a sticky situation with a builder or supplier you have worked with in the past, learn from the mistakes around you, from OUR mistakes in this case. Some of our crews have been busy non-stop, while some of the others have had some down time.
To deal with this, or similar situations, we have added a new form to our construction manual. The basic idea of the form is, now you must make sure your prospective carpentry crew is up for the task at hand. Some of the crews have lost crew members, some have lost cars and houses, and even more were down so long, they seem to have lost some desire and dedication to the craft with which they once loved and excelled. Hopefully this situation isn’t as common as it seems, but we thought we would go ahead and help as many people as possible.