|Posted by Brian Lysiak on August 18, 2011 at 1:55 AM||comments (0)|
Picking the right color of stain can be one of the most important decsions you will make for your project. It can also be the most difficult with the many choices of color. Cabot stains has dozens and dozens of color choices and this can be a bit overwhelming to a customer. Most customers have a first instinct to match the color of their house.
I recommend picking a color that will accenuate your home or compliment it. This will make it stand out instead of blending in. It will also make it appear bigger if it is a different color than the home. Taking a little extra time in picking the color of just the right stain will be a wise investment.
|Posted by Brian Lysiak on September 20, 2010 at 4:11 PM||comments (1)|
I stay on budget. PERIOD.
Lately there has been alot of discussion between my customers and I about the importance to stay on budget or rather the lack of concern for other builders to stay on budget.
Ever order a service or product and be given a "set price" only to find out that it will end up costing you more? I pride myself on staying within your budget and will tell you upfront what I can and cannot do. I always tell my customers that other guys know you are only going to build once, so they feel they must make as much money as they can off of you. This never made sense to me because they would make alot more money by having customers that are extremely satisfied and call you back for other projects. My business relies on repeat customers.
I never understood why contractors always overrun the budget on a job and used to think for years that they do not know what they are doing. But lately I have come to realize that they DO KNOW exactly what they are doing., In other words it is intentional. They get the job part way done, where you already have a significant amount invested and then the price aotumatically gets bumped up. You feel like they are holding you hostage. Not a good feeling by any means.
As long as you are reasonable with the requests you make of your builder and give him a little room to work within a budget then you will benefit in the end. Don't be afraid to ask about a "top end" price to get the job done and make sure you are in agrement with your builder on this.
|Posted by Brian Lysiak on September 24, 2009 at 4:37 PM||comments (1)|
Recently I had a customer in Garden City ask about pergolas as window treatments. I had never heard of such a thing but was determined to to my best with a little research. What I came across was simply astounding!
Small window pergolas to not only shade your sunny windows but also function as a shelf for plants. What a fantastic idea. With the right plants they could provide some valuble shade and a great look to your home.
I plan on doing a lot of these in the future...