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PODCAST With Jeff Schlarb

At the invitation of Jeff Schlarb, a great designer, we taped a 45 minute podcast conversation between he and I that is informative and fun to hear.   http://www.jeffschlarb.com/richard-wodehouse/

The Process of Building a Custom Home: Part I

The Process of Building a Custom Home: Part I

The Process of Building a Custom Home: Part I The process of building one-of-a-kind custom structures contains many pitfalls that can derail the project. There are too many bad experiences due to budgets being overrun and delayed completion. However, with the proper...

Point Reyes Visitor’s Center

Point Reyes Visitor’s Center

I recently visited Point Reyes visitor’s center and was surprised at how professional the building and information services are. The lighthouse closed due to high winds, but they directed us to a place where there were still some elephant seals sleeping in the sun. I...

What can go wrong – Episode One – Over Budget from the Get Go

What can go wrong – Episode One – Over Budget from the Get Go

I think we can all agree that the biggest problems that arise in custom home construction are budget overruns. This occurs during two distinct phases in the process: during the planning phase and during construction. Surprisingly, budget overruns happen most...

Are We Over Structuring Today’s Buildings?

Are We Over Structuring Today’s Buildings?

Quite often we find ourselves removing an existing structure prior to building a new one, or making substantial improvements to an existing building.  Once the above ground structure has been taken down, (hopefully deconstructed not demolished), the old foundation has...

Who should you hire to manage your construction

Who should you hire to manage your construction

In this newsletter Bob Villa discusses the pros, and a con, on the concept of hiring a Project Manager instead of a General Contractor to build your home. In a couple of projects where it became much more cost effective, I have taken on the role of actively building...

Electronic Gadgets for your Home

Electronic Gadgets for your Home

As a Construction project manager, or Owner’s Representative, I often get the opportunity to contribute information on the merits, or worth, of new electronic devices being marketed. Here is my current assessment and functionality of three products getting current...

IAQ – Indoor Air Quality

IAQ – Indoor Air Quality

We are all concerned with having a healthy environment in our homes.  Also we don’t want high humidity which can increase the chances of supporting the growth of mold. We have graduated from relying on leaky construction methods that allowed uncontrolled air movement...

How to Be a Great Host

In many homes here in Marin that I work on as a construction project manager I see owners adding space to create quarters for guests to stay.   Yet when we get notice that guests are coming many might find it stressful to get ready for them. Houzz has published a...

An Intelligent Doorbell with Built-in Mobile, Facial Recognition

Many of my clients in my role as Owner’s Construction Project Manager are fond of using hi-tech products in their homes. Here is one that you may find useful featured in Residential Building Products and Technology: An Intelligent Doorbell with Built-in Mobile, Facial...

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