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IS A FREFAB HOME A GOOD OPTION? CAN IT BE CUSTOM ENOUGH?

IS A FREFAB HOME A GOOD OPTION? CAN IT BE CUSTOM ENOUGH?

The answers are yes, for many situations, prefab or factory built homes offer real advantages. I will list some below, but first let’s mention a short list of situations where prefab is not a good idea. Where tastes and budget demand a truly custom one of a kind...

Help Save Tiburon Trails

Help Save Tiburon Trails

About TRUST: We are Tiburon/Belvedere Residents United to Support the Trails or "TRUST". We are an unincorporated, nonprofit association fiscally sponsored by MarinLink. The TRUST mission is to protect, preserve, and promote public access to and use of local trails...

What To Do If Your Contractor Spent All the Money Before Finishing

What To Do If Your Contractor Spent All the Money Before Finishing

This is a phone call I get often in my work as an owner's representative. While it seems like a very dire situation it actually is solvable, and it is possible to reach a positive end result. The initial fear for most owners is that they have been ripped off by either...

Key Benefits of Having an Owner’s Representative on Your Project

Key Benefits of Having an Owner’s Representative on Your Project

In addition to serving as a mediator between all parties, I use my decades of custom home building experience to make sure the critical steps of the process are managed correctly. Sometimes I speak to clients who think, “I can do this myself, or I can count on my...

CAN A CUSTOM HOME BE BUILT WITHIN A BUDGET?

CAN A CUSTOM HOME BE BUILT WITHIN A BUDGET?

Yes, definitely, but it must follow a process that gives the owner control, accountability, and a roadmap with scheduled reality checks. How? The owner needs one person in charge of the entire process, to monitor the budget and ensure the groups communicate and work...

Sonoma County Fires Will Cause Scarcity of Contractors and Subs

We feel deeply for all those that suffered tragic loss in Sonoma and Napa this October 2017. One of the many unfortunate outcomes is that the construction industry in Northern California including the San Francisco/ Bay Area will become stressed even beyond the...

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...

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