Before you ever start plans you purchase the land. The lot purchase is such an exciting time because anything is possible. One of the first key elements we do at Mattern & FitzGerald is assist people to figure out what the best way is to physically place the house on the lot. We call it "honoring the land". We treat this with a fiduciary sense because we know that the wrong placement can mean unexpected costs and a way more expensive build then the couple initially set out for. This part is both challenging and extremely rewarding. People put faith in us to help them, without having the necessary experience to understand how it relates to costs. So over the past decade, we have worked extremely hard in this area to bring credibility to the table that can end up saving the homeowner tons of money. Why do we do this? To build trust and add value because it's simply the right thing to do. The smiles on our clients say it all; there's hope, excitement and anticipation for a new family and a brand new chapter. I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing as a builder of so much more than just sticks. Make sure that when you start with a clean sheet of paper that you have qualified individuals assisting you that can help you be smart about your planning. This step could mean saving tens of thousands of dollars and loads of preventative heart aches.
At the end of every project if the home owners have a sound system the guys from Get Wired Communications, led by Obe Urdiales crank it up and it signals to us another job winding down. I shot this video earlier and sent it to the homeowner who was on vacation to get them fired up. In the back drop you can see a yet to be stained Walnut wall, and to the right we have a ready for prep 3D Dimensional wall. The lights that will shine down aren't in yet, but will allow you to set the mood with any color you want and help create a stunning backdrop for when they are entertaining.
Finished product. We installed the new Philips HUE system of lights, controllable by smart phone and choose any color you want. The customer was having fun when he sent me the photo but you can gear up for all white, dimmed lights or whatever Holiday or team you support based upon your mood.
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