Lots of details that we worry about so you don't have to. This is hard to sell or explain to potential clients in a an upfront presentation with on why they should choose you. Do I tell them how psychotic we are about measurements and that it will save them weeks of frustration? No, becasue I would get a deer in the headlights look back at me. These are real live shots of a room and initial frame measurements I took a couple of days ago. Behind the scenes on this project, we are working with a company out of Dallas called Cinematech. All they do is media rooms. They can plan only, or plan and supervise but in this case we are supervising to help our client save money. You should see the 3D renderings on this bad boy- super strong. I'll show you down the road but this is step one- tons of measurments. Step one took me two trips by the way, one pretty good lengthy one, and a follow up trip to get two more measurements with my dogs on a leash. That was interesting trying to multi-task with the dogs but that's another story. I actually enjoy this step now because I know it will save everyone on the project days and weeks of delays. In our world we call it "critical path", the idea that we do now- impacts so many others. I have to be sharp or I could cause framers, architects, electricians, flooring contractors and cabinetry specialists weeks of delays. It's fun but all you need to do is just keep worrying about the end product and leave this minutiae to us:) Hope you are having a blessed Holiday Season so far.
Back when the rains were heavy earlier this year we literally spent 25% of our time responding to water overwhelming aspects of construction that aren't equipped to handle certain flows of water in a shortened amount of time. These photos are of a real live trouble shooting that we did to determine where a small amount of water was getting in to a garage wall. With a thermographic gun, you can distinguish between colder and warmer temperatures that aren't readily apparent to the naked eye. If you look at the other photo, that was taken at the same time you can see what I'm talking about. This photo allowed us to create a game plan based off the specific construction condition that was allowing water to get trapped in the corner. My notes are written as an overlay and immediately shipped out to the project manager to execute and the trades. These photos demonstrate the power that we now have which didn't exist as an affordable solution even a few years ago. They aren't fool proof, but they save a lot of time and wasted effort if you are hunting in the wrong area. There was a scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the Nazi's were all gathered looking for the Ark of the Covenant in the wrong pyramid and Indiana Jones was in the right pyramid because he had the proper tools to guide him there. I think about that scene all the time when troubleshooting for water because at the point of exit, your original entry area can literally be 20' away. In the end we are constantly looking for ways to disrupt the industry and get an edge for our clients. This is just one of them but wanted to share with you.
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