Like you, I would like the home remodeling projects in my home or the work done on my property – done by qualified members of our community. It goes without saying, it has to be done right. These type of home remodeling projects are not (traditionally) something that can be done by a Property Manager or Handyman. Not only do I want quality craftsmanship, I really appreciate the attention to detail and skill when I see it. There is nothing more internally satisfying than seeing an skilled craftsman’s work…maybe with the exception of personally knowing that craftsman.
A fireplace mantle that makes a house a home, beautifully done stonework on a hearth, wood floors so artistically laid that you can’t seem to move your eyes up to the art adorning the walls, or how a landscape artist’s can take diverse plantings in little plastic buckets and make an area come alive with color and texture…turning it into a real Mountain Eden.
VISITING THE NEIGHBORS
Have you even been invited over to the home of a neighbors and notice they got some work done since the last time you were over? As soon as you mention it they come alive with excitement and offer to give you “the tour” to show you what they just had done? There is no doubt that you can not only see their excitement as they point at this and comment at that, but you can hear the pride they have, not only in the work that was completed, but the decisions they made during the process.
Did you feel that way after your last home remodeling projects?
If you did, you know first hand the amount of time it took – to not only work out all the details before calling around to find the right craftsman to complete your vision – but once you did, the amount of details that it required to make the project into a reality.
As you came to realize working on this larger project, a craftsman is a worker skilled in a craft. It took this craftsman many years to gain the experience to hone the skill of his or her craft. If you are anything like me, you dug a little deeper into the skills required to do what this person does. For those of you who have not taken the time do a deeper dive, allow me to provide a snippet of info..
When a craftsman is new to his or her field, he or she often works under the supervision of a Master Craftsman. Such a person is known as an Apprentice.
As you know from being on the planet for more than 18 year, Craftsman and quality Tradesmen are a dying breed. With new technological technological developments, most crafts are dying in many (if not most industries), replacing Craftsmen with machinery. These machines are able to produce items, even intricate items, in volume never before seen in history. That’s great isn’t it? We can just sign on and order what we need from a picture… a few days later the truck pulls up and delivers it to our door.
PUTTING TOGETHER THE PIECES
What we have now requires us to consider more variables. We have to be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together in a way that a few decades ago was handled with one call or within a single contractual agreement. Managing your second home is not easy, I know from personal experience. Getting small home remodeling projects done is difficult, especially if we don’t have the time or can only be “on-site” a few times a year.
What I have found, is many of my neighbors don’t live here full-time. Not because they don’t want to, but because they either bought the property as a weekend retreat or an investment property. Because of this they have limited time to manage a project, wait for a vendor or do things here at their mountain cabin… especially if they are only up for an extended weekend and they want to take advantage of the area and relax. What happens traditionally is the little projects build up, get backed up or like the larger projects… just don’t get done at all.
If you are thinking about working on a project, large or small, and would like someone to assist you, let us know. We can work with a Craftsman you have already selected or we can help you find local Craftsmen and do the pre-qualification work for you. More importantly, we can be your eyes and ears as the project moves forward.
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