So you're about to start your very first construction project. But what should you expect? That's a question we get all the time. The Spruce Homes Show is going to break that down for you. We want to be your go to place prior to building or renovating. By following along you will have a better grasp on what to expect before starting your construction project, making the process more enjoyable in the end. Construction projects are major financial commitments and we want to help you have a better understanding of what to expect!
Ep. 06 - All Things Flooring Ft. Flooring Superstore
Building, renovating or simply replacing your flooring? Give this episode a listen! Together, Brad and Ryan Ketchum from Flooring Superstore talk all things flooring. Ryan gives insights into how to spot quality products, he discuss's the impact freight has had on timelines and pricing, helps us understand how flooring and lifestyle mesh, and much more. Listen to this episode before you go select your flooring and it will gear you for what to look for and questions to ask!
Ep. 05 - The Last 3 Weeks of Your Build
What are the most important parts of your build? Of course they're all important, but we would argue the beginning (structural) and the end (finishing). The importance of the last three weeks is often over looked. It's when everything comes together, when everything gets touched up, and when everything gets made "just right". There is always more to that finishing stage then you think and in this episode, Brad is joined by Spruce Homes' carpenter Scott Muller to discuss why the last stage of your build should NOT be rushed!
Ep. 04 - How We Use Technology to Be Better
We're in the 21st century and technology is here to stay! Like other industries, we are now able to leverage technology to help build a better house all while creating a better experience for you, the client. On this episode Brad is joined by our Project Manager, Adam to discuss how we use technology to be better. From scheduling to logs to change orders, they all help to make the process more seamless. If you're curious about behind the scenes organization that happens in construction and get an understanding of how it helps bring a better experience to you, make sure to listen!
Ep. 03 - Why Pricing Multiple Builders Won't Get You What You Want
If you're trying to get the best price possible getting quotes from multiple contractors makes sense, right? Well, maybe... If price is your ONLY objective then you are probably on the right track. But if you are looking for more than that, simply pricing multiple contractors isn't the way to go. Instead, you need to interview multiple builders and understand which one fits you the best. The reason simply pricing multiple contractors won't get you what you're looking for is because of the complexity of construction. Beyond price, there are a lot of other factors to consider:
Different contractors price differently
Your floor plans may not match your budget
Quality difference's between contractors is inevitable
Allowance items likely won't all be the same
Service is different with each contractor
Personalities are different
Warranty programs will differ
Build experience won't all be the same
In this episode, we talk about the nuances of each of these and why interviewing builders is more important than simply pricing.
Ep. 02 - How to Bring Your Personality Into Your Home
Your house is more then that - it's your home. It's where you spend a large part of your time and where lifetime memories are made. To make those memories even more special, we believe your home should portray your personality. But how do you do that? In this episode, Kaitlyn walks us through how she brings personality to a space in both permanent and temporary ways. She talks about compromising, taking your time and being patient, and getting out of your comfort zone!
Ep. 01 - Construction Isn't Perfect, Things Happen!
Throughout the construction process, things happen! Delays happen, material gets backordered, product can get discontinued and mistakes happen. Houses are built and renovated by hand and there are a lot of people included in the process. Don't expect everything to go 100% - there will be pivot points throughout your project. But that's okay! If you understand what can come up, you'll be better prepared when it does. Through team work and trust, you and your builder will get through the bumps (regardless of how big), just fine!