Good, Fast or Cheap-A Builders Dilemma

February 22nd, 2012
In the business world and especially the construction industry the business model of “good, fast and cheap” is consistent with the south Florida construction market.  The theory is to pick any two of the three qualities and you won’t get the third.  The typical south Florida model of most home owners is they want it “fast” and they want it “cheap”, with an emphasis on “cheap”.  Unfortunately they think “quality” is automatic in the trilogy. Over the last eighteen years our company has seen the fluctuation of construction cost’s due to the outbreak of war, natural disasters both home and...Read More...


Enhance Your Renovation With A New Plumbing Fixture

February 22nd, 2012
Great new plumbing product for your home renovation.  Its a master turn off control for your washing machine water lines.  The easy sliding turn off valve versus the old rotating check valve will help prevent water pressure build up that can rupture your water lines and produce that wonderful flood in your house when your away on...Read More...


Dade County Product Approval-Who Do You Pay?

February 22nd, 2012
The recent National Association of Home Builders annual convention in Orlando exposed a very interesting issue with most of the window, exterior door, roofing, garage doors and solar companies.  Every time I inquired if their products had Dade County product approval I always got this smirk from the sales representative. We at Schachne Architects & Builders attend numerous trade shows to keep up with the latest products that we can recommend to our clients. There are constant upgrades and changes in doors, windows and other construction products that we have to educate ourselves about.  There was one recurring theme though that...Read More...


Construction Cost Rise For Home Renovations

February 22nd, 2012
The last few years has been an exasperating market for most builders in south Florida.  Potential clients expect to have work implemented for at or below cost because they have been conditioned by the media that contractors are hurting for work.  The amount of work and available construction jobs have declined sharply. Pick up any trade magazine or newspaper and they will show you the pie charts.  The tables are slowly turning on the consumer and the construction market will not be declining any time soon.  The turmoil in the Middle East, natural disasters down under, Japan, Haiti and...Read More...


Internet Shopping For Your Project-Don’t Do It

February 22nd, 2012
The internet is great for buying many things but construction materials is not one of them.  I try to reiterate this to our clients whenever the issue arises.  Some listen and some don't.  Its always the same old argument "I can save money if I buy it on the internet".  I usually cringe when I hear that statement.  I will typically turn to my client and ask them to stick a dagger through my heart because I know there will be hell to pay.  During a past renovation project the owner decided to change the interior doors to a specific...Read More...


I Want To Hire A Builder, I Think?

February 22nd, 2012
Every once in a while I get a phone call from a potential client that wants to build something.  I usually open the conversation asking how they got our name or how they have heard of our company.  I usually get the statement "I am looking for a contractor to build my house addition and someone recommended your company.  My first question is "did you hire an architect to do the drawings"?  They usually respond, "why do I need an architect, the contractor builds it"?  I go on to explain that the architects role is to design the building and...Read More...