Centric Chronicle: A Builder's View

Reasons to Kick Off the New Year Building Community Relations

Posted by Tim McDonald

Dec 20, 2013 7:10:00 AM

By nature, we are social beings. It is important for us to be surrounded by people in order to feel happy, safe and secure.  Even when we are around family and friends, it is not enough.  In order for us to thrive, we need to engage with our local community. 

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Topics: Best Practices, community relations, social responsibility

Timing is Everything When Developing a Winery Construction Schedule

Posted by Tim McDonald

Aug 15, 2013 12:13:00 PM

Similar to a musical composition, winemaking has a timing and tempo.  When planning for a new winery facility or an addition, a builder needs to carefully consider a winery’s rhythm while developing a construction schedule to meet the project’s envisioned scope of work. This post discusses areas to consider when planning a winning winery project schedule and construction activity sequence.

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Topics: Best Practices, Construction Schedule, Winery Construction, Sequencing

7 Areas to Consider For Urban Custom Home Construction

Posted by Tim McDonald

Jun 19, 2013 10:05:00 AM

In most major cities, there is a shortage of land for new construction.  As a result, high-rise buildings supply the demand for residential spaces.  If you find yourself wanting to reside in an urban setting and desire a dwelling with high-end custom amenities, it is a good idea to find a team with the experience to successfully realize your city lifestyle. Begin your search with an understanding that urban custom home construction in confined spaces requires careful planning.

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Topics: Best Practices, Custom Homes, Urban Construction

8 Steps to Optimize Your Next Project With Creative Value Engineering

Posted by Tim McDonald

May 23, 2013 9:14:00 AM

If you are looking to get the most out of your next project, make sure you find a team of professionals who energetically engage in creative value engineering methods.  This is not a crazy marketing gimmick; it is a reliable practice that involves a blend of functional problem solving and cost assessment.

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Topics: Best Practices, team collaboration, value engineering

Get Turned On with Energy Efficiency Options for Custom Homes

Posted by Tim McDonald

Apr 24, 2013 11:55:00 AM

Do you get “turned on” by honoring our environment and helping our community?  Perhaps, you’d get really jazzed with a utility bill reduced by 100%. Whichever of these ideas excite you, it is pretty clear you desire a healthy living space and value a greater quality of life. So, now that you are envisioning your new custom home and want to blend sustainable design solutions with systems for energy efficiencies, you are ready for the information provided this post.

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Topics: Best Practices, Custom Homes, Energy Efficiency

Awaken a Dream Life With Custom Home Planning Tips

Posted by Tim McDonald

Mar 19, 2013 8:43:00 AM

Close your eyes and imagine your dream life. Where do you go?  Do you imagine a home tucked in a sleepy hillside while the sun is sinking down over the horizon? Or, are you situated in a beautiful vineyard with a view of the hillside surrounded by an ocean of green?  Don’t go another day letting your dream fade. Take steps to awaken your dream life by creating a plan to build your custom home.

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Topics: Best Practices, Value Analysis, Planning, Custom Homes