I am starting this blog to educate potential customers on my view of where I hope to take my business in the coming years. The other reason is to educate them on my views and opinions on how to construct homes and the types of materials to use and installation practices I prefer to do.
I hope to start building new construction homes in the Billings area in the near future. In my many years of construction I have done lots of different trades and have learned a lot. I have seen a lot of materials and building practices I like as well as those I do not approve of. I hope to elaborate on these in future blogs. I welcome any subjects you would like me to cover as well as any comments you choose to share.
I have a vision of where I would like to take my company, but I need input to see if it is possible and desired from my future customer. I want to first focus on smaller home construction. I feel that a lot of homes that are currently built in Billings are much bigger then they need to be because of wasted space. I feel there is a lot of wasted square footage in a house. I feel a well designed home with certain features built into it can make the space feel larger and utilize the square footage more as well as make the home more homey. A smaller home has many advantages such as lower construction costs, lower energy bills, less to clean, less furniture to buy, lower remodel costs, ability to have more upgraded features that you might not be able to afford due to having to buy twice as much because your house is twice as big.
The other area I hope to take my company is to use more energy efficient building practices, better quality materials. I would love to be able to build net zero homes, where you can eliminate your utility bills and have less of an environmental impact. I feel the technology is there to build smarter using better materials and building practices, but not many builders use them due to cost and lower demand from the customer and a need to fit in to what other builders are doing.
My two visions go hand in hand. Smaller homes are more energy efficient, you have a house half the size, its going to cost half as much to heat it. In our debt ridden society I feel that by building to what you can afford and moving up as you can afford more will allow more freedom for other more important areas of your life such as travel, family, less work and more play. I hope I can give some good insight on some of these ideas and visions I have in future blogs. I can’t wait to give the Greater Yellowstone Valley another option to home construction practices.