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Old 02-05-2009, 05:33 PM   #61
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It takes less then 60 mins to build a house duh....just watch abc
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:34 PM   #62
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I know I built 'em with good bones.
And I could make a schedule,
ride ass, and keep a schedule.
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It takes less then 60 mins to build a house duh....just watch abc
40 minutes if you subtract commercials! So we have another ICF guy?
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Yes sir!
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When I started with Ryan Homes in the seventies, we were building the first closed wall panels (aluminum siding installed, interior walls wired, insulated and vapor barrier installed, craned to first deck on site, bathroom core craned onto deck and fiilled with screens, towel bars etc for rest of house) in split level format and they were move in ready in about 75 days...

now I build all custom stuff, a 2800 ft contract I signed in December, we are digging the basement now, using Superior Wall panels for the basement walls, will deliver in late October. I tell everyone 7-9 months if you get e your selections by the time we put the first floor system on....
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40 minutes if you subtract commercials! So we have another ICF guy?
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When I started with Ryan Homes in the seventies, we were building the first closed wall panels (aluminum siding installed, interior walls wired, insulated and vapor barrier installed, craned to first deck on site, bathroom core craned onto deck and fiilled with screens, towel bars etc for rest of house) in split level format and they were move in ready in about 75 days...

now I build all custom stuff, a 2800 ft contract I signed in December, we are digging the basement now, using Superior Wall panels for the basement walls, will deliver in late October. I tell everyone 7-9 months if you get e your selections by the time we put the first floor system on....
I use to sub from Ryan. Near the beginning of my career. I can tell you, I wouldn't buy one of their houses. The ones we framed in Charlotte were not the prefabbed ones they are famous for, but they still went up quick.

Sorry about the off-topic.
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[quote=bwalley;599037]It is easy for keyboard commandos playing contractor to spout off unrealistic schedules, I wonder how many projects they have actually been in charge of.


I wonder how many hours a day do you work?In the summer we work 12 hour days 6am to 6:30 pm when the weather permits 6 days a week if we have to!
In the winter we work 7am to 5:30pm. Up here in hillbilly heaven it takes about 1 hour to get a permit & the only inspections are electrical, unless within a city limit! We dont have the need for all those created jobs cause we can be trusted to get the job done right without supervision from the state or county hell most elec inspections last about 30 seconds I'm not saying we know everything but it only takes about 2-3 months to build an average 2800sf home here
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Just did
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ride ass, and keep a schedule
That is the main key right there. I'm not going to even act like I know everything it takes to build a home. I did watch my dad do it for over 20 years though, and he let me take the reigns on one, while he was holding my hand. Dad is a stickler for a schedule. If his subs were supposed to be there and weren't, he was on the phone to the boss and they would be there within the half hour. He was this rough on me to if I wasn't there on time or when I was supposed to be (I painted/installed insulation for all his homes).

The general time it took him on a 1500-1800 sq ft ranch style spec home was about 2-3 months start to finish, 4-6 custom (Customers could never make up their minds)
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In the early 90s i was working for a builder and i was doing the roofs by myself. This particular subdivision the homes were in the 1600 sq ft range.
Roofs were around 30sq.
I get to the house about an hour before dark and install all the evedrip.
The lot next door, the guys were buffing out the concrete with one of those big fan looking things. they worked into the dark ,right along with me.

I get to the house the next morning around 730 and the framing crew was already there with all the lines popped and had a portion of the bottem plate laid out. Before the day ended they had the framing done.
The next morning they were installing the roof sheeting and dried it in
while the rest of the crew were doing inside framing.
Before the end of that very day, the roofing supplier had the roof loaded.

So from first piece of wood untill shingles loaded on the roof-34 hours.
I was amazed. I didnt finish the roof i was working on untill the next morning.

It was normal to drive into a subdivison and see at least a half dozen houses in the slab phase and know that a week later, all those houses would have shingles loaded up and ready to go. I miss those days.
OK, SLSTech straightened me out on my question. Brother, I could never have followed that line of thought without his help.
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Willie & Roof Lover --- I think you both need to work on Reading Comprehension

Willie - he was talking about the house next door
RL - I posted that comment 30 minutes to an hour before he did & his reply was just did

Try to keep up guys and girls
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RL - I posted that comment 30 minutes to an hour before he did & his reply was just did

Try to keep up guys and girls
Yeah, i thought it was the same pete that i welcomed yesterday.
but no, it was a different pete that "just did"

Sorry for stepping on your toes.
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Yeah, i thought it was the same pete that i welcomed yesterday.
but no, it was a different pete that "just did"

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That's why I wear steel toe boots - were cool
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It takes a year to get through health, wetlands, and zoning around here sometimes.

That is what I was talking about Dubz! We must be getting robbed out here in Conn. It takes 2 weeks to get a building inspection. About 2 months to get through p+z. EVERYONE has a architecht, engineer, designer that has to have thier own .02 involved. I personally do not do modular homes. We always do full basements. etc. etc. Timeframe does suck.

However, Our customers choose great products, our architects truly do a great job at enhancing our portfolio, and the $$$$ is good.
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It is easy for keyboard commandos playing contractor to spout off unrealistic schedules, I wonder how many projects they have actually been in charge of.


I wonder how many hours a day do you work?In the summer we work 12 hour days 6am to 6:30 pm when the weather permits 6 days a week if we have to!
In the winter we work 7am to 5:30pm. Up here in hillbilly heaven it takes about 1 hour to get a permit & the only inspections are electrical, unless within a city limit! We dont have the need for all those created jobs cause we can be trusted to get the job done right without supervision from the state or county hell most elec inspections last about 30 seconds I'm not saying we know everything but it only takes about 2-3 months to build an average 2800sf home here
Hi, I thought about your comment and the first thing separating the way we run our businesses has to do with climate, and you guys up north have it tough, its cold, freezing, muddy, swampy and everything else up there.... lol We have easier weather than Minnesota, so we have alot more working days. Our subcontractors with Hispanic workers go 7 days a week, but we are rural and getting to jobsites can take an hour. When things were slow last year we had one period where everyone (4 people) went on a four day work week. We liked it. Even with less money. Work isn't everything.

We really run a business here. We are modeled on a classic American general contracting company, we have in house excavation and design people, and we are all experienced with deep backgrounds.

We work a 32-40 hour work week. I am the owner, managing partner, sales manager, accounting supervisor, media department and production foreman. I also run our Liebherr LR621B Crawlwer loader moving dirt (sand) and rough grading. I have one field foreman and one office manger who has become my full time designer as well. Our entire company of three people will do close to a million in business this fiscal year, working at a slow pace when necesarry to assure the job is done right, soils engineers consulted for foundation work, civil engineers for structural elements, etc.

We work weekends when necesarry and only work long enough to have a fairly good life. I treat my customers like I want to be treated. I take 7-9 months to build a house (or gut and remodel it) because the trim process is unhurried, although scheduled. Finishes are high level, and systems we install are complicated, and quality is high. The time it takes to brick a 5000-8000 square foot house with large precast window and door elements of limestone cannot be completed in less than 2 months, unless you use double size crews.

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I use to sub from Ryan. Near the beginning of my career. I can tell you, I wouldn't buy one of their houses. The ones we framed in Charlotte were not the prefabbed ones they are famous for, but they still went up quick.

Sorry about the off-topic.
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The last new custom home I worked on was 3900 SQFT. I believe the GC began excavating in January and closed in October. It was the first of four custom homes in a small little cul-de-sac. The town had many demands for services like electric, suer, gas, etc. I'm sure that delayed the project based solely on money being tied up and not enough to pay the subs. Coordination is the key to being super efficient and you really need to be efficient to make any real money doing new residential.
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How long have some of you guys been at this? You need to learn a couple of 'tricks of the trade'. Inspectors taking more then 1 day to approve stuff? WTF? Now, lesson # 1.

BRIBE!!!

Money talks, BS walks. I have yet to see an inspector fail anything on the work I've been involved in.

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