Johnson Avenue Tour 2007 – A job Well Done

In the world of house flipping there are two extremes. One is more common than the other. But, the less common aspect is the most profitable in the long run. The word Quality can be used to describe both, but separated by the words Good or Bad. The slogan of every flipper should be “Do a job well, or not …

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Growing Right

A true, haunting story excerpt from GHOST BUBBLE : The RIGHT WAY to start smart, and end strong A timeless formula, tested by every generation since money was invented, as shells, beads, and salt. start with a small, simple, very affordable, older fix it up. sell it for a small profit. repeat, stepping up in the next home’s stature. repeat …

Bubble Trouble

What Is a Bubble? A Bubble will occur whenever there’s a disproportionate, upside-down relationship between the purchase price of a thing, and the actual value of that thing. Upside-down? The value of the thing will never be as high as the price paid to buy it. Buy ‘low.’ Sell ‘high.’ One joins a bubble by betting that the current price …

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Nail Guns Don’t Kill Houses. PEOPLE With Nail Guns Kill Houses

The Nail Gun in the wrong hands is one of the worst things to ever happen to the dwelling industry. The rapid fire ability of nail gun technology makes it seem like a logical replacement for the lowly hammer. An experienced handler with knowledge of both the intricacies and limitations of a machine operated nailer can turn the chore of …

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Which Way Does the Gate Swing?

This story ends with the owners too embarrassed to allow photographs, so there are none. I passed an older home with huge piles of dirt neatly arranged in the front yard along one side of the driveway. I’m always on the lookout for a new story, so I stopped and met the owners. They explained that the dirt would be …

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Nail Guns Don’t Kill Houses. PEOPLE With Nail Guns Kill Houses

The Nail Gun in the wrong hands is one of the worst things to ever happen to the dwelling industry. The rapid fire ability of nail gun technology makes it seem like a logical replacement for the lowly hammer. An experienced handler with knowledge of both the intricacies and limitations of a machine operated nailer can turn the chore of …

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No Parachute for Late Jumpers

Homebuilding is not an activity well suited to procrastinators. Putting off important decisions about planning and building ( there are no UN-important ones ) is dangerous. To end up with a home that is right and ready you have to train yourself to think fast, and in-the-moment, but not like the guy in the following poem. This is an excerpt from the …

Directionally-Specific Claustrophobia

This story isn’t intended to be funny, but it is interesting. Whenever a claustrophobic client is encountered, conventional wisdom says, “every room has to be huge.” But I’ve learned to say, “You’re claustrophobic? Which way?” Throughout my four decade long career as a home designer, I’ve encountered many people with a special condition, claustrophobia, which is a critical issue when …

Way Out in the Country

Way out in the country, how many people does it take to go to the bathroom? “OK. On ‘hup-two-hike’ you do a down & out towards the feed bin. Curl right and head for the pig trough. I’ll fade back, then sneak towards the out-house, where I’ll stop and use the bathroom. Then, we’ll run the play again, so you …

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Then, Now & Later

The answer is : Because we keep planning such stupidly expensive houses! The questions are : How did American homes get so expensive? How did we get in this mess? How can we get out of it? This article is about what houses were like when they were affordable, what made them so expensive, and what they should be like …

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Olympic Game

I’ve discovered a new game. It can be enjoyed by women and girls, men and boys, all races, all religions and all ages. However, in spite of the potential popularity, I don’t think there will ever be an Olympic gold medal awarded for falling-off-the-roof. Who hasn’t had to climb up there to retrieve a Frisbee or a ball stuck behind …

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Perry Scope

“Raise up……… A little more…….. Yes. Yes. That’s it!…….. Perfect! We do have a view of the river!!” I dream of the day when I’ll be able to go home to my country, river side estate after a week of hard, productive work writing columns about the misery of people who built their own homes but shouldn’t have. There I’ll be a …

Retaining Wall Song by the Rapper Girls

The Rapper Girls  Retaining Wall Song  verse  Prop it up, baby.  Prop it in the air.  Prop it up, baby.  Prop it everywhere!  chorus  Prop it up, baby.  Prop it up, baby.  Prop it up, baby.  Prop it up, baby.  repeat verse  We all possess a character flaw that can allow us to get so carried away with what we’re …

Letter from the Builder Beast

Build In Fear This is not a question and answer column, but I have to share the following letter: Dear Andy Bozeman,  I really liked your last column about the sliding cat rug, especially the part about the expanding tile. That has happened to me. I am a builder and since you seem so smart I am hoping you can …

Modern Cooking

The twentieth century has seen the greatest changes in cooking and food storage since the introduction of fire. A real flame-kissed steak is a weekend luxury in a world where food is most commonly made safe to eat by the same high energy beam the military uses to knock down enemy satellites. Storing leftovers is easier than ever as refrigerators …

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EIGHT LOBE

This home building horror story was brought to my attention by an engineer who had been asked to look at a foundation slab. He arrived at the site before the owner and took the opportunity to look over the concrete pad which would soon support a new house. The engineer checked the corners- they were all perfectly square. Next he …

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Arms Race of the Neighbors

It’s Thanksgiving. Be thankful you don’t live in this neighborhood. But, if you do, then never mind. In a rural, upscale housing development two neighbors share a passion for yard care. Bill pounces like a tiger on anything that lands in his crystal clear swimming pool. Zino fanatically  scouts his lawn for any blemish to the putting-green surface. In this …

TV DINNER CHRISTMAS

Christmas is a target for more than retail sales. It’s also a cut-off time. “We Just Have To Be In By Christmas” is the theme song for any family trying to build during late Summer and Fall. However, it’s only the cut-off time by default, because the last season, whose theme song was “We Just Have To Be In By …

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Distracted Driving – Hidden Building Cost – No Recovery

SETTING – It’s a dark and stormy night. A lull in the storm offers a chance for a man (his real name is Husband) to leave the sprawling building, where his office is located; and from which he is the last to exit. In front of the sprawling building is a more sprawling parking lot, now empty except for his …

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N-3 / MIND & BODY : The Dream Is Created; Ready….Set….

Get in shape, mentally. That doesn’t mean to try to become a super genius. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are still the most powerful mental tools in the human mind. So, practice by reading everything you can find, write just for yourself. Build jigsaw puzzles. Play games of all kinds. Solve simple math problems in your head. Get your mind ready. …

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M-5 / Money : Borrowing, Managing, Repaying, Saving, and Spending

Playing with distractions is not taking action. You are the only one who controls your future, and the future of those you love and care for. Building or renovating a house requires money management skills beyond those needed to buy stuff at the mall. Foresight to set a goal, preparation to go after that goal, restraint to save the resources …

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Growing Right

A true, haunting story excerpt from GHOST BUBBLE : The RIGHT WAY to start smart, and end strong A timeless formula, tested by every generation since money was invented, as shells, beads, and salt. start with a small, simple, very affordable, older fix it up. sell it for a small profit. repeat, stepping up in the next home’s stature. repeat …

Bubble Trouble

What Is a Bubble? A Bubble will occur whenever there’s a disproportionate, upside-down relationship between the purchase price of a thing, and the actual value of that thing. Upside-down? The value of the thing will never be as high as the price paid to buy it. Buy ‘low.’ Sell ‘high.’ One joins a bubble by betting that the current price …

401(k) is Off Limits for Home-building Self-Lending

Self-Lending becomes Self-Loathing. You’ll hate yourself later. First, remember this. The context of this entire 123HomeProcess.com project is about you ending up owning your own home, or owning your next one. Toward that goal almost everyone suffers a kind of slow burning, anxious panic, fearing that the part about “owning” may never happen. At the very least it can seem …

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Then, Now & Later

The answer is : Because we keep planning such stupidly expensive houses! The questions are : How did American homes get so expensive? How did we get in this mess? How can we get out of it? This article is about what houses were like when they were affordable, what made them so expensive, and what they should be like …

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Distracted Driving – Hidden Building Cost – No Recovery

SETTING – It’s a dark and stormy night. A lull in the storm offers a chance for a man (his real name is Husband) to leave the sprawling building, where his office is located; and from which he is the last to exit. In front of the sprawling building is a more sprawling parking lot, now empty except for his …

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Grown Children MUST BE On Their Own for Money They Owe

Home Building Timeline Grid M5 (gold star) It’s not that this happen often; it’s that it happens ALL the time. DS (not even close to his real name) came to me for the design of a new home. He had done everything right, concerning his personal finances and long-range expectations. His plan was to build a house small enough to …

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M-5 / Money : Borrowing, Managing, Repaying, Saving, and Spending

Playing with distractions is not taking action. You are the only one who controls your future, and the future of those you love and care for. Building or renovating a house requires money management skills beyond those needed to buy stuff at the mall. Foresight to set a goal, preparation to go after that goal, restraint to save the resources …

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Nail Guns Don’t Kill Houses. PEOPLE With Nail Guns Kill Houses

The Nail Gun in the wrong hands is one of the worst things to ever happen to the dwelling industry. The rapid fire ability of nail gun technology makes it seem like a logical replacement for the lowly hammer. An experienced handler with knowledge of both the intricacies and limitations of a machine operated nailer can turn the chore of …

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Townhome Renovation Includes Neighbor’s Exterior Common Wall

The aspects for this article are  illustrated on the Home Building Timeline at Grid M15-Ownership; Grid R24 – The B.E.A.D.S. KEYSTONE /Additions, Allowed Area & Type, Drainage (gold stars) A recent addition & renovation project brings to mind the confusion that can go along with structures, like townhomes, which are built actually touching one another. On the inside, such dwelling …

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Armadillo

They’re in the news, ….again. They’ve spread across the country using man-made highways. Wherever they go, disease and destruction goes, too. They’re coming for you. Here’s a few words to help you remember to be careful with… The Armadillo by Andy Bozeman – © 2015 My travels take me all along your highways and your byways. ‘Til, when I find a place …

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RIVER DEEP AND MOUNTAIN HIGH – Not Always A Good Home Site

PART 1 – RIVER DEEP : For this story ‘River Deep’ equals ‘reckless decisions’ “We bought the seclusion,” she said. “It’s so peaceful,” he added. We’ll call them the Se’clusion family. Their months-long search for a home site came to an end, when they found two acres in the back of a gated community. “We fell in love with it, and …

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Olympic Game

I’ve discovered a new game. It can be enjoyed by women and girls, men and boys, all races, all religions and all ages. However, in spite of the potential popularity, I don’t think there will ever be an Olympic gold medal awarded for falling-off-the-roof. Who hasn’t had to climb up there to retrieve a Frisbee or a ball stuck behind …

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