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Mar 31

The Key to a great business plan and your ultimate success loses its first member because their clients did not give them good ratings and feedback.

Mar 31

Start of a series

so I have been bouncing around from topic to topic, and probably will continue to do so. I read so many articles etc that should be passed on, or addressed. But I think we should try to take a home from the ground up, and walk through the durability details? what do you say? I am not saying i am the expert, just hopefully will pass on some experience or knowledge that i have, maybe have some healthy debates, and refer people to sources of good information by the leading experts in the construction industry today.

Mar 31

Water walks

So this is the perfect weekend for a water walk. What do I mean, walking the river? splashing through puddles with the kids? fly fishing your favorite stream? All of these sound good to me, but I am talking about durability of homes. so tour around your neighborhood and look for the tell tale signs of water intrusion, and ask yourself, do I know what is going on behind the cladding (siding, masonry, etc)

Mar 31

Home ventilation

So what is the requirement for ventilation for homes? ASHRAE 62.2 standard is 7.5 cfm/person plus .01 cfm/ft2 of conditioned floor area. so for 2000 ft three bedroom home with 4 occupants means 4 x 7.5 = 30 cfm (people load) and 2,000 ft x .01 cfm/ ft2 = 20 cfm (house / furnishing load) so 30 + 20 = 50 cfm. so there is the standard. but what else should we think about? indoor air pollutants? furnishings? smokers? Condensation problems? hobbies? unvented combustion appliances? the list goes on and on, and How do we ventilate? Is ventilation required?

Mar 30

Congratulations Holton Homes

Recent National & Regional Success for local builder!

Mar 30

Snake River Valley BCA to feature Jerry Pisca for April Meeting

What is going on in the industry? April 10th, Members of the Snake River Valley BCA will get the opportunity to meet someone who is deeply involved and whose job is to be in the know.

Mar 24

Roosevelt Corner

Preliminarily approved In-Fill Project. Location: Vista, west on Kootenai, south on Roosevelt.


Mar 22

Rockwell Village

Canyon County's first Energy Star community!

Mar 22

Prayers for a Good Appraisal

  So now that we have our finished floor plans in hand, the cost break down sheet and the signed contract with IPH Tony has ordered the appraisal. From what I understand the appraiser looks at the plans, cost breakdown and the site to determine the total value when it is completed. We are eligible to borrow up to 80% of the appraised value so higher is better.  That doesnt necessarily mean we are qualified to borrow that amount.


We got word that our appraisal came in at $350K, Wow!!!  80% of that is 280K but we are hoping to keep our building costs under 200K in order to keep our monthly payments reasonable. The total cost breakdown had me concerned at first but some of the estimates are coming in lower than expected and the breakdown includes the market rates for all of the work we are going to do (which should be much less).


The following list is some of the work that we have decided to do on our own and with the help of our skilled and generous friends and family:


  • Set the walls (Dont worry Jon was a framer, we arent just crazy)
  • Drywall / texture
  • Interior painting (What? I painted a mug in pottery and it looked great)
  • Install flooring, cabinets and shelves
  • Base board, doors, locks and knobs
  • Install outlets, switches, and light fixtures
  • Site cleanup (my swiffer should take care of that)
  • And a few others ( Don't worry, we know what we are getting in to J

Keep checking back to hear how this all pans out.


J Sarah


Mar 22

Tired of not knowing what to do then the market changes?

Builders and Subcontractors are invited to a seminar April 5th, 2007.

Mar 22

Green remodel

So we tested a home this week that was beautiful, they did all the right things, kept the integrity of the historical architecture, used healthy environmentally preffered products, great design, improved insulating and efficiency of the home and HVAC equipment, just overall a beautiful job. however they called us to see just how good they did. Well here are the results

Mar 22

Cheap homes follow up

well I just have to comment on a comment by one individual that read my blog about cheap homes. I guess this person thinks that CHEAP means affordable, there is a difference. there are affordable homes being built all over the nation by many builders. These builders are building affordable homes that are not only less expensive to buy, but also require 50% less energy and water than the conventional home, as well as less resources. you can build affordable and energy efficient. Builders are accomplishing this is by advanced framing, right sizing equipment, value engineering, centralized duct work in conditioned space, and other advanced building techniques. In stead we have sales people who prefer to sell cost per sq ft without any thought on how that home will affect the homeowners living expenses, our local economy, or our environment. CHEAP does not mean affordable, I fix CHEAP homes every day, in fact we test two to three a week and that will increase dramatically this year. these people are not hap

Mar 22

Premium Subcription Now Available

Treasure Valley Market Reports has been expanded to include more features.

Mar 22

Affordable homes lacking in Valley

Experts concerned high-priced development was too much, too fast for Valley now in market downshift

Mar 19

Economic Snapshot

National Trends Oct '06 to Jan '07

Mar 19

Mortage Payment Reset: The issue and impact

Under the main scenario, the study anticipates 1.1 million foreclosures spread out over a total period of six to seven years which represents thirteen percent of the adjustable-rate mortgages originated through purchase or refinance from 2004 to 2006 constituting $326 billion of debt. After foreclosure and resale, it is projected that about $112 billion will be lost to remaining equity, lenders and investors over several years. These losses represent less than one percent of the total mortgage lending projected for that period. Thus, mortgage payment reset will not break the national economy or the mortgage lending industry.

Mar 16

Boise Home and Garden Show

This weekend. Definitely worth going.

Mar 15

Is Real estate gassy?

Location! Location! Location?

Mar 14

Contractors Night with the Idaho Stampede

April 13th. Sponsored by the Idaho AGC YCF & The Idaho AGC Associates Committee.

Mar 12

The Ball is Rolling: We dodged it this time

About four months ago we jumped back into the home construction game with a new understanding of building costs. Read more on how we selected a builder and the perfect floor plan and managed to stay within our budget.

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