Ask the Builder: A Q&A with John Judd, Sr.
How a client's vision comes to life in phases
We get very excited about new jobs. Whether it's a new build or renovating a historic home, we get a little giddy on the first day of starting the project. In November 2014 we partnered with a client to renovate a home that is more like a piece of artwork (all homes are art to us but this one takes the cake)! Here is John Judd, Sr's take on the project that become a two year long passion project. View the full photo gallery.
Q: What is your favorite thing, part, or detail about the work you've done on this house? A: My favorite part of the project was working with a client that had a clear vision of the finished product.
Q: What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome with this project? A: Because we weren't a part of the original build, we were constantly finding areas that were different than what was on the plans. We were able to overcome the challenges by approaching everything knowing we weren't sure how it was done by the previous builder and doing a lot of exploratory investigating prior to ordering materials or giving estimates of cost.
Q: How many people worked on this project? A: Around 30 sub-contractors from as far away as Texas and Florida contributed to the home interior and exterior renovation, outdoor entertaining pavillion, pool installation and log cabin build.
Q: What is the next phase for this project? A: We have plans for a barn with a living area above ready to build. It says a lot about both parties to be better friends after almost three years of building, than when you first met.