Be a Successful Green Builder by R. Woodson

By R. Woodson

Экологическое строительство

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Much of the land in my region is full of bedrock, or what Mainers call ledge. To build a basement on a lot full of ledge requires blasting, and that gets very expensive. An inexperienced builder could walk into a world of trouble if a price was given to a customer for a home with a basement and then ledge was discovered a few feet down in the ground. Maine has ledge, and Virginia has soggy soil and other building hazards. I’m sure that other parts of the country present their own special types of obstacles for builders.

There is plenty of land in Maine, but most of it is in large parcels, and much of it, large or small, carries a hefty price tag. I recall one occasion when my advertising was working particularly well. In one week 63 prospects responded to my ads. All the people were looking for starter homes. It was no problem for me to build the houses at prices they could afford, but I could find only two lots that were priced in a range that would work with affordable housing. It pained me greatly to watch 61 disappointed prospects leave my office.

Looking for these types of design features will bring you up to speed quickly on what the public wants. If you see that only one out of eight houses is a one-story ranch design, you can shuffle your ranch plans to the bottom of your pile. Don’t try to buck trends your first time out; your chances of success are much better if you follow the lead of your competitors. If colonial two-story homes are abundant in your area, look for a nice set of plans for a colonial. Go with the flow, but with a twist.

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