By Lance McCarthy Have you ever gone past the point of no return with something? In movies, this is the point in the plot where the character does something that changes everything, and will be very difficult to undo. Neo eating the red pill. George McFly punching Biff. Thelma and Louise driving off the cliff.
By Lance McCarthy Remember the feeling you had as a child when you crawled into one? Remember the blanket fort? I remember exactly. These words weren’t in my 5-year-old vocabulary but it was a mix of safety (my brother can’t get me), adventure (uh, it is a fort after all), ownership (this is my space),
By Lance McCarthy Ever seen the Steve Martin movie The Jerk? It has one of my all time favorite scenes. He has just told his wife he’s leaving, and he doesn’t need her or anything else…except this ash tray…and this lamp…and this chair…and that’s all!…and this remote control…and… That’s a lot like a big home
By Lance McCarthy love Amazon. Type in something you want. Anything. Malcolm Gladwell book. Hot pockets. Dog diapers. Options instantly appear. Scroll and click. Wait two days. Open box. Done, and still in your pajamas. Magic! Easy. Predictable. Painless. Unfortunately there are things that should not be acquired on Amazon. A doctor for example. Or
By Lance McCarthy Do you guys do _______________? That’s one of the questions I get more than any other. The blank is usually filled with all kinds of projects…bathrooms, kitchens, new builds, office tenant finishes, decks, leaky faucets…We love it all because our real passion isn’t a certain type of project, but more a certain
By Lance McCarthy Ok, I have something I want you to try. Find a friend and a table. Then pick a song. Let’s say the Star-Spangled Banner, or Uptown Funk if you watched the Superbowl halftime show. Then tap out the song on the table and see if your friend can guess what song it
By Lance McCarthy Say I call you tonight as you are sitting down to dinner and I say, “I have an incredible investment opportunity for you! Give me $55,000 up front, then $20,000 per year for 10 years. When you are ready to cash out it could take up to 6 months to sell, and
By Lance McCarthy I have a confession. I’m not good at using normal words to describe things. Just ask my wife! This is especially true in my work. My job is to help my clients have the right expectations, but how do I describe something they’ve never experienced? I use analogies. When they hear me
By Lance McCarthy ***Warning*** This little piece will have almost nothing to do with construction or houses. I’m sorry, I think the eggnog got the best of me. Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. There is something tricky about it though. This season can easily become MORE of everything we DON’T like.
By Lance McCarthy I have talked with quite a few contractors and subcontractors recently, and I ask them all one question: “What is the biggest problem you have right now?” I get the same answer every time: “I can’t find enough skilled workers.” I would just pass this off as idle talk, like hearing farmers