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Unread 05-21-2003, 09:17 AM   #1
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Exclamation Wild Comments From An Austin Builder

Folks, had a conversation with a fellow who is a superintendent for a builder here in Austin last night.

Now this is the kind of builder who does these 12,000 ft2 homes....so I ask him where they get the craftsmen for this type of work: they come to the jobs and bring their reputations with them. If you are hapless, you cannot hide (for long) on a job like that, he says.

On costs for tile work: $32/ft2 labor for vertical surfaces! Plus materials. He told me their tile installer does the three-coat process exclusively; and all quality showers use fiberglass pans.

He described a $54,000 shower on a house he supervised: stainless steel and onyx construction.

He described 4,000 ft2 of oak and granite floor...removed from a German villa and transported to Austin for re-installation. Cost not available.

A $28,000 garage tear-out because the architect failed to note the proper width for the lady of the house to open her car doors. Missed the width by 3"!

Where DO people get their money?
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Unread 05-21-2003, 12:47 PM   #2
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Dot coms that escaped before the crash, Enron survivors, golden parachutes, counterfeiting, drugs, arms sales to terrorists, embezzeling, exploting child labor, etc....all the tried and true methods.
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Unread 05-21-2003, 04:44 PM   #3
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Don't forget about Pro athletes. I'm not too sure of Texas' geography but Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers is working through a contract that will pay him $250,000,000. A twelve thousand square foot house would be like a studio apartment to him.
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Unread 05-21-2003, 05:19 PM   #4
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I might be working a tad cheap. Not much, though.
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I have several customers that fit into this category. Most of them have invented things and/or worked their a%*es off to get where they are. I am currently doing a house for the widow of the man that invented the bar code (what a "house").
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Unread 05-21-2003, 06:07 PM   #6
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>>and all quality showers use fiberglass pans.<<


Is that really true?
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Unread 05-21-2003, 07:31 PM   #7
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Ya, whats up with that?
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Unread 05-21-2003, 07:55 PM   #8
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Wow, $54.000 for a shower, I'm hagglin right now with a couple on buying a new (to me) house & property, 3 bdrm 1-1/2 bath, full unfinished basement, sitting on 6 acres, 1/2 woods & 1/2 pasture, asking price $52,000. What's up with that?! fiberglass pans?
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Unread 05-21-2003, 08:12 PM   #9
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Actually I just got a 2750sf two storey with , 3 bath, 5 bedroom, garage is 30'x 25' , a dog house and a half fallen over iceshack for $58,500 (canadian).....not bad.. not bad.........
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Unread 05-22-2003, 07:28 AM   #10
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How much was the ice shanty worth, Randy?
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about $56,500

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Unread 05-22-2003, 10:38 AM   #12
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Can't be that much....Randy said it was Canadian funds...
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So it's you Jim thats been taking those pictures of me.........geeesh.....can't even crap in privacy......
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Unread 05-22-2003, 02:45 PM   #14
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Oh yeah. There are folks with money, I know. All kinds of folks holed up in Austin, driving up the rent

Drew, $60,00 for a whole house?! Well north central MO. Location, location, location.

Yeah, fiberglass pans. Jason Butler is a local and may know more about that, but this fellow (he's a job site superintendent) said that is the standard for this area. He came to Austin from Calif, where they were getting away from hot-mopped pans.

And Randy, I couldn't even find a second STOREY in this town.
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Oh oh, alert. I think Paul is reverting to his grammarian mode. Where's my Strunk and White?

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