Home Builder – Scaffolding Boards http://www.scaffoldingboards.org/ Sun, 19 Sep 2021 16:29:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/scaffolding-boards-70x70.png Home Builder – Scaffolding Boards http://www.scaffoldingboards.org/ 32 32 Manatee-Sarasota Construction Industry Executive Dies From COVID Delta Variant | East County https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/manatee-sarasota-construction-industry-executive-dies-from-covid-delta-variant-east-county/ Sun, 19 Sep 2021 16:29:42 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/manatee-sarasota-construction-industry-executive-dies-from-covid-delta-variant-east-county/

It was days after the death of his wife, Beverly Smock, when East County Bill Smock was browsing hundreds of sympathetic Facebook posts.

Many of these messages were on the same theme.

“They were like, ‘The first person I met at the Builders Association was Beverly… she made me feel loved,” said Bill Smock. “It was a common thread.”

The impact of Beverly Smock, who died September 13 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital from the Delta variant of COVID-19, was undeniable when it came to the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association.

Rebecca Queen, the events and communications director at MSBIA for the past four years, said Beverly Smock made her a better person.

“It’s not the easiest thing for single moms with little experience to have career opportunities, but like me, Bev had gone this route and she gave me a chance. didn’t take long to develop a quick bond. She was a good resource when everything in my life was failing. She was one of the first phone calls or texts when I needed to let off steam and we always had a good laugh at the chaos that seems to follow me everywhere I go. “

Queen said that after her twins were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Beverly Smock told her she would support her every step of the way. She has stayed true to her word, rearranging Queen’s schedule so that she can work from home or go to doctor’s appointments or her children’s hospitalization.

“Bev knew everything about me – the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly,” Queen said. “She witnessed my weakest times and was by my side in my most successful times. She loved with all her heart and never judged. She was also the keeper of my safety pins, Advil and other weird stuff, because if you know me, I always lose the most random stuff. Thanks Bev, for loving me like yours. “

Bill Smock has heard similar stories countless times after 31 years of marriage.

“Everything she did, she did with love and kindness,” said Bill Smock. “And no matter what she did, she wanted to be the best at it. She cared and she called herself an A-plus-plus-plus type person.”

Beverly Smock was working for a temp agency in 1994 when she landed a job as a receptionist at what was then the Home Builder‘s Association on Main Street in Bradenton. She quickly rose through the ranks, becoming what her husband called “the top manager’s right hand.”

Eventually, she received the title of Deputy Executive Director. She used to tell her coworkers that she was the only one in the office who could carry a gun because she was the assistant.

The Home Builder’s Association has evolved into the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association and has gone through 15 executive directors over its 27 years, often acting as an interim executive director between them.

Beverly and Bill Smock loved their lives with the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association. Beverly Smock died on September 13 at the age of 62.

“She had a list in her drawer,” Bill Smock said. “She used to threaten whoever was the executive director at the time,” Don’t make me write your name on this paper. “

Jon Mast has been an executive director for the past seven years, and he has heard the threat.

“I hope she thought I was her best boss ever,” Mast said. “Because she was my best employee ever.”

Mast said Beverly Smock had never been a stranger and made people feel “comfortable and important.”

“She was called a princess because Bill always treated her like a princess.”

Bill Smock laughs when he tells the story of meeting his future wife at a Tampa bar when he was 20. He was participating in a weekend training exercise with the United States Marine Corps Reserves and he decided to use fake ID for the first time when he stepped out that evening.

“She was across the room and we made eye contact,” he said. “She said to her friend, ‘I have my dance partner for the night.’

“I call it fate as much as it is the will of God. It was the only way to get us on each other’s path.”

Less than a year later, they were married. She was 11 years older than her husband, but Bill Smock said, “It just worked.”

During their honeymoon in the Bahamas, Bill Smock discovered that he would be deployed to Saudi Arabia and later to Kuwait. He knew a FOX News correspondent who was assigned to his base, so he was pushing his way through video clips in hopes his wife would see him.

“If you had family they would watch the news,” he said.

After six months he was home and they lived their lives, moving to Bradenton in 1991. Owner of Gator Plumbing and Gator Construction, Bill Smock has been a member of the MSBIA Board of Directors for over 20 years. .

“The association is our world,” he said. “We talked about county commissioners, state officials, our senators. We went to fundraisers and we stayed involved in everything. Our best friends were builders. Our vacations were conventions. The reality is that we have lived and breathed the association. “

After a builders’ convention in Orlando in July, Bill and Beverly Smock tested positive for COVID.

“She had a fever for a few days, then she was fine from day 3 to day 9,” he said. “I lost 15 pounds and was exhausted. I lost my sense of smell and my fever increased. But on the 10th day, she woke up and said, ‘I can’t breathe.'”

Beverly Smock went to the hospital on August 2 and on August 4 was placed on a ventilator. For the next month and a half, Bill Smock could barely see his wife due to COVID protocols. On September 13, she passed away.

“God gives us a certain number of days,” he said. When these are done, you are done.

“But there are a lot of things we couldn’t do.”

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Billings homebuilder launches project to help businesses around the world https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/billings-homebuilder-launches-project-to-help-businesses-around-the-world/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 17:32:52 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/billings-homebuilder-launches-project-to-help-businesses-around-the-world/

McCall Homes celebrated the grand opening of its third home for Homes For Hope on Friday in Billings, an organization that helps people with businesses in less affluent areas of the world.

“We’re trying to go to some of the poorest parts of the world and develop entrepreneurs who are trying to start businesses but don’t have access to capital,” said Greg McCall, co-owner of McCall Homes. “They have good ideas, but they happen to live in a country so impoverished that they don’t have the same opportunities that we have here.”

Homes For Hope is part of Hope International. Here’s how it works: Builders first identify a project, then contractors and suppliers reduce or eliminate fees which are then returned to provide training and other skills to those most in need.

“They’re not just tackling poverty from a financial perspective,” McCall said. “They attack it from a spiritual point of view, from a health point of view, and they try to treat the human being as a whole rather than the only problem.”

Billings Mayor Bill Cole helped open the house in the Annafeld subdivision of McCall Homes.

“Here in Billings the tradespeople came to support the organization,” said Cole. “They donate time, money and materials to build a house which can then be sold to raise funds.”

“The people we work with nationally here as they build homes are all entrepreneurs too,” said Matthew Baehr, executive director of Hope For Homes. “And they can relate to the people we serve overseas. They know what it means to work hard to build businesses to care for their families.”

Baehr said his organization is helping people in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and South America, as well as the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

“The best way out of poverty is with a good job,” Baehr said. “We want to be known as the construction industry’s answer to global poverty.”

“We invest in their dreams by giving them a hand rather than giving,” said McCall.

“You know there is a lack of hope in our world today,” Cole said. “And on a beautiful day with people of good will, it was such an uplifting event.”

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A Fox Valley builder offers affordable housing. It is not easy. https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/a-fox-valley-builder-offers-affordable-housing-it-is-not-easy/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 14:06:31 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/a-fox-valley-builder-offers-affordable-housing-it-is-not-easy/

Fox Valley homebuilder Tom McHugh is trying to fill a much needed gap in the Northeastern Wisconsin housing market: affordable, newly built homes.

McHugh owns Tom McHugh Construction LLC, a Greenville-based residential construction company that specializes in the construction of production buildings, also known as track construction.

Here’s how it works: McHugh buys a portion of a subdivision’s lots from a developer. It gives buyers an option of five floor plans to choose from and then builds the homes in one lot so that he can get a volume discount on high quality materials and lower the cost to the buyer.

All of the McHugh homes are modest-sized ranch-style homes that range in size from 1,350 square feet to 1,550 square feet. Most have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Base models, with no add-ons, cost between $ 265,000 and $ 325,000.

The homes built by McHugh meet a need for new homes identified in a 2019 report by the Wisconsin Realtors Association. The Falling Behind report found a significant shortage of affordable housing for households earning between 60% and 120% of an area’s median income, also known as workforce housing.

In Outagamie County, these would be households earning up to $ 79,480 per year, $ 77,349 in Brown County and $ 70,016 in Winnebago County, according to the US Census Bureau.

There aren’t enough homes under construction in Wisconsin, especially housing for the workforce, said Kurt Paulsen, professor of town planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of the Falling Behind report. . There are hundreds of job openings that pay living wages, but few affordable housing for workers and their families to buy, he said.

“We’re seeing statewide that that kind of average income, the price of housing for labor for property is just gone,” Paulsen said.

The lack of housing for the workforce not only impacts middle-class households; it spills over across the affordable housing spectrum, Paulsen said. When people can’t find a home at their price, they choose the next cheapest option, which “puts pressure on people at the bottom of the pay scale,” he said.

“What we are seeing now is that the affordability crisis is moving up the income ladder due to the overall housing shortage,” said Paulsen. “So even a teacher who earns $ 50,000 (per year) is struggling to find a home to buy anywhere in the state.”

McHugh wants to go even smaller

Federal guidelines recommend that households spend no more than 30 percent of their income on housing expenses. Those over 30 percent are considered “encumbered costs,” meaning that housing costs take up such a large part of a household’s budget that they find it difficult to cover other costs or save money. ‘money.

In 2019, nearly 20% of households in Appleton and 23% of households in Green Bay were considered to have a financial burden, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

Paulsen said a good rule of thumb for determining how much a household should spend on a conventional mortgage is to triple their income. So, to afford one of the cheapest and smallest homes in McHugh, at $ 264,900, a household would have to earn around $ 88,000 a year.

The “sweet spot” for workforce housing in the Appleton area would be homes between $ 180,000 and $ 225,000, Paulsen said.

“All you have to do is look at the ads to realize that there is hardly anything in this price range,” Paulsen said. “And if it’s available, it goes really fast.”

It’s also almost impossible to build a new home in this price range, McHugh said.

McHugh wants to build smaller, more affordable homes that are closer to that price, but he’s often hampered by commitments on the ground from developers that dictate size, materials, and other things that drive up prices. , did he declare.

For example, a municipality may allow a minimum house size of 1,300 square feet, but developers can decide they want homes to be at least 1,700 square feet and have features such as stone facades, said McHugh.

Having the developers working directly with the builder to make sure their bundles match what the builders need would be the biggest cost savings, McHugh said.

“There are a few developers who understand and try,” he said. “But there aren’t many.”

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McHugh would be able to build more houses in the same space if the developers reduced the lots. For example, his homes can fit on lots that are 60 feet wide, but many developers sell lots that are 90 feet wide. If the developers downsized the lots, McHugh could install three houses in the same space as two, and that alone could save between $ 15,000 and $ 20,000 per house.

“There is a definite need for (smaller houses),” McHugh said. “There’s no way to build this new inventory anymore, period. It just can’t be done because there aren’t any subdivisions that allow it.”

At this point, building a smaller 1,200-square-foot house wouldn’t be much cheaper, unless McHugh started removing some amenities, like the master bathroom. This could save between $ 10,000 and $ 15,000. Building two-story or two-story homes could also reduce the cost of a home by about $ 10,000. But, people seem to prefer ranch-style homes, McHugh said.

Together, these three changes could reduce the cost of a home by as much as $ 50,000, and “now you’re talking about something that could mean the difference between being affordable or not,” he said.

If someone could figure out a way to build a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,500 square foot home in Fox Valley for around $ 200,000, “you could probably sell thousands of them because there is one. such request, “said Paulsen. .

Affordability comes with options

Amy and Erik Van Hammond purchased their three-bedroom, two-bathroom Kaukauna home from McHugh in early 2020.

The couple, who tied the knot in May 2020, were looking to buy their first home together but became frustrated with the housing market after bidding on half a dozen homes.

“It was like, when we walked through other houses, we always had to give up something that was important to us,” like a third bedroom or an attached garage, said Amy, a 26-year-old recruiter for US Company.

But McHugh’s homes had everything the couple wanted, and the home they bought was within their budget.

After adding upgrades like a fireplace, basement exit window, and various roof gables, the Van Hammonds paid $ 237,000 for their house. The base price was $ 215,000 before the upgrades.

McHugh has since had to increase the price of his homes, mainly due to rising lumber costs, he said.

“It’s really unique how we were able to choose our products before they were even built,” said Erik, 26, who works as an environmental health and safety manager at Amcor in Oshkosh. . “It was affordable, but we could still make it our own.”

The Van Hammonds love that everything in the house is new and that they have the flexibility to customize aspects such as flooring, cabinetry, countertops and siding without being overwhelmed by the options, they said.

“It was our first home for both of us,” Amy said. “It was really cool for our first home to be able to have a say in what it is, but not to be inundated with endless options.”

McHugh’s homes aren’t just for honeymooners looking for their first home. Singles, families with children, and retired couples all live in the Van Hammonds neighborhood. In fact, Erik’s cousin, a single man, bought a house from McHugh next door, and Amy’s brother, sister-in-law and their three children bought a house two doors down.

“There really is room for each of these stages in life,” Amy said.

The couple don’t see this house as their forever home, but they can see each other staying for the next seven to 10 years. There is plenty of room for them to start a family when the time comes, they said.

A new style of construction for the Fox Valley

McHugh has been building homes in Fox Valley for over a decade. He started out by doing renovations, additions and custom homes. But four years ago, he began to focus almost exclusively on production houses.

This type of building is common in many states, and McHugh learned about it in Florida, he said. He saw a need for more affordable housing in Fox Valley and knew that would be one way to do it.

Unlike most new home construction, McHugh’s business finances the construction loan. Buyers put down a down payment of $ 5,000 or $ 7,500 and then buy the house after it’s built.

He is currently building homes in Kaukauna, his smallest and cheapest homes at 1,350 square feet for $ 264,900.

“There is significant demand for our product,” McHugh said.

Contact Natalie Brophy at 715-216-5452 or nbrophy@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie. This story is part of the NEW News Lab, a journalistic collaboration covering northeastern Wisconsin.

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Cramer’s Crazy Money Recap: FedEx, Costco, Nike https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/cramers-crazy-money-recap-fedex-costco-nike/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 23:58:39 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/cramers-crazy-money-recap-fedex-costco-nike/

The late September faint is here and it’s time to take some evasive action, Jim Cramer warned his Mad Money viewers on Friday. This means investors need to lock in their earnings, raise funds, and even sell short to protect their positions from a historically tough time for stocks.