Monday, November 29, 2010

2011 Pricing

Our prices have remained the same for the past four years. After reviewing our 2010 season, it has become obvious that we need to increase the price slightly to cover the ever increasing operating and materials costs.
We were anticipating a 10% increase across the board but metal roofing came down slightly this fall which enabled us to drop the increase to 6%. (Metal roofing is still approximately 50% more than it was in 2006) This increase will barely cover the increased cost of operations and definitely doesn't include any additional profit.
Not only has material increased in the past four years; workers compensation, liablility insurance, fuel and equipment costs have also gone up which really leaves us no choice in the matter.
The price increase will become effective January 1, 2011. Naturally, all projects contracted before that time will be locked in to the lower price.
We still have start dates available this winter and several available in the summer season.

I don't want to do business with those who don't make a profit, because they can't give the best service.
Lee Bristol

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010
Everyone has heard all of the Thanksgiving cliches so there is no need to repeat them in this blog.
On Thanksgiving day take one minute (use a timer) and count all of the things you have to be thankful for. If you are an American, you can start with being thankful for our troops overseas who leave their families to fight and even die on our behalf. Then continue on to hands, feet, eyes, senses, air and the ability to breathe it. By the time a minute is up you will probably think of many more but if you can't that's OK, at least you made a start. In the worst of times there are always many things to be thankful for.
Many people have so many extreme problems that they really can't see their way to be thankful. It's not that they are unthankful, they just can't see through the fog of their misery. Remember, there are always people that are more miserable than you. Reach out to them with a kind word or a smile. It may do you more good than it does them.

Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.

- Leo Tolstoy

Sunday, November 21, 2010


It looks like we will be traveling on the ice very soon. We normally shoot for driving on the valley lakes right after Thanksgiving but we will probably extend that a week or two. We should have pretty good ice for small vehicles in a couple of weeks.
Much of our work is done across the ice where it is impractical to do it in the summer. If we can drive across the ice to a building site, we don't have to charge extra for being off the road system and it makes things go very smooth.
If you have a project that is inaccessible in summer but driveable in winter; give us a holler and we can do it for you this season and have it ready for summer.

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Kahlil Gibran
Lebanese artist & poet in US (1883 - 1931)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Kit Video Introduction

I have included an introduction video that comes with the power point presentation for our kits. We are continually trying to improve the presentation to make putting together one of our kits an enjoyable experience.
Please send any comments on how we can improve.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It's On!

It looks like winter is getting here, slowly, but it is coming. Soon we will be able to access projects that we couldn't get to in the summer.
I don't expect we will be able to drive on the local lakes or rivers until well after Thanksgiving.
We have a number of projects scheduled for this winter but we still have a few openings left.
A few tips for preparing your lot for winter building:

-Leave the snow on the lot and try not to drive snowmachines across the building site. This compacts the snow and allows the frost to go deeper into the ground, making it more difficult to dig pilings.
-Avoid scraping the organics off. The organic layer is a good insulator and helps keep the frost from going too deep.

These may seem like minor things but they make a big difference when it comes time to excavate.

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
Benjamin Franklin
US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer (1706 - 1790)