“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” - Poet Don Williams Jr.
I now know what Williams meant when he wrote those words. These past few weeks have been a blur of furious activity, all of it culminating as the Builder’s Show opened on Jan 19th, and my ‘journey’ ended. The completion of the house is usually the happiest time of the project, but not for me. I really enjoyed the process of putting this house back together, and now it’s time for me to go.
As we approached the show deadline, there were scores of workers, trades people, product manufacturers, business owners and various other people that were practically tripping over each other. It was refreshing to see them working harmoniously side by side, while no one copped an attitude or argued. They all knew that we were all working towards a common goal. Being an east coast gal, I was amazed at how pleasant everyone was, coming from a part of the country where attitude is king most of the time. It didn’t go unnoticed, and I am eternally grateful for all of those involved in the creation of this show home.
Lance Gonzales, our head contractor, should be commended for his positive attitude and even demeanor. He was always thinking ahead and never lost his cool. As long as we kept him in Coke Slurpees from the local 7 Eleven, he kept going. His two workers, Paul Christianson and Dennis Johnson were also very polite and cooperative, not to mention talented. I can’t say enough about this team, and how much they meant to all of us.
I’d also like to mention my boss and co-worker Craig Savage. He has a clear vision about the future of building and construction in America, and coupled with his passion for design and architecture, came up with the idea of creating this show home. Without him this project would never have taken place.
And finally, to Sara Gutterman and Ron Jones, creators of Green Builder Media. It’s not an easy task to bring radical change to an ailing industry, but they have achieved it not only well, but with their true heart and passion. And that’s what we should all do: Be the change you wish to see in the world.
All the best,
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