I’m sure many of you share my relief in saying goodbye to 2020 and welcoming the new year. I think many of us in the local design & building industry were surprised by just how busy 2020 was in our little corner of the world. With so many people able to work remotely, we saw many of our second homeowners spending a lot of time in their cabins and motivated to make some changes. We also saw a lot of long time visitors who decided to become homeowners here and anxious to build or renovate. All that enthusiasm and activity in conjunction with disrupted supply chains and labor shortages have resulted in many delays and a sharp increase in construction costs. Nobody knows what the future will bring but it appears that we are looking forward to another busy construction season and likely continued scheduling and budget challenges. Many of the builders I have been working with for years are in the process of cutting back as they look toward retirements and others are booked a year or more in advance.
All of that is intended to prepare those hoping to build or remodel for some continuing frustrations as every stage may take longer and cost more than you had hoped. I encourage anybody who is planning a project to select a designer and start talking to builders early so you can get on someone’s schedule in plenty of time. I’ve spent the last few days looking at my upcoming projects and obligations and have come to the difficult realization that I must concentrate on my existing clients for the next 6 months to a year and will not be able to accept new clients who are hoping to begin any design work before the middle of this year. I will be able to provide a limited number of consultations either on-site or via Zoom but will not be able to offer follow-up design work that requires creating as-built drawings first.
Please feel free to give me a call if you’d like to talk about a long term project, have questions about the design or construction process, or just need limited consultation services to help you solve a design or construction issue and I will do my best to answer your questions, provide some assistance, or refer you to someone who may be able to help you more quickly. I love to talk about design and really do want to help if I can.
As always, if you are an existing client, I will do my best to fit you in so don’t hesitate to contact me.
Happy New Year Everybody!