Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

It’s Memorial Day.  People in America have spent the past 3 days doing what we do on 3-day weekends…finding a body of water, a bottle of sunscreen and soaking in the first flirty days of summer.   But that’s just the surface.  That doesn’t tell the stories we carry in our hearts and our minds…

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop – Weeks Running Together

See Janice work?  Janice likes to work.  Janice is checking her permit box. This is Janice’s day off. Janice is good at work.  Janice is bad at taking days off. This girl.  She don’t stop.  I went out to Briar Chapel last Wednesday – I wanted to walk the Parade House since I was going…

Castles and Squad Goals- Weeks 5 & 6

You know how Taylor Swift has a squad that every famous person is either in or wants to be in but won’t admit it? Janice has a squad like that. Every year they all get together for Friends Reunion.  This year’s reunion was in Charleston and given our current labor shortage, and a few of…

Real Deal Building – Week 4 in Review

Ginge sent me this picture earlier in the week.  She said the framers had accurately captured her entire range of emotions this week. Unfortunately, I think the theme of this week was Grumpy Young Builders…it’s more of a drama, less like the wildly entertaining comedy, Grumpy Old Men.  Kube was grumpy.  Janice was grumpy.  No…

‘Is it too early to start screaming?’ – Week 3 in Review

This week tried all of Ginge’s patience and then some. It started off with #MajorFailMonday – Janice forgot to call for inspection on her garage block pins.  Remember how we changed the garage and had to re-permit?  Well, the garage is just a few steps behind the house and Ginge was hoping to make up that…

Under my (teeny tiny) Umbrella-ella-ella – Week 2 in Review

    First things first…after last week’s nasty sunburn, we thought it only right to get some proper sun protection for our girl.  Sunscreen only takes you so far…so what do you get the most stylish builder on the block?  A pink parasol of course. I didn’t mean to buy the worlds smallest pink parasol…

Ginge at Work – Week 1 in Review

  What’s in a name?  Well…if you’re trying to pull permits in Chatham County, apparently a lot.  For this reason and for the sake of plain-old accuracy our Build Like a Ginge house will henceforth be referred to as our Parade Home, not our Model Home.  The Ginge is taking her title stripping quite well….

New Girl goes by ‘Ginge’

A month or so ago I got a call from Janice – our kick-ass, Vanilla Ice rapping, stiletto wearing, Hollywood gossiping, fashionista who, along with her partner, Krista, has broken every sales record we’ve ever had in Briar Chapel and pretty much any record we’ve ever had ever. Janice wasn’t calling to talk about her…

What Artists Do

Over the past few days I’ve spent hours on Facebook looking for anything and everything related to Prince.  Old videos, tributes, pictures of bridges turned purple…anything that honors him as the artist he was.  Like nearly everyone, I was so shocked and saddened by his passing, I found myself in a bit of purple mourning….

Per Square Foot

I was talking to an agent recently who used to work onsite for a building company that’s relatively new to our market in Raleigh-Durham.  Basically, he said this builder’s whole sales pitch was based on price per square foot.  That’s it.  As low as they can get it.  Price per square foot. Well, it’s a…