I wrote last year about the different experiences when building with different – and different scale and caliber – Charlottesville builders.
Two quick recent examples that detail the difference between building with production (larger scale) builders and smaller, custom home builders:
“I have a guy with a mobile sawmill. He can rough saw solid pieces of Oak, Cherry or Walnut.
I would suggest we get a chunk of wood that is 10 inches x 5 inches x about 7 feet for the mantel. I can then get it belt sanded and stain and poly before it’s installed
Which of the three types of wood do you want?”
“We didn’t have to do this but we did.” I don’t remember what “this” was, but I remember being there with my buyer clients and the builder, and what a great conversation this was.