Entries by Ryan Siebert

Framing Costs of Custom Home Building

Framing Costs for New Construction By Ryan Siebert Imagine with me for a second that you are in a freshly framed new construction house early in the am on a cool spring morning.  The ground is thawing out, the sun is high in the sky with just enough clouds to make you appreciate the blue […]

Why Start a Podcast?

Why Start a Home Building Podcast? By Ryan Siebert I was recently asked to explain why we started our “Secrets of Homebuilders” Podcast.  We recognized that inherently people do not like to read, but are constantly searching for ways to stimulate their mind through noise.  

Concrete Costs

Concrete Cost for New Construction Homes By Ryan Siebert Ozinga.com One of the most expensive parts of your new construction home will be the cost of concrete.  I often joke with my partners that we should stop building house to figure out a way to sell the concrete, but I digress.  The bid that will […]

Demo and Excavation Costs

Demo and Excavation Costs For A New Home By Ryan Siebert Before I was a home builder one of my favorite quotes was something along the lines of, “You can’t build the Sears Tower without first building a strong foundation.”  Unfortunately I was dead wrong with that idea. Before you can pour your foundation you […]

Role Identification

Know Your Role By Ryan Siebert I tend to make my blog posts about what is going on in my life.  When I talk about ways to keep your builder accountable, it is usually because I am having a hard time with my contractors or project managers being accountable for their actions.  When I write […]


Tips from a Kitchen Designer Colette Rodon Hornof – Vesta of Hearth and Home Do you know what design that you want for your kitchen?  With custom home building the kitchen is often the most important room in your entire house.  Before you make the decision for design options on your kitchen take time to […]


Your Lender is Your Advisor, NOT an ATM Chad Lubben – Peoples Home Equity On this episode of Secrets of Homebuilders Pat Cardoni interviews Chad Lubben from Peoples Home Equity and discusses the true role of your lender in the custom construction transaction.  It is often the lender that holds your transaction together.  However, you […]

Lessons from Your Father – Be Willing to Change

Embrace Change By Ryan Siebert Change is hard for most of us in life and when it comes to business we often avoid it like the plague.  Recently my father came to visit, apparently family likes to visit when you have a kid.  We struck up a conversation about the changes he has made in […]

SOH – Episode 5 – Appraisal Me This

Appraisers Hold the Key to Your Dream Home On this episode of Secrets of Homebuilders Terry Pope of Citywide Real Estate Services talks with Pat Cardoni about the thought process and homework that appraisers need to put in to develop their opinion of value. You may or may not know it, but the appraiser that you […]

SOH Episode 4 – Architects Can Design Too

Custom Building Starts With Your Architect In this episode Pat Cardoni interviews Lisa Elkins from 2 Point Perspective to discuss the role and challenges of your architect in your custom building and remodeling project.  Be prepared to be amazed and respect the thought process that goes into each and every design that architects go through. […]