Entries by Ryan Siebert

Return of Wallpaper

Why Does Wallpaper Matter? By Ryan Siebert The thing about custom renovations and custom  new construction projects is that they are custom. Follow me for second. I am a systems person. I love putting things together you can replicate. I’m constantly working with my project management team to come up with ways we can replicate our custom construction process […]

White Oak or Red Oak Floors?

Red Oak or White Oak? By Ryan Siebert What difference does it make if you are using white oak or red oak?  You are staining the floors anyways, right?  Not so fast!

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Looking to Custom Build? Buckle Up! Carrie McCormick – Real Estate Broker with @Properties Carrie is one of the leaders in the Chicago real estate industry.  On this episode she details the conversations that developers and custom home building clients must have when it comes to making decisions on their projects.

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Not All Construction Loans Are Made the Same Mark Verni – Associated Bank We know we have interviewed a lot of construction lenders, but let’s face it without the money there is no new construction custom dream home building.  Mark Verni and Associated Bank are putting their mark on Chicago by using common sense lending […]

Plumbers, Electricians and HVAC, The Rough Costs

Rough Costs of New Construction By Ryan Siebert I’ve been told that in Real Estate times are going to get rough.  When it comes to building your house it is a fantastic time to be working on the “rough” installation of your electric, plumbing and HVAC.  The rough installation is better described as the bones […]

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 […]