Archive for June, 2011


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I’m Gone!!!

But, Most of my favorite things are right here at the Lake.

Can’t Wait to Share the Trip.

Please Keep Coming Back!


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Little Slice of Heaven



     No, this isn’t my Home, but, it is honestly my favorite place under the sun.  My sister and her in-laws own this beauty and I treasure every chance we get to visit.  As long as I get to roam this planet, I will be content to be my sister’s kid brother and tag along to such wonderful destinations as this.  “Myrcha”  is the name of this quaint Home and it was the first building to be constructed on the property which is located at the back of Governors Cove on Lake Burton.  The name is a combination of both of the grand parents names, Myrtle and Charles.  Story has it that when they were newly married and C.W. was just branching out into business for himself, Myrtle came across this property and set out to find a way to acquire it.  You see, she had so much faith in her husband and his ability that she scraped and borrowed enough money to purchase the land and give to her husband as a surprise gift.  Pretty cool Huh!  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let the photo show roll.

Original Boat House

Every Detail Perfectly Executed


Oh, The Grounds

Features Abound

     And then they started to building anew.   

Over the years, they have added to the property, but, never compromised the integrity or beauty of the land.

New Boat House

Back Side

 The best of all are the memories made with the kids.

Good Times


All the Places to Explore

Non-Stop Smiles

Everyone is Jumping

Even my Little "Girlie"

My Crew

 There are actually three homes on the property now a days.  One of which is owned by a long time family friend who is spending their retirement years as the year round care taker of the grounds.  (I’ve already submitted a resume for when this position becomes available.)  A larger Home has been constructed further up the mountain and has a spectacular view of the lake.  I will showcase this one in a later post, but, let me give you a peek of where you can find me enjoying a late afternoon nap.

Pure Serenity

Leaving next Tuesday and staying for a week.  Great Food, Crazy Fun (And, Yes, I will probably end up injured), Fireworks on the Water and Time with Family.

This is as Good as it Gets.

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       It has definitely been a wonderful year for Distinctive Remodeling with a score of great projects to showcase.  One of the reasons that I find the building profession so fascinating is that it is one of the few places where you can play an active role in bringing  imagination into reality.   Then, when you add in the human component of team collaboration, the project will take on a life of its own.  This one has to be one of my all time favorites.  Here, we have a family Home where many years of wonderful memories had been stored.  Yet now, with the kids gone and building lives on their own, it was time to start updating the home to match the Homeowners evolving style.   

Typical appliances, cabinets, counter tops and flooring of the era.


     And then the fun began.  We worked with Tim Odom of Insidesign to seamlessly pull together a completely new space that thoroughly embodied the homeowners taste.  Other rooms had already been made over with new furnishings and decor but the kitchen required a true design professional to tie everything together.

Custom finished wide plank flooring with a balance of rich and creamy cabinetry.

Love the placement of the wall sconces in the space above the vent hood.

A simple replacement of the kitchen window made a huge impact.

Magnificent Mother of Pearl Tops

Magnificent Mother of Pearl Tops

     Let’s not forget the laundry room.  It lies in the adjoining space connecting the kitchen to the garage.  Trouble is, this is the first place you enter upon returning home.

Not very inviting.

I think we dressed it up a bit.

     Now this room serves as an extension of the kitchen and performs multiple duties in addition to being the utility room.

    For me, this project can be highlighted as a ringing endorsement for pursuing high quality design in the development stages.  A lot of elements came together contributing to the success of this project but it all started with Tim’s beautiful vision.  This enabled our project manager to execute on the details meticulously. And, we had a solid direction for the finish materials to be used thus allowing us to more accurately forecast the costs related to the project.  It certainly didn’t hurt that the lady of the home had impeccable tastes.

     We also renovated the guest bath on the main floor at the same time as this project, but, I will have to reveal that one at a later time.

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More R.W.E

“Do your work, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself”.

– Ralph Waldow Emerson

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     So, why do we compete?  Why do we place so much focus on this?  We will commit endless amounts of time and energy making our “stuff” one degree better than the next guy.  As markets are contracting, we will go to great lengths to separate ourselves from the field.  We will scrutinize our proposals so that they are more detailed.  We will tighten our numbers so that our bids look more attractive.  We will elaborate on our approach so that we will stand out.  The trouble is that everyone else is doing the same.  So often, we will go out to meet with a potential client and there are already ten bids sitting on the table.  I can’t help but ask myself, what are they looking for?  Is it merely to see who has inched out the others and offered them the most bang for their buck?  We keep saying that surely people want more. 

     I think that the trouble is that we are feeding the Beast.  We are active participants in the game whether we are aware of it or not.  I came across this book by Youngme Moon a couple of years ago and it truly struck a chord with me.  I Love Paradoxes of Life and Youngme articulates this one so powerfully.  She is no slouch either.  We’re talking Professor of Business Administration at The Harvard Business School.  The main premise is that “Going tit for tat and adding features, augmentations, and gimmicks to beat the competition has the perverse result of making you like everyone else”.  We saw this very phenomenon play out in the new home market right before the crash.  As the playing field  became more crowded, our products actually became more homogeneous.  When someone introduced a new feature, everyone else had to include it.  When someone expanded their warranty program, everyone else soon offered the same.  And Thus, all the homes became the same.

     I’m not saying that we should lift our eyes from continually improving operational matters.  We must always remain aggressive about strengthening our abilities.  It is the most important way to build sustaining trust with our client base.  (Not to mention, it is something that the customer inherently expects anyway).  I personally treasure a high performing organization.  I value a well-oiled machine.  Providing substance and security to the client is mandatory when establishing ones merit.  However, we must be very careful or our approach can easily slip into a “Race to the Bottom” when we are merely trying to separate ourselves from the pack.  We must commit everything we have to resist this.  Our Focus Needs to Shift from the Competition to the Client.  I may be a bit of an “Outlier” here, but, this is where my aspirations lie.  I want to compete for the Client’s attention and the opportunity to earn their trust.  I believe that we must break away from the crowd and earnestly seek out projects that excite us, those that ignite our passions within us, and then do everything in our power to put ourselves in position to vie for them.  Only then will we bring something more to the table because our enthusiasm will shine through and energize the potential of what the project could be.  I believe that this is what will distinguish us from the rest.

So, why do we complete?  – Let’s compete to win the hearts and minds of the Clients and not to win the job from the Competitor.  In fact, let’s forget that the competitor even exists at all.

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R.W.E. – Wow

     That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? . . . Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare. Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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