The Build, Part 2


The Build, Part 2

In the first chapter we discussed planning and assembling the team. Now we can move on to figuring out how to pay for it.

Even with the largest of commercial projects, you always begin with a “projected” budget. Or, what most folks would call a guess. No matter how vague, this is where it always begins. In many cases you can find online references that can give you industry estimates of cost per square foot. I’ve never used that and have just worked from the base of my own experience, which has actually gotten me into a lot of hot water over the years, but that’s another story. Next, you need to figure out how much cash you’ll need up front and how much you’ll be financing. Commercial buildings are all about the ROI (return on investment), so a good financing plan is critical. Yes, you can pay cash, but for investment purposes that’s not advisable.

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Build something cool


Build something cool

There’s so much wisdom in that one statement, and it rings true in so many fields. Most commercial construction ventures are painstakingly planned out, from site location down to the most minute details. And yet, invariably, you’ll see every one of them run over budget, take longer than expected, and finish with unavoidable flaws or last-minute changes. That’s one reason why I’ll jump into something with less planning than that – because I know it’s going to run off the rails anyway. Going into something like this, you’ll already have a general idea of what you want to do. We knew we wanted another office, one that could host a sales crew, a property management wing, and possibly contain other suites that could be rented to suitable businesses.

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The Box


The Box

Octavious Deshon Lakes grew up in Buford, Georgia, and knew before he even graduated from Forest Park High School that we wanted to join the U.S. Army and serve his country.  “Tay”, as his friends called him, was a fitness enthusiast who’s big life goal was to one day open a gym with his fiancé Mabinty.  But, handling his goals in proper order, Tay enlisted in the U.S. Army in March of 2017 and was assigned to Fort Hood as a Combat Engineer in the 3rd Brigade. 

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This is gonna be good…#abigannouncement


The title to this writing is a famous line from the origins of my relationship with Priscilla. About 16-1/2 years ago we knew each other, had known each other for a while and were finally touching on the subject of seeing one another in something other than a business setting. I asked, she accepted, then

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