We continue to hear and read that the building industry is dead. Unfortunately it has suffered severely and and many good men and women have lost their building companies because of the economy. Builders with inventories were unable to sell homes and with sale prices declining and interest continuing, they just couldn't survive. But there are many of us who have survived the storm and continue to build.
Many companies like Dobberstine Custom Homes have turned to remodels for survival. I built four homes in the last two years, but I have completed sixteen remodel projects. From room additions to basement finishes to backyard projects (swimming pools, cabanas, hot tubs, fountains, firepits, etc.) I have been able to keep my head above water and provide some work for my sub-contractor partners.
I have seen more housing starts - foundations in the ground - in the last few months - a good sign for my industry. Hopefully activity breeds activity and with the interest rates being so very low and the demand so high, I look forward to 2012 being a better year for us all.