Archive for the ‘Gary’s Building Journal’ Category


Merry Christmas

2015 – a whirlwind year in our lives. We’ve worked on many projects, both big and small. We’re thrilled to have been part of Hope Haven. It’s a brand new neighborhood for single parent families belonging to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. Totally funded by individuals and churches, these selfless givers have not only […]

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Team Work

It’s officially summer. I have named June 21 “Hump Day”. The longest day of the year. What it means for me and my business is that we’re all working long hours, six days a week. You know the old adage. We’re making hay while the sun shines. Our customers are incredible. Your business means everything […]

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Ceilings

My favorite entry ways are the ones that make you look up the instant you come through the front door. Ceilings are a wonderful surface to embellish, and I enjoy working with our clients to come up with creative ideas. Hand-scraped beams, bricks, barrels, crown, corbels.  You name it.  Let’s put it up there. –

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We Have It Easy

It’s been a year for putting miles on my pick-up.  I’ve driven all over two counties, from project to project, and I’ve hauled a lot of supplies.  I like to think that I build “dream homes”, and hope my customers feel the same way. If you know me well, you know I love to travel.  […]

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Crowning Achievement

  Right up front.  Sorry about that pun for a title.   It’s the only thing we can come up with!  Dr. Peter Thompson is re-opening for dental business today, and we just want to say a few thank yous. The Square in Portales is a historic old place, and it was time to deal with […]

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Becoming a Builder

My dad taught “shop” all through my growing-up years.  I can’t tell you how many hours I spent with him in his wood shop at PHS.  Besides learning how to run all the tools and build all kinds of projects, I took drafting from him in high school, and learned the skills of precise measuring.  […]

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Yes, We Remodel

Do we do remodels?  Yes, we do. It’s a major ordeal to have your kitchen torn up.  Over the years I’ve really appreciated the people who are willing to let us move into the center of their home, unplug their coffee pot, do away with their refrigerator, and let us make a huge mess for […]

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Thank You

When spring comes to Eastern New Mexico, it means beautiful blooms on fruit trees, terrific sand storms, warm weather one day, freezing the next.  It means a busy and full workload for everyone who works with me. This year is no exception.  We laugh about anyone choosing to live in such a place on the […]

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It’s 2013

2013 is up and running.  I’m working at my desk with the new software I bought at the International Builders’ Show.  And I can’t wait to get to someone’s project so I can whip out my new laser and measure something. I’m inspired with all the products we saw and the seminars Sandy and I […]

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Writing the Book

(Written by Sandy) We’ve just spent a week at the International Builders’ Show, and we’ve worn ourselves to a frazzle looking at all the latest and greatest building products, attending seminars from the top notch award winners in our industry, and getting our badges beeped so we’ll receive all kinds of e-mails and catalogs.  We […]

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