Cooking and Contracting

Posted February 28th, 2012 in Uncategorized by John DeCiantis

I have been back in the US for a few days now and in that my prior 40-year world has been construction- I hear and talk construction. I hear that the market now is more competitive than 2-3 years ago. The buyers stack up the bidders for the best price/ deal. What do they, the buyers, hope to gain? Have we become a society of “best deals” over a culture that builds relationships, provides service and delivers quality? Do you go to Smith & Wollensky’s for a bargain steak? I bet not; and you wait patiently for the chef to prepare it to your liking. Why not ask the same of your contractor? I bet he can prepare and deliver your home dream with your trust, cooperation and realistic budget far better than being the lowest bidder; so that initially at least you believe you are getting that “great deal”. I was taught as a child- “you get what you pay for”. Is it worth a try?

What about Apples:

Posted January 22nd, 2012 in General by John DeCiantis

Years ago we did a marketing piece about apples to apples. How does one compare contractors? Lets begin by realizing we all see, hear and communicate differently. Only 7% of people see in 3D. We all have varied language skills. Why not pick a contractor that listens and hears your ideas and dreams? And can put them on paper so you can see too? Or when pricing plans competitively- why not choose the professional that has detailed take offs and can explain his numbers rather than the one with the lowest price? Many of us get fooled by hearing what we want to hear rather than the often ‘shocking’ news a budget can deliver. Don’t get stuck with the wormy apple. Chew wisely!

Communication / Creativity

Posted January 20th, 2012 in Uncategorized by John DeCiantis

I am learning that as I develop my creative side that patience becomes a required ingredient. The life of a construction manager and motivator did not allow me to develop my patient being. I am learning, through the development of a new website and the restoration of a home in Mexico, huge amounts of patience. Along with that trait comes tolerance and understanding.

Expressing ones ideas clearly to a web developer or an abinille (Mexican Mason) so that they fully understand is not like a quick one-stop-shopping experience. Both processes take time, understanding and saying, maybe the same thing in different ways more than once. Delegation may be one of the hardest tasks of a creator.

Does the fabricator see the same concept as was explained? Can he that day, but maybe not the next? There are so many questions and variables to consider. As a homeowner- expressing your ideas to a contractor is imperative, possibly challenging; but definitely the source for a fun and fulfilling project.

I am now live!

Posted July 6th, 2011 in General by John DeCiantis

My name is John DeCiantis and blogging is brand new to me. I have spent the last 38 years running a design/ build- restoration/ remodeling company. 2 ½ years ago I decided to “shut the doors” and begin new chapters of my life. My goal today is to promote opportunities and professionalism in the remodeling industry and to continue to create Follies and handcrafted furniture. My recent undertaking has been the rebuilding of a historic home in Centro, Merida, Yucatan.