|Project by BGW||posted 08-12-2014 03:18 PM||3822 views||6 times favorited||28 comments|
So, printed on the back of my company shirts is this phrase:
“It’s not impossible, it’ll just cost you more.”
This phrase is a nice way to break the financial ice when a customer comes to me with a project like the one we just finished. He wanted an in ground pool, but the water table in his yard was simply to high, so he asked if I could make his “crappy above ground pool look in-ground…” I turned around and let him read the back of my shirt. This made him smile, and thus began the negotiating dance that many of us dread.
We are artists, after all…we love doing jobs like this – something that few people have ever seen, a curved wooden deck around an above ground pool complete with a covered porch dressed up with knotty pine and cedar beams that create a common truss. I wanted this gig, and would have done it for very little just to have it in my portfolio, but I held my cards tightly to my vest, and ultimately we agreed upon a cost that I could stomach, and he could afford.
This took 4 weeks, and we had great weather. It’s almost 1,400 square feet -it took some prayers and cost me some hairs. This job was personal…I wanted my hands on almost every cut, and I wanted it to sing when finished. I am very proud of how it turned out, and my customer – someone who has become a friend through this process – is extremely happy and proud as well.
Thanks for looking…
-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin http://www.bgwconstructionllc.com/