May 24th, 2022

Hurricane Harvey

I recently read in a local newspaper an article about a homeowner in Houston just receiving her reconstructed home after it was destroyed 5 years ago in August of 2017 from Hurricane Harvey’s flood waters. The homeowner was gleaming with joy with tears flowing down her face as she was handed her keys to her rebuilt house. I know what you are thinking. Why did it take so long for this homeowner’s house to be reconstructed? A myriad of reasons have been stated by local and State…


May 19th, 2022

Frustated Contractor

The only constant in this backlogged permitting environment are contractors are frustrated. The path to getting a building permit has become more challenging for Contractors at large municipal jurisdictions like the City of Dallas or City of Austin and in small jurisdictions where growth is bursting at the seams. 25, 26, or 28 days for first time reviews for just one department can blow a Contractor’s preconstruction schedule, especially if the Contractor failed to factor in the actual…


May 16th, 2022

Constructor Helping Customer in Distress

Hi, my name is Don and my Niece, and her husband are waiting to move into their first newly built house. Their contractor packed up and left them a note saying their new house is finished. Code Enforcement stopped by asking questions and left some sort of violation. Caller: “What can they do to move in as their apartment lease is up in a few days? They are a young married couple, and this is their first house.” Sir, does your niece have a formal contract with General Contractor? …


April 29th, 2022

Tracking Construction Plans

It can be challenging for some Contractors to keep their focus on what’s happening with their plans while in Permitting. Getting distracted with day-to-day tasks is one factor. When I was waiting for my favorite tacos to go at a local restaurant, I started watching one of the large screen TV’s near the bar. I saw a video of an old NFL football game and noticed that the wide receiver was just about to catch a pass when he took his eyes off the football to see how close the defensive…


April 23rd, 2022

Former NBA Coach Phil Jackson

For the old basketball heads, sports gurus and superfans of the game, remember after Phil Jackson coached the Chicago Bulls team to 6 NBA championships and everyone said he was crazy to think that he could coach the Los Angeles Lakers to a championship because Michael Jordan was the only reason that he won 6 rings in Chicago. We know the truth and history shows that Phil Jackson went on to coach the LA Lakers to 5 championships. So how did this happen? How was Phil Jackson able to take…