#72: L.A. Builder Jason Pietruszka Shares His Story and Advice

You’ve probably seen Jason Pietruszka on Instagram or YouTube. He shares some great content on social media, but his day job is owner of JJP Construction, a luxury builder in L.A.Jason has had a rocket ship growth trajectory from an unlikely background, and now he’s not only building but sharing his lessons with others. Y’all…

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#71: Rising Lumber Costs with Senior Wood Products Economist Dustin Jalbert

If you’re getting *hammered* on lumber prices, well so is the rest of America. What’s happening and when will it get better? Lumber economist, Dustin Jalbert, has a few answers. Dustin leads the lumber analysis on Fastmarkets RISI’s Wood Products team. He is responsible for the monthly Lumber Commentary, the North American Lumber 5- and 15-Year…

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#70: 8 Tips to Combat Soaring Costs

This is a reading of an article we just published on the Building Optimal blog. If you prefer the written word, check it out here: https://buildingoptimal.com/8-tips-to-combat-soaring-costs/ By the way, if you aren’t already signed up for our Building Optimal newsletter, head over to buildingoptimal.com and sign up for free right now. Should take about 15…

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#69: Transparency and Self-Sustaining Companies with Michael Anschel

Michael Anschel is owner of Otogawa-Anschel, a design-build firm out of Minnesota. Michael frequently lectures on topics in the industry and also writes for several well-known publications. He has built a company that allowed him to actually take three years off! If that isn’t enough incentive to listen to this episode, we also discuss ideas to…

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#68: Ensuring Profitability and Employees First with Wally Staples

This is one of my favorite episodes to date. Wally Staples, a builder from Maine, has always made a profit over his 28 years in business. He has never had to lay anyone off. And, he has a financial freedom plan for himself and his entire team. Tune in for the secrets and wisdom of Wally. As I…

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#67: The Perfect Wall Assembly with Dan Edelman

Dan Edelman with Rockwool joins us to share his perfect wall assembly and discuss a few new innovations and changes in the building science space. Enjoy the episode!

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#66: Employee Benefit Tips with Lauren Allen and Elisa Thornton

If employee benefits make your head spin, you aren’t alone. Luckily, we have Lauren Allen and Elisa Thornton on today’s episode to help you out. They are with Brookstone Insurance, my own company’s health and commercial liability provider. Enjoy the episode!

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#65: Arguments for Cost-Plus

Ed Earl and Paul Sanneman, both previous guests, share the reasons why they like cost-plus contracts. As a fixed-price builder myself, I wanted to get the perspective from the other side of the aisle. If you want to learn more about Paul and Ed’s work, visit https://residentialcontractorservicesgroup.com. Enjoy the episode!    “The wise man knows exactly what value…

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#64: Digital marketing tips with Spencer Powell

Most builders would get an F on our digital marketing, but it’s an area that can exponentially grow your business if you develop the right strategy. I’m visiting with Spencer Powell, a digital marketing expert who specializes in builders and contractors, to share a few ideas of how to get started or get better. Spencer…

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#63: Lessons from a Passive Home Build

What are some of the top systems you can install in your project to move it closer to a passive house? Trey Farmer has a few answers for us. In this episode we are exploring Trey’s personal home he just built as a case study of what worked great and what he would do differently…

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