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Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by etwman, Dec 20, 2002.

  1. etwman

    etwman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,466

    Actually if you think about it a Coventry Plus Wall system allows you only to put grid pulls at 21" because its a panel system. Here we put it at 24". I suppose we could put it at 18" but I really don't think it will make any difference, you'll still have a ton of weight on top of it. We are going to drain the water behind the wall in a drainage network and eliminate drains in the wall. This is a really complex drainage project because the water is all coming down a slope towards the pool so we ended up putting in a fairly detailed drainage network with traps in many places to keep water from dumping into the pool.

    No time for a fleet pic in 2008.

    Houses in that development are about 4-5 years old, start at $500k
  2. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,315

    Ok, that was my second thought. I usually only use UniLock Pisa/Roman Pisa so I don't use different sizes like I see there. It doesn' hurt to have grid for a 2 1/2' wall.

    $500??!?!?! Thats a cool $2 million in my area, if you can even find a lot that big!

    P.S. You guys did the tile/bullnose/hot tub work?
  3. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,599

    Man you have come a long ways! Great work! Keep it up!
  4. etwman

    etwman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,466

    Attached are several pics of our third major build that's going on. Right now we have three going on all at the same time and have doubled our employees. We've welcomed some very skilled employees to our staff and are extremely excited about what the next year holds. I need to fiqure out someway of naming each of the ones under construction to reduce project confusion amongt the readers. I'll work on that later.

    Someone inquired a couple pages back about me being out of the field and hands off. To show you how much I trust my guys, I have three major builds going on, all of which are over 6 digits, and I'm getting on a plane tomorrow morning to the Carribbean. Its actually more business than pleasure, working with Hope International and startup small business owners in third world countries. Neat organization, google it.

    I'll post more upon returning. Find good employees, empower them, treat them well and don't micromanage.

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  5. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,315

    Less than 10mins ago I read that in a book called "How to get Rich" by Felix Dennis. Its basically a book about how he made a $750M fortune and what he thinks are most important to get there. I just finished chapter 13, The Joys of Delegation. Those words above could possibly be some of the most powerful in business
  6. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,086


    Do you think in your experience its a better strategy to focus exclusively on one aspect of the business (for you, it looks like hardscaping), or do you think it is just as easy to establish a maintenance and install divisions at the same time?

    Do your guys still do maintenance?

    Another question, if I may. What's your best advice to getting out of the field. Personally, I just started my business 8 months ago and it has done great. I'm anxious to see what '09 holds.... my marketing is light years ahead of where it was this point last year. Long story short, I want to get out of the field asap and start making larger moves (GROW, GROW, GROW!). You can't get rich on your own labor (You know this, obviously). What's your take?
  7. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    Its going to take some time to get out of the field. I hope youre not expecting it in your first couple years...
  8. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,086

    I'm not expecting it to happen, but working relentlessly towards the goal!
  9. etwman

    etwman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,466

    In my opinion, and this is just my take, it'll take 4-5 years of good steady growth before your out of the field on a a brand new start up company unless your very aggressive. Best advise, price jobs correctly. You price them too low, you'll never be able to hire the right individuals to get yourself out of the field and enable the company to grow correctly. You hit a glass ceiling and stop there.

    I posted a couple threads exclusively on the topic of how many divisions is good and how many isn't. Once again, just my opinion. Its a ways back in this forum but its there, you'll have to dig for it some. There's a happy medium in good growth, too much or too little will kill you.

    Our focus is on high end landscape and hardscape, that's pretty much it. The marketing moves we made this year, which I hold close to me, have paid off and this is the direction we're going.

    Gotta plane to catch....
  10. riverwalklandscaping

    riverwalklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 759

    You're building houses now? Don't know how you have time to post on here. When we get busy (and I'm a speck by comparison) I never have time to post on here. Also how do you easily find good employees? I pass on many hardscape jobs, not because I don't know how, but because I can't find employees who understand the difference of doing something to get it done and doing something special.

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