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Thanks for Coming!

Thank you to everyone that attended Landmark Builder's Annual BBQ! It was a great time with great food and drink. Special thanks to Knee Deep Brewing Company for supplying some of their local award winning micro-brews. Also big thanks to Lynx Grills and Ferguson's for providing the amazing gourmet pizzas! A fun time was had by all, and we are already looking forward to next year's BBQ.

Building Success 101

Q:"How long have you been building in this town?"

A: A local track record is an important thing to ask when choosing a contractor to build or remodel your home. A company that's firmly established in a certain area will have an interest in protecting its reputation and will built a network of reliable subcontractors that help maintain that reputation. We are an established, successful and most important, TRUSTED home builder with an impeccable reputation since 1997.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

We would like to congratulate all the students that are graduating class of 2017. Landmark owner and employees had several high school students graduating; Megan Caulfield (Granite Bay High School, attending San Diego State University), Sean Clark (Del Oro High School, attending Regis University, Denver, CO.),  Jordan Hunt (Antelope High School, attending Sierra College, Rocklin, CA.), Jabin Utley (Del Oro High School, attending Sierra College, Rocklin, CA.).

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A great finish doesn't come cheap, but it can make or break the look of a custom home.

Many homeowners expect plumbers and electricians to be expensive but are surprised at the prices charged by other subcontractors. The most obvious example of this is the professional painting company.

Although people tend to see painting as intuitive work, there's a vast difference in appearance and durability between a do-it-yourself finish and one applied by a pro. A professional paint job may run as high as 5 percent of the total job cost (for example, $35,000 for a $700,000 home) but will produce lasting results that make your new home pop.

Professionals get these results by paying attention to details that most homeowners and casual painters miss. In fact, really good painters—the kind of people whose work meets the quality demands of an expensive luxury home— are nothing short of obsessive. They spend unbelievable amounts of time prepping surfaces, following a multi-step process that includes sanding, masking, caulking and filling, then priming, sanding, and caulking and filling again before they even think about applying the finish coats. The final appearance has as much to do with all this prep work as it does with the paint.

When it comes to paint, pros stick to products that have proven themselves over years in the field, and they have the experience to know which ones work best where. They understand the differences in sheen and coverage between different products, as well as what kind of surface each covers best and in what environmental conditions. They also know how to mix paints in the right quantities, what additives to use, how to make crisp lines at edges and intersections, and how to create even looks over multiple surfaces.

It's no surprise that pros also invest in high-quality tools. There are an overwhelming number of choices in rollers, brushes and spraying equipment, and it takes experience to learn which ones will provide the exact look the homeowners want, whether that's a traditional brushed finish or one with a glass-like sheen.

The payoff for all this work is a finish that looks great and stands the test of time. Due in part to the careful preparation and right materials, a finish applied by a skilled painter will last much longer before it needs painting again, which of course lowers the long-term cost.

But what if the homeowners have worked with a professional painting company in the past and want the builder to use that company? There are a couple of concerns with this.

Professional builders vet all subcontractors using the same criteria. Their trade partners are reputable companies with a track record of satisfied customers. They all have adequate insurance coverage. And because they get steady work from the builder, they tend to show up on time and offer fair pricing. To ensure that a new subcontractor can meet these criteria, the builder will insist on trying them out on a couple of small jobs.

The bottom line is that successful builders become successful because they zealously guard their reputation for quality work, and the quality of the paint job can make or break the look of a fine custom home. The final finish is one area where you definitely get what you pay for.

Warm Regards,

John P. Caulfield, Jr.
Landmark Builders
Celebrating 20 Years
4120 Douglas Blvd., #306-215
Granite Bay, CA 95746
(916) 783-0356 Phone

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