Production, Sales, and what have you-
Like I said in a previous blog post, I always to the hardest job - I look for what can't be delegated, scanning all nether regions for problems that need my intervention. The latest in our inability to keep up with our painting needs. The problem with constantly fixing the production bottlenecks- was siding, tile, hvac, framing, - now those have been remedied with hard fought additions to our team - but solving some but not all only creates a bigger bottleneck where the remaining ones reside.
For years it has been painting, aggravated by the fact that everything we build needs to be touched by a paint brush. All siding, porches, interiors - It's complicated, and quality matters. And weather makes it harder.
There is nothing that bothers me more - no spur in my saddle, no bunch in my underpants, no poop on my shoe - than a house under construction sitting still not moving forward in some manner and fashion. So, today, I gathered my team and we painted a house. Sprayed it. Worked out good. Methodical, good quality, lots of progress. Hot as hell in my spray suit.
On the sales front, we have a few closings coming up - a ranch up in Saugerties, a rental property I've owned for a bit in Barryville. Did 2 deals in Olivebridge on some new homes.
Been getting a lot of use out of my pool. Why I chose to embark on this very complicated construction project when we were so busy is beyond me, but it's mostly done and mostly awesome. Of course my blog has a photo size limit that constantly blocks my best attempts at creative blogging. Been warm, and one day I did the rookie mistake of trying to tan some untanned regions, and I went to far, now I'm burned and can barely get my underwear on over my burnt upper thighs and buttocks.
Another One Sold in the Catskills
A pretty house for sure, on 9 acres in Cochecton NY. I owned this land since 2004, and it just sat there as I worked my way through expansions in Ulster and Dutchess counties. Then we circled back, and built 2 homes on 20 acres, in central Sullivan County.
When I first started out in 2003, this neck of the woods - central Sullivan County in towns such as Jeffersonville, Callicoon, North Branch - were our focus, but then it migrated south to Barryville area, and west to Narrowsburg area, then north to Ulster county towns like Woodstock, Saugerties, Stone Ridge and Kerhonkson.
This particular design is special to me because it is the very first design I ever built, back in 2003, in Narrowsburg. I was driving down the road to Fremont NY to a farmhouse renovation I was doing and kept passing this abandoned but cute hundred year old farmhouse along the way, and eventually I adapted with the help of an architect into the very first new old home of Catskill Farms. That's 20 years and nearly 300 homes ago.
Farm 60 is quite striking, with nearly 2000 sq ft but an additional 1000 sq ft walk out basement. This was sold/contracted early in the pandemic, and is one of our last homes sold before prices really rose. So we left some money on the table and the homeowners got a good deal, which is fine. I think we offer/offered a lot of value over the years.
The difference between now and then couldn't be vaster, but as far as I know, those early homes held up pretty well. Back then, as well as now, a part of my job has always remained the same and that is sourcing and staffing to building end - back then the challenge was to source one, and now it's to staff 25 at a time, but in the end, I was able to find a path to growing the team, and improving our homes. And let's be honest, after 20 years and hundreds of homes where there is a true dedication to making each one better, the homes end up being pretty awesome.
Went on vacation at last a few weeks back to Turks and Caicos with my son, sister and a friend of my sons, and a good time by all was had. Tough to turn off after 14 months of endless focus and work, but even worse, was reentering the 24/7 stress-arama when I returned. The endless problem solving and work had become so integral to my life during covid, it was a like a frog in boiling water - just happened, stage by stage. So to leave it, then reenter it, was a shock to the system, as well as healthy awareness of the mental toll that type of workload can take on a person. All in all, all good, but all work and no play can make jack a very dull boy.
Rugby team we fell in with.
Farmhouse 63 SOLD Ulster County Saugerties, NY
Catskill Farms announces the sale of Farmhouse 63 in Ulster County - Farmhouse 63 / Saugerties, NY Real Estate / Catskill Farms (thecatskillfarms.com)