I am interested to see how this plays out.

I just read a very interesting article through yahoo news. The article comes from, “The Atlantic Wire” and it had a really interesting story about what will be the new tallest building in the world. Here is the article for your enjoyment.

How to Build the World’s tallest Skyscraper in 90 Days


The closing remarks really fascinated me. “In theory, if a grocery store moves into one the retail spaces, you could be born in Sky City and never have to leave.” Can you imagine living your whole life in one building? I am also curious to see how they will act regarding their carbon foot print? Will they have renewable energy sources anywhere? Will they go with the best energy and use Geothermal, as well as supplement it with some wind or solar?

What will they think of next…?

More great news in the housing market.

In my market research I came across this article and I am pretty sure it hits home:

Article on Housing Construction Starts

As I read this article, I thought to myself about the construction sites that I have seen popping up around Amherst and the Pioneer Valley. Sometimes I think that we live in a unique area and when I see that the trends are on a national level it brings me great confidence that we are heading in the right direction. It is great to see positive news about housing, and another interesting bit that stood out to me in the article was the fact that each new home built, adds 3 jobs annually.

Take a chance to read the article, and let me know what you think.

Before and after pictures of a total team effort.

It is amazing what can be done when you surround yourself with the right group of people.

Thanks to all the hard work done by:

  • Randall Roberts General Contractor, Window Works
  • Steve Doolittle, Doolittle Construction, and
  • Paul Palmgren, Paul’s Fine Painters

Thank you guys for all of your hard work, you produced a great product!

We have a good problem, but it is still a problem.

I have to laugh, because I just brought this point up with some friends of mine, sure enough a few days later CNBC posts an article about it. The point I told my friends was that “We have a good problem, there is so much work right now that contractors can’t keep up with it. Those that have been searching for work are TOO busy. Of course, it is still a problem, because now people have to wait for the projects to finish up, and it interferes with their daily routine.” Sure enough here is the article the mentions the national trend that we feel on a local/regional level:


Take a moment to read it, and let me know what you think.

Going green… with an old stack of Newspapers?

Yes, you heard right, newspapers. This week I have been fortunate to work with a company using a product called Cel-Pak. This is material developed by a company in Belchertown, MA called National Fiber, ( and the product is Cellulose insulation. Using recycled newspapers, and a fire retardant that also acts as a animal repellent, (no mice, no rats, no anything!) Cel-Pak can be installed into the wall cavities to provide a nice, thick, healthy, “green” insulation.


Imagine a newspaper that has been put through a shredder… then put through a shredder, again… and put through a shredder again and again, and then put inside your walls between the drywall and the sheathing, (outside wall). This product is brought in on pallets, and is wrapped in 100% recycled material. The product itself is 83% recycled because of the additive that makes it safe against pests and fires.


Going green feels great, what are you doing to go green?

Winter time.

This has been quite the experience with La Nina and her effects. WHERE IS THE SNOW!!! I don’t mind too much because I am a summer guy anyway, but I always tell people that I enjoy the summer that much more because I have to tolerate the winters in New England. In the mean time I have been filling up rooms and I am actually going to start to list properties for June 1st. By getting started with the rentals 5-6 months in advance, it will allow me the ability to focus my energy on other things when the weather allows it. Things like:

I also like to take on other projects like staining, painting, or maintaining a property.

Either way, this winter has been peaceful and I can’t wait for it to leave so I can get out there and get my hands dirty again!

-Tom Crossman-



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