Lake Martin is bustling with developers, builders, sub contractors, and all types of people in the construction industry. To shed some light on the life of one of the “good ones,” today we chat with Bradley Pemberton of Landmark Construction & Development, LLC:
1. How do you get your sub contractors to show up on time?
I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere. Seriously, I think it has to do with a number of things. First you have to know what “on time” means – proper expectations. You have to know what their work schedule will be on each project, because it will be different depending on the sub and job location. More importantly, I think if you’re honest, pay them quickly, and accept their bid without trying to beat them down, they will respect you more and work as hard and be as productive as they can.
2. Where do you find sub contractors that will work on Lake Martin?
These days subs will come from all over to work on Lake Martin. I like to deal with those whom I know best and already understand their schedules and quality of work. So I will first choose subs that I like to work with that are based closest to the area. For me that means Wetumpka, Eclectic, and Montgomery. However it is easy to find subs in Alexander City and Birmingham.
3. You have built all over Alabama. What is different about building around Lake Martin?
I like several things that have been different. I like that Tallapoosa County issues building permits for all projects outside of the city limits. I think this helps legitimize the contractors and maintains a level of quality for all builders. I have enjoyed working on lots with a little change in elevation. It’s a challenge but a lot more exciting. You know, Montgomery is not known for its beautiful mountain views; it’s pretty flat.
4. How do you build a spec house that is attractive to many people yet not so “cookie cutter” or clone looking?
I think you have to really concentrate on the details and the exterior. I think custom details that either come from ideas from previous custom homes or details specific to that house that present themselves as an opportunity to make a mark, are what you have to look for. I think you have to do the same thing either in exterior details like the eave, you know, around the roof, or on the site with landscaping or railing details. The look these days at Lake Martin is exposed natural wood, tongue and groove, stone work, with the house done in earth tone type colors. I like a lot of stone both inside and out, cedar beams, tongue and groove ceilings, that type thing.
5. What question did I not ask that you thought I would have asked?
I thought you would ask what I like most about construction. And the answer is that I love to solve problems and work out the small, (seemingly) inconsequential details. More than that, I like to see something created from a combination of materials and people’s God given abilities. It is so fun to ride by a project and be able to proudly say “I built that.”
Thanks, Bradley, for your time. We wish you continued success in the future. If you would like to know how Bradley can answer your Lake Martin construction questions, call him at (334)356–2259 or contact him at Landmark Construction and Development, LLC’s home page by clicking here.