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Written by Krysta Smith, wife of Bryan Smith and Marketing Director of BP Smith Construction

To Grow we need to hire someone to help Bryan be in more than one place at a time, so we are looking for an…

Assistant Construction Manager 

The Assistant Construction Manager will be responsible for scheduling trades, overseeing construction progress, meeting with homeowners, and some labor when needed. Those tasks might include (but not limited to) light demo, trim/finish work, clean-up at job sites. This is an entry-level management position, with potential for growth. The Assistant Construction Manager will report to the Construction Manager.

Qualifications: at least one year of field construction experience preferred

Requirements: physically capable of performing the required tasks. Must have a drivers license and reliable vehicle (mileage tracked and reimbursed)

Compensation: This position may start as a part-time and grow into full-time at $15-20/hr dependant on experience, with a six-month evaluation with raise potential.

email resumes to bryan@bpsmithconstruction.com

Phases of New Construction

Written by Krysta Smith, wife of Bryan Smith and Marketing Director of BP Smith Construction

There are steps to making a box of Macaroni and Cheese and there are steps to building a house. This is not every single step, this is not how everyone does it. this is a basic idea of what gets done when.

Site work

1. Site Work: land clearing, surveys, fill dirt, stem walls, pad, form boards, underground electrical and plumbing, drill well (this can be done later)

Block

2. Dry-In: slab, block, trusses, windows, doors, framing

House upgraded with spray foam installation

3. Rough-In: plumbing, electrical, HVAC, insulation,

Kitchen cabinets and countertops installed

4. Interior Finishing: drywall, flooring, paint, trim, cabinets, tile, additional plumbing (i.e., toilets installed)

Siding, stucco, and stonework

5. Exterior Finishing: simultaneous to phase 4. siding/stucco, paint, soffit and fascia, stonework, trim (shutters, decorative, etc.) septic (if needed) sidewalks, driveway, landscaping

Light Fixtures installed

6. Trim Out: lighting and plumbing fixtures installed,

Then after a final inspection and any punch out items, it’s time to move in! Yay!!!

Home Maintenace Calendar

Written by Krysta Smith, wife of Bryan Smith and Marketing Director of BP Smith Construction

Home Maintenance
Bryan and Krysta

The start of the new year is a great time to start new habits… Like me, for example, I’m committing to writing this blog every month until I feel our followers know everything there is to know about homeownership…

So forever, basically!

Because as products change, this blog will evolve.

To start, we want to help all of you start a new habit of your own. An essential one: monthly home maintenance.
At the end of this blog, you can download a printable home maintenance calendar. All of the items in the calendar are necessary, and most of you never do them…

Yikes! Right?

So let’s get started. Take time to notice the monthly to do’s, which are marked on Saturdays throughout the month. These items include testing smoke & carbon monoxide detectors. Also cleaning the filter in your range hood, which should be part of a monthly deep clean of your kitchen.

On each month, there are additional maintenance items in bullet points to the side. Examples of these include cleaning your drains (especially in your tubs/showers) and your garbage disposal.

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Our Story

Written by Krysta Smith, wife of Bryan Smith and Marketing Director of BP Smith Construction

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“If I’d been let go from Pringle [Developement] during the crash we probably wouldn’t be sitting here right now having this conversation or doing this job now. I had friends that taught me things, knowing they would be let go and other friends higher up who were fighting for me. ”

Bryan Smith, Owner/Builder, BP Smith Construction

Bryan gained a sense of loyalty in return to those people and this industry. Homebuilders in Lake County FL have been a community for my husband, who didn’t know anyone except his grandparents when he moved here almost 18 years ago. 2009 meant we were struggling to make ends meet, but if Bryan knew more, he’d survive this scary time. He worked closely with people in other departments to learn all aspects of the company. We sacrificed to pay for Bryan’s contractor books. He spent nights and weekends studying to get his license. This was Bryan’s backup plan (if all else failed, he could start his own company). Bryan worked harder, the economy improved, he moved up and eventually left Pringle to follow Joe Ziler to Kevco as the Director of Operations. While Bryan was at Kevco, he fell in love with remodeling. After the crash, all these houses sat empty, people were starting to buy them, and he could help them fix what was broken. By this time Bryan had his license for years (and was also licensed in TN)

Success for Kevco meant, they were too busy building beautiful new custom homes to continue focusing on remodels. Bryan was almost heartbroken, but he saw an opportunity and decided he’d start his own company. BP Smith Construction was born.

I remember Bryan coming home one day saying he had talked to Joe about the business. Joe had tried to convince Bryan that owning his own company would be stressful and a lot of hard work for someone with three kids. Joe was right, it is a lot of work, and it is stressful, but it’s also the single best decision Bryan has ever made (besides marrying me)