Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You make a living by what you get, you make a life by what you give.

Winston Churchill

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in knowing the difference.

Lin Yutang

Never be ashamed to admit you are in the wrong, it’s just another way to say you are wiser today than yesterday.

Jonathan Swift

The greatest work that kindness does to others, is that it makes them kind to themselves.

Amelia Earhart

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged, to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

Nelson Mandela

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged, to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

Nelson Mandela


When our home burned down in a fire Raymond Dalle, Heartwood Construction was there to help us rebuild. Even though it took some time to work out the coverage and negotiate with the Insurance company, we were very pleased with the outcome. During that time the insurance company covered our mortgage payments and provided funds to cover an alternate place for us to live.

Heartwood was able to give us the changes we always wanted in our home by re-configuring the walls and the layout. We got a large kitchen and a more open floor plan that gave us a feeling of breathing fresh air for the first time in a long while. We were so pleased that we almost forgot about the tragedy that put us in that position in the first place. They also had the knowledge of landscaping the yard and all that was included in the insurance adjustments.

Thank you Heartwood!!!

Smoke Detectors

Did you know that you need to deal with “wired in” Smoke Detectors doing more than just changing the battery every now and then? Yes, these smoke detectors do not function properly unless you take them down and clean them out by spraying them with compressed air from a can or with air from a compressor at least once a year. If you do not do this, they will go off periodically and eventually malfunction in ways that will frustrate you.

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Lump Sum Bid vs. Time & Materials Contract

Why “Lump Sum, Low Bid” is Not Always the Answer
– Written By Craig Preston
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There is a joke among the contractor community that he who made the biggest mistake on bid day is the low bidder.   Unfortunately, this can be true.  Here are some things that can happen with lump sum low bids.

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The Insurance You Need

You ever wonder what would happen if your house burned down? Drive by just about any neighborhood these days and you see indications of fire destroyed homes and your reaction is what? Do you say, “ah, man, poor people, hope they had insurance”? Well, of course the answer is YES. Everyone has insurance, but it’s the KIND of insurance you have that separates you from someone who will get their needs met if a tragedy like this happens to you.

Here is the kind of insurance you need, Just to be sure.

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The Ins and Outs of the Permit Process

Our County, Sacramento, has some of the most knowledgeable and wonderful building inspectors and counter people. They will make the process as simple as possible for  contractors when we take your burn home plan to them. If the house is being rebuilt exactly as it was when it burned, the ins and outs could not be any simpler. You show them a plan, they stamp it, you are out the same day, within the hour sometimes.

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