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Just out of curiousity, how big are the projects you guys usually take on? So far for me my biggest interior paint was an oler home that was completely redone from top to bottom. Nothing except the glass didn't get a coat of somehting.. It consumed us for 2 full months this past winter, but boy was i glad to see it go. Wallpaper wise we did a century home last summer which was fun, nice big entry way with 2 story stair case bedrooms and everything. Exterior would be last summer aswell a complete house which was 3 stories tall, with a brand new front porch, gables, a back deck, storm windows, a back shed, a two car garage aswell as doing the interior. I am now learning that sometimes bigger isn't always better. It definately ties you down and sometimes it is tough to explain that to somebody who is looking to get work done. I always try and leave a little space open for the customers who NEED somethin done right away but always price them a little higher. a "convenience fee" if you will.... how about you guys? I am sure there are some big commercial guys here? Whats the biggest you have tackled, whether it be price wise, size wise or time wise.
 

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We did a 134' water tower, we did a set of water clarifier tanks that were coated with the nastiest crap known to man. I myself rebuilt the entire exterior of a house & painted it that took 1 month to complete... If the project is long, and the people are happy you can usually take on small jobs and they will understand. I say that because I used to repaint townhomes and would have a couple come up.. did an entire interior that took me 3 weeks. It was hell, they had a TON of original wallpaper on the walls (sometimes 2 layers) wanted it all taken off. The toughest part was taking the wall paper off the walls where they started.. got "some" of it to come off and the rest they just painted over.. when they painted it over, that wallpaper decided to bubble and delaminate.. H/O are great! :rolleyes:
 

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the rest they just painted over.. when they painted it over, that wallpaper decided to bubble and delaminate..
NO SH!T SHERLOCK !


Gee, I'm glad no one on on this list ever mentioned the problems with painting over wallpaper :whistling2:

My biggest job was in the 80's. A really nice old LARGE farm house in Dover MA (If you knew Dover, you'd know a "farmhouse" is not what an Iowan would think of. - this was a Gentleman Farmer's house - ie, landed gentry who never touched a hoe or a hay bail). Just a beautiful house built in the 1800's. We stripped the exterior and repainted and then did an extensive makeover of 90% of the interior. "Makeover" included taking most of the gazillion 12 over 12's down to bare wood and repainting. One second floor guest suite had a fire place totally stripped and refinished with hand rubbed furniture oil. Ceil was re-canvased, walls papered. Total cost for that suite was over $3000 (1985 pricing). I had a crew of between three and five employed for just over a year. OH, and they had a REAL barn that we painted the exterior, plus various "out buildings".

Everytime I drive by it, I am happy to see that the next exterior repaint by the new owners replicated my color very well - which must have been next to impossible - either that, or that paint lasted 24 years :no: The most gorgeous subtle yellow I have ever created. Too many yellows look orangeish against the snow and reflect green from the trees in the summer and scream green-yellow. This color held it's bias throughout the year !
 

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Back in 03 i painted 35 floors of a 50 story highrise, and then painted 2 sides of the outside of the same building! All concrete exterior in elastimeric, and the QC actualy checked every 10 feet to make sure the paint was 12 mils thick all the way up the building
 

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I just put my bid in on my biggest project.. Its a 54 building historic restoration throughout the city of Philadelphia. It has to be completed in 18 months.
 

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Hi all I have been in the business over 30 years and have seen alot of large jobs but now I only do the decorative stuff and teach faux finish techniques, But my last one was back in 04 where it was a 22,000 sq/ft home on Marco Island Florida where it took a 7 man crew 2 years and 9 months to complete inside and out....
 

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Back in the day when I worked for a commercial company we would spent 6 to 9 months on exterior apartment complexes.
 

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that's a lot of decks :)
Bite me, MAK :tt2:

I just landed 70 decks in a condo complex out here. I'm SICK of decks. the Philly project is 100 year old limestone.. think courthouses, libraries..
 

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The largest paint job we have ever landed was close to 20,000 SF. It belonged to one of the GreyHound founders. It was on the ocean and a master piece.

The sick part was it was only his Summer Home. The man was single and no kids. Just for entertaining his closest friends he told me.
 

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70,000 sq. ft Interm Barrier at 8.3 million US Dollars. 7.5 months time and logged in 28 spray days to complete. The rest of the time was on goverment red tape.
 

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Bite me, MAK :tt2:

I just landed 70 decks in a condo complex out here. I'm SICK of decks. the Philly project is 100 year old limestone.. think courthouses, libraries..
I spent 4 years in Philly. I have a good idea what your up against... I cycled the City at least 2-3 a week through 4-5 lanes of traffic.... I have seen a lot of the historic stuff there. One of my recalled experiences was the Museum of Art. I think Rocky ran up them steps in his first movie?? They moved his statue to the Spectrum if I remember correctly... Good luck with that "BID". :)
 

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Bite me, MAK :tt2:

I just landed 70 decks in a condo complex out here. I'm SICK of decks. the Philly project is 100 year old limestone.. think courthouses, libraries..
Pass on the pain brother :cowboy:

I can round up your stray decks!!!
 

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Don't want to sidetrack - but is bigger always better? I've noticed a trend from McMansion homeowners in that they don't have a realistic expectation of how much to paint their home. When it comes to paint time - they think their exterior shouldn't cost anymore than 1950's cape with a shed dormer and breezeway converted to living space kind of home. I guess the monthly bills are stacking up or something - but one lady thought a fair price for her 4,500 sq.ft. McMansion was 6k! And I estimated at least 6,500-7,000 square feet of exterior surface. A buck a square foot to power wash, scrape trim - spot prime, caulk and one coat of paint on body and one coat on trim - including materials - no thank you.
 

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Bigger isnt always better. There are spending patterns within certain demographics, at least in my market.

Everyone defines "big", "custom" and "high end" in very different ways. In my experience, Dan is right that it can be very difficult to establish proper budget on homes valued from $350-700k. Alot of these people are "ten cent millionaires" as defined by Stanley and Danko, whose series I highly recommend for a better understanding of demographics. The ten cent millionaire has the mcmansion and the beamer in the yard, but the old furniture from the raised ranch they upgraded out of and no curtains in the windows yet. Its a world of appearances.

I find that in the million and over demographic, budgets and expectations are usually much more appropriate to the task at hand. That can be a two edged sword also though. There is no promised land for paint contractors!
 
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