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Questions on cost July 26, 2006

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I have been pricing jobs in the construction field most of my adult life. Over the years I have found that less than 5% of clients I have talked to about home renovations have worked out a budget for their project. This oversight can lead to minor setbacks, major downsizing or in worse case senarios, maritial distress. I have found that most projects can be worked within budget restrictions. It is crucial to determine the difference between the emotional, (what you want) to the practical (what you can afford). Any variation between the emotional and the practical will mean cost overuns. When deciding on a budget one should allow up to 10% for unforseen costs. When a project starts, in my experience, there will always be some changes made during construction. This is quite common and can be accomplished smoothly if the changes are agreed upon before they are made.Be wary of contractors that are not agreeable to putting these changes on paper. If a change can save you money and it is not in writing, it is unlikely that you will see the return. On the other hand, if a change is going to increase your costs, you will know the amount if it is agreed upon by you and the contractor. Most contractors are are legitimate, but do not be afraid to ask for references. Call the reference and ask how their project went. What was the contractor like to work with? Did the job come in on budget? Was the time frame acceptable? Hopefully these questions can be answered easily.Happy renovating.

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Good to be back July 22, 2006

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After travelling for a while it is good to be back home. I often think that the grass is greener elsewhere, yet as I return home I find that things look pretty good at home. The same can be said for for my local club, Blackhorse Golf and Country resort. It is nice to play other courses but always a challenge to play at home. It has been a wonderful season thus far, and I expect that the following months will be even better.It feels like home when you know the membership, and look forward to the banter you have come to expect. The fun in playing on mens night is something I cannot find in playing other courses. I believe that comes from familiarity of my local course. I know the greens, where to avoid trouble, and where to be aggresive. I also know that whomever I am playing with also has this knowedge and that it will be an interesting round.I also have come to expect a great deal of laughter and fun on the course as well as in the clubhouse. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy playing other courses,but it is good to be home.

Putters Edge at Muirfield May 24, 2006

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I am pleased to announce that Putters Edge will again be at the Memorial tournament this comming week in Ohio.I am looking forward to representing Canada at such an event.I am hoping the weather holds out for a great weekend of golfing and that the players have a great tournament.I am also looking forward to reviewing some new technologies that should vastly improve the at home putting experience.To find ticket information please visit www.thememorialtournament.com and if you go, look for us at teh Putters Edge hospitality putting green. Hope to see you there….Art K

Time Flies May 15, 2006

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It is amazing how busy one gets,and how there never seems to be enough time to fit everything in our overcrowded day.I have been fortunate to be able to include the game I love into a busy work day,yet not everyone can do business on their favorite golf course.Since installing a home putting green this spring I would say I have dropprd 4-5 strokes a round.The practice I get while showing clients my green is making putting on my game a lot easier.I feel confident over the ball,and 12 footers no longer intimidate me.I am looking forward to chipping on from inside 40 yards where last year I dreaded that shot.I am amazed at the confidence I now have around the green.Practicing at home has been wonderful as I can take the phone out with me and still be available to do business.The neighborhood kids have been having a lot of fun as well.I am looking forward to dressing the yard around the green up a little this summer as well.Maybe a small pond and water fall.My putting green blends in well with my existing landscape but I want to make it a major showpiece.I will post pictures as to the progress as I am able.The next step is to transform a bedroom into an indoor golf experience.I will keep you posted.Great golf to all….Art

Fitness May 5, 2006

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Being married to a personal trainer tends to increase ones awareness to the importance of good health.As in any sport, golf carries risks to injury.My comments today are geared to avoiding injury. It is important to stretch and loosen up before any task that requires physical exertion.This would include a round at your local country club. Stretching, will help with your swing, follow through, and your ability to remain relaxed through your game. Remember to stay hydrated on the course. Drink water or sports drinks while you play. Save the beer for the clubhouse after the round. Alcohol increases dehydration, therefore increasing the risk of muscle cramps and injury.Talk to the club pro if you need help with how to loosen up before a round.They are very well informed on proper technique. Visit your local gym and see if they have a golf specific training course. If they don't , see if they could set something up, or talk to a personal trainer about what you are trying to target. Most will be more than happy to assist you in your game. 

Practice April 28, 2006

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Most golfers practice on the range.Even then very few of us practice well. The tendency is to break out the driver and wail at 1/2 a bucket of balls.Then if we feel like it we may switch to a few iron shots or even a couple of pitches.It is no surprise that 70% plus of all golfers never break 100.We educate ourselves for most of our endeavours through life, yet very few golfers educate themselves on the game. Learn proper practice rituals and they can serve you well.I went to a golf academy this winter in Kincardine hosted by Glen Massey,CPGA pro at Pipers Glen in Port Elgin Ontario.I was hoping to loosen up for the upcoming season and ended up coming away with more than I expected.The knowledge you gain from learning how to practice well, builds confidence and better technique.Execution becomes easier.Never perfect but easier.Talk to your pro, learn a little, read golf publications, take away what works for you.Practice where you need work.Practice your putting!!! over 40% of your overall score is putting.Go from three putt to two putt over 18 holes is 18 strokes! That can lower the score dramatically.Practice on how to practice…..Art

Indoor Green April 20, 2006

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I have had several inquiries regarding indoor putting greens. The general questions range from "how big?" to "how do you put break in?" The best answer I can post is, that's up to you, the client. We can do just about anything indoors as we can outdoors. The only real difference is space. Feel free to call me with your questions. I will do my best to answer them.   

Blackhorse Golf and Country Resort April 18, 2006

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Well, most of the golf courses in this part of southwestern Ontario are now open. I drive by Blackhorse Golf and Country Resort everyday and it takes my breath away how far it has come in just 3 years. For those who haven’t had the pleasure, I highly recommend you give it a go this season. The value for the dollar is unbelievable, and the course is comming into its own. If you are travelling the Lake Huron shoreline this summer , detour east on Hwy #9 the 17km and give them a try. On another note, a wonderful website for those of you who don’t allready belong, is www.lastminutegolfer.com . It’s free to join and you can book on so many courses in North America!! Check them out. Have a great game…Art

Happy Easter! April 16, 2006

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Happy Easter to all. My putting green is almost in. I will post pictures as soon as I am able. I will be at the Saugeen home show this coming weekend and am looking forward to meeting some of the fine folks I have been talking to the last two weeks. Have a great weekend….Art

Website complete April 16, 2006

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As the warmer weather arrives I find myself outside trying to get in shape for the season. I have been very busy outdoors as Jeff has been very busy indoors getting this site up to PAR. Thanks and great job to the fine folks at skreeman.com for the fine web work!!!! The more time I spend outside measuring and designing, the less time I can devote to my other responsibilities. At last, the web site is created and I can return to my blog.