Complexity is inherent to home building, but you must manage it or it will manage you.
Take an objective view of home building, compare it to other industries, and you’ll find remarkable differences. Some differences spell opportunity, such as relatively low barriers to entry. Compare home building’s barriers to farming, where buying just a small spread of 50 acres and some decent equipment is cost-prohibitive for most. Other differences make the business fun, such as the ability to actually build and sell a high-dollar product of your own design. Try that with cars or any manufactured product, even one as simple as a hair dryer. Many of home building’s differences, however, inject extreme variability in both process and product leading to what often appears to be barely controlled chaos. After 25 years in the business and getting to know a couple of hundred builders in five countries, it is clear that builders who learn to control that chaos find the greatest success.