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President's Corner


Thank you for your interest in Barbed Cross Construction. We take pride in our quality of workmanship and guarantee all our work to assure customer satisfaction. We specialize in the following services for Texas and New Mexico:
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Retail
  • Construction Management
  • Pre-Construction Services
  • Value Engineering
  • Design Build
  • Residential
  • Additions
  • Renovations
  • Tenant Finish Out
  • Kitchens & Baths

As General Contractors, we will take your project from the underground through finish. Please contact us today about your investment for tomorrow. Our team looks forward to building an honorable relationship and making your dreams a reality.

John Dunn President





The Team Approach

A team approach is a distinctive way of working that harness the collective skills, strengths, and energy of team members.  Teamwork leads to synergy and improves performance for everyone. Team BCC

construction design midland TX


Construction in 2015

2015 looks to keep full steam ahead with design and building in our region. 

We are now poised for new growth and our team is energetic and ready to take on new projects.  We have expanded our staff and areas to more of West Texas and into New Mexico.  Some key type projects we are now doing are: dental/ortho offices, medical/doctor offices, retail, metal building, steel structures, amazing kitchens, outdoor living/pools, masterbath's, home remodels/additions, custom cabinets and so much more.

BCC is very blessed to be in a region where vast resources and people live.  Hope to do business with you soon! 


Tips from a Serial Remodeler

Article from Jan/Feb 2013 – Money Magazine “Tips from a Serial Remodeler” So I'm proud to say that, over the past eight years, my wife and I have replaced a roof and a patio; finished a basement; and remodeled a bathroom, family room, and kitchen. Along the way I've worked with dozens of tradesmen, seen plenty of architectural surprises, and blown up a few budgets. And since what doesn't bankrupt us makes us stronger, I've also gotten good at maximizing my renovation dollar. Here are some lessons learned by trial and error: 1. Go with a mom-and-pop shop When it comes to tradesmen, from roofers to painters, a pro who will do your job with his or her own hands is preferable to one who'll send out hired guns. You tend to get better quality and reduce the chance that details of the project will get lost or muddled as they get passed from person to person. You may also pay 5% to 20% less because the company's overhead costs are lower. The exception to this owner-operator advantage, however, is a general contractor for a big, complicated project like gut remodeling a kitchen. A larger company with a full-time manager at the helm is likely to have relationships -- and pull -- with the best subcontractors, and may use specialists for more elements of the job. Even then, though, it's best if those subcontractors "get their hands dirty" rather than leaving the work to employees. Ask any contractor you're interviewing if he uses owner-operated subs. 2. Buy it yourself You can get a cheapie faucet for $25, or, if you're tired of using your cash for fireplace kindling, buy a remote control model for $3,000. And there's similar price variation for nearly every aesthetic element of a project, so never let your contractor choose an item that involves personal taste. I guarantee he'd base his bid on something cheaper than you want, and when it's time to install, say, the pendant lights over your new island, you'll have to settle for the cheesy ones he picked or absorb the up charge for the lights you prefer. Buying your own fixtures and finish products -- from tubs to tiles -- prevents these surprises and saves you the 10% to 20% markup a pro typically tacks on to what he pays (you may even be able to use his 5% to 20% contractor discount at local stores). I've found that good contractors don't mind this, and are relieved not to have to make those choices. There are things, though, that he needs to measure and order himself, like windows, trim, and flooring. Get his help shopping for these items and tell him what you want before he bids. 3. Be a good customer The homeowner-contractor rapport tends to start out affable but can wind up somewhere between civil and surly. Remodeling is stressful, and as in many business transactions, things can turn adversarial when problems arise. Still, it pays to pick your battles. While you certainly want to hold a hard line on quality and price, be flexible about timing when possible. Yes, delays are a nuisance when you're living without a kitchen or a place to shower, but the contractor is dealing with a massive scheduling puzzle of different customers, tradesmen, materials deliveries, and weather conditions. Better to get the job done right but late, than on time but slapdash. Paying your bills promptly, treating crews with respect, and rewarding excellent work with recommendations to friends will earn goodwill back from your contractor. Indeed, the pros I've worked with don't advertise, depending instead on word of mouth to get new clients. So you can bet I get quality results, quick responses, and referrals to their vetted tradesmen for whatever future work I need done. 4. Plan for overspending Big projects go over budget. Surprises like missing beams and carpenter ants -- or in my case, a yard-long crack in a drainpipe -- may hide behind your walls. And you're probably going to fall in love with, say, a spectacular stone countertop, despite having planned something easier on the pocket. So don't stretch for a project and tell yourself that you're going to "Just say no" to costly changes as the work goes on. On commercial renovations, budgets typically include a 5% to 10% contingency, and isn't a family more likely to make changes than a corporate team? Budget a cushion of 10% to 20% and you won't run out of funds for the final details, like when we realized we had to have custom stools for our new kitchen. To control rising construction costs, jot a description of any new work and the agreed-to price on the back of the contract, and make sure you and your contractor initial it. That provides clarity -- and documentation -- about what you're paying. And that's about as solid as the financial footing gets on a big renovation.

Acurate Weights & Measures

Here is a porition of a great article that I recently read that hits the nail on the head for many customers wondering about contractor's pricing. 

Contractor's, from very small companies and individuals providing backyard type projects to multinational companies with annual revenues in the billions of dollars, all battle an image problem with our potential customers. Over many many years unbridled competition, greed and incompetence have driven too many projects to unhappy conclusions. I submit that bad projects and bad players are probably a small percentage of all projects built over time but they are the ones that seem to drive the image of our entire industry.

One of the negative drivers mentioned above is unbridled competition. When projects are awarded on the basis of price alone the life cycle value of completed projects is diminished. Low bids are often the result of incompetence in bid procedures, lack of experience, application of inaccurate or nonexistent job cost data, and taking unreasonable risks in pricing and production estimating. Only a very select small pool of good construction design companies midland TX can thrive in this environment. Surely not enough to efficiently and successfully build all of the projects needed.

The solution to the image problem is the solution to the procurement procedure problem. We must move towards "best value" as the priority not lowest price. The ultimate best procurement method is "qualifications based, best value" where initial price is understood to be a lower tier driver. Quality construction and project management lead to successful projects that will endure, provide the best life cycle value, and that customers can be proud of. The image of contractors will change to the extent the prevailing procurement methods change.

To summarize the challenge of our industry is to create situations where contractors and clients build great projects at fair profit margins that reflect the risk and experience it takes to produce quality construction. Good contractors work hard to gain the trust of their clients. Good contractors are not afraid of transparency. We are all weary of a system that too often, in the short term, rewards the incompetent or untrustworthy.

At BCC we see this all the time as well.  The best thing we have found is to give a detailed bid summary with as much explanation per line item so our potential customers can see where the true costs are at.  We are as open as a book can get. and are here to add value to our customers as well as make a profit.  Consider qualifying your contractor's before selecting the "low bidder".


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