2019 IS BESTIMATE LLC’s TENTH ANNIVERSARY YEAR
In early 2009 I was jobless, so I sent out 102 paper resumes, but there were no construction related jobs. Many of the paper resumes went to contractors and others in the construction industry that knew me, so first old friend Leo Souder, owner of MPB Builders Inc. in Ripon was not hiring, but he had work on projects for me, then Randy Wanta of Wanta & Sons near Hatley had work for me. Soon The Boson Company Inc and the Merkel Company, Inc. in Marshfield had work for me. Through all this, my wife and best friend Jenni supported me and helped me get back to work. By spring, I was working full time or more, and Jenni became my partner in Bestimate LLC on August 3, 2009. Soon after, my old friend and mentor Doug O’Donnell, began hiring Bestimate LLC to do CAD drafting for O’Donnell Engineering. Soon Bestimate LLC’s work was primarily CAD drafting, drawing commercial, residential, and agricultural building plans for O’Donnell Engineering and Bestimate LLC clients. Bestimate LLC has produced more than 265 building plans for contractors, building centers, and individuals. As we look forward to our TENTH ANNIVERSARY, I am approaching my 69th birthday, hoping to back off to average 25 hours per week, but not retire. Bestimate is fun, interesting “work” that is good for me, and the work I do is good for my clients, saving substantial money for work Bestimate LLC does, working with an engineer as needed, while charging half to a third of engineers hourly rate.
See the Projects Page with a list of 2018 projects Bestimate LLC worked on; who, where, and what.
In 2018, Bestimate LLC did CAD designs for: a dressed up residential 40x80x12 insulated ladderframe building with overhangs, cupolas, wainscot, porch & grills; a garage remodel with mudroom entrance; a new two story home; State Approval with CAD plan, structural and energy calculations, and bidding documents for Garage Addition for Police Cars to Loyal City Hall to put out for bids; preliminary CAD design for 400’x 700’+ robotic milking freestall barn with 27 robots, concrete plan and details, designed for two future additions to become a huge dairy complex; a large commercial ladder frame commercial building with offices and storage mezzanines; mini cabins and site built cabins for Brooks Outdoors; a garage addition with loft and back porch; loafing sheds for the Wildwood Zoo; two upscale new homes with walkout and see out basements and large garages; a beautiful three story lake cabin with cathedral ceilinged great room and full width deck facing the lake; an ongoing “as built” 14 unit multi-family state approval; a cathedral ceiling addition to an existing home; houses for Jeff Redetzke Construction and Hansen Home Construction; a 130’ x 214’ show sale & beef, pig and sheep pen building preliminary plan, and an 80’x 180’ Event Center w/ large restrooms, kitchen and banquet hall preliminary plan for Clark County Fairgrounds improvement fund raising; two smaller but nice bachelor retirement homes; a couple “shouse” plans (a shed with living quarters, usually built with slab on grade reinforced concrete, and ladder or stud framed depending on the finishes, and most often have a boiler and heat tubing under the concrete floor over 2” of extruded polystyrene rigid foam insulation); state approval plan and structural calculations for a third mini storage building on a past clients property; a complex two story addition to a nice Abbotsford area home; wall bracing and structural calculations for residential house plans by others; a ladderframe commercial manufacturing building plan with office and loading dock; an upscale cabin addition overlooking a northern lake with loft and tall great room; a new Police and EMS building design with state approval and bidding documents, and a remodeled steel building façade to match, for the Town of Rome in Adams county.
Bestimate LLC is a proud sponsor of our Bestimate LLC Marshfield Youth Soccer Association team and our Stratford “Bobcat” little league baseball team.
In 2019, Bestimate LLC has completed CAD designs for: an engineer stamped freestall barn design to NRCS standards with fiberglass reinforcing bar design in lieu of steel rebar; and another freestall barn addition design; an upscale shop and storage with Starwood rafters; a stair remodel design; and is working on a very nice home plan.
* Bestimate LLC began offering freelance assistance for commercial and agricultural building contractors on August 3, 2009, but by early 2010 began computer aided drafting (CAD) drawing for commercial projects, working for clients professional engineers and contractors, using my past experience drawing commercial and non-commercial buildings on computer, including structural and energy calculations. By 2011, as residential retailers and homeowners needed house plans, with my home-center roots and experience, we began to do residential plans for new homes and complex remodel and addition. Past experience in big, complex agricultural buildings brings Bestimate LLC some special agricultural plans to draw, featuring robotic milking and feeding.
* I draw on my MSI GT70 laptop computer with Intel® Core™ i7-4800MQ processor with 2.7GHz quad core processor speed and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M graphics to run Windows 7 and, our AutoCad LT 2016 drafting program, Strucalc 10.0 structural engineering program used to size concrete footings, columns, beams and joists in wood or steel, and WoodWorks Sizer, a structural engineering program for wood by the American Wood Council. Our home office is also equipped with a new HP Design Jet T120 Wide Format Printer and Epson Workforce printer w/ 11×17 capability. I use BlueBeam Revu, Microsoft Office 2007 and Project, if you need help with computerized budgets, or scheduling.
Thank God for His guiding hand as Jenni and I worked together to build Bestimate LLC for TEN YEARS, and thanks to all our clients for the work they provided.
Bestimate LLC has over 40 years of experience in building construction and offers:
*Commercial, residential, and agricultural drafting in AutoCad and sizing of components.
*Commercial, church, residential, and agricultural construction project management and consulting: management and budgets.
Our Mission: We will assist construction clients who need drafting, planning, and project management support using my experience and expertise to assist with a high degree of professionalism.