MAJOR house builders with bulk-buying power, big advertising budgets and gangs of subcontractors have taken over the building industry, driving custom builders to the edge of survival.
In the world of the big building companies, state-of-the-art software means potential home buyers can take virtual tours of their homes decked out with all the modern conveniences of their choosing, their preferred floor plans and colour schemes.
The new landscape when it comes to home buying is driving custom builders out of the industry.
One respected Portland builder who has turned his back on the building industry, choosing rather to work at the Port of Portland as a stevedore for Qube Ports and Bulk, once P&O, is Brett Baulch.
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