From “Great Moments” to great builders
When I started working at Fine Homebuilding in 1994, I had been a homeowner for less than a year and was petrified of doing any type of work on my house. Nearly 16 years later, I’m still petrified because—well, do you know the kinds of things that can go wrong on a construction project?
You do, of course, because since issue #2, our back page has featured “Great Moments in Building History.” Like much of the magazine, “Great Moments” is reader-written, but instead of sharing details on how to build smart, beautiful homes, you’ve shared the problematic projects and the job-site disasters.
“Great Moments” has been a reader favorite, and I have had a great time getting to work with so many of you who have been willing to let others laugh at your frustrations. Still, as FHB evolves, we think that it’s time for a change. Starting with this issue, you’ll find something new on the back page. From artisans who have perfected their craft to builders, architects, engineers, and others who are pushing the industry forward, each “Tailgate” will feature an interview with a home-building pioneer. Some you may recognize; others will be our unsung heroes.
We’re transitioning into “Tailgate” by featuring Jackie Rogers, someone I’ve had the pleasure of working with for more than 15 years as the artist bringing “Great Moments” to life. If you have an idea for someone who would make a good subject for a “Tailgate” interview, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Chris Hoelck, senior copy/production editor