Yes I believe they saw Judy as an easy mark, unfortunately. This, unfortunately, is what can easily happen when people take on projects they have no real familiarity with and simply equate price with quality rather than investigate what and why they really need.Judy’s build is better than factory, not including the fact that it was built to her specs. High quality materials throughout that you won’t find in factory builds. I just don’t buy that it should cost more than materials, which we know are relatively modest, plus a reasonable compensation for the guy’s time.
One more note: The window trim deserves whatever praise It receives.
i worked for 35 years as a custom home builder and I saw this over and over again. Couples would approach me with a folder full of ideas and photos and when I gave them a price they would be in shock because they were totally unsophisticated and unrealistic in their needs and goals. The husbands would almost always contact me on the side and ask me for a realistic quote based on need, value and cost and then I would almost always get the job. Many of my fellow custom builders were more than happy to promise them the world knowing full well it would get them the job and they would end up with a very poor and disillusioned client in the end but they milked the job for as much as they could nevertheless. I’m not suggesting this is what happened in this case but a sophisticated consumer would understand that it’s all about the profit, not the product, and act accordingly. Never ever blindly accept a so called experts suggestion without exploring all your options and needs