Even as a kid, I loved working with my hands and constructing things. When I was a junior and senior in high school, I took a building trade course. One year I focused on carpentry and my senior year I focused on masonry. After graduation, I worked as a carpenter's helper for a thirty year builder. He taught me about work ethic, quality, and working efficiently to complete a job. He taught me the raw skills to be a master craftsman/builder.
Companies today lack the craftsmanship and care needed to complete a job while maintaining quality. Many contractors are in business today quite simply to make money, quality and customer satisfaction are on the back burner. After working for him, I signed up for a carpentry class through Northern Virginia Community College.I graduated from this course with a certificated framing certificate.
I started my own business with one employee soon after. I did many kitchens, baths, basements, additions ,and built two homes from the ground up. One of these homes I built was for a customer who lived in Coronado, California. He bought a one bedroom one bath bungalo and I turned it into a five bedroom, four bathroom custom home in a six month period. This was a big learning project for me and a big jump in my confidence. After that job, I worked strictly by word of mouth doing small to large one million dollar projects. Since then, my employees ranged from 2 to 12 guys, working for me at any given point. I have done simple $10,000 bath jobs to $500,000 kitchen jobs. Between picking materials, interior designers, architects, permits, scheduling, dealing with sub-contractors, and the building/remodel process, it can be very stressful. I see my job as an over seer/manager to ultimately get the job delivered to the price discussed. I spend as much of my time physically working because I love the trade so much. The rest of my time is spent scheduling, ordering materials, and keeping everyone busy.