Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Basically we build a shed in the customers yard. The size depends on how they customise it when they place their order.We have thousands of sizes and styles to choose from. The time in their yard is mininumised by prebuilding the doors , rafters, and walls. This is far betteer that jacking the building up and haulling it down the road. That process loosens the nails in the framing and roofing . It can actuall crack the siding just like the cracks in the drywall from a settling house.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Check the quality of construction and never pay till job is done.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Most all of my competitors are middle men they dont actually build your building.They are just selling you a barn they dont know much about.I started with a company called spar industry 30 years ago. They sold out to a company called heartland industry. I personally helped open sub shops ans sales lots for spar and heartland industry. We had shops in winston salem raleigh,and charlote. We opened sales lots for sears , home depot and independent sales lots.In my opinion the quality of work and materials went down.thus in my opinion is why we lost sears and home depot accounts. This is the time i decided to open my own business and use top quality materials and build the buildings my self. Now i beleive i havew the highest quality materials and workmanship available.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Are you a lic. contractor? How long have you been doing this? Do i have to pay for the building up front?Are your floor joist treated? Is the spacing on your floor joist 1 foot on center? Is the spacing on wall studs 16 inches on center?Do you use 2 layers of flooring?Is the spacing of your nails going to meet 130 mph. wind code?Do you build the building on site or is it trucked in? Will you stand by your warrantys and fix in a timely manner.What sets you apart from all of the other contractors, barn builders,and shed delivery companys.Do i have to pay for a building before its done?Is the exterior nails you use galvanized?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Does my home owners association have any restrictions? Does the person im buying my building from actually and physically build the building himself or is he just a middle man? Does this owner have a contractors lic?Is my building going to be built to meet my county and state codes?The spacing on some sheds can be more than a foot difference.There are different guages of metal, be sure that you are getting the 50 year metal if you decide to purchase a metal roof. Some competitors will give free metal roofs usually the free metal is not 50 year roofing. The spacing on nails are very important make sure they are no more the 9 inches apart.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. We (my sons and i) take pride in our work we market, sell, and build our own buildings.We build our buildings on site.Our family owned business is not nation wide and has time to take care in customer relations.I dont subcontract our bui;ldings to contractors.When others do this in my opinion the quality of workmanship drops dramatically.Ive seen this happen in a large company i use to work with. For example the company i use to subcontract for and help in management used a high quality lumber for their buildings. Then as they grew i seen the quality drop dramatically.For this reason as well as others im keeping my company the size it is presently.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I get to meet new and interesting people on a daily basis.
There is always a different place to work, some jobs you go to the same place year after year.
After the job is done its nice to stand back and admire what we have just built.
Ive always had the want to feed the hungry and help the less fortunate. This job give me the ability to do this from time to time.
The chance for advancement is limitless.The sky is the limit.
i also enjoy hiring people to help me complete my projects.
Last but certainly not the least my sons help me build my structures and i thouroughly enjoy sharing time with them Brian,Cody,Daniel,Dillon,Evan,and D.J.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. My favorite story would be when we built a huge building on a island.We had to use a barge to get our materials to the island. We use a ferry to get the crew to work. The customer gave us accomidations in a nearby house. The veiws were outstanding. We seen a eagle and the nest.the fist day we chopped a water line so we had to fix that before we finished our anchoring and footers.We still completed our job on time.The end product looked great and the customer was very happy.We have since had several compliments on this job from people looking at the building as well as pictures took during our 3 day stay.If your interested in seeing the photos and or talking to mr and mrs tillman please call me or stop by my sales lot. We are open 12 hrs a day. thankyou Dave Davis
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. When youb arrive at our sales lot on call us, I will answer all of your questions to the best of my ability. Im able to cover all aspects of your job very well because ive been doing this kind of work all my life.im 46 years old and have 30 years of experience in marketing selling and building storage sheds and garages and cement.
After your purchase we will call you on your construction day at 730 am and let you know where we are at as far as arrival time. When we arrive we will walk to where you want your shed built and go over where you want the corners and door, window, and option placements. After we frame the floor we will verify with you one more time on placement. Sometime after you see the box (framed floor) there might be something that you missed and at that time we can adjust the position of the floor before we level the building up on concrete blocks.We will proceed with 2 layers of flooring which is un heard of in a storage shed. I use this tecnique because so many buildings ive seen built by our competitors have day light and or grass, weeds, and or bugs coming through the cracks in their flooring.We stagger the joints so this cant happen to your building.Our walls are framed 16 inches on center with 2x4s or 2x6s depending on your purchase.We use 50 year siding on your walls. this is standard. If you prefer lap siding hardi plank or sheets,vynl, or screen we are able to accomidate your every desire. The doors are double studded and have a double header above. Your doors on the shed are one of the very most important items that make up your building. I use my 30 years of experience to make sure they will work properly for years to come.The shingles are a 25 year warranty and hurricane nailed. Ofcourse we offer a wide variety of options on roofing. Another important issue is price, again i use 30 years of experience to use as much of the scrap as possible to lower your price.For example the peices of lumber that are to small to use on the buildings we use on our doghouses. We value your business very much and look forward to meeting you. Dave Davis
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I was doing property maintenence for HUD and just wasn't making eneough money. One day I was invited out on a job as a helper on a small garage. Well I cleared over a hundred a day and realy liked the work. That was 30 years ago and been at it ever since. I was trained for a period of 2 days on how these sheds went together and learned everything else on my own.