What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
In our field, every vendor we use sponsors continuing education events to showcase new products, methods and project management tools, and we attend those we hope will further our knowledge base. Then there is Internet study, monthly trade journals, Home Shows, and peer groups, etc, that help us to stay sharp.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We love to build and do major remodels, turning a space that was once cramped and not of maximum value to the homeowner into a gem they love to use. We have transformed small homes to larger, closed spaces to open, added on, raised the roof or finished the basement so that Mom could move in. We've turned drab kitchens and bathrooms into showpieces, and have ensured homeowners' families' safety by replacing failing roofs and unsafe framing. When building an addition, we do it all, from the foundation to the roof, basically, every specialty needed to complete it.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A lovely soon to be retired couple wanted to remodel their "forever home" . Recently married, they wanted to make a house the husband had owned and raised a family in for decades into one that would serve them the rest of their lives. One of the design challenges was in making sure that everything we did made life easier for his new bride who suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis. We combine two bedrooms into one huge master suite with custom walk-in closet. We then expanded the existing upstairs bath and installed a large custom-tiled, curbless, shower with bench with a linear wall drain so that there would never be a barrier to her getting into the shower. It is a two-story house, and we needed to find a way to get her easily from the garage to the upstairs Master without her having to use stairs. To solve that, we installed a heated cement ramp from the back of the garage, that absolutely will not freeze in any winter weather, down to a door where she could easily enter into a private interior lift that brings her from the basement level straight into her bedroom, safely and quietly. We finished the project with an open concept kitchen remodel, a video of which you can find on our website.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The experience of remodeling your home can be an exciting endeavor as long as you have hired the right team of professionals. Find out what you can online about the company by checking out any ratings and looking at their facebook page. For example, to learn more about us, go to our home improvement forum on facebook, McMahon's Home Improvement Forum, where we provide homeowners with remodeling tips, news, and design ideas. It is also a place to get to know us as well as view amazing, before and after remodeling videos and photos of actual projects we've accomplished. Get references from prospective contracting companies you are considering, and specifically, references to people who have had projects similar to yours done with the company you are considering, Then, CALL THEM ALL.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish they knew how much I love my company and the work we do, and that although bad contractors have caused many to fear every contractor, they have nothing to fear from me or my company. Again, in every case, get references and check every reference provided.