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5. Design Classics Architectural & Interiors
Exceptional 5.0

(5)

Exceptional 5.0

(5)

Home Remodeling, Kitchen Remodel

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Serves Lake Oswego, OR
To whom it may concern: For over 38 years, MTI has been a global leader in mobile device display technologies, developing solutions that deliver the highest level of merchandising presentation for consumer electronics and mobile electronics applications. I was employed by MTI during the 90’s as VP Sales & Marketing, Product Development, and Project Management. During the mid 90’s, I had the pleasure of having Thomas Rawdon report directly to me as the Director of Merchandising Design. During the time Thomas worked for MTI at our World Headquarters offices and production facilities in Hillsboro, Oregon, the company developed and implemented a new and very comprehensive growth plan. We decided we needed to dramatically upgrade our displays and needed a design philosophy that would take us into the future while holding together the customer base we already enjoyed. The huge growth and expansion that started for MTI at that time has never slowed down. They are the best at what they do, with a rock solid future. Thomas played a very important role in helping shape that future for MTI. MTI had the patent on electronic switching in the US, and the switching products were the best in the industry. MTI did build sturdy and attractive displays at that time, but, they were basic in nature and did not support the direction both Mo Wagner (Company founder and President) and I had for the future. His came from starting MTI, and being involved with big Consumer Electronics companies and the technologies they needed to properly display products. My vision came from the time I spent in Executive Positions with Panasonic, Sony, and Clarion. I was the Director of Sales & Mkt at one of them, VP sales & Mkt at the 2nd, and President at the 3rd. I knew the future product plans and concepts for the Consumer Electronics Industry. I had met continuously with the top thinkers in the industry for nearly 2 1/2 decades. None of them planned to find ways to “show off” their products and product functions to consumers. Security for small devices that had to be “touched” before they were purchased was nonexistent. A huge opportunity existed. We realized that we were missing a strong component for our growth plan to work. We did not have anyone in the company with a truly creative vision and great design skills. We needed uniformity with some products, individualism with others. We needed a store full of our displays, not just be in a section of a department. That’s when we started a Regional search for a Director of Merchandising Design, and found Thomas Rawdon. The development of the new MTI Merchandising Design Department started with a facility central small empty room assigned to Thomas on his first day. He immediately filled the empty room with his boundless imagination. Thomas leadership skills showed up immediately. By the end of day one he presented his modest list of supplies and equipment for approval and requisition. Awaiting the arrival of the department supplies, and not missing a beat, Thomas set about programming MTI in every way. He initiated project contact with department heads, sales managers, project managers, product development, engineering, manufacturing and logistics, into rapid development of a “Wish List” of products and services Merchandising Design need. The list and initial ideas were considered from the top of senior management down to the shipping department. From this quick study launching pad, Thomas hit the ground running. That ended up foretelling his continuing litany of response and pro-active creativity that exponentially helped foster the growth and development of MTI. Merchandising Design grew rapidly within the MTI culture itself, but also in its’ outreach to the company’s client base by bringing entirely new concepts and abilities to the table. Keeping pace with the forward march of technology and aided by a growing staff of skilled designers, Thomas solid management of his new Merchandising Design’s department led the way with the development of the packaging design of the then new touch screen technology, including it’s graphics and interactive merchandising systems for home theater environments, mobile electronics, and many others product areas. Thomas coordinated and linked components into what became the Crown Jewel of MTI leadership in the consumer electronics community, Complete “Whole Store Design”. This opened up new worlds for MTI and the sales force, a world that knew no regional, national or international boundaries of potential and actual unlimited applications. Thomas personal skill as an illustrator and artist provided the “thousand words” of communication that placed into the sales and marketing staff’s hands the kind of effective and compelling tools that brought into reality concepts never before available, let alone visualized. MTI’s reveal of its Merchandising Design innovation and process into the world happened at the annual Las Vegas International Consumer Electronics Shows. The impact was immediate. For the first time, MTI was asked by a major San Diego Retailer (during this CES) to design the interior of its’ newest store, along with the creation of “specialty” displays that showed off products in new and very innovative ways. MTI was asked by the CES Management to hold a seminar during the show to teach retailer how to use this new method of complete merchandising of their products. It was titled “Store Design by Objectives”. It foretold the kind of progressively advanced and innovative direction that, along with the electronic innovation of the switching products themselves, enabled MTI to raise the bar within the industry forever. This was a special time for the development of new categories of Consumer Electronic products. (Did you use a smart phone today – enjoy your 60” smart TV with home theater or sound bar – use SirusXM Radio in your car) These products, along with a great many more, happened because the industry had a way to merchandise and sell the products. It all comes full circle. Thank you Thomas, and thank you MTI. Roy Harkey 214-535-5196 royharkey@verizon.netSee more
To whom it may concern: For over 38 years, MTI has been a global leader in mobile device display technologies, developing solutions that deliver the highest level of merchandising presentation for consumer electronics and mobile electronics applications. I was employed by MTI during the 90’s as VP Sales & Marketing, Product Development, and Project Management. During the mid 90’s, I had the pleasure of having Thomas Rawdon report directly to me as the Director of Merchandising Design. During the time Thomas worked for MTI at our World Headquarters offices and production facilities in Hillsboro, Oregon, the company developed and implemented a new and very comprehensive growth plan. We decided we needed to dramatically upgrade our displays and needed a design philosophy that would take us into the future while holding together the customer base we already enjoyed. The huge growth and expansion that started for MTI at that time has never slowed down. They are the best at what they do, with a rock solid future. Thomas played a very important role in helping shape that future for MTI. MTI had the patent on electronic switching in the US, and the switching products were the best in the industry. MTI did build sturdy and attractive displays at that time, but, they were basic in nature and did not support the direction both Mo Wagner (Company founder and President) and I had for the future. His came from starting MTI, and being involved with big Consumer Electronics companies and the technologies they needed to properly display products. My vision came from the time I spent in Executive Positions with Panasonic, Sony, and Clarion. I was the Director of Sales & Mkt at one of them, VP sales & Mkt at the 2nd, and President at the 3rd. I knew the future product plans and concepts for the Consumer Electronics Industry. I had met continuously with the top thinkers in the industry for nearly 2 1/2 decades. None of them planned to find ways to “show off” their products and product functions to consumers. Security for small devices that had to be “touched” before they were purchased was nonexistent. A huge opportunity existed. We realized that we were missing a strong component for our growth plan to work. We did not have anyone in the company with a truly creative vision and great design skills. We needed uniformity with some products, individualism with others. We needed a store full of our displays, not just be in a section of a department. That’s when we started a Regional search for a Director of Merchandising Design, and found Thomas Rawdon. The development of the new MTI Merchandising Design Department started with a facility central small empty room assigned to Thomas on his first day. He immediately filled the empty room with his boundless imagination. Thomas leadership skills showed up immediately. By the end of day one he presented his modest list of supplies and equipment for approval and requisition. Awaiting the arrival of the department supplies, and not missing a beat, Thomas set about programming MTI in every way. He initiated project contact with department heads, sales managers, project managers, product development, engineering, manufacturing and logistics, into rapid development of a “Wish List” of products and services Merchandising Design need. The list and initial ideas were considered from the top of senior management down to the shipping department. From this quick study launching pad, Thomas hit the ground running. That ended up foretelling his continuing litany of response and pro-active creativity that exponentially helped foster the growth and development of MTI. Merchandising Design grew rapidly within the MTI culture itself, but also in its’ outreach to the company’s client base by bringing entirely new concepts and abilities to the table. Keeping pace with the forward march of technology and aided by a growing staff of skilled designers, Thomas solid management of his new Merchandising Design’s department led the way with the development of the packaging design of the then new touch screen technology, including it’s graphics and interactive merchandising systems for home theater environments, mobile electronics, and many others product areas. Thomas coordinated and linked components into what became the Crown Jewel of MTI leadership in the consumer electronics community, Complete “Whole Store Design”. This opened up new worlds for MTI and the sales force, a world that knew no regional, national or international boundaries of potential and actual unlimited applications. Thomas personal skill as an illustrator and artist provided the “thousand words” of communication that placed into the sales and marketing staff’s hands the kind of effective and compelling tools that brought into reality concepts never before available, let alone visualized. MTI’s reveal of its Merchandising Design innovation and process into the world happened at the annual Las Vegas International Consumer Electronics Shows. The impact was immediate. For the first time, MTI was asked by a major San Diego Retailer (during this CES) to design the interior of its’ newest store, along with the creation of “specialty” displays that showed off products in new and very innovative ways. MTI was asked by the CES Management to hold a seminar during the show to teach retailer how to use this new method of complete merchandising of their products. It was titled “Store Design by Objectives”. It foretold the kind of progressively advanced and innovative direction that, along with the electronic innovation of the switching products themselves, enabled MTI to raise the bar within the industry forever. This was a special time for the development of new categories of Consumer Electronic products. (Did you use a smart phone today – enjoy your 60” smart TV with home theater or sound bar – use SirusXM Radio in your car) These products, along with a great many more, happened because the industry had a way to merchandise and sell the products. It all comes full circle. Thank you Thomas, and thank you MTI. Roy Harkey 214-535-5196 royharkey@verizon.net
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8. Transparent Contracting Solutions LLC
Very good 4.5

(8)

Very good 4.5

(8)

Kitchen Remodel

Offers remote services
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Lake Oswego, OR
I contacted Transparent to come replace my roof. They were available the next day to assess the job and began working the next week. They were very thorough in their services as they provided me with all the potential options that were possible due to the current age and visible condition of my roof. They provided me with a quote that outlined all potential costs (worse case) so that going into the project I was well prepared and would have no surprises. Overall quality of the work was really great, they ended up having to do a complete tear off and replace all materials. The roof was completed when expected and I appreciated their communication throughout the project.See more
I contacted Transparent to come replace my roof. They were available the next day to assess the job and began working the next week. They were very thorough in their services as they provided me with all the potential options that were possible due to the current age and visible condition of my roof. They provided me with a quote that outlined all potential costs (worse case) so that going into the project I was well prepared and would have no surprises. Overall quality of the work was really great, they ended up having to do a complete tear off and replace all materials. The roof was completed when expected and I appreciated their communication throughout the project.

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What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up a consultation or appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by performing an online search for local professionals near you.

Message the contractor, and see if they are willing to set up a video consultation call instead of an in-person site visit. With video chat, the contractor may be able to assess the scale of the project, give you better information on what needs to be done and perhaps provide an estimate. Be sure to discuss virtual payments, as well as general strategies for staying safe.

How can I find out if a general contractor is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out whether a general contractor is considered essential in your area during the current coronavirus pandemic, visit your city or state’s government website, which will have information on essential services.

Find information on national recommendations by visiting CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Can I use digital payments to pay for general contractor services?

Currently, many general contractors are using common digital payment services like PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle, Google Pay and more. And more will likely adopt these and similar platforms as coronavirus continues to force companies to take on digital capabilities.

Contact general contractors beforehand to discuss whether they accept digital payments, and take all necessary measures to meet social distancing recommendations. You can also compare general contractors side-by-side online to see which ones accept digital payments.

How do you choose a commercial general contractor?

A commercial contractor provides similar services as a residential general contractor but specializes in working with large-scale projects for businesses, schools, nonprofits, governments and development firms. When researching commercial general contractors, review their portfolio of work and confirm they have ample experience working in the area you need. For example, if you are building a small strip mall, ask if the contractors have experience successfully incorporating all the needed elements such as a parking lot, meeting ADA requirements, accessing the proper permits, and completing work on time.

Once you’ve identified several qualified candidates, request bids for your project and then compare the scope of work with your needs and budget. Your commercial general contractor should oversee design, permitting, construction, materials purchase, and adherence to building code and zoning regulations, as well as sticking to an agreed-upon budget and schedule. It’s important to establish clear communication with your future commercial general contractor, as this will mean a smoother process for everyone. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

What kind of jobs can a general contractor do?

General contractors can complete all types of projects, from small home repairs and new construction, from building a new home to landscaping an entire yard. General contractors may specialize in plumbing, framing, electrical, foundations or roofing projects, and they can work on commercial or residential buildings. 

Before hiring a general contractor, make sure the contractor holds the proper licenses, registration, insurance and certifications required by your city or state. 

Do general contractors offer remote or virtual services?

General contractors perform manual work and typically need to be present to complete their projects. However, if you come across a profile that states the contractor is offering remote services, ask what those services include. You can also ask if they can perform a consultation via video call and if they can do the job while following guidelines from the CDC and local agencies.

What do general contractors charge?

If you’re doing a home remodel, building a new home or embarking on a commercial building project, you’ll hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to oversee and execute construction projects. Each construction project is unique; even two duplicate homes built on lots next door to each other could have different construction costs due to factors like different excavation costs when building the foundation. Since each project is unique, many general contractors make bids on potential construction projects. These bids can then break down to a per square foot cost that encompasses the labor of all the workers needed for the job, materials, the scope of work, and any equipment needed. Materials and finishes make a major difference in your cost per square foot. For example, choosing standard kitchen tiles at $3 per square foot will result in a lower total project cost than imported marble tiles that cost $63 per square foot. Where you live will also affect how much general contractors charge, as labor and the cost to do business can cost less in many regions than in high-cost areas like New York or San Francisco. Here are some examples of average costs general contractors typically charge in various regions:

  • Home addition in San Francisco: $250-$270 per square foot.
  • New home construction in Knoxville, Tennessee: $100-$200 per square foot.
  • Kitchen remodel in Tennessee: $40-$80 per square foot, depending on finishes.
  • Bathroom remodel in Vancouver, Washington: $110-$170 per square foot.

Be sure to check out our smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

What is a general contractor?

When starting a home remodel or new construction project, you will probably hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to take a set of building plans and construct them as outlined. The general contractor may help perform the day-to-day building, or they may just hire workers and oversee all the work activities. In either case, the job of the general contractor is to see that your project gets built.

When you have a building project, ask for bids from various contractors. The bids tell you how much each will charge and what their scope of work will be. Once you have selected a bid, you sign a contract with that general contractor outlining the specifics of the project and the milestones during the project when they will receive payment installments. Once the contract is official, the general contractor will bring in their crew to begin construction. The contractor will manage the workers and subcontractors (anyone who doesn’t work directly for their company but that they need to outsource, like a marble installation pro), order all the materials, obtain work permits, and confirm that all the workers and subcontractors are completing their projects as planned. They typically handle all the payments to the workers and subcontractors, and send you invoice. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.  If you are organized and competent to oversee construction projects, and are able to make sure everything is being built properly and meeting code, it’s possible you can be your own general contractor.  

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