Artistry by Jarrod LLC

Milwaukee, WI

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have education, with experience. I grew up with a construction dad, and truly understand architecture and how elements work against it. I have a degree in Art and Design and Architectural Technologies. I have a high degree of personal integrity, like my dad did.. and I take pride in my work. I am creative and artistic and can do things for you, make things for you that no one else has or can get anywhere else.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Pleasing my customers, and getting direct feedback. When you work for someone else, you only hear about the bad stuff, but never the good stuff. I have to take the bad with the good, and I do not like bad stuff,, so I strive to please the first time. I enjoy it most when clients become friends, when I establish personal relationships with people. There is great personal reward in designing something and then building it, making someone something special, one of a kind, and seeing them appreciate the efforts. That is why I enjoy my job.

Location

Milwaukee, WI 53209

Years in business

13

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

13

Reviews

9 Reviews
  • Jeremy M. Dec 3, 2016
    Handyman
    Verified Review
    My Permanent Handyman
    All around great guy. Friendly, fast, reasonable and has a great eye for detail. A true professional.
  • Haydi A. Oct 12, 2015
    Interior Painting
    Verified Review
    I had Chris do a mural for my son's nursery. He Is amazing and did more than what I had visualized in my mind. I almost cried when I saw the outcome of it. I highly recommend him and will definetly use his service again.
  • Nandini S. Jun 19, 2014
    Handyman
    Verified Review
  • Mark K. Apr 23, 2014
    Painting
    Verified Review
    CJ did an awesome job with our faux painting needs at Aliota's Pub & Grill. The entire project went smoothly and professionally with the artistry almost exactly matching the vision I had and the product CJ said he could deliver. CJ's entire project was on time, under budget, clean and conscientious of the needs of the business around him. I would definitely hire CJ for future work and recommend him to others for home or business.
  • Deb S. Sep 20, 2013
    Deck or Porch Repair
    Verified Review
    Christopher is very creative, responsive, and flexible. He works with us collaboratively, which we really enjoy. He also knows a lot about carpentry, building, and materials, so we feel we are getting a knowledgeable professional.
  • Terry K. Sep 11, 2013
    Muralist
    Verified Review
    Fantastic job on my family tree from the multi-colored steel leaves to the roots that go into the stairs.Chris is freindly and a great artist . I will hire him again for another job
  • Dan W. Sep 28, 2012
    Chris is a very talented artist and exceptional handyman. We had him work on a front entry project. From helping us with the overall concept; to removing our existing materials; to patching drywall, custom painting, installing a new light fixture, etc...the project turned out perfect. Chris is very professional, timely, and detail-oriented.
  • Doris D. Sep 11, 2012
    There are not enough stars to rate Christopher Schmitz. He is AMAZING!!! He has done quite a few jobs for me that I have been super pleased with - he is fantastic to work with - he is creative - he is talented - this guy can do anything. I HIGHLY recommend him - you would be blessed to have him work for you. He is AWESOME...... I cannot say enough good about Christopher Schmitz.
  • Bob K. Sep 9, 2012
    CJ's work is absolutely outstanding and his attention to detail is incredible. If you're ever in need, I definitely recommend CJ for all your artistic and carpentry projects...you won't be disappointed!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Meet and greet. Evaluated the request. Offer ideas and options, create a plan, draw a plan sometimes. Price it out. Set a start date. Work with the client as the projects progresse. Complete it in a reasonable amount of time.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I graduated from the U of Milwaukee with a degree in Art and Design and a minor in Arch technologies. That combined with always being in the industry, you stay pretty well informed, but I am always learning new tricks, sometimes from working with other long term contractors in specific fields, sometimes from contractor shows, sometimes from experience on the job and dealing with inspectors. I studied buildings and how they work, what works against them and have SEEN first hand, things done to buildings that have NOT worked. All of this makes me an educated contractor.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
nothing complicated,, time an materials, or contract
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It happened by accident mostly. When I was lied to by a major HOME improvement supply chain store that I worked for at the time, that job became a nightmare, so I quit and just happened to get a nice remodel job. One thing led to another and I started working for myself, on my terms, my schedule, my customers. I do LOTS of things, so I have many options for customers.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most common are handyman improvements or repairs, but I am also an artist and would love to create new interior spaces by adding custom art work to your wall surfaces. I also do woodworking so cabinetry, bookshelves, crown moulding, chair rail. I have designed and built decks. front porches, and furniture. I have painted murals, designed and built signage, and custom art works. I have one time customers and clients who own rentals and I am their handyman. My clients are many and varied
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I guess the completion of a major project for my best friends. They just completed construction of a new home in Eagle River WI. I was part of it all right from the beginning, from working on design concepts, to surveying the lot, staking it out, to putting in the electric lines and hardwood flooring. So many things involved and when working with personal friends, there were times when our relationship became strained, but we all got through it and now the final product makes it all worthwhile. It is stunning!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Meet with them in person and evaluate how you feel.. Do they sound honest and sincere,, or overly accomodating with lots of smart talk. What type of vehicle do they arrive in,, Pride in workmanship equals pride in your vehicle too. and their name should be on the vehicle.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How much time will it take, What will the process be, How much should I expect to pay. what are my options from low end, to high end, from temporary fix to permanent build or repairs. I am always totally honest, and treat my customers with respect, and try to make sure they understand the processes. I value personal integrity, old fashion ethics, and enjoy my profession.