Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. 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, and many other types of trim can also enhance your home spaces.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Art work Murals for new Milwaukee Restaurant, Espranza, Wells and Plankintion, Spanish Themed large scale wall decor
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. 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.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. The more you understand about how a home is constructed, and of what materials, the better off you are when talking with contractors. Try to make sure you are not being fed a line. Ask questions. Contractors should be able to explian, and show you, how things work, and explain the pros and cons of different materials.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Doesn't matter so much what questions you ask, but your contractor should be able to explain what needs to be done, why, and how you should go about it...and should be able to validate what he says by showing you the problems with out escalating the job with things you don't need,, or don't need right away
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. They should consider a master plan,, Will this fit into future remodels or updates? You don't want to redo something that will need to be torn out in a few years to accomodate a future update. Try to make some long term plans for what you would like to do, and if possible, work at THAT plan one peice at a time.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have education, with experience. I grew up with construction dad, and truly understand architecture and how the 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
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. 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 good with the bad, and I do not like bad stuff,, so I strive to please the first time
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Can you do this, or Can this be fixed? Usually the answer is YES Then, How much will it cost? Thats when information is exchanged, options discussed, and choices made.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. No, but I stress out before each job,, hoping I can meet expectations of my clients. I often surprise myself when I am done. I am happy when they are happy, and so am I. I am my harshest critic. I am always studying for my next potential project
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Yes, Word of mouth is my best reference. 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.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. It happened by accident mostly. When I was lied to by a major HOME improvement chain, that job became a nightmare, so I quit and just happened to get a nice remodel job. Since then I have finished my Art and Design degree From The U of Milwaukee, and relish art and the possibilities of decorating homes with one of a kind personal artworks.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. 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!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Only two years ago did I graduate 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
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. As far as Home Improvements, there are always new products coming out. Some of these are good, some not so good. We live in a synthetic world. It is hard to get real products anymore. If you are an old fashion purist, real products, wood, stone etc are still available, but costs are often higher. They ARE natural, go back to nature if they have to, and have fewer problems, such as chemical gasing off, going forward. Almost all synthetic products have a potential of gasing off as they age or dry out and have much great potential of toxic fumes etc in cases of fire. You really have to weigh the pros and cons of each,, and there always are. New products in plumbing, flooring and framing are often less expensive, and take less time to instal, saving labor, but they can also have their downside.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. Tiling the entry, kitchen, bath, and laundry room of a house with 45 degree and other, angles through out,, four days,, it was fun
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. nothing complicated,, time an materials, or contract
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Have a backup income
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. Having a 3-D mind. I can easily visualize things that are not there. Makes designing things easy for me. I can see a finished room from a flat plan, or imagine a art mural on an empty wall. Helps in planning color, lighting, trim, etc,. so when a project is done,, ALL things are there such as wiring, receptacles, support, to accomodate needs.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. Ha Ha, my personal book keeping strategies. I am a right brained artist. The left brain sometimes doesn't work as well. My tax accountant had some interesting things to say the last time. This does not reflect on billing policies, but mostly how I document income to expenses.