Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Look at what we found!

Remodeling a Madison, WI home, our lead carpenter, Anthony, came across these pictures.

He was tearing up the old carpet.  The kids must have created this "time capsule" of sorts the last time it was replaced.

Does anyone know who they are?  It might be fun to show them what they wrote back in 1995.

I wonder if Max ever learned to like the piano...


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Because We Live Here Too

I ran into a previous client at the library.  We had remodeled their kitchen about 10 years ago, so I wondered if, after so long, they were still pleased with the results.

"It's still the best room in the house," she said.

I thanked her, and then, always curious about our competition, asked about their sunroom  addition.  We had bid the addition, but they decided to go with a less expensive plan from another builder.  I remembered they had a difficult site, with limited access and a back yard on a steep slope.  To do the sunroom properly with a basement or crawl space would have been difficult, but in my opinion, worth the time and expense.  The sunroom builder they chose had offered to keep the costs down by making it more like a 3 season room, on posts, and using less expensive brands of materials.

At my questions, her face changed to a look of regret. "The kitchen is definitely my favorite room!"

We chatted a bit more, and then I was on my way.  But the conversation was a reminder of why I will never be that contractor who is willing to do half a job in order to sell a job.

We live and work in the same community.  When I run into previous customers at the library, or the grocery store, or a Cub Scouts meeting, I want to know I delivered a product I can be proud of, and one they will enjoy for years to come. ~Abe

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Interested in a Butcher Block Top?

Ever had a real butcher block? Ever wanted one? Find out why they're great and how to care for them... here!