What’s the best part about working in the kitchen and bath remodeling industry, according to you?
Seeing new projects and their own unique sets of challenges. It’s always fun to figure out how we are going to make something work, or how different finishes will interact. Every project is different whcih keeps everyone on their toes.
What inspired you to pursue a career in kitchen and bath remodeling?
It actually started as a love for carpentry and woodworking when I was young. We lived in rural southern Illinois and only had a handful of TV Channels. I would watch This Old House and the New Yankee Workshop constantly. Later when I became a contributing member of society I decided to give it a go. Twenty-five years later here we are.
What are a few of your favorite things?
Spending time with my wife, my dogs, family, and friends, going boating, and although I don’t get to do it as much these days I still really nerd out on finish carpentry.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Probably packing everything up and moving over 4000 miles to Kauai on a whim. It was a quick decision and even faster move. We did love it, but that didn’t stop us from coming back to St. Louis to be close to family and friends.
Do you have family or pets?
We have two rescue dogs, Dexter and Koa.
What do you do for fun in your spare time?
Boating in the warmer months, hanging out with friends, traveling, checking out breweries, concerts, or anything else that’s appealing enough to get out of the house.
What’s your favorite tradition or holiday and why?
Halloween. I’ve always loved horror movies which go hand in hand, but October is just a great month in general. The weather is changing and there are always get-togethers to go to.
How long have you been in the kitchen and bath industry?
I’ve been a carpenter for about 25 years, and primarily focused on kitchens and baths for around 11 of those.
What’s one interesting fact about kitchen and bath remodeling that most people might not know?
It takes longer than it does on TV.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job, and why does it matter to you?
Seeing the trade being taught to the younger generations getting into this line of work. Also them learning that you don’t have to spend a ton of money on an education to be successful in life.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Take pride in what you do. My dad beat this into my head at an early age and it stuck.