Andrew's Retirement short story
Updated: Jan 21, 2019
As many of you know, I retired from my remodeling construction design/build company in 2016. I was directly involved in the industry since 1971. For 45 years I was a student of construction and learned at every opportunity. I was blessed with discerning clients who appreciated quality and trusted me to bring them great results.
I learned many skills over the years. I had a Design/ Build company and worked with many trades and professions. I had a 30+ year relationship with my plumber and electrician. I have extensive experience with HVAC , Steel , Millwork and Cabinetry, Appliances, Stone, Granite, Marble, Tile, Architects, Engineers, Realtors, Home Owners, Building Officials, Vendors, and other Unique Sources. I learned from experts and I learned from my Clients .
As time went by I came to realize that perhaps the most important skill was to be a good problem solver. We can plan carefully, We can make allowances and check every detail – still unforeseen circumstances will present themselves. Solving problems to come to the best solution is a critical skill for a successful contractor. I am proud to say that I completed every project I started in my career.
It is a demanding and difficult business and after 45 years I was ready to start something else. Or so I thought.
My wife and I raised four children in our home in Bala Cynwyd. We lived there for 38 years and after my retirement were ready for a change.
We found a “handymans’ special” on 3 beautiful acres surrounded by many acres of beautiful woods and a creek. For the past 2 years I have been very busy repairing and improving our new home. The skills I have learned over a lifetime and the tools that I have held on to have been very helpful.
In the midst of my renovations, I have been getting calls for advice and help with construction project issues. I have been consulting with real estate clients, with other contractors and designers and with home owners. As the calls have increased, it has become clear to me that there is a need for expert advice and that I enjoy bringing the value of 45 years of experience to the table. Coincidentally, I have completed many of the projects on my new home and have some time on my hands. I am diving into a new consulting business and plan to offer my services to the general public and to industry professionals.
I am asking my past clients, professional associates, and friends to support me in this new endeavor. Many of us have heard about problems that people are having with their remodeling projects. I am willing to review construction contracts - before people sign. Clear agreements and realistic contract parameters are essential for a successful project.
If you are considering purchasing a new home, I can do a walk through with you and give you in depth feedback about both the existing conditions and the future possibilities. If you are a do-it-yourselfer and need assistance with planning or execution, I can help. If your project is in progress and you have concerns about how things are being done, I can perform a site inspection and render professional advice. If you are a contractor and want to improve your practice and move to the next level I have many ideas that will help you. These ideas are based on real – in the field experience and a highly successful career.
I am blessed and honored by the trust and confidence that have benefited me for over 40 years. I am excited to have a new way to share my knowledge and to continue to serve and educate others. I continue to study construction methods and techniques. Modern innovations are wonderful, and in many cases the traditional methods are still the best. Education and information are the keys to success. I can be very helpful in these areas.
So, if you have any construction related questions give me a call. I’d love to help out.
610 505 5081