Just like that, another year is in the books and we are already almost through January of 2017. This past year has been the best year to date for the company on many different accounts. While there are many metrics to base this hypothesis off of I think the biggest thing we have acheived is figuring out exactly who we want to be as a company, a brand and most importantly as people. As I usually do this time a year, sit and reflect on the past year, I am very proud of all we have accomplished as a company.
It’s hard to believe that this time last year in January we started doing framing prep and blocking for what would become our larget project to date as a company, the Orchard Ridge project. More on this project later in this post. This prep work that would ultimately make for a more efficient install when we would start our trim package install in March.
Throughout the month we would also start and complete a few other great projects. One of which was a complete theater room renovation for the GM of a local professional sports team here in Detroit, as well as a full trim and stair remod for a great repeat client. While both of these projects were not simple or quick jobs we found a way to get it all done while while completing the shoe and hardware punch out out list on a 5,000+ we completed in late 2015.
Late January brought the start of another custom residence located in Bloomfeild Township. From the upgrade trim package, to stacked crown molding, custom archways, office built-ins and a custom contemporary glass panel stair case this project was enough work to bring us through the first quarter of the year.
Throughout March, we would start another series of projects one of which would be a renovation of a historic home built in 1880. This project included an entertainment unit, coffered ceiling and replicating some of the original casings, which was a ton of work. While most of our projects are residential new construction this was a nice change of pace and brought many challenges as many of these older homes do.
In March, we also accepted a First Place Detriot Home Design Award with Arteva Homes for the best Contemporary Foyer. Some of our other work received some recognition as well that I wasnt expecting with the submissions from other builders and architects. Attending this event with my wife made for a enjoyable night out and felt very good to have all our hardwork as a company be aknoweldeged.
Speaking of built-ins, coffered ceilings and new construction the next project would be just that. These homowners couldnt be better people and with a great eye for design, it allowed us to execute these project efficiently while allowing us to hit our deadline in time for the start of what would be a crazy remainder of the year.
In the blink of an eye April was here and as mentioned at the start of this post, that meant the start of the Orchard Ridge Project. This project would turn into more than the homeowners, builder or us as a company would anticipate. At 12,000 square feet this home truly has it all in terms of custom trim and millwork. This project has been one of the most challenging projects I have designed and ultimately would have to execute. I would say this was mostly because of the scale of the home as well as our heavy schedule that we would try to maintain throughout. The next several months we would spend on the project executing the what felt like non stop trim, wainscoting, paneling, distressed beams, coffered ceilings, tounge and groove ceilings, built-ins and radius arches, this project I think summarizes what an who we are as a company and craftsmen. Projects like this seem like a dream project to other fellow tradesmen and they are, but not every custom trim and millwork company could execute a project like this. After months of being on the same project it is easy to get complacent, to miss the details and to want to start to “just get it done”. Thats not who we are as a compay though. While we push hard to get every project complete we also promise one thing, craftmenship.
Perhaps one of the most difficult things of being on a project for months at a time is finding ways to not shut down to the outside world, to other builders and clients who you have promised to work for through deposits and past relationships.
When this project is complete it will truly show what we are able to do as a company and if nothing else. Through every challenge we have persevered through and have stayed dedicated to delivering a product we are proud to put our name on.
Throughout the last quarter of the year we would also start another large custom home located in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. This project as most of ours included a full custom trim package, staircase, built-ins, ceiling details and cabinetry. While juggling another large custom project with another home as detailed and time consuming as the Orchard Ridge Project, brought many challenges but again we made it happen and found a way to hit our deadline.
Before we knew it December was here and we would start another project for some very patient and truly fantastic homeowners. This was a trim renovation that would grow from a living room ceiling detail into a full re-trim of the home in order to bring a more transitional feel to the home as well as a octogon shaped coffered ceiling and living room ceiling detail that originally brought us out to the project.
To say I am excited for all 2017 has to bring is an understatement with that said I also realize with continuous growth brings continuous challenge. With the continued concentration and focus of building a great team of craftsmen as well as staying true to our company mission statement, I feel that this year like last will be one to remember.
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