I started out building houses with my Dad. The first house we built was a huge “A Frame” in Canada on Georgian Bay when I was 11 years old. I still remember hauling the 2×12’s and 2×10’s up a cliff face to where the house was to be located to afford a beautiful view of the bay. The second house was a house on stilts in the Florida Keys and the last with Dad was a log cabin near Gaylord.
After college I allowed my self to get drawn into the food and beverage world. Money was great especially for someone in his 20’s but after that the attraction wore off especially when I calculated how much I was actually earning when I divided it into hours worked. During this later stage I began doing Handyman work on the side. After only a few years I was booked out months in advance. I took training, obtained my builder’s license and started collecting office and construction tools. Then on Memorial Day weekend in 1997 I took the big plunge, retired from food and beverage, and started Habitat Enhancers full time.
In the beginning, we focused on Handyman projects and Trim carpentry. As we grew more experienced and gained strong relationships with some select subcontractors our jobs grew in size. We can build custom homes but we would rather now focus on remodeling projects that take less than 4 months to complete. So our preferred fare ends up being: kitchen and bathroom remodeling, finished basements, stonework, trim-work, entrance ways, etc.