My wife Jen is, as everyone says, my better half. She is the brains of the operation and somehow is able to manage our household while also working part time as a physical therapist. We have been blessed with two amazing daughters, Eleanor and Harper. We love living in Kansas but wouldn't complain if we ever found ourselves in Colorado!
Growing up in the 80's I played with a lot of Legos. I would get a new set and build what you were supposed to, only to get bored with that and then construct whatever I
could imagine. As I've gotten older I still enjoy playing with Legos, but now I get to build with bigger, more expensive ones! I have found that the old adage is true,
"do something you love and you will never work a day in your life". Working with people to help them improve their homes has given me that opportunity.
I truly love working with new and existing clients. Seeing what ideas they
have and how we can transform their
space into something new, that works
for them and their family.
"Chief Mess Maker"
Over the past 15 years I have worked in many areas of the construction industry: landscaping and plant health services, building outdoor structures(decks, pergolas, screen porches, retaining walls and patios, installing all types of flooring, electrical, and painting. Most recently I spent 6 years working as a project manager for jobs ranging from small kitchen/bathroom remodels to large home additions. Having been a part of the construction industry for this long has allowed me to develop many relationships with other skilled craftsman who I would trust to work with me on a project.
When I was in high school my mom decided to build a custom house. She is in a wheelchair and needed a home that would meet very specific requirements. Having a home that was designed with her needs in mind was very appealing. She went through a long and arduous process with a contractor that she thought she could trust and who came highly recommended. Unfortunately, he turned out to be more worried about the time line and the bottom dollar than my mom and what she needed. This experience stills bothers me, and my mom continues to be upset with the contractor and what he did wrong or failed to do during the project. I am disappointed that she and others have had such a horrible experience with the construction industry. My hope is that if you work with Olive Branch Contracting you will have a lot better experience, and will love your home and not be frustrated that you did a project.
I once saw a show on TV that was called "To Catch a Contractor". As the title implies they were trying to catch contractors who were lying to their clients and cheating them out of money. I hate that in this day and age we have people who call themselves contractors and the only experience they have is that they saw something on TV or did a small project at their house and now they consider themselves a contractor.
I have been in the construction industry for over 15 years and I want to make a difference, to change the game as it were. I have done just about every thing you can do and I used to call myself a jack of all trades but a master of none. I thought this was catchy and a great thing to tout, but as I learned more about construction I learned that it is impossible to be a master of all trades. Trust me, you don't want to hire someone that says they are a master at everything. It usually means they are mediocre at everything and not really a master of any one thing.
I believe that the best way to accomplish a task is to have the right people for the right job. Being in the industry for over 15 years I have worked with many people who are a lot more skilled at certain things than I am. I am more than willing to let those people do part of a project rather than trying to do it all myself. Ultimately this gives the client a better finished product.