This year has been a monumental year for our Family Owned construction business.
We are celebrating 10 years in business!
While this is an impressive accomplishment for any small business, this is especially true when it comes to the construction industry. Statistically, independent contracting companies are unlikely to last into their 10th year. In order for a business such as ours to continue to thrive it must continually move forward and make positive changes within the company and keep up with the changes within the industry. It is also essential to do all this and stay true to your core values. I humbly believe we have accomplished this. Our core values and our company mission, while gets tweaked throughout the years, has remained essentially the same. Our continued education, my husband and my unified relationship, our customers, sub trades and employees are what make up our company. Each element of our company must be content and our continued commitment to quality is essential. I can not help but be forever proud of my husband for starting what was “his” company back then and has grown it into the well establish reputable company it is today – with help from myself of course… the scheduling and paper work and…and… and etc. certainly does not do itself. 😊
Two recessions later and a pandemic we have trucked through it… and we can only feel blessed that we have been fortunate enough to say this. We have our amazing customers, friends and all the wonderful people that we know within the industry to thank for that. Our community will always get us through – and we always feel like “our peeps” are looking out for us making sure we have the work we need to get through it all.
So a 10 year party is not in the works for us this year. I have emphasized our 10 year… in 2020… because…. Well unless your living under a rock - holy crap! 2020 has been absolutely bonkers to say the least. In March we made the difficult decision to halt operations for a few weeks in order to regroup and wrap our head around what the heck was going on. (Which turned out to be not all that bad… we did a bit of day drinking while organizing the garage - so that was fun lol). This also prepared me to home school the little boss man and get into a routine on that end of things – and again, turned out not so bad. But now we have ramped up operations again and work is SO much different!
The supply chains have changed drastically – we don’t know when or if a lot of products are available and at what cost. That has been a very interesting aspect of all this while trying to estimate and schedule projects. I cannot just wander off to select material in person. Many meetings outside with customers. Changing our health and safety policies and following that forever changing fiasco is a whole other ball game – all business owners I am sure are in the same situation. And if someone, ANYONE, wants to sell some N95 masks to my demolition loving, amazing woodworking husband we would be forever grateful! This all being said, we are so fortunate that we are capable of staying operational and this was NOT the year that we decided to move forward with our dream to expand our office space. So here I am, all tucked away in my cozy basement office… at least I don’t have to share a desk with the hubby anymore – that went over like a lead fart for like a week. (Good thing he builds stuff and we dealt with that)! We have discovered this to be a solid reality; Dustin + Crystal + Paperwork + Shared desk space = Couch sleeps (for “someone”) lol.
We had high hopes for this year. We did our first home show at the Red Deer Home Show (and won and award! whoop whoop yay us)! to launch our major company restructuring. That event also turned out to be the last weekend for large gathered events – a little scary). We had high hopes to expand over the next year or two. We had high hopes for exciting new advertising campaigns. While what this looks like has changed, we still keep our hopes high, moving forward just looks a little different. We will always be looking at ways to better ourselves and our company, it just may be a bit more strategic and cautious for a little while 😊.
So, I cannot say that our 10th year has been exactly what we expected but we are still here and we are still aging like a fine wine. Turns out that if people sit and stare at their house long enough, they decide renovations are in order and our great customers have not hesitated to refer us to their friends! As we truck through the second half of 2020 and the second half of our 10th year we wish everyone happiness and health. We very much wish that we could have had a celebration of some sort with our trades as well as our past and present customers but that will have to wait until we can all high five, hand shake and hug again! Maybe we will send out a virtual “cheers”! from one of our local beer grounds to celebrate. Hmmmm that sounds like a plan! 😊
Wishing you all the very best and thank you again for always supporting our company and our family over the years! We are so excited to continue our journey and I will be sure to keep on sharing all that comes next!
Crystal “AKA The Carpenters Wife”
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