I started doing custom framing with a 5 man crew in Barrington, Illinois in the 1980’s. We would frame from sill plate to ridge, wall cladding, skylights and cedar decks. Sadly we did not use forklifts or temporary power. Nope, this crew used gas generators and air compressors.
We worked in any weather. We only rolled up when we started getting electrocuted from the saws. We burned cut offs in a 55 gallon barrel for warmth. There were times when we would have to get creative in the winter to keep the adhesives pliable enough to use.
I moved on from custom framing to custom cabinetry, manufacturing built in wall and kitchen cabinets. We did measurements on site and installation after manufacture. Things took off when the biscuit jointer came out. Face frames came together faster than ever! Ah, exciting times…
I moved from the icy cold grip of the Midwest to Las Vegas. It was the 1990’s and work was plentiful, year round with 99% chance of no snow and they were using forklifts and temporary power. I was in hammer heaven. Skill after skill, trade after trade. I worked them all. I did a stint as a foreman in door and trim with a California company that set up shop in Nevada. Ran miles of crown molding. Turning the interiors of ticky tacky boxes of tract housing into something that made the homeowner actually look at their walls.
I installed fireplace surrounds and fiber reinforced concrete columns. Taking a plain mantel above a fireplace to a two story ornate masterpiece that makes the room “pop” almost more than crown molding.
I did some time at the largest stair company in Las Vegas providing homeowners not only a code compliant stair but a beautiful work of craftsmanship.
I decided to open Avidia Incorporated. A family run S Corp. Established in 2005 we focused on home remodels and tenant improvements. My wife, son, and I did most of the work ourselves and when projects were a little large we hired qualified temp workers.
We did projects on Lake Las Vegas Resorts, Turnberry Towers Condominiums, MGM Grand, Regal Movie Theaters, Baja Fresh, Levitz furniture and many more.
Then the 2008 housing market crash happened and Avidia went by the wayside. I, like many Americans , took a hit and took a regular job again. Time passes and life brings me to the great state of California where I wind up in Kern County and settle in the historic town of Tehachapi.
I opened Avidia Home Inspections to provide the residents of Kern and Los Angeles counties with the peace of mind that comes with hiring a certified professional home inspector.