MEET MY RENO TECHS!
May 7, 2012
TYLER MINISH Tyler is so talented and shines so bright we should all be wearing shades when we look at him. He likes things to be orderly and makes lists to ensure things are on track. He is a very soft-spoken person who gets things done the right way by quietly asking for all the information he requires. Most clients want to adopt him as their own. Tyler also possesses a great talent for writing, as you will see by reading his answers to our questions. What is your specialty? What talents do you bring? What is your experience? - I mainly do bathroom renovations, and I’d say my specialty is my creative eye, with an attention to detail. I’m a journeyman plumber coming from a family background in construction: fine wood-workers, carpenters, and tradespersons. I’ve been through several years university physics and completed 4th year studio sculpture. I think I bring a very open-minded attitude to the table about what is possible (everything!), as well as what is practical (not everything), to meet the many special requests our customers and designers dream up. What do you like about working in the renovation department for Centennial? - I like solving problems in ways that others maybe hadn’t thought of yet.. ..creating unique solutions for unique problems gets me excited. What part of the renovation process is your favorite? - Getting to meet new and interesting people all the time. And there’s this point I like, when a job is nearing completion - the customer’s excitement becomes obvious about finally getting to enjoy their new tub, custom shower, steam unit, in-floor heat, or whatever the case may be. Bubbly customers always make my day. What part of the renovation process is your least favorite? - Having to say goodbye. It may sound cheesy, but there are two sides to any coin, and it can be a bummer when a big project ends, and there's been good rapport with a customer. What is the number one thing you would advise homeowners to do prior to the start of their renovation? - Be 100% certain you know what you want, with as much detail and clarity as possible. "Measure twice, cut once". Making design decisions on-the-fly is rarely a good idea – and if you haven’t done a renovation before, you’ll need to do some serious sit-down thinking. Designers can help you with this process, from minor suggestions at one end, to a complete make-over at the other. Be prepared to see your initial plan through to the very end, (if you’re not prepared to take on additional costs). What is the number one thing you would advise homeowners to do during their renovation? - Make sure you’ll be available to answer questions, one way or another, (by phone, email, or in person), to keep your renovation running smoothly, and to your liking. I'm willing to take photos and email them from my Blackberry to communicate a visual concern/question, (a picture really is worth a thousand words), so make sure these avenues are available if you want to take advantage of them. Can you tell us about a Centennial project you are particularly proud of? And why? - McKee’s: This was a huge 2-bathroom project, in size and scope. Their en-suite bathroom was completely gutted, from the floor joists up to the ceiling, and all plumbing and electrical in between. Then it went from major plumbing & electrical changes, on through carpentry to a tiled double shower with custom glass enclosure, which flowed into the deck for an over-sized jetted tub. This was all complemented by in-floor-heat, a privacy glass wall for the toilet, and a double vanity with customer-planned lighting. I’m proud to have been involved in all steps along the way, and performed the greater majority of the work. It’s very satisfying to build such a jaw-dropping space and I must give special thanks to Kathleen, Bob, and the many others who were also involved in completing this huge undertaking, (Ryan, John, Jason, Doug, Heather, Hugo, Jaime, Elaine, Grant, Ed & Brent). And a big thanks to the McKee's for the kind hospitality and patience throughout this process, and for getting back to me, during their own busy workdays, when I had bizarre questions about grout-line or water-way locations. Any funny or strange reno stories to tell? - Not so much funny as just fondly memorable: We did this basement development for an out-of-town customer. Every day that Chris happened to be home for lunch, he would prepare a veritable feast, (and wouldn’t “allow” us to eat our pathetic sandwiches if we’d brought any). A couple of times there was pizza, (if he was busy that day), but most of the time it was something like finely prepared broiled chicken breasts with rice and pan-seared veggies, or BBQ prime rib and lemon-herb-roast potatoes, or any number of other mouth-watering delicacies. We had a hard time getting back onto our feet after lunch, (can I have a nap now?), but always looked forward to his next masterpiece. Thanks Chris, for your endless generosity and for sharing your great culinary skills.. ! [slideshow]