Contractors / By Anne Zhou / July 12, 2016
Meet the Contractor: Eduardo
Sweeten handpicks the best local general contractors for major renovations. The screening process can be a bit technical (licensing, insurance, references, portfolios, experience and beyond…!) but we love getting to know these experts and want to share their stories with you – where they’re from, what they love most about construction, and what renovation challenges they face. Today, meet Eduardo!
Where are you from and how long have you been in construction?
I’m from New York and I’ve been in construction… let’s say, 30-35 years.
How did you get into construction?
I started studying painting and realized that in order to support the painting, I was doing sheetrock work. After a couple of years of going to openings and doing sheetrock work, I figured I’d better get a job. So, I went and I studied architecture, and then I found myself going more out into the field than doing the drawing and drafting, and that’s how I got into construction.
Who is your ideal client?
An ideal client is one who doesn’t accept standard solutions—who is stubborn but able to accept new solutions. If they stick to their guns, and if they have an instinct and idea of what they want, but not necessarily how to get there, we can make that instinct work. Of course, there are clients that just want to go down their regular road and that’s fine, too. But I get the most satisfaction out of a stubborn client.
What is the biggest challenge for you guys renovating in New York?
The biggest challenge is to get the client to trust you. A lot of clients have the idea that you’re trying to take advantage of them. You have to get past that because really, what you’re trying to do is get the best product from the client. It’s not about you, it’s about them. They have to accept that.
What do you think is the biggest misconception that homeowners have when starting a renovation project?
A lot of clients have an idea of what they want from magazines, Houzz, and whatnot, and they want to translate it directly to their apartment, but it’s not really going to work out in real life. The space is too small…the circulation doesn’t work. They have these desires that really don’t fit with their space. You only have so much space in New York and you have to make it work.
Favorite New York City building?
I like the Old Whitney. I used to love the Guggenheim as a kid because you would take the elevator upstairs and run all the way down.
Talk radio or music?
Depends on the music. I like to hear Cuban salsa, old time Cuban. But you don’t often hear it, so you have to stick with NPR.
Check out a recent renovation by Eduardo in Clinton Hill.
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