Contractors / By Sweeten / June 22, 2018
Meet Sweeten General Contractor Nick
With a background in project management, Nick is all about the details
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Check out Nick’s portfolio here
Where are you from and how long have you been in construction?
I’m from Greece. I’ve been in the industry for 11 years now and have owned my own company for 3.5 years.
How did you get into construction?
When I first moved to the United States, I started working as a roofer. The first things I knew how to do very well were roofing and waterproofing; they were my trade. Then, I got hired by a company to do project management and I worked my way up until I started my own company.
Who is your ideal client?
After all these years in the industry, I really think that the result of the project depends on the client, too. If somebody is positive, kind, and willing to listen, I believe that a project can be spotless.
What is the biggest challenge you face when renovating in New York?
The biggest challenge is time. People who invest in real estate properties and want to rent them out—time means money for them. They can rent it for seven, eight, or ten thousand a month, so if we don’t complete the project on time, they are losing money.
What do you think is the biggest misconception homeowners have when starting a renovation project?
A misconception is that they save money by ordering and handling the deliveries themselves. When we let homeowners purchase materials, there are often delays. Let’s say kitchen cabinets, I would say 50% of the time, cabinets arrive at the apartment with missing parts. This causes a very big delay, and since everything is usually custom, it probably takes another three weeks to be delivered. Then the countertop guys want to come and measure and that takes at least another week to schedule and install.
Favorite New York City restaurant?
Avra—it’s a seafood restaurant!
Take a look at some of Nick’s renovations below and check out his portfolio for more photos of past work.
(1) Terri and Brett’s apartment in Prospect Heights (2) Anne and Michael’s kitchen in Clinton Hill (3) Tina and Fletcher’s kitchen in Cobble Hill
This post originally ran on May 31, 2016.
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