Throughout my remodeling days I’ve been fortunate to be a part of variety of large remodel projects, which in some cases would be better described as small hotels then residential dwellings. But none was more memorable than one particular home remodel project that I got to be a part of one winter in Tulsa. It all started when I purchased an owner finance fix up, from the head of a high end construction company. At that same time, he was finalizing the details of an extensive midtown remodel project in which there was a specific need for a “punch list” guy that could also be the assistant to the project manager. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and got the gig.
Among a variety of other significant changes, the owners’ vision was to gut the entire first floor and create a completely different layout. The role allowed me the opportunity to be a part of the entire process from demoing the first wall to putting in the last screw. I also served as the right hand man to the project manager who was more like a mentor than a boss. The nature of my role at the jobsite would best be described as a license to “pay my dues”! lol, which offered no shortage of manually intensive labor. My “crowning jewel moment” was when I had to stand on a ladder as I raised a mid-grade jackhammer over my head to demo an exterior rock wall; in other words, the type of task your expecting me to finish explaining by telling you that I also had to walk to work in the snow uphill both ways, lol.
The job also came along with great jokes and good times. Providing a host of great memories and learning experiences, I’ll always be grateful for the fine folks I was able to spend time with at the midtown mansion.