“A Day in the Life” with Steve
This month, we’re launching a new blog series highlighting “A Day in the Life” of Steve Ramaekers, our President and fearless leader. We’ll share insight on the inner workings of his days and the happenings at MainStreet Design Build. As always, we welcome your questions and comments!
Friday, March 16th
It’s 6:30 a.m. and the alarm rings in our quiet house. Even Izzy (our dog) hasn’t opened her eyes. Today, my wife Christine, is on kid patrol and will get our two boys off to school. It’s going to be a busy day for all of us and I’m mentally gearing up for the meetings and office work that lay ahead.
The first order of business is an early jobsite meeting on Greenwood Street in Birmingham, where the homeowners are ready to begin their full-blown bathroom renovation. Around 7:45 a.m., Kurt, our architect, and I meet up at the MainStreet Design Build offices before we head out to the new jobsite.
At the jobsite meeting, we speak with the homeowners, listen to their thoughts and concerns, examine the space, take thorough measurements and capture lots of photos. Afterwards, Kurt and I head back to discuss the meeting and dive into other tasks.
At the office, the coffee is brewing and everyone’s day is underway. While Fridays are great, they’re sometimes my least favorite day of the week because I sign a lot checks and Kim, our office manager, has a pile for me to go through! Fridays are also a day when I take stock of what’s happened during in the previous four workdays and think about what’s ahead. With multiple projects in the works, an interesting item on tap includes:
- We’re in the second round of design for concepts that will be presented to the Birmingham Historic District Commission in early April for a downtown (circa 1880) historic home. This is a unique challenge because we’re working under The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, which are guidelines that are established nationally for all historic restorations. There is a strong need to respect the character of this old home, yet still satisfy the modern needs of a growing family in the 21st century.
- We are also gearing up for a start next week on a finished basement in Poppleton Park; this is the 3rd project we will be completing for this client. We’ve previously built a laundry and mud room addition along with a beautiful custom kitchen.
By lunchtime, half the staff is looking forward to a break at our favorite eatery on Frank Street and we head over together to grab a bite. After lunch, meetings, phone calls and conversations with the office and field staff unfold. We’ve accomplished a lot and a busy afternoon is par for the course at MainStreet.
As the day winds down, I get ready for next week’s meetings and finally, by 5:30 p.m., I’m ready to head home to my family for an evening of youth soccer and hockey. Family time and activities are what we all look forward to and it’s what makes everything we do worthwhile!
Wishing you the best remodeling,
MainStreet Design Build
Office: (248) 644-6330