Fall Home Improvement Guide
October 27, 2012...
Jennifer EdwardsStaff Writer
There is a lot of pent-up demand forprojects in the construction trade rightnow, says Big Lake builder Ken Geroux.“We have been as busy in the office aswe have ever been, designing projects andgiving estimates,” Geroux said. “But peo-ple are still hesitant to do the major proj-ects.”Geroux Construction has been stayingbusy, doing the little things there cus-omers need to survive in the difficultconomy.“That is where we started, years ago,”said Geroux, “Doing the little jobs thatobody else wanted to do. Right now peo-le are only doing the things which have toe done.”On a brighter note, Geroux says, he isesigning three new homes planned to beuilt in the Big Lake area, although no startates for construction have been set yet.“That is a positive,” he said. “It meanseople are looking at new construction andhey are at least considering it.”Creating accurate designs for his variousrojects with detailed estimates is a lot of ork which does not always pay off,eroux said.“But it is the only way to give accuratestimates. Some builders charge for thisservice. We don’t. There is a lot of debatebout it in the industry but I will maintainy practices and my integrity level,”eroux said.While Geroux has made cutbacks to hisstaff, his company is finding work to do.“We are not as busy as I would like,” hesaid. “I have down-sized. There is alwaysoom for more projects.”Replacing windows and doors, mainte-ance and roofing and siding work is keep-ng him busy and Geroux says he is grate-ul for the work.“It’s not much for bragging rights but Im glad to have it,” he said.One of his larger projects right nowncludes an addition requiring a variance.“That makes more work on the frontend,” he said. “I do research these projectswith the county before I take them on. Iusually do this myself although the proper-ty owners could do it. They can get nerv-ous and I am used to working with thestaff.”“I am just thankful we are still in busi-ness,” Geroux said. “And I notice a lot of the contractors who were working whenwe started, like Don Deuel and PaulBecker are still here.”“I can say there has been a dramaticincrease in the local area for new construc-tion, at least on the design and estimatingside,” he said. “We just need a few morethings to fall into place, like employmentand financing.”Geroux said he would like to see theconstruction industry move into a moresteady pattern.“There are pockets around the TwinCities, like Edina and Eden Prairie, wherenothing has happened. There have been noslow-downs,” he said. “This area got hitextremely hard but we still need qualitycontractors.”Geroux says he believes the only reasonhis company is still in business is becauseof his customer base.“For two years we had no new cus-tomers,” he said. “Every job was a repeatcustomer or a referal from an existing cus-tomer. I can’t say how thankful we are forthem.”Geroux’s reputation for integrity andstanding behind his work is well-known tothe local community.“A house has 20,000 different partswhich have to be put together to createexcellence,” he said. “It’s not too surpris-ing if a door fails or a window sticks nowand then. What is important is that peopleknow we are there to stand behind ourwork.”“We have really good customers, highintegrity people and I became friends withthem years ago. When we go to do repeatwork it is like going to see friends, notclients,” he said. “That makes the qualityof life go up a little bit.”
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