Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pete goes a'Blogging

Work we’re proud of!

I can’t count high enough to tell you how many jobs we’ve done over the last 30 years, but I do want to show you some examples of our work. In addition to the design and build of our own Remodels, PGC is often hired by award winning contractors to craft their designs. We have a good reputation in custom Tilesetting, an area of expertise we’ve pursued for decades.

I’ll start with our Tile Installation which was part of a 2009 COTY (Contractor Of The Year) award winning Remodel by Gilday Construction, of which I’m pretty proud. But know that this job was done as they all are done, with craftsmanship and care for the customer’s sensibilities. Not all of our jobs are this fancy or unique – not everyone wants that – we cater to the customer so it’s up to you. But here you’ll get an idea of what we CAN do.

COTY winning Bathroom Remodel

Here’s the bathroom, view towards the door. The wall to the right is the shower – the tile layout was custom designed by Gilday and executed by us.

Bathroom view from the door into the room

The next shot is the view looking the other way – you can see the tub at the end. I’ve got some more shots below to show the detail.

Detail of Shower Tilework

Tub Inset - Custom built

Tub Detail - Intricate Tilework

We’ve also done a lot of specialty tile work around the region and get called upon by designers to execute their plans.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Pete goes a'Blogging!

All this computer stuff is pretty new to me. I know a lot about sticks and tiles and mudding and flooring and cabinets and plumbing and..... but computers?

Well, honestly, I have been using the beasts for years to do my admin, and I'm pretty good at what I know - you have to be to stay in business as a small, custom contractor in today's market. Hiring a large office staff of college graduates is fine for the big Box Builders who can churn out 100 houses a year - all looking exactly the same. But for a specialist who builds them all to customer specifications - impossible!

All the same, there's some interesting opportunities to communicate with these new-fangled contraptions and their outgrowths, meaning the internet. If someone had told me years ago that I'd be blogging, well I'd first take it as an insult. Just the sound of it is a bit unsettling. Now, though, I think it's an interesting way to get my thoughts out there where people can see them.

I've been doing construction in the DC, MD, VA area now for over 30 years. I do maybe 2-5 jobs a week, big and small, from a simple bathroom upgrade which can take a day or two to a full scale addition or remodeling job which may take a few weeks. I've got good crews, personally trained by me. And although I don't claim to be the best in the world, I definitely know what I'm doing and I think I'm up there at the top. This year one of my custom Tile jobs won a COTY Award (Contractor Of The Year) in the DC Metro area. I'm pretty proud of stuff like that. Honestly, we worked our butts off to make sure that job was perfect, and that's my approach to all of them!

I have hundreds of satisfied customers, and although I'm bragging, it's because that's what I do it for. Not the buck, but the personal feeling that I'm making a difference in people's lives by providing them with an environment that they feel good living in. My crew might be on another job tomorrow, but my customer is going to live in that job for years.

I really like what I do, and I like that I'm good at it. If I wasn't I'd go do something else. Maybe if I get the time I'll do more of this blogging stuff, and type in some of the things my customers have said about me. (I'll just give you the good ones, OK?). Anyway, if you're reading this and you need a house remodeled, or an addition, or a Kitchen or Bathroom remodeled (I've done hundreds of these), give me a call and I'll come out and let you know what I think. Maybe you'll be on my next year's blog as another satisfied customer. I hope so.

Thanks for reading,


Peter Glaser Construction, Inc.
4317 Fessenden St NW
Washington DC 20016
Voice 202-237-1235
Fax 202-237-1236
email peterglaser@msn.com