March NAHB Remodeler of the Month
authors Laurie Banyay
Wayne Anderson, CGP, Master CGP
President/owner of Anderson Custom Homes Inc., St. George, Utah
Southern Utah HBA, NAHB Remodelers
Specialize in building custom residential homes and remodels
Who started your company?
When and how did you choose this career?
My dad was a general contractor. I started working with him doing finish work, framing houses and building houses when I was 12 years old. I loved being able to create and build homes. I loved seeing the process of an empty building lot transform into someone’s dream of a beautiful home.
What did you do before becoming a remodeler?
I’ve always specialized in building custom residential homes, but it is also very enjoyable doing remodels. Taking a home, (maybe it’s older and it’s being updated, or maybe it’s to better accommodate the homeowner’s needs) and transforming it into something new and fresh. It’s extremely rewarding, and it’s so gratifying to work with the home owner and see their delight as their home take on a new look and feeling.
As you were growing up, what did you want to be?
A racecar driver.
How has the remodeling profession changed since you’ve been involved?
Everything has changed. A few of the biggest changes that I’ve seen are technology advances, and the ability to build energy efficient and environmentally sound homes. Home owners are able to research online and they’re visions are growing. Many people are seeing that they don’t need to build a new home to get what they want, they’re understanding that you can change just about anything.
What is the most unusual project your company has completed?
I built a miniature town for a children’s playroom. There was a toy store, bakery, school house and a fire department. We designed and built it to look just like normal buildings but on a miniature scale. There was also a stage for performing and an indoor slide. It was so much fun and it’s awesome!
What is your favorite item in your office?
My wife, who shares my office with me.
What is the best advice you’ve received in your career?
Well, it’s not really spoken advice, but patience. I learned it by watching my father. Unfortunately, I witnessed my dad get injured on the job many times due to lack of patience, but it has taught me to be patient and don’t rush things, with everything in life.
What does being part of NAHB mean to you?
It’s an organization that I’m extremely proud to be a part of. I’m able to keep educated on today’s issues and learn more about important subjects and changes happening within the industry. It’s being a part of a team who helps each other.
What have you done to grow your business during the current economy?
Networking. I used to get all of my work by referrals and word of mouth. I was extremely reluctant, but I finally learned that I needed to develop a website and branch out within the community.
What motivates you every day?
My family and faith. I have a supportive wife and four beautiful children who give me something to laugh about every day.
Anything else you’d like to mention about career accomplishments?
Over the many years of being a part of this industry, I’ve learned that it’s not what you build, but how you do it, that is most important. Building with quality and respect, and being honest, humble and genuine.