NAHB Remodeler of the Month
Tim Freeland, CGR, CAPS
Freeland Bros. Construction Inc., Hartford, Conn.
Year Founded: 1989
Number of Employees: 4
Who started your company?
I started the company in 1989 and my brother Jeff joined me from 1991 to 2010.
When and how did you choose this career?
I’ve always enjoyed the construction trades and have been involved with them since I was a kid.
What did you do before becoming a remodeler?
I was a college student and worked as a union carpenter for a few years.
As you were growing up, what did you want to be?
How has the remodeling profession changed since you’ve been involved?
Today I think it is recognized as a profession rather than just a trade.
What is the most unusual project your company has completed?
A wine cellar we did in a home in Avon, Conn., a few years back. It was different. It was very old world; it looked like an old medieval dungeon type of a thing where for the shelving we cut it rough and left the bark on it. There were a lot of trophy animals in it as decoration.
What is your favorite item in your office?
What is the best advice you’ve received in your career?
Get out of the field and into the office, which for a hands on guy is more difficult than you might think. The office is where the business is run from. I spend more time than I should in the field and less time in the office. You can spend your whole day driving around from job but you need to delegate and get in the office and work on your business instead of in it.
What does being part of NAHB mean to you?
It has given me the tools to run a business properly. The camaraderie and the mentoring has been invaluable. You learn the next guy is facing the same problems you face every day.
What have you done to grow your business during the current economy?
Networking, Networking and more networking. All of it isn’t necessarily through the HBA, although that’s very important. It’s more so getting out and networking with other organizations. For instance, we’ve been doing a lot of networking with the rehab hospitals. Our CAPS business has really opened up for us a result.
What motivates you every day?
My family, paying the bills and the understanding that we are the answer to people’s wishes and problems when it comes to their homes.