As Collaborative Construction enters Phase 3 of the COVID Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, we are optimistic. Many small businesses are opening this week. Open houses have begun to relax some of their restrictions and we are excited to see what the future holds for Regina as a whole, and specifically the construction industry. With that said, we wanted to quickly mention how 2020 has looked for us since the onset of COVID19.
Firstly, we stopped. We stopped to think about what the future holds for ourselves, our loved ones, our friends and our jobs. What did this mean for us as a #CoConFam?
Although we were considered an essential service, we had a few large residential renovations booked this spring and summer that came to a stern halt. With clients who were still planning to live in their properties during construction, it was a necessity for us to put things on hold until we could guarantee that everyone would be safe.
We pride ourselves on being very well rounded in the interior renovation world. Most of our crew members are framers at heart and finishers by hobby. Having framing as the core to our business allows us to plan for the next trade; usually being ourselves! However, in the event we aren’t, we had to take into account the safety of our sub-trades as well. When COVID19 came about, we decided the best way to do this would be to focus our attention on exterior renovations.
Introducing Nick Connell.
Nick has over fifteen years in framing and exterior experience. Countless hours, nails, calculations, cuts and cigarettes have gone into his work. When we first met Nick through his better looking twin brother, we had him help us with a roof repair. This very quickly led to a massive deck build, a bathroom renovation AND the rest is history. Although Nick has a Masters in exteriors, we were so busy doing interior projects that we relied heavily on our trusted sub-trades to take on the majority of our exterior jobs.
COVID19 forced us to get back outside. We pressed pause on our interior jobs and relied heavily on exterior renovations where we could follow the provincial social distancing guidelines like shingling, siding, decks, garages, soffits, fascia, and eavestroughs. We have done more of these projects inhouse already this year than the last two last years combined…..and we are LOVING it! There’s something to be said about working outdoors, facing the elements and guessing how many layers to wear that day.
We must thank our friends, families and new clients for reaching out to us during these times. With the future being so unknown, we have to tell you how much your support was appreciated. Some of the amazing folks who connected with us weren’t even in dire need of our help, but simply looking for a way to support and assist a local small business. Thank you again!