Reflections on 10 years & Creating a Design Build Team with George
In 2009, after 15 successful years of remodeling homes in Columbus OH, George was ready to elevate The Cleary Company by hiring his first full-time designer, Laura Watson ASID. George, had worked with Laura on several previous projects when she owned her own design business. It was clear from those collaborations that her experience in the remodeling industry coupled with her ability to connect with clients was exactly what The Cleary Company needed to evolve into a Remodel Design Build firm.
How has the company changed over the last 10 years?
Well its definitely gotten bigger! I was the only designer for a really long time and the busier we got the more stressful it became. Even though I like to think I am Super Woman it was refreshing to have other designers to collaborate with and to share our amazing clients with. It’s a great camaraderie!
What quality has been the most important to ensuring success for The Cleary Company over the last 25 years? I think it’s the people George hires. We have incredible talent on our team. We love what we do and we care about our clients. It’s people and our connections that makes it fun to come to work every day. I think clients see that and it resonates with them.
What is currently driving homeowners to remodel?
Location! Whether it’s a great school district in land-locked neighborhoods, a cabin in the woods or on the lake, or a cool urban setting. People love their surroundings and want to stay where they are for as long as they can. It’s expensive and risky to move these days. You may find a great home but take the chance of having a not so great neighbor. We’re lucky in Columbus to have such a diverse range of communities to call home.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment in your career with The Cleary Company?
I have had some really amazing clients and many award winning projects, but the accomplishment that means the most to me is growing and managing an amazing group of designers. Not only have I been able to pass on my design & remodeling knowledge but I’ve also been inspired by their fresh innovative approach to design and client communication. I’m proud of their accomplishments too.
How do you see home remodeling project changing in the next 25 years?
I think we’ll soon begin to see more multi-generational home plans, outdoor environments & nature brought inside the home and innovative solutions for sustainable living.
To read more about Laura visit her bio on our website!