Well, we're moving right along with our Garage Addition in DC. All the block work is done and the prep work for the concrete slab is done. Next week we'll have foundation walls and concrete slab inspections, then we'll start framing the walls and roof.
These are some very tough times for most people around the world right now. This coronavirus has taken all of us hostage. I never would've imagined anything like this happening to us. People are dying all over the world. I pray everyday that God will bring this to an end. I know it's in his hands and he will do what's right. Fortunately we had two projects already in place before this outbreak begun. Also fortunate that one job is a garage addition, meaning that all of our work is outside and the other job is a whole house renovation in which the homeowners moved out in order for us to do the project. So I'm very thankful for having work where we don't have to worry about the homeowners or kids. I'm pretty sure no one is hiring for construction projects right. now. Nobody wants a contractor in their house do to this virus. Hopefully I'll write a post next month saying that this is almost over and were getting back to normal activities. Please be safe! Until next time.
Well, the New Year started off with a tremendous loss for me. I lost my father. Yes, my father passed away on January 15, 2020. That is also Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. The funeral was just this pass Friday, so I'm just getting back to work and trying to move on and keep things together. It's been real difficult, but I know my father would want me to keep getting up. So that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm going to dedicate this year to my father. I'm going to make this year the best year ever for P. L. Johnson Construction, Inc. If anything, I feel motivated to accomplish everything that I always talked about to my father. He know's the ups and downs of this business because I would tell him on a day to day and sometimes on a weekly basis of what I've been doing and going through. Only now I don't have his ear to hear and listen to my problems and my successes. So right now I talk to him everyday in prayer. God took him for a reason. So Daddy, this year is for you. Please help lead me and guide me and the company in the right direction. I know your spirit will always be with me. I Love you!
It's hard to believe that we're winding down this year and heading to the New Year. I'm looking forward to the New Year and New Opportunities. One thing about this business is that you never stop learning, and this year, even after being in business for over 22 years, I've learned some very valuable lessons from the business. You're never to old or to young to learn and grow and this year was a growing point for me. So I'm very excited about next year and moving forward. So I, along with P. L. Johnson Construction, Inc and crew would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and and very Happy New Year.
Just finished the hardwood flooring installation at our Taylor St. Project. These are engineered flooring.
One of the hardest things to do in completing a project is finishing a project. If you don't finish a job and punch it out correctly, it will leave a bad impression on the customer. We've just completed two projects within the last two weeks and working on completing a third project. I'm back out here doing physical work in the field and helping out where needed in order to complete the projects. Two down and one more to go! .
Customer showed me a picture of a vanity and asked me could I build it. Of course I said Yes! Sometimes you have to do it yourself. Still have the touch.
The remodeling business sometimes reminds me of when I used to play high school and college basketball. When the game gets tight, you have to find a way to get through to win the game. When you're tired, you can't give up and quit, you have to find a way to suck it up and push forward and finish the game, no matter what the outcome may be. No matter how hard the game is and no matter how many mistakes you've made during the game, you have to learn from your mistakes and don't do the same mistakes again or else you'll keep loosing the game.
The remodeling business is the same way. When your budget is tight, you have to find a way to get through to the end, whether you make a profit or not. When you're tired, you can't quit and give up, you have to keep pushing forward and finish the job. If you make a mistake in the remodeling business, it can be costly and you'll loose profit, and if you make the same mistake twice you'll not only loose,profit,, but it could end your career. . I'm not a looser and I've never been a quitter, so I'm in this game of remodeling til the very end because it's in my blood.. "Winners Never Quit" and "Quitters Never Win".
Today the expected temperature is expecting to be in the high 90's and in the 90's the rest of the week. It just made me think about when I was in my 20's working out in the heat everyday with a jack hammer. I lived in Baltimore, MD and worked for a commercial contractor. We couldn't wear short pants because it was against there policy. We were encouraged to wear white shorts so that the heat will reflect off of our shirts, not draw heat to the body. We learned a lot of different techniques to use while working out in the heat. Just wishing everyone working out in the heat to hydrate and be cautious of the symptoms leading to heat exposure and heat stroke. Mother Nature doesn't play! Keep it Cool!
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO EVERYONE! GRILLED FOOD AND FIREWORKS. MY TYPE OF DAY
Thoughts From the President