February 15, 2015
Construction company changes hands
By Michael Turton
a logical decision.
It was a very proud day,he recalled.
I graduated on Saturday, got a job and started working for Steve on Monday.
I really enjoy carpentry,he said.
I like how it combines the physical aspect with math -- and a lot of creativity,he said.
I want to be the best I can be.
He's wide-eyed and energetic. And he's willing to take on any challenge,he said.
The hardest part was the re-assembly,Darman said.
The layout was changed a bit, and we had to redo joints that used wooden pegs.
Darman took over the business in early January, purchasing all of Carlson's tools and equipment, not the optimal time of year to start
a new construction business.
Chris Darman, 24
now heads darman Construction
(Photo by M. Turton)
With the snow it's a little slow. But all things considered, I feel good. If it stays like it is, I'll do fine,Darman said. One advantage he sees with winter is the effect of ice and snow on roofs.
If you have a leak, you know it,he said, adding that he already has three or four roofing jobs in the works.
Just seeing the LLC (limited liability company) papers, realizing that Darman Construction is an actual entity -- that was very rewarding, a really great moment,he said. On the other hand, he has been surprised by the amount of time it takes to handle the paperwork and
bureaucraticaspects of running a business -- from licensing and insurance to bookkeeping.
I know there are guys out there with 30 years' experience,he said.
But my age also shows how determined I am. People think I'm older, and when they ask, they're a little surprised!
Make sure it's something you really want to do. It's not a hobby -- it's a career. It's 100 percent of your time, every day. And if it is something you want, don't let anyone tell you not to do it. It's definitely an exciting journey.