From as young as I can remember, my father, Larry Daniel, loved working with his hands. He was mechanically inclined and worked on many projects around my childhood house. He started out making desks, bookcases, bedframes, shelves and a massive entertainment center, and then his projects grew to adding a deck, remodeling most of the house, adding onto the house, and adding a covered porch/outdoor kitchen area.
As a child watching my father work, I did not fully appreciate the satisfaction of building and taking projects from concept to completion. As a teenager, I was exposed a little bit more to the world of construction and putting my body to work through trips coordinated by the youth program at my local church. The youth program offered a trip to Memphis, TN to participate in a volunteer program called Service Over Self. For a week at a time, small teams of youth volunteers would go to houses in need of repair in the local community and perform the repairs under supervision from an adult who supplied the oversight and expertise to get the jobs done. From re-roofing houses to repairing failing walls, to replacing doors, to rebuilding decks and stairs, to cleaning up unattended yards, this program offered a chance for me and other youth to take on responsibilities and construction tasks beyond the typical chores we may have grown up doing. It was extremely satisfying to be part of a team which was focused on a project and to work to completion and see the tangible result of those efforts.
My next real exposure to construction came after college through a combination of two people. Ryan Dicharry, a good friend in college and a construction management major, proposed starting a company to build some houses, and my father-in-law, David Law, was already involved in residential development and homebuilding and had property available. Well, we got to work on some homes in Baton Rouge, and Ryan and I started out doing a few of the construction tasks ourselves instead of hiring subcontractors. Whether it was site work, trim carpentry, installing flooring, debris clean up, pressure washing, final grading, installing landscaping and sod, installing door and cabinet hardware, or installing fences, we were ready to get some homes built, and contributing our own labor helped us get started. We worked hard to try to establish ourselves in the Baton Rouge building community, and we had incredible mentors through David Law and Clayton Mitchell to help us along the way.
With development and building projects as far away as Lafourche Parish and Jefferson Parish, I commuted out of the area for a few years of building. A couple of new developments in Ascension parish brought my business focus back to the Greater Baton Rouge Area. I started my current building company, Hometown Homebuilder, LLC, in 2011 when my business partner moved out of town. Hometown has since built homes throughout Prairieville, Gonzales, St. Gabriel and Baton Rouge.
The process of taking a home from design to completion is still a rewarding experience after building hundreds of homes, and I do not foresee that changing for me. Details matter, craftsmanship matters, and I still try to make my business better every day. Please feel free to call me if you are ready to discuss building a new home or if you have questions about the process.
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