Bruce Andersen calls himself a "builder-remodeler" and almost no project is too big or too small. "Sure, I like to build new houses," he says, "but I also like to restore old houses. You need to be able to think three-dimensionally to be a carpenter," he says and uses both hands to show me the angles of some trim work that he had finally figured out.
"I like to give people more than they expect, something they haven't seen before."
Bruce got his start in the building trades program at Benzie High School. When he opened his own company, he named it August Construction after his great grandfather-a master carpenter.
Some things have changed since Bruce got into the business 20 years ago. He describes a new product for laying tile, for example, that allows the tiles to move slightly which prevents cracking. "It's an old world idea," he says-using two hands and a notebook-to show me how cathedral builders used sand under blocks. "Time is a good way to test the way things get built."
He pauses and adds, "There's no substitute for experience and I also think people want someone who cares."