Today we’d like to introduce you to Ian Taylor.
Ian, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It’s crazy to think that Mike Hunt and I have been doing this for over 15 years! We started in a one car garage in Point Loma, and now we are in a very cool space, “The Laboratory,” in Sherman Heights. We started by making displays for high-end grocery stores and custom furniture pieces for stores like Mixture in Little Italy.
Over the years, we have branched out to many design and build projects in commercial and residential. We have built and installed many things you’ve probably seen around town in San Diego’s bar’s, restaurants, hotels. etc… Every year brings a different vibe, in 2018, most of our work has been centered around custom furniture pieces and cabinetry in homes, from dining tables and beds, to kitchens, bathrooms, and built-ins.
We are pretty stoked to have been around all these years without marketing or advertising. Our repeat clients are super rad; it’s their word of mouth and referrals that have kept us very busy. We try to adhere to a strict “no jerks allowed” policy when working with new people, which keeps it real with less stress, by appointment only.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Working for yourself has its ups and downs. It’s great to make your own rules and be in control of your schedule. Life is short, and we believe in making time for all of life’s adventures, travel, and family.
Mike and I are hands-on with every project we take on, which means we always take the work home with us, every project is on our minds 24/7. A lot of sleep is lost, but there is time for rest later, hopefully… Right?
My kids say, “That’s so cool that you don’t have a boss!” One day I might have to explain to them that I actually have dozens of bosses to keep happy without the steady paycheck, insurance, and 401k. Still, I’m proud to be able to go to work each day and hopefully send them off to college or trade school one day, after they watch office space…
What were you like growing up?
Growing up in Southern California, in the 80’s and 90’s I was a free-range kid totally into the culture of skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, motorcycles, playing guitar and all things punk rock.
Fortunately, not much has changed…
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