Meet Marty Lewandowski of ML Construction and Design (ML). Marty specializes in whole home remodeling, kitchens, baths, basement finishes and custom decks. Servicing the entire state of Colorado, from Pueblo to Cheyenne, Holyoke to Aspen- ML Construction and Design is a force to be reckoned with. Read more of our interview with Marty and learn more about this great Colorado Deck Designer.
Meet a talented Colorado Deck Designer
RMFP: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today, Marty! Can you tell us more about the beginnings of ML Construction and Design?
ML: Absolutely. Officially, ML Construction and Design has been operating since January 2017. I was also working simultaneously as a project manager for an engineering company up until June 2018. I was putting in between 95-105 hours every week between the two companies. My wife was a huge motivation for me to take the leap of faith and work for myself.
RMFP: Good for you! So you have an extensive background in the trades industry?
ML: Yes- I actually built my first deck when I was 12 years old. I’ve always been building stuff, it’s in my blood.
RMFP: Are you a Colorado Native?
ML: No actually I am a refugee from Warsaw, Poland. I came here in 1983 and have been here ever since.
RMFP: That’s great. What do you like to do in your free time?
ML: When I’m not working, I love to go hunting. I try to get out and go once a year and I usually hunt elk, deer, and bear.
RMFP: Well you’re in a perfect state for that! Can you tell us a little more about what services your company offers?
ML: I specialize in kitchen remodels, bath, basements, decks and pergolas. I really want to be known for my unique deck designs, I always like to do a little something extra for my customers. For example, one of my decks that I did a herring rose design on got nominated for ‘Deck of the Week’ with a company out of Minnesota.
RMFP: Congrats, that’s amazing! What would you say your average turnaround time is on a project?
ML: I really depends on the project. On average, a 3 piece bath can be completed within a week, a deck (depending on size) can be finished in 1-2 weeks, and a complete basement can take 5 weeks. I have a master bath remodel starting 3rd week of September with full steam shower and it should take 6 weeks.
RMFP: What areas of Colorado do you service?
ML: I will work anywhere from Wyoming to New Mexico. I’ve done work in Fraser and Breckenridge. Being reliant heavily on word of mouth, I will go wherever people find me and need a Colorado deck designer.
RMFP: What do you like most about working in this industry?
ML: I love the freedom it affords me. I really enjoy not having a boss look over my shoulder all day.
RMFP: What is something you want potential clients to know about you?
ML: It’s all about supporting small business. For example, I bid a flooring job a couple of weeks ago, and the client asked- “why would I go with you when I can get free installation from Lowe’s?” When you buy from a small business its’ just the business owner. There’s no middle man- just the owner being able to make his mortgagee payment. You might pay a little more money than if you went with Lowe’s, but the profit is going directly to the owner, which in turn helps support our local economy.
RMFP: Very true. We also have a huge soft spot for the local, small contractor. It’s so vital to our communities! What is your goal for your business in the upcoming years?
ML: My goal is to keep the business going and be able to have my wife not have to work. I just want to pay my bills and build a cabin in mountains.
RMFP: That’s an admirable goal. Lastly, what is one little known thing about the industry that you like?
ML: It’s the power of social media. The opportunities on Instagram and Facebook are huge. Contractors on there that are able to grow their accounts to a large following, can have brand new tools sent to them by tool companies to outfit your entire crew. The community on there is insane and contractors would be silly not to take their social media presence seriously.
If you’re looking for a stellar Colorado deck designer, or need a bid on a basement remodel or bathroom upgrade- give Marty a call with ML Construction and Design. You can reach him at 720.480.9711, follow him on Facebook or join his Instagram community!