Skill’d Build strives to be the best in the business. We provide the highest quality product with the greatest level of customer satisfaction.
We are able to offer an extensive array of construction functions. We have a team of experienced professionals available to assist you in any aspect of your construction project; you may choose your own combination of services.
“PROFESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION SERVICES“
HOW DID YOU GET INTO CONSTRUCTION?
I am able to offer an extensive array of construction functions. I have a team of experienced professionals available to assist you in any aspect of your construction project. You may choose your own combination of services.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BUILDING?
I can remember going to the “lot” since I was about five years old. My dad had me and my brother tied to the chimney nailing off a second-story roof. (I don’t think my mom knew about that!)
WHY ARE YOU DRAWN TO THE FIELD OF CONSTRUCTION?
Seeing a well-designed, well-crafted structure makes my heart race. The art of construction is better than chocolate for me, and I know chocolate well. My Granny hand dipped them for Russell Stover after World War II. She has passed that art onto my sister and me.
DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL FOR CONSTRUCTION?
I completed some lower division construction and architecture courses. Having grown up in the industry, I felt that accounting and exceptional customer relations were the most valuable skills to add to my family business. I graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Communication, a minor in Business Administration, and an emphasis in procurement.
DO YOU PREFER RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL?
That’s a tough one.. I love them both. When I am creating a home, I am constructing a space for life–for rest, love, dreams, cooking, friends, and family. I feel driven and inspired by a universal force that comes from my connection to my father and grandfather–they are my roots. Commercial has a different high. It’s about how cool can we make something, how fast can we do it, and how soon can we make it make money. The other thing that I love about commercial projects is that they’re visited by more people, so you get to show your stuff off to a larger audience.
WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER BUILDERS IN YOUR TRADE?
Well, they weren’t taught by my dad or my grandfather; work ethic and perfection have been engrained in my brain before the words “mommy” or “daddy.” The words and phrases I remember hearing over and over again… “Hustle,” “Pay attention to detail.”
HOW DOES IT EFFECT YOU WHEN YOU HEAR ONE OF THOSE “NIGHTMARE CONTRACTOR STORIES”?
What nightmare contractor stories??? Yeah, well, they happen. Usually they are a a result in someone trying to “get a deal.” One of my dad’s other favorite quotes is “there is no free lunch.” And in construction, that means there is no cheap construction. Construction is the art of constructing. I am all about great art, not pop or discount art. We all have different value systems. I’ll take the quality over quantity every single time. I have three pieces of art hanging in my house. All three pieces are priceless to me. Stated differently, you get what you pay for. Placing a greater value on integrity, professionalism, clear and concise communication, quality craftsmanship, timely construction, attention to details and follow-through than price is a good place to start. Price definitely deserves a place on the list. However, there tends to be a close relationship between “getting a deal” and “having a nightmare”.
ARE YOU VALUED PRICED?
Value is an individual assessment; I find that my fee ranges in the center of the market rate, and that my value exceeds the market. That’s what my testimonials are all about.
WHAT IS ALL THIS TALK ABOUT HGTV?
Let’s just say I got suckered into helping a few guys with their remodel. One day turned into a year and a half. We became amazing friends; I completely sheltered them from the construction storm. I missed birthdays, parties, vacations, and time with my family and friends. We worked 7 days a week in extreme heat, extreme cold and extreme heat again (ok, as extreme as Southern California gets). It was like being in college finals for an entire year and a half. Oh, and HGTV was there to film it. Something like 4,000 minutes of the best and worst moments of the journey.
WHAT’S WITH THE NAME CHANGE FROM DREW CONSTRUCTION?
Well, in the midst of the show, I had to select a corporate name. Cast and crew unanimously agreed that I am Drew and I know construction, so it became Drew Construction, Inc. That never quite sat right with me. My team deserves a name of it’s own; we are Skill’dBuild, Inc.
Yes, I just want to say that there are a lot of great people in the construction field. For that I am grateful because I feel that this is a team sport. Thank you to the good people in this industry committed to integrity, quality, safety, professionalism, and client satisfaction. I am so grateful to share this art form with you.