2 Keys to Virginia Remodeler’s Success: Family and Modern Design Tools

Filed in Awards, Councils & Committees, Remodelers by on September 25, 2018 1 Comment

Remodeler Steve CunninghamSteve Cunningham loves his computer. More specifically, he loves the imaging software that has made life smoother for his Williamsburg, Va., remodeling company.

“You used to have to draw out on paper and try to get the client to see your vision. Now, I can have a client come into the office and sit down in front of the computer, and I can show them a 3-D rendering of what their whole bathroom, kitchen or addition is going to look like. I’ve even had clients say, ‘It looks just like the picture,” said Cunningham, principal of Cunningham Contracting Inc. and the NAHB Remodeler of the Month for September.

That isn’t to say Cunningham sits at his desk all day — not by a long shot. He remains very active in the Peninsula Housing & Building Association, where he is part of the NAHB Remodelers Council and serves as HBA chair.

He meets with his clients, using the knowledge he’s gained in his 30 years in the business — and his NAHB educational designations.

“I think one of the greatest opportunities in the remodeling market is the Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) designation,” Cunningham said. “Living in a largely populated retiree community, I can educate my clients on the prospect of staying in [the comforts of] their own homes longer … making the quality of their life so much safer and more enjoyable.”

Cunningham also enjoys spending time with his family, and he even gets to see them on the job.

“My wife has worked in our office and acted as our in-house designer until our daughter Cristina finished school and took over from there. Our daughter Brittany works in the accounting department and our son Michael works in the field doing our tile work and some carpentry work,” Cunningham said.

“I think our clients get a real sense of a family-owned business. They know when they call the office, a member of the family is going to answer their questions.”

Read the full Q&A in Qualified Remodeler magazine for more details about Beliveau’s business strategy.

Know a professional remodeler who takes remodeling to the next level? Nominate him or her for NAHB Remodeler of the Month.

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  1. Michael Menn says:

    Great article and great choice for ROM!

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