As a builder, you are only as good as your sub contractors. This guy has a special place in my heart and his name is Mike Swientek, owner of Michael Edwards Custom Cabinetry. I met Mike about 5 years ago when he was really just getting going in the custom cabinet world. My what a difference 5 years makes! Mike has stormed onto the scene in San Antonio and surrounding areas in terms of his explosive growth. The biggest reason is he lives, eats and breathes custom cabinets and service. His enthusiasm for his craft and continual drive for client satisfaction make it a true joy and privilege to witness. I think at last count Mike told me he had close to 140 employees with shops dedicated to design, fabrication, finishing, installation and warranty service. That's very difficult to find under one roof. It's amazing to walk around his shop and see the dedicated employees specializing in their respective function. I shot this photo the other day and it doesn't do it justice but told him it reminds me of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory with all the people buzzing around. Go see Mike abut your project and tell him M&F sent you. His enthusiasm is contagious and you will be better for it. Now let's go build something.
I'm pleased to announce that Mattern and FitzGerald Custom Builders has just recently been recognized at both the statewide level and city level. Our Star Award went for best kitchen for all homes entered state wide in the $800,000- 999,000 range. Summit Awards recognize achievement in the San Antonio and surrounding areas and we were fortunate enough to receive best custom product awards for levels ranging from $399,000 up to 1,000,000. There are so many people to thank in this team effort but we continue to be blessed by His grace and are so thankful.
When you are adding stone to a wall, be it inside or out; there is a trick you can do to add just a little more interest if it makes sense for the spot you choose. You can either add select stones of same species or metal plates like we did here on this dining wall. The goal is to make certain areas jut out from the flat part of the wall so you can place things on them. We've done this on courtyard walls and interior walls. There's no shortage of applications but trust me when the sun goes down and you get the glow of randomly placed candles (batteries or real) it transforms the area. You can remove them once finished and if your jut outs are rock then it kind of fades away, if it's plates like we have here then the objects can be more of a permanent part of the decor. Since it's stacked stone here though you can always simply just pull the plates out. Be creative and make a killer space for you and your family and let's go build something.
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