The next generation is off to a great start
Bryan Klomp readily admits that getting into the renovation business was “kind of a fluke.” He’d studied mechanical engineering, but quickly realized he couldn’t imagine spending his days stuck in front of a computer staring at AutoCad files. When his dad mentioned that a friend was looking for a summer helper on a reno crew, he decided to take a chance and apply for the job.
“At the time , I couldn’t tell the difference between a Philips and a Robertson,” says the now 30-year-old. His first day on the job, the crew was siding a house. He shook off some initial nervous jitters and climbed up the ladder. He hasn’t look back – or down – since.
After apprenticing and earning his carpenter’s ticket with that first company, he later joined a firm that specialized in flood and fire restoration work.
There, in addition to some messy hands-on experience, he got a taste of the management side of the business.
Then, in 2009, he launched Klompco Carpentry. Within a year things really took off. “I think I’ve maybe taken a week off since then,” he sighs. Impressive, considering that aside from one small ad placed in a community paper (that netted precisely one gig), all his
work comes through word-of-mouth referrals.
The previous homeowner had rigged up a DIY drain from a set of below-grade exterior stairs with Big-O pipe, and brought it inside, where it was joined to the ABS toilet drain and the original cast-iron sewer pipe. But the real kicker: “It’s was all connected with silicone.” Makes you glad to hear that there are still young guys out there willing to learn how to do the job properly. —Allan Britnell