Jade: There are a lot of details he wanted to do. He asked me, "Let's do it for the front house" when we did the original remodel in 2009. I said "No," because I didn't know how to make it happen.
I was scared on the front house. But here, now I know better or we are more motivated to find a way.
Chris: Do it this time. I think, having gone through the construction the first time and missed out on some of that stuff..., and some of it was like see it every day; it was like slapping me in the face.
Jade: Yeah, the regrets!
Ken: Oh, man.
Chris: So it's like, "You've got to do it this time. It's got to be right."
Ken: And you can't see it any other way. The framing, for example, it would have to be either flush, like it is now, or a foot off, or two feet off.
Jade: Right. Right. And the thing I learned was that I thought others knew better than I did, or I thought the builders, and the framers, the drywall people, or electricians, or plumbers, I thought they knew more than I did as a designer. So when I told them, "This is what I want," and I thought automatically they knew, naturally they knew ... But no. They did not. They just knew what they had been doing. That's all. And I had to...I don't want to say "fight," but I had to...
Chris: You had to tell them exactly how it should be done.
Jade: Oh, yeah. Otherwise, [it] wouldn't have happened. So now, when I work with subs, their skill set, their knowledge, those are important, but attitude is the most important aspect to me.