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Conversations with Jess Pattengill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jess Pattengill.

Hi Jess, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I grew up in rural southern Missouri on a farm and learned to be a jack-of-all-trades from life experiences watching my father & grandfather.

Life on the farm involved needing to have a knowledge of how things work and how to fix anything that is needed. I moved to St. Louis to attend college & met my wife in 2004.

Without a hammer, to my name, I purchased my first “fixer-upper” house. I borrowed tools from my father and used a home equity line of credit to purchase my own tools and from there my collection began.

I was able to sell that home in 2007 and purchase our current family home. I continued my education while working for local building supply companies and remodelers. I gained knowledge of materials and pricing structures and in 2015 I was fortunate enough to begin my own construction/remodeling business Southern Timbers Construction. I started out with a few local jobs of handyman work, porch remodels, and small interior work.

My skills and knowledge grew and I began larger projects of basement remodels, room additions, kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, etc. I have been fortunate to make a name for myself in the Oakville Missouri area as well as surrounding St. Louis cities and counties.

I feel that my honest and fair business practices have given me a reputation to be proud of.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As with any small business, there have been struggles and challenges along the way. When the pandemic hit in 2020 everything was uncertain and a little apprehension set in as many of us were uncertain of how the future would go.

As sadly the pandemic halted and hurt many businesses, and home construction was an area that skyrocketed. I quickly had more work for my crew than I could handle. I was able to hire independent contractors to work with me and still produce the quality that my customers had grown accustomed to. Current struggles are material production times. This has put a strain on many businesses and slowed down many projects.

I have learned along the way to take the busy times as I can get them and be grateful for the business. I’ve also learned that time management can be the key to your success. Without managing your time wisely you are creating more problems than solutions.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have always loved to see the finished project in the end.

To sit back and admire a project that you built or created is a humbling and rewarding experience. I have done anything from hanging a few ceiling fans and patching some drywall to fully remodeling a genuine log cabin and creating and completing a large, custom lake house deck.

I think I am most proud of the relationships and rapport I have with my customers. I do not bring a problem to them without providing a solution.

I believe what sets me apart from others is the solid and genuine work ethic that I was taught at a very young age. The chores and duties on a farm growing up stayed with me through my adult life.

If I’m going to take on a task, I’m going to jump in head first and devote my time to making it right and working with the customer to be sure they’re happy with my work. Growing up, I was taught that your name and reputation were everything. I still live by these practices.

We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I’m an open book… not too much from me surprises people.

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