Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Weber.
Hi Matt, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I got my start with my dad when I was 11. he took me to work with him during the summer between school years. I started sweeping floors and picking up after everyone. I was introduced to framing and millwork installation year by year. Once graduating high school, my father and I started remodeling and additions to homes in 2002. we did it all as the general contractor, from excavation, pouring foundations, framing, finishing carpentry, and scheduling subcontractors. Years into working together, my dad showed me the fundamentals of building cabinetry. I immediately took to it loving all the details about it. By 2011 my dad decided he would quit the carpentry aspect of it all and focus on equipment operating. So in October of 2011, I started Crossgrain, LLC., where I focused on interior remodeling kitchens and baths where I could use my love for building cabinetry to fill the remodeled spaces. Still act as a general contractor coordinating subcontractors and the occasional room addition, which I still do now. I’ve been lucky enough to receive awards over the years. Most notably, one of Woodworking Networks Top 40 Under 40 Honorees in North America in the woodworking industry and one of Wood 100s top cabinet shops in the United States.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
For the most part, the road has been pretty smooth. The knowledge given to me before starting my business was solid. Trying to speed up the processes and implement the best customer experience has been key to my success. The only real setbacks have been in the last couple of years. The difficulties of obtaining some materials have setback the schedule of some projects.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’d like to think I’m more known now for the custom cabinetry I build in my shop and install myself. I perform every aspect of the process from design, build, finishing, and installation, which sets me apart from other shops. I’m proud that I can take someone’s ideas they want, combine them into the build, and make it fit in the space they have available.
Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting?
Do what you say and promise. Be transparent with your clients about the potential holdups or problems that can occur along the way. And learn to say “no” if it doesn’t feel like the right project or you just don’t jive with the potential client on the first consultation, don’t take it on.