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View Michael’s profile and portfolio>
Where are you from and how long have you been in construction?
I was born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. When I was around 17 or 18, I started working for a family friend in a cabinet factory. At the age of 22, I went out on my own—and I have never looked back!
What do you love most about your job?
I love the challenge as well as seeing the final result.
What’s the biggest challenge you face when renovating in New York?
Pick your poison: parking, getting in or out, etc. Working in an urban area can be difficult.
What do you think is the biggest misconception homeowners have when starting a renovation project?
Most times, homeowners aren’t realistic about the timeframe for the work needed. They should do their homework by researching materials, timelines,> and other things to expect when they are working with a general contractor on a renovation.
What do you want all of your clients to know before you work with them?
We stand behind our work; we are professionals. Also, they can contact me 24-7; I always answer my phone.
What is your favorite project you have done?
I really enjoyed working with one of my clients on her home in Bed-Stuy. She was very helpful, rolled with the punches, and we communicated really well. The end result was a beautiful kitchen with a cool red Viking stove.
What is your favorite New York City restaurant?
Avra Madison Estiatorio>, 60th Street & Madison Ave.
If you weren’t a general contractor, what would you be doing?
I would be a real estate agent.
A Dirty martini>.
Michael has been a Sweeten general contractor since October 2017.
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