Insights from Wallcovering Installers Association Convention
H.J. Holtz & Son paper hangers Shane Legano and James Draine went to the annual Wallcovering Installers Association convention in September knowing they would come away with helpful information.
“I asked questions for jobs I knew were coming up,” Draine says. “We usually know in advance when we have a big, specialty job coming. That [convention] is a good place to ask questions, because there are a lot of people there who are doing the same kind of work we do.”
Scheduling Painting and Wallpapering Projects
Scheduling and executing projects for H.J. Holtz & Son is a multi-step process that involves many people and, often, many changes.
“There are so many factors [at play],” says Production Manager Kelly Kutchey. “People get sick – both customers and staff – and weather can affect outdoor projects. We have spreadsheets for all our jobs, because everything relates; when something happens to delay one job, that affects others.
Wallpaper Craftsperson, James Wright, Celebrates 10 Years
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
That was the approach James Wright took when his first application to H.J. Holtz & Son was turned down.
Wright began his career working with a general contractor, but left that position to focus on painting. By the time he approached Holtz & Son, he had four years of painting experience under his belt. Following the initial “no,” Wright bided his time.
Fixing Painting and Wallpapering Problems – We Always Find a Way
H.J. Holtz & Son Production Manager Kelly Kutchey recalls a recent project in which the Holtz team was hired to correct painting problems in a brand-new house.
“The builder hired a painter for cost-efficiency, and we were called later to fix all sorts of issues,” he said. “The painter hadn’t properly prepared the trim for painting by filling in nail holes and caulking; some areas also clearly weren’t primed. Trim work should always be [painted] using a nice brush; this house trim was painted with a thick roller … it looked like it had 40 coats of paint. The homeowner wasn’t happy.”
A Thorough Preparation Process is Critical for a Successful Outcome
The old adage about how a little effort at the start of a project can prevent problems down the line holds true when it comes to painting and wallpapering your home.
H.J. Holtz & Son Production Manager Kelly Kutchey says the preparation process that goes into every job is designed to create a seamless execution and a happy outcome for everyone –especially the client.
Renowned Hand-Painted Wallpaper Studio Recommends H.J. Holtz & Son
It was a great way to finish out a work week.
On Friday, Sept. 3 Rick Holtz read a direct message in the company’s Instagram account from an unexpected source: Jennifer Gracie, creative director of Gracie Studio, a company whose hand-painted wallpapers are world-renowned for their craftsmanship, detail, and beauty.
The message was simple: “You obviously do a great job with our wallpaper. Thank you,” she said, adding she had placed H.J. Holtz & Son on the list of recommended paper installers that designers and showrooms provide to customers.
Architectural Elements Dress up a Monument Square Condo
Architectural elements we added to this room create a separate space, set off by floor-to-ceiling columns and a soffit, accented with a two-part crown molding.
Wallpaper Projects – What to Expect
Residential wallpaper is enjoying a renaissance, thanks to artistic and technological advances. Homeowners will be pleasantly surprised by current options.
Watch our video and see how we do it!
Wallpaper and Wallcovering Installation Experts
Shane Legano and James Draine, experienced paper hangers with H.J. Holtz & Son, are already implementing strategies they saw at the Wallcovering Installers Association annual convention last month.