The house that love built.
I’m Steve Friedson and I got into building in 1989 when I bought my first house. The house was a total wreck, but I saw its potential. After celebrating my acquisition with a bottle of Grand Marnier, I literally took a sledgehammer and smashed the walls down to bring in light and make the place seem bigger. Luckily, the walls were not load baring (I learned quickly).
I brought together a group of friends to help me make it all possible: an electrician, handyman, carpenter, construction workers,
interior designer, plumber, etc. Week after week, my posse and I started rebuilding, rewiring the electricity, putting up drywall,
laying down hardwood floors, and installing a whole new kitchen, vaulted ceilings, French doors, a deck, etc. It was a labor
of love, and it wasn’t long before the house that love built was built!
From there, the gang and I would go to our next friend’s that bought a house and rebuild it, kind of like the Amish. I learned my craft from all the trades.
I was drawn to building, designing and making a space work, mainly because I love working with my hands, head and heart to create a friendly living environment. I have renovated spaces from Pittsburgh to Paris to my home in the city I love, NYC. This is where I started renovating lofts - learning the trade from the ground up, reading blueprints, working with builders, electricians, plumbers, all to create the hottest spaces in the city. During this period, I also learned all those tricks of the trade that I now use everyday.
As word of mouth spread, so did my steady stream of projects (renovations, custom carpentry, interior design, etc), so much so that last year I needed to expand. Partnering with my good friend, Ben Ficalora, construction guru and President of Biltrite builders, has now made us even more innovative and competitive in what we offer. Together we have not only increased the number and size of projects we take on, but are able to better cater to our clients needs, dreams and timing issues.
So now with my hand-picked crew of the best artisans, carpenters, licensed electricians, plumbers, HVAC partners and architects on board, there is no project too large or too small that we cannot do on time, on budget and with style. Leave it to me, and I guarantee you’ll feel even more at home in your home.