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 bearing (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 born!
From there, the gang and I would go to our next friends who 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. 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.