Why did you start your business?
My Dad started our family business back in 1980. He was frustrated with the complexity of how buildings went together. He’d been an entrepreneur all his life and was an avid DO-IT-YOURSELFER. He had realized that life is purposeless without some form of CREATING… He got into a literal BUILDING phase of his life. He wanted to build his own office building, retail shop, garage, workshop, cottage and warehouse. Looking for the “right” materials, to be able to do most of this on his own was a virtual nightmare.
So, he designed his own frame system using a wood and pre fab steel building hybrid combination. This way he got strength and durability where it served best AND this would be much easier to work with than all steel!! Plus, my dad was not a big believer in architect drawings… or at least spending alot to put all the details on paper in advance. So he needed to build with a system that would be flexible and not be a nightmare or cost an arm and a leg to change something later - like add a door or window!! (If you’ve ever dealt with an ALL STEEL BUILDING, you know how costly and difficult a “change order” can be!!)
SO the PERKA BUILDING SYSTEM was born! Easy to design, easy to build, easy to finish, easy to insulate, easy to modify, easy to maintain… JUST PLAIN EASY!! How does it get better than that?
To this day we continue to innovate by making the building system EVEN easier and easier to work with, assemble, finish and insulate. With the latest introduction of our own construction division (at least for a 75 mile radius to start with) – we can now get daily and even hourly feedback with photos of the whats, hows, whys of even more aspects of building… AND we can plan even better to DO the little things to make life easier for the do it your selfer and the builder/contractor alike!! And here is a little caveat… something you need to research and understand: while you might find cheaper materials or packages to buy up front, with a Perka Building Hybrid System (either the Econo or the Deluxe) –> by the end of the project you will not only have made up any of those price differences, but even MORE IMPORTANTLY – you will have saved alot of ibuprofen by avoiding all kinds of headaches. Believe me – we have and do still live this from time to time as we have also elected to put up other types of buildings to get to know this difference FIRST HAND!!! Most importantly, by the time you have finished your project, you will also have a much more efficient, better built, better finished, better insulated, all around BETTER building that will serve you, your children and your children’s children (without headaches) for years and years to come.
What makes you different than other similar businesses in your community?
I am not sure it’s exactly “different” per se, as I would like to believe that there are many family owned / operated type businesses working hard and smart, just like us. We truly and ideally believe that our world is mostly made up of folks desiring to make an honest living, doing the right thing to provide quality products, timely services at fair prices.
One thing that we do really emphasize at our place of joy-filled work - which might make us a bit different than some, is that we DO enjoy what we DO! Life is too precious to waste being and doing something one can not find satisfaction, joy and a sense of fulfillment from, let alone earning enough to provide for one’s self and family. So we look to fostering an environment here that is very family like, comfortable and safe to work in, where we can all be and do the best that we can – naturally and willfully. This generally translates into an even better product and service that we gleefully provide to our clients, many of whom are brothers, sisters, neighbors. Everyone here knows and agrees, we are in this for the long haul, taking each day, one at a time, with each challenge as the opportunity to be the next greatest version of our next greatest vision! And this makes for WIN – WIN for everyone!!