Last week someone left a comment about me on another blog along the lines of this:
(I may be paraphrasing as the comment was deleted by my friend before I had a chance to see it.)
“I’d be careful about promoting DM. She gets an awful lot of stuff “leftover from another job”. Because material houses do not give away their product, that means that the job it was ordered for paid for the excess. I wonder how happy they would be to find the material they paid for going in this chick’s house.”
I’m not one to promote negativity, so I could have just chosen to ignore this comment, but as I feel it defames the character of my company, I felt I had to address it. First of all, my father and I run an honorable company and in no way do we take advantage of our clients. In the history of this blog, I believe I have used leftover materials twice- my shower tile and my black and white goddesses pillow.
Design Manifest is a full service design-build company. This means we manage every aspect of the renovation project for our clients- design, material ordering, installation and waste removal. For tile, the industry standard is to order 10% extra to allow for breakage, irregularity and tile cuts. Sometimes we run out and order more tile (at OUR expense) and sometimes we have extra leftover. Tile excess is offered to our clients, but many do not want to store random small quantities in their basement.
(UPDATE: Just wanted to mention we always leave clients with at least one box of tiles for repairs plus grout color. Grout is typically the most important thing you will need after a tile project.)
In the case of my shower tile, it came from a kitchen we installed 5-6 years ago. There wouldn’t have even been enough to do a full shower, but since mine has a window in it, we lucked out. I don’t think my client would be upset to learn that her waste went into my home. Actually I thought it was pretty cool I was able to recycle a product that would have otherwise went into a landfill.
I pieced together scraps of fabric waste to make this pillow
What upsets me, more than just a single mean comment, is the thought that more of you might think I’m “freeloading” off of my clients. We absolutely love our clients, and I’m pretty sure they love us too. Many read my blog and enjoy following along in the Cottage process. (Hi!)
The fact of the matter is, I do enjoy certain privileges and advantages by working in the construction industry. I have my own carpenters to do all of my labor. My subs (plumbing, electrical, HVAC) did my work at half the retail rate as a favor to us. (We give them A LOT of business.) In essence, my cottage is a little showroom for us. I understand why some people may be jealous of this, but I certainly hope no one thinks I’m doing something wrong. I think we all have certain benefits in our own industries. Hell Bloggers get a ton of product for free just to talk about them.
My niece, Eliana, feels upset and so do I
Anyway, I don’t want to drag this out or defend myself any further. I know putting myself out there and being really honest opens me up to being judged. It hurts, I’m not gonna lie, part of me wants to stop sharing at all. But I aint gonna let those haters win. Back to work. And back to happy tomorrow on the blog.
Thanks for listening.