I first had the pleasure of meeting Shawn two years ago when he helped design and construct a wooden ramp for my dog that is too cool to use the deck stairs. My neighbours and I…and my dog have since come to admire the ramp addition. Thus, when I finally had had enough of looking at my “leaning tower of Pisa” continuously rotting wooden fence this past summer, Shawn’s name immediately came to mind.
I share my twenty year old fence sides with four neighbours. Initially, I had only planned to redo the badly rotten side, especially given the great reluctance of my neighbours to be spending all that money. Past “Band-Aid” solutions of nails and wires were faring poorly against the throes of weather and time. Two neighbours in fact opted to install their sides on their own. Yet, when they saw the quality of work produced by Shawn and his workers, combined with Shawn’s profound knowledge of the trade and his consistently professional and reliable work ethic and commitment to not only insure the fence work but to provide a heads-up as to upcoming rise of lumber prices, their own fence work clearly paled in comparison. So, what begun as one side of a fence soon transformed into a neighbourhood fencing project! All remaining sides were replaced. Referrals were quickly established with other residents for future projects. This also gave Shawn the opportunity to follow up on the fence work in order to ensure that we were fully satisfied – which we were.
I also discovered that he waterproofs basements. Not that I am hoping for a leaking basement or window anytime soon, but it is comforting to know who to call should a leak arise.
I am amazed at Shawn’s arsenal of skills that continue to grow and would readily refer him to family and friends. Thanks, Shawn and de Taeye Designs!