Employee Profile – Larry Hunt
Home Town:Â Ladysmith, B.C.
Years in the Business:Â 35Â
Moment of Truth:Â 35 years ago, when I asked for a one year leave of absence from Save-On Foods on Vancouver Island, and chased my dream of becoming a builder.
Years with Spani Developments: 2.5
Describe how you work: Hands on. I really need to get to know a client. I need to understand their aesthetic, their highest priorities, their no-go areas. A home renovation is by nature a very personal thing â€“ you are literally re-making your home to better reflect your life, your tastes, your distinct sense of style.Â There really isnâ€™t much that is more personal than that.Â
Whatâ€™s your Secret Sauce? Secret Sauce? Hmm. Maybe itâ€™s that I go shopping with clients. It sounds funny, but if you want to understand a clientâ€™s style, personality and preferences, shopping is a great way to do it. And at Spani Developments, I have the freedom to take that time with a client. We look at furniture, paint, accessories, lighting fixtures, cabinets, you name it. The other thing I do is I create a working board. I take pictures of all the current space weâ€™re working with, paste all the images up on a board so I can look at it holistically, and from there I start to see the whole design come together with the client. It is such a shared process, but thatâ€™s how I can ensure each client sees their dream fully realized. I donâ€™t know how other people work â€“ but thatâ€™s what I do. There are a lot of good builders on the coast. I know many of them. But I guess what makes us a little different is the personal approach we take, and the level of individual time and care we give to each project.
Favourite Recent Project? The latest project I completed was really lovely â€“ a really great collaboration with the client, and a project I think weâ€™re both proud of.