Nichiha recently sat down with our newest Builder of the Quarter, JL Dickinson General Contractor, for a Q&A. We enjoyed speaking with owner Jeff Dickinson who gave us a closer look at his company and shared with us his experience and insight. We are excited to share his answers with you! If you have any additional questions for Jeff, please type them in the comment section below. We would love to hear any comments or thoughts you may have.
Q: What made you interested in going into the building industry?
A: My father was an electrician, so the building industry seed was planted at a young age. After working in other trades as a mechanic for Boeing and owning a painting business, I became a carpenter 22 years ago. It's always felt like the right fit, plus I love working outside.
Q: Tell us about the style of homes you work on or with.
A: In general, I am drawn to contemporary style homes. However, I pride myself on helping clients choose the best products and exterior finishes to achieve a certain look, whether that's modern, contemporary, traditional, or a combination.
Q: Your company specializes in exterior finishes. What are some trends in exterior finishes that you are seeing in the San Diego area and throughout the West Coast?
A: People are mixing it up ' they aren't sticking with one type of siding anymore. I recently finished a project that had mixed Nichiha siding and metal paneling. It's more of a contemporary approach where we're blending styles to achieve a certain look.
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: Many clients and builders that I work with are doing their research and bringing their unique ideas to the table ' I draw a lot off of that. I am constantly striving to change up my designs to achieve a good-looking finish that will stand out.
Q: You strive to keep a balance between the aesthetic intent of the design and budgetary constraints of the client. What are some of the ways in how you achieve this balance?
A: I give my clients several options and stay open to creative solutions. If the client's desired product line is beyond their budget for the whole home, I will blend other affordable materials with the desired product to achieve a rich, unique look that is both stylish and budget-friendly.
Q: Besides specializing in exteriors, you also offer a variety of residential and commercial services. Can you give us an idea of the full breadth of the services you offer?
A: While I work on some apartment renovations and mixed-used buildings on the commercial side, a majority of my work is in the residential sphere. I specialize in installing exterior finishes including siding, decking, and exterior windows and doors on eight to ten homes per year in southern California.
Q: What is important to you when choosing products you will use on a project?
A: Durability and low maintenance are very important to me and my clients. A good warranty is also key ' I make sure to install a product per the recommendation of the manufacturer so that both the client and I receive the warranty. I feel confident using high-quality Nichiha product as I know my customers will be happy with it for many years to come.
Q: Where do you go to find new products that you might be interested in using in the future?
A: I enjoy attending tradeshows, especially PCBC. JW Redwood & Dixie Line Lumber have samples of the latest and greatest products for me to put in my hands on. Our Nichiha rep is also a wonderful resource for new products and what's happening in the industry.
Q: What do you find most appealing about fiber cement siding?
A: Fiber cement siding not only wins for its durability, but I also love the clean lines and contemporary look that it provides. When it comes down to it, it's just a good quality product that's built to last.
Q: Why do you choose to use Nichiha's fiber cement siding products? How long have you been using Nichiha products?
A: Nearly eight years ago, I was asked to help on a project that utilized Nichiha siding ' I've been using it and recommending it to my customers ever since! Not only is the product reliable, but homes with Nichiha siding stand out in the neighborhood.
Q: What sets your company apart from your competition?
A: I really care about my customers and I'm with them every step of the way to deliver quality jobs with positive end results. At the end of each project, I hope all of my customers are getting exactly what they had envisioned.
We are so thankful to Jeff for taking the time to share his thoughts with us. To learn more about Jeff and JL Dickinson General Contractor, check out our recent blog post that highlights the company as Nichiha's Builder of the Quarter.