Andy Schrader—though he’s too modest to say it—is as unique as the custom mansions he erects. While most people are either left-brain or right-brain oriented, Andy operates on both cylinders. He started out as a framer “because I like the technical aspect of building,” but soon migrated to the creative aspects of a project as well. “My dad was an interior designer, so that’s in my background, too,” he explains.
How did you get your start in home remodeling?
I have a natural passion for well-designed and crafted homes. I have been involved in designing and building homes for over 20 years. I grew up watching my father succeed in the interior design business. I had a technical interest in homebuilding in college which led to a job framing houses for a reputable Twin Cities builder. Like father, like son, my creative side took over. Combining my on-site technical knowledge and creativity, Iook up designing and managing home construction. After extensive practice under leading Twin Cities architectural firms I created Schrader & Co.
What inspires and influences your work?
My clients’ desires and visions ultimately inspire our work. Yes, I have a passion for quality design and new ideas, but in the end it’s the people who live in the homes we construct that motivate me. It’s critical we design and build homes in which our clients will be thrilled to create memories.
How would you describe your remodeling style?
We are thoughtful with all the details. Whether building or remodeling, small or large project, we take a thoughtful approach to everything we do. We exhaust every design option, analyze construction methods, and push for the best bang for your buck. Taking the time to be thoughtful in our approach to relationships and the homes we construct is the blueprint to our success.
Why do you think your clients choose you as their remodeler?
Given most of our clients are referrals, they choose us because they were referred by a friend, family member, or co-worker. It’s important that people work with, not just a company, but a person they know, like, and trust. A lot of this trust is built during the design and bidding phases. By the time we’re ready to start construction there is trust built on both sides. This is a personal journey that often develops friendships along the way.
How do you bring a client’s vision to life?
It is a collaborative effort with the client to achieve the vision. I listen very carefully and exhaust all design, method, and pricing options. I provide my clients with the information and tools to make educated decisions. From the initial consultation to the final walk-through, we work together to achieve the vision of our client’s dream home.
What are the most important elements of a successful remodeling team?
Establishing the team members from the very beginning of design eliminates potential misfortunes and elevates success. We outline clear project goals from the beginning so that everyone has a path to success mapped out. The project path in remodeling can change quickly, so we remain flexible to adversity. The importance of communication with every team member is critical to stay on track.
What do you wish others knew about your company?
What our clients see in us: that we really care. We are not only producing beautiful homes, but we’re also providing a service. We strive to please our clients by providing a five-star experience.
What are some of your favorite remodeling trends?
I love the current transitional trends of mixing contemporary and traditional finishes.
What makes you most proud to be a remodeler?
It’s a passion of mine to take an old house and turn it into not only a piece of art, but a family’s home. It is very humbling to see families creating memories in the spaces we design and build.
How do you define an Artisan home?
I think an Artisan home is achieved when you assemble an elite team, select exceptional finishes, and build a house to stand the test of time.
Photography by Meghan Doll