As a kid growing up in Philadelphia, I spent hours with my dad refinishing furniture and working odd jobs for extra money. In 1994, I moved to Seattle and bought a run down house on the top of Queen Anne. Very quickly I learned that I could not afford to pay Union plumber and electrician wages. If I was going fix anything in my house, I would have to do it myself. Home Depot and I became very good friends. Over time, I built a mother- in-law apartment in the basement and added two additional floors. Soon after I finished the house, friends and family members began asking if I could help them with their projects. The experiences were so rewarding that in 2004, I founded Queen Anne Handyman.