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BrushPic Interview with Ben Persinger

June 30, 2020

Eva: “I would like to introduce you to Ben Persinger, Ben is the owner of Persinger construction. They provide amazing creative Renovations for home renovations, construction updates as well as investor Consultation Services.”

Eva: Hi Ben, I seen a lot of your work. And my first question for you is, where do you get your inspiration for your Renovations from?”

Ben: “The bibbers thing is just in kind of creating useful space and and kind of see him. I like to bring you know, as far as much of the renovation part of things. I like to bring me life back in the old homes, Hope Church or any other kind of beat up with some of my favorite things to do is take stuff. That’s that’s kind of run-down and I’m going to bring new life to its I think that’s probably the biggest area looks kind of messing it to the neighborhood in and bring back value to the to the property. That’s really my probably one of the biggest things that I enjoy doing with that.”

Eva: “But then what inspires you, how do you get the ideas for something like the kind of backsplash?  I was on your Facebook and I saw this like really pattern. Is that something The Client provided or is that something you came up with?”

Ben: “Is a Collaboration a lot of time, so I work with a client on whatever the style of the home is and stuff like that a lot of it just kind of comes from over the years. I’ve just kind of picked up different things that I like and the different things that I pair together give you I’ll give the client some options and things like that. But yeah, I mean a lot of times it comes down to looking at the type of materials were working with like a countertop for working with the natural lighting at the house is certain kinds of homes have better natural light. So I like to look at all that and I kind of take that full scope into into what we’re trying to do and if it’s like a ranch year kind of Farmhouse left and you kind of go One Direction, what’s your color tones and things like that. If it’s more modern or natural then we kind of design it to make those things are kind of pick materials that mess with that and I get a lot of that just from from really reading an observation and stuff just looking at what other people are building what you know what the trends are.”

Ben: “You know, I kind of watched that, you know from from the perspective. I wash you know, I love you know about the internet and ideas with lots of information out there for you know, people that are pretty Creative Solutions like that.”

Eva: “Okay. So how did you get started with Persinger construction.

Ben: “well I started Persinger Construction I believe in this job three years ago, kind of came about because another job that I had I was a project manager for another construction company and they ran out of some contract when I said I needed to have a new new job and I didn’t leave anything that I was looking for and and I’ve been already kind of look at it over the years ago to business in the past.”

Ben: “And I just decided to get back into it. And yeah, I just I really love the construction of the real estate thing. I’ve been talking about, you know doing investment properties and all that stuff and I like working with people on it. So that’s kind of what inspired me to do it. But yeah First Construction goes I’ve been building since I was you know, I’m utterly changed pretty much so high it’s hard to get out of here out of your blood after you connect to it.”

Eva: “What does a typical project look like, the most common one?”

Ben: “a lot of just because of the way the market is up? I’m not doing something construction, but we’re doing tons of renovation. So these are these are risk into the whole whole house. Basically, that’s probably my most common one week and get all the bathrooms. New sheetrock on some country. Depends on how how beat up the walls are things like that free floureon fix everything basically, sometimes New Heating electrical systems of them new kitchens. That’s the biggest that’s part of the main bulk of what I do is just free dance of love.”

Eva: “I recently saw a video which they had an aquarium put into a wall and I was just wondering what is the most interesting request that you have received?”

Ben: “I don’t know. I I’ve seen some pretty pretty far-out ones that I’m I don’t know what the most far-out I’ve had but learned a lot of really really outlandish wanted to know and I had a house that had a fire pole in it, you know, I thought today, you know we’ve done and I’ve done lots of really I’m scared of my things you have her folks. I mean home theater systems, like all kinds of, you know, just really unique projects, you know, a custom size thing you get into some very very unique stuff. You know, some of the decks are cool to you know, what do you know wrap them around, you know, we know their landscaping and things like that. Sometimes those are some school project.”

Eva: “Okay, like wrapping it around maybe like a tree?”

Ben: “yes exactly, around tress and other features in the house.”

Eva: “So you did mention renovation Trends, what are some of the latest trends and how do you and your team like to use them?”

Ben: “So, I mean there’s different trends of thought and it really depends on the class of work that I’m doing. So there we have several different kind of lines of projects that we take on. So we have some higher-end stuff for like an end-user homeowners and then we have more than industry upgrade, you know level which is easier or builder-grade house as you know, not that kind of Taylor’s you’re trimming and what not. So there’s different kinds of thousand mean obviously the Big part of the thing now is probably a lot of the graves and I can eat other gray the barn wood looks flooring stuff like that. You see a lot of that subway tile is kind of come back in Vogue and we’ve done a number of projects of do, you know the white subway tile and stuff like that.”

Ben: “Those are you now hit it really is a huge Gammon of it’s really hard to tell lighting changes a lot. You know, you’re probably moving away more from the track lighting type stuff and moving more into not a great example of it. But there’s more you know flush mount light fixtures and stuff and see a lot more of that and you’ll see more of the light Crystal Light crystals kind of champagne glass eyeglass the bubbles in it, so I could I see a lot more of those kind of friends coming in right now, you know, I was kind of look at the long-term hold of the property. It’s amazing to keep it and it’s going to be a rental or whatever. I try to not try to encourage us to not over stylize it to a certain specific thing. Unless you’re really going for like a hip Vogue look, you know, or you want to really read Sherlock and you got to do the whole thing that way because it’s kind of pic and pic bits and pieces of it. It kind of feels a little disjointed and it also kind of falls out of style Persinger appliances.”

Ben: “You know, they have a special colors and shades of stain with some things like that no credit. But you know if it’s a rental near to keep it for a long time and that’s how you know, when you can’t get that fridge anymore and that color it says it’s a bummer, you know, if you you know, I’m in here too if it dies on you than you got to figure out how to tell how to make that look good. So that’s probably the one thing I don’t know how long they’re planning on doing the renovations over so they’re giving him over a big long time span, you know, who you want that you want to do bathroom here than in the kitchen and whatever then you need to come and look at the overall like what they’re going to want the house look like in the in the atom. So it’s not just joining. You don’t look like you have a different vintage in each part of the house, you know,”

Eva: “Do you have any tips for us, renovation tips?”

Ben: “As far as what I guess?”

Eva: “As far as maybe someone who has a small home and they’ve kind of had it the same way for a while. They want to revamp it. What is kind of the best advice you can give someone who’s just trying to make a big difference in the small faces, maybe like the living room for instance.

Ben: “there is across that you can do, I would say probably your best value Bank. Your buck wise is probably especially with the interior stuff repainting, flooring, things like that was a relatively inexpensive options. They’re good for diyre to you know, how you think I know delve into that stuff. You can do a lot of cool stuff with accent walls. I just graduated from going unless it’s something that you want to keep for a long time. You’re planning to sell it. I mean don’t go with a different color on every part of the house because it gets to be hard to eat. It’s just you end up repeating. Some of the wild wild time.”

Ben: “I was just going to make it more neutral but nice tasteful accent walls are great. You can do a lot with textures to so you can do.”

Ben: “Probably just got to get on Pinterest or whatever or Google images of meal at times. I just church search for images of what I’m kind of looking for a naturalized kind of figure out what turns to search for any kind of see, you know, there’s like although you know pallet wood walls and and Barnwood stuff and we need a lot of cheap inexpensive ways to update stuff and get yourself some meatloaf to know if you got a fireplace or something, you know, you can do whitewash from brick and you can do all different kinds of things like that. You do cool mantelpiece or whatever hard times you can kind of dress him off without really spending a huge amount of money.”

Ben: “Do you know if you don’t really have any tools or any eating out like a nailer and and some basic carpentry tools, you know, there’s a lot of options you can get into it with different kinds of wallpaper and paint which require a lot less equipment than then you need for doing me. Now. You can do quite a bit you can do all kinds of these people are really creative with this with the pattern wall pattern painted walls and stuff and I’ve seen some really neat ones like that. I don’t do a lot of them but you know the sponge facts and everything to your mascot parts of the wall and into the school Temple designs and see if there’s some really creative stuff out there.”

Eva: “can you tell me about the work Brushpic did on your website?”

Ben: “up till now, I haven’t had any website and I’m just going to finalizing the details on that right now with Brushpic.”

Ben: “I just need to have a good a good starting point for website. It was one of those things. I wanted to be able to develop an add-on to as I kind of expand our idea at long-term kind of planning ideas that I was working on and I tried working with some other outfits and I just I didn’t have a good that it just didn’t work. You know, they were they were kind of out of state and just kind of corporate what I know whatever you want to call it, but they were just weren’t really effective at getting what I need it because I had one created a number of years ago and it just say it was a disaster. They just didn’t meet my needs and it didn’t melt with what I’m trying to kind of created a company and I didn’t feel like it was I had it I would have had to do almost all the work myself to make the thing work and it was like that’s I just don’t have the time and energy.”

Ben: “That that talent to do it and I just don’t really feel like doing that. So that basically was what kind of let me to do, you know to have to check out Brushpic and have them work on it’s been a great experience as far as getting stuff done a lot of the holdup on everything on my end. Just getting getting things off the ground and it takes time to get photos and all that stuff. Just going to organize the information I want but they’re all so great experience.”

Eva: “What is BMI and what are some of the benefits you’ve experienced in the connectors chapter in Alaska?”

Ben: “BNI is a network program for business owners in the chapter, you know, and I’m find a general contractor and the connectors chapter and for me, it’s been a great way to meet other folks, I guess in that work as far as that goes.”

Ben: “But it’s one way really helped me a lot and still allow me to serve my clients better and through that, I mean it’s as far as getting that it’s great to have working relationships with all these other fields and what not that I know don’t normally interface in my everyday construction, you know is I always have Benders of trace people and looks like that. I need a more in-person if I need to know website design, if I need whatever, you know, and I have lots of clients are business owners and things like that. Okay, you know what, they’re complaining about I’m working on their house, but frequently, I can help them solve other problems that they have in their business. Are there be another like I need to be able to get you know, whatever done when is the, you know, having a good reliable referral source like that that I can point them to is a visit been a big help for for giving, you know.

Basically just allow me to serve my clients better. So it’s been a really positive thing for my company.

Eva: “What’s your favorite thing about Alaska?”

Ben: “the resource! That’s a lot getting out doing that June 5th. I can set my family likes to do that. So Jennifer mountain when I’m not working in summer. I’m usually fishing sometime early my favorite thing.”

Eva: “I just want you to tell me a little bit about this face while I slowly film it.”

Ben: “alright, so this is a weird today. We’re over in the house here. This is one that we just re-read dad’s late winter. We finish this one up. This was a place that way it was kind of halfway renovated Cleary skin between saw this was this week for the kitchen out put in a new and I was the only one on the countertops in the rest of it.”

Ben: “Appliances at all of this we painted the house. Most of lighting on something was updated in this one, but we do new floors.”

Ben: “Play new forms new heat registers things like that. It just needed a bit of work and repaint. It is really the biggest biggest thing on this house exterior was pretty rough as well and recited the outside and it did little little dress up on my mom the bathrooms and stuff made into a nice nice usable space for to get this one ready to go. Go on Market.”

Ben: “Sit here and think this one here, we know these windows. We obviously we added up after getting windows and stuff as well. These were all just was a high window and that you are the only have you know, one of those up here, which would me the address and things like that. So we had to lower the sails and make them to wear. This is a functional bedroom and we got that ready. Then I need to be able to be rented or coarse salt.”

Eva: “I think that was a pretty cool Mansion about the windows. Is there anything in the other rooms that you want to point out?”

Ben: “I’m sorry. I mean we can do this when I guess this is just coming all the way out to hear. This was an old house. This is a pretty I can’t remember the Vintage on this one, but I think it was like the 1950s this portion of the home. So it’s kind of had some Oddities to it have an old little tiny vanity here and there and because of all this you could really use the toilet very well because the Wall came all the way out here, Serena.”

Ben: “Where is the wall back and had the electricians going to be to go to the three wire thing? So that’s a little bit more efficient and also just makes this face feel much better. But a nice little soffit over the old stuff out. They are making ice Michelle and didn’t you heat registers and things like that kind of dressed up that he’s lending closets and stuff just to make them functional a nice.”


Eva: “:) Thank you Ben.”


About the Interviewer

Eva Ohenewa Anno is the founder of BrushPic™. Eva is a multi talented digital artist and entrepreneur  with a  passion for helping others show up as their best version.
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