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A bit of trouble


If anyone knows me, they know how hard I work on my business. Three months ago I was out celebrating a big win since we had just closed a new client. We had gone to the bar and I had two beers to celebrate with my team. Unfortunately, I rolled past a stop sign on my way home. I saw the stop sign but I had not made a complete stop and rolled through it. Of course, I was pulled over by a police car. I thought it would be a warning but I actually received something much worse… A DUI. Why? Apparently the police officer saw me leave the bar, get in my car, and “swerve”. I highly doubt this but of course I had to get out and do the field sobriety test. I was so nervous that I actually failed it! Since I failed it, I had to go in and take a breathalyzer test. Completely mortified that this was actually happening, I went in. I blew just on the legal limit and I was arrested. I cannot believe that this actually happened to me, but it did. For the first time in my life, I was being arrested for something. Want to know the funny thing? I didn’t even feel drunk. In fact, I felt completely sober. I was in shock sitting there, waiting for my lawyer to come and give me some guidance. I used to think that only degenerates got arrested for DUI’s but now I know that it can really happen to anyone. My lawyer explained to me that police are on the lookout for anyone that has any amount of alcohol and drives. That means even if you have 1 drink, they will be on the lookout for you. I am not a big drinker but this experience sincerely changed my life. Thankfully, I have a great lawyer. In fact, he was able to get my case dismissed! Apparently the police didn’t follow proper protocol in administering the field sobriety test. That means that the evidence could not be allowed into court and the entire case had to be thrown out. That God for hiring him. I honestly have no clue where I would be in my life without a good lawyer. Even though things are technically back to normal after the DUI, my life feels a bit different. I am almost hesitant to drive now. I feel nervous even getting into my car to drive down the road. Why? My friends and family say that I am still in shock from the events and how the DUI was handled. I think they are right. I vow to never drink and drive again. I made a mistake thinking that I could even get away with drinking a small amount. Now, whenever I drink alcohol, I will either not drive at all or leave my car and call a taxi. Trust me, it is not worth getting a DUI. The stress is one thing but the financial toll it takes on you is another. If I were to be convicted of a DUI, my state would have taken away my license, made me do community service, and made me take special DUI classes. All of this costs a lot of money – money that I do not have. I am glad I spent a few thousand hiring a great attorney instead.


Our New Kitchen Looks Fabulous

About three months ago we decided it was time to redo our kitchen. As a fence contractor, I thought, “Hey, I can do this myself.” Well, I was extremely wrong. We started by going to our local Home Depot and asking to speak with someone about redoing our kitchen. After speaking with a floor manager about the details involved in remodeling a kitchen (cabinets, floors, countertops, appliances) we decided it was too much work. We put the project on hold for about seven months…

My wife is a huge fan of Pinterest so the whole time that the project was on hold she decided to create different Pinterest Boards for all the kitchen design aspects/elements she wanted in her new kitchen. When she showed it to me late one night I was blown away. It was then that I knew that we should start thinking about remodeling the kitchen again. Fast forward a week or so to meeting with a colleague of mine and he mentioned how he just got his kitchen renovated in his new home. I asked him how he did it and he told me he did the whole project through I was stumped because I had never heard of this company. I’m a curious guy so I decided to check them out by shooting them a message. Within an hour or so later I was actually on the phone with one of their representatives chatting about our kitchen project. I mentioned our budget, immediately thinking they would say it was too low, and she replied they have remodeled a lot of kitchens for that much. I was in shock. Was it too good to be true?

A week later we were scheduled to stop by their new showroom. Once we arrived it was clear they had their act together and knew their stuff. They walked us through tons of different designs and even listened to my wife ramble on about what she found on Pinterest. Within a few hours we had a final idea of what our kitchen would look like. That night, in bed, my wife turned to me and said, “I’m so happy we ended up finding”

Two weeks later we planned to move out of our home to give the contractors enough time to get everything together and begin the build. We hoped that it would only take them a week or so to finish everything up but it ended up only being five days – score!

The kitchen came out absolutely beautifully. My wife was on the verge of tears (happy tears, of course) when she she saw how they were able to create our new kitchen. What started out as an old 70’s style was turned into a sleek, elegant, traditional style kitchen seemingly overnight. Our dream had come true.

We learned a lot throughout this process. First, don’t try to tackle a big contractor project alone, even if you have experience in the contracting industry. Second, ask around to friends and family about which contractors to go with. Often times you’ll want to go with the first contractor you hear of – don’t! We actually met with quite a few different kitchen contractor before settling with Lastly, work with the contractors on your new design. We thought our kitchen design representative would hate that we brought our own pictures and ideas but it actually made the whole design process workout much easier.

Recent Customer

Reynolds Fence, out of NJ, was recently contracted to the midwest for a large job in Cook County (the outskirts of Chicago), Illinois. A criminal lawyer based in Chicago, Feldman Criminal Defense, has recently opened two offices – one in Skokie, IL and another in Schaumburg, IL. Being a college friend of the owner, we decided to rally the team and help him with the fencing and general contracting.

It was definitely a tough job and being on a tight deadline, we were able to get the necessary pieces in place to make it a success.

I wish Steve and everyone at the firm good luck!

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