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Community Highlights: Meet RJ Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to RJ Smith.

Hi RJ, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My first experience with construction was being a helper for my father doing finish carpentry in grade school. Then in high school when I wasn’t playing sports, I had to work for my stepfather, who was a general contractor, either digging ditches or just cleaning up where I could. Finally out of college, I had the opportunity to work for my stepfather full time in construction or take a sales position for a meat sales company. Clearly, I choose the correct path. After that, I worked for my stepfather and mother’s design-build company for the next seven years. I decided that perhaps development was my calling and I reached out to a known developer. I learned the most that I could from him and worked alongside him for the next three years. After those three years, I realized that I wanted to do this as a career path for myself so I started RJ Smith construction. It started humbly with just my father and I, working for free at that, to now ten employees and now handling ten to thirteen jobs per year, which includes custom homes and spec homes.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It was not the easiest of paths to walk to where we are now, but we wouldn’t have it any other way and are now doing great. Working with family and also working in a small community can have its tough endeavors…but with these tough endeavors also comes a handful of positives. These positives include knowing our small towns ins and outs. From its streets to the small businesses that surround us. We also get to bond and understand our clients from not only a business perspective but also a personal perspective as well. We love having this bond without client, why? Well…we understand how important building their dream home is and knowing them on a personal level helps bring their dream home to life.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
We are a boutique full-service construction company that builds high-end custom and spec homes in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. Our team of builders and project managers are personally committed to your project from start to finish. We pride ourselves on being a team which is intensely focused on the utmost detail of each home we design. Through our deeply personal yet creative approach, we meld the best in design details with the highest in function, bringing our clients a unique and enjoyable building experience.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Something that may surprise people about our company is how much we love design from our architects and our designers. We are all about the detailed work and pay close attention to what makes each home stand out. We like to think that every home has its own special touch that only our team can design AND bring to life. We hold our client’s vision to a high standard…so having very clear and ongoing communication is very important to us. We do not just come in and build without making sure our team is aware of every step, this includes both our designer and client. As the old saying goes….communication is key.

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Image 1: Photo is taken by: Amy Bartlam Image 2: Photo taken by: Eric Staudenmaier Image 3: Photo taken by: Noah Webb

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