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Meet Christina Shiachi of CMS Builders and Restoration in Woodland Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Shiachi.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Christina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I actually went to school to be a Medical Assistant but upon finishing school a friend of mine had opened his own construction company and needed someone he trusted to run his office. I needed the job, so I was going to help him for a few months and then go find work in my filed. I ended up working there for over 5 years and learning everything about the business and loving it. I decided to get my own license and open my own company to run it my way I have been working in the industry for over 20 years now.

Has it been a smooth road?
No! I am a female in a male dominated industry. I defiantly had to pave my way and earn respect from peers. Also, this is a constantly changing industry and keeping up can be challenging while still working constantly on job-sites. When the market crashed several years ago, I actually switched to doing commercial construction and TI Improvements on large apartment complexes. I missed the personal aspect of the residential side of construction and decided to go back to residential remodeling when the market improved.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are truly a family owned and operated company. I work with my husband and my daughter who is in school to be a Civil Engineer. We specialize in whole home remodels including kitchen and bathroom remodels, room additions, roofing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical and all other trades. We also help with the designs if the client needs it.

We have a built reputation with many great, high end vendors and get reduced rates for our clients. We have specialist that install high end appliances and are certified to install them.

I have built a great reputation in Los Angeles and also have an office in Dallas, Texas now.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is a great city to start a business in due to the fact that it is a word of mouth city. If you come in and do great work people always refer you to your next client. There is never a shortage of people looking to renovate their homes. Los Angeles has one of the most rigorous tests to become licensed to work. We are overseen by the CSLB who assures that our work is of the highest standards. We also have strict city codes and permitting requirements to adhere too. So once you become licensed in this city it is much easier to get licensed elsewhere.

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