Join us in congratulating Garrett Raney! He recently earned a Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) accreditation from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Garrett joined our team full-time in 2022 after filling the role of summer intern in 2021 with 3 years of industry experience. He earned a BS in Construction Systems Management from The Ohio State University where he also served on the OSU Varsity Cheer Team!

Because more of our clients are wanting to live in their homes longer, our Development Team, at The Cleary Company Remodel Design Build in Columbus Ohio, recognizes that all of our projects should include principles of Universal Design. This not only applies to our clients looking to “age in place” but also to their extended family, caregivers and guests living or visiting with them.

Q & A with Garrett Raney, UDCP – Estimator

What is your role and responsibilities @ TCC?

My role on our Development Team is estimating and trade partner relationships. I am responsible for writing scopes of work for our sub-contractors for pricing, getting pricing for construction and finish materials, as well as accounting for internal labor on projects to build an accurate budget.

Why did you decide to take the certification test?

I wanted to fully understand universal design. In my role as Estimator, I’d like to be able to look at preliminary drawings for projects and offer suggestions to our design team to accommodate universal design in ways that may be more cost-effective to the customer through the constructability of the design.

How did you prepare?

Studying and taking online courses through NARI as well as utilizing notes from other team members who have their certification.

Why did you choose a career in remodeling?

From learning about different career paths while studying at Ohio State, I knew I wanted to work closely with the customer. Seeing the results of how my work affects their well-being and happiness.

How has TCC supported your growth, both personally and professionally?

George and his management team support all of us to seek growth. We’re provided both time and finances for us to pursue continuing education, professional certifications and personal growth.

What do you believe is the hidden gem of working for TCC?

I think the people are the hidden gem. The entire TCC team is full of wonderful people whom I am glad to call friends. Our trade partners are great people who exemplify quality craftsmanship.

What do you enjoy the most about working for TCC?

Again, it’s the people I work with but also the wide range of types of projects that we work on. Almost all that we do is custom which allows us to stay creative and not get stuck doing the same project over and over.

Universal Design – What Does It Really Mean?

Universal Design isn’t something most homeowners think about when building or remodeling a home, but it is something we discuss frequently with our clients. Aging In Place or Universal Design (both used interchangeably) simply defined is a home designed and built to be used and accessed easily by all people no matter their age, size, or abilities. This universal approach to design and construction is all about planning and details. It considers the products, features, and space planning considerations that need to be in place for the space to function for all.

Creating a Universal Design home means that the living spaces are designed with those principles in mind from the beginning and is aesthetically beautiful. Some examples in design, planning, and adaptations that can be made are wider doorways, smooth level flooring, curb-free showers with grab bars and benches, no-step entryways, lowered countertop workspaces, elevators or stair lifts, accessible electrical outlets and switches, and kitchens that offer multi-level surfaces for people who use a wheelchair or just need to sit while preparing food.

Want to know more about what Universal Design is? Click here to read our blog post on the subject!

What is NARI Certification?

Certified professionals represent an elite group of industry experts who possess extensive technical and management skills. These skills set them apart as capable remodeling professionals. Standards and exam questions are developed by leading remodeling experts who are well-versed in technical and management best practices for the remodeling industry.

Why does our Remodel-Design-Build Team value industry certifications?

As a trusted Remodel-Design-Build firm in Columbus, Ohio, we recognize the need for continuing education for Our Team to be atop the industry. We also believe we have a responsibility to our clients to stay up on best business and remodeling practices as well as have knowledge of new or improved products on the market. From formal CEU classes administered by our industry partners to informal Lunch-n-Learns hosted by our vendors, throughout each year, our Team regularly participates in webinars and live presentations to improve our knowledge of home remodeling.

Not to mention, data suggests 80% of consumers would choose a remodeling professional who is certified over one who is not!