After 30 successful years of providing home improvement services to Severna Park, Pasadena and surrounding areas, Tom Albrecht, owner of Albrecht Properties & Home Improvements, will turn the reins over to his son, Alec, over the next year to continue the company’s tradition of providing top-quality home improvement services.
“It’s been a long time, and I’m ready to hand it over to Alec,” Tom Albrecht said.
The Albrecht duo has been working together with the company since Alec Albrecht was 14 years old. Since that time, the younger Albrecht has gained considerable hands-on experience, including attending Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ Center for Applied Technology North Carpentry I and II programs, and he is working toward a degree at Anne Arundel Community College for architectural design and construction management. He’s also shadowing other businesses to learn best practices.
Tom Albrecht said in addition to understanding traditional practices, his son is also familiar with the latest home improvement techniques and technologies.
“He knows both the old school and new school products and practices,” Tom Albrecht said. “With home improvement aspects changing almost as quickly as information technology does, keeping up with the latest knowledge can almost be a full-time job in and of itself.”
The elder Albrecht praised several of his subcontractors for support over the years, including Brenda Garver with Permit Services Inc., Nathan Foster with Foster Enterprises (electrician), Zach Vito with ZV-HVAC (heat and air), Richard Brown with Brown Plumbing (master plumber) and Brian Martin’s Architectural Design.
Tom Albrecht said Zach Bedford has been an excellent worker and faithful employee of Albrecht Properties & Home Improvements for 25 years, spending much of that time helping Alec Albrecht learn the trade.
Tom Albrecht started his home improvement business after serving in the military as a combat engineer.
“The Army taught me carpentry and masonry,” he said. “Little did I know this would lead me to a career that would last a lifetime.”
He was so fascinated by it that he decided to get his home improvement license after taking off the uniform and was eager to put his destiny into his own hands.
“I haven’t looked back since,” he said.
Working with different types of people was one of the most enjoyable aspects of the job for the father and business owner.
“I really enjoyed meeting new people, talking to them and making their dreams come true,” Tom Albrecht said.
Albrecht Properties & Home Improvements specializes in kitchen/bath remodeling and finished basements.
“We really enjoy reconfiguring kitchen and baths and are very good at it,” Tom Albrecht said.
He boasted about his son’s talents with tile.
“He’s an excellent tile layer and has exceeded all my hopes,” Tom Albrecht said. “Alec is particularly fond of expressing his creativity in tile flooring, backsplashes, custom showers and even curbless shower designs, which is the new trend.”
Tom recommends that anyone seeking a home improvement contractor do their due diligence.
“Look for a Maryland home improvement contractor who is licensed and insured and check public resources such as the Better Business Bureau,” Tom Albrecht said.
He’s also a firm believer in word-of-mouth recommendations.
“They’re golden,” Tom Albrecht said.
Longer term, Tom Albrecht is confident that his business is in good hands with his son. Likewise, Alec Albrecht is eager to continue in his father’s footsteps and to keep learning how to stay competitive.
“Learn everything you can, because with knowledge comes professionalism in your craft — you can never know enough,” Alec Albrecht added.
For more information or a free estimate, visit www.albrechthomeimprovements.com or call 410-360-7703. Albrecht Properties & Home Improvements is located at 1215 Oak Harbor Court in Pasadena.
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