Hello, please allow me to introduce myself, Dave Taylor. I originally come from the upper Midwest, being raised in Minneapolis and Milwaukee through grade school, then living in the San Francisco Bay area for high school and college, where I attended Cal Berkeley for 2 ½ years. I then moved to Utah for the skiing. I guess I missed the change of seasons in California; I know I felt a need to be closer to snow. I’ve lived in the Salt Lake City area for over 30 years, and in my Canyon Rim home for 12 years. I have a small, 16 years old cat, Samantha, who assists me in writing my blog. Read it for interesting information and article links.
As a child, I remember my Grandmother once telling me, “You use your hands well. You should work with your hands.” I know I’ve always had a desire to build things, whether it be airplane models or houses. I’ve been involved in some form of construction since moving to Utah in the early 1970’s. I first tried working on a HeberValley alfalfa/hay farm, where you’ve got to be a handyman in doing everything for yourself. I’ve worked as a laborer on a gas pipeline, and was a bricklayer’s hodtender in helping build an elementary school, where I learned to appreciate hard work. I apprenticed as a carpenter’s helper in framing many homes in the SaltLakeValley in the mid to late 1970’s. And, with that experience, I feel that I have great skill as a rough framing carpenter. Eventually, I challenged myself to try my hand at finish carpentry, and then to remodeling. As a further progression, carpentry layout and design skills apply easily to tile installation. It gives me great satisfaction and pride to see the tangible results of my building creations, and to make other people happy in helping them realize their dreams.
I’ve had my own Utah State General Contractor license since 1993. I also have had a Utah State Realtors license, so I can readily appreciate and understand home values, and the long-term benefits of home remodeling. I frequently attend construction seminars to update my understanding of codes, practices, and laws. And I also keep current on the latest building practices, techniques, and materials.
There’s been plenty of time for me to pursue my life’s passion, skiing. I enjoy Snowbird, and an occasional ski tour in the Wasatch back country. I also enjoy bicycling year round, both road cycling and mountain biking. My good level of fitness keeps me flexible and in shape for remodeling activity. Recently, I took up golf. Hobbies include camping/hiking, sailing, vegetable gardening, cooking.