I strive for a balance of aesthetic beauty and functional usefulness for any project that I'm involved in or for any piece that I'm creating. I measure for perfection with the understanding that "perfect" does not exist, but if I start with this goal, when environmental factors or small unforeseens rear their ugly heads, I'll be fine with being off by 3/16 of an inch over a 50-foot stretch vs striving for "close enough" and ending up with 2 or 3 inches over the same 50 feet.

I work best when I have control and understanding regarding the process. As an example, when I first assess a panel project, I use chalk and math to establish parallel eave lines and roof square; next I measure the structure within 1/16 of an inch; then I input those dimensions into a 3D program that aids in the establishment of a panel layout (taking into account the 1/64 inch to 3/16 inch expansion caused by clips and mechanical setup of the panels), plotting for the all-important number that will represent the placement of the first panel, which will ensure the most beneficial intersections with the various obstacles in the course of the set (skylights, chimneys, flues, pipes, vents, gable offsets, valleys, and of course gable ends). Sorry for all the commas, semi-colons, and parenthetical asides, but there is a lot to it!

Each step of the process must be completed correctly to ensure trouble-free longevity. Whatever I may be working on, I am always inclined to go the extra distance, and I treat every project as if I were installing or creating for myself. I know that may seem like an overused selling point, but it is truly ingrained in my DNA.