Today on the blog, I’m interviewing one of my favorite general contractors, Adrian Thompson. Adrian is the founder of Adrian Thompson & Company, whose philosophy and craftsmanship have both been things that I’ve admired for a long time. Adrian Thompson & Company builds smart and sustainable homes that are also gorgeous.

You founded Adrian Thompson & Company in 2002. 16 years in business is no small feat! What is the most important thing you’d say you’ve learned in that time?

I think the most important thing for me is knowing that when it comes to the residential sector, we are providing a service just like any other home service. We are expected to build a beautiful and reliable product for our clients. We are expected to communicate effectively every step of the way.

What is the most important thing you have learned in the past 16 years about having a successful business?

I think it’s all about having the best employees. I am fortunate enough to have amazing people working for me. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to count on things getting done. I’d say it’s more important to have the patience to hire good people so that you can all grow together as a team.

You’ve worked on quite a few remodels of Atlanta homes. What is the approach that you use to using new materials and technologies in buildings that already exist?

First of all, I try to always get to know my clients and their needs before I jump into offering them new technologies. I have to get to know their lifestyles before I can recommend new technologies or materials.

You’re a fan of green building. Can you tell us more about that?

One of my employees got me thinking about sustainable solutions early on in my career, and I’ve made it an important goal of mine ever since.

Well, that’s all for today. Thank you for taking the time to stop by the blog and let us pick your brain!