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Rising Stars: Meet Caleb Watkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caleb Watkins.  

Hi Caleb, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
I’ve been in construction in one way or another since I was 12 and loved it from the start. I’ve been a designer, and superintendent, run framing crews, and worked in the construction supply industry. Over the years, I discovered my passion is remodel and addition design. The challenge of diving into an existing structure to repurpose it to fit the needs of a family while keeping them in the neighborhood they love is extremely rewarding. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It certainly hasn’t been a smooth road, but the bumps have really set me in the right direction. I had just really gotten my career off the ground when 2008 put the brakes on the entire industry. That downturn launched me into a new phase and experience that is vital to what I do today. 

Between 2005 and 2011, I balanced my career while being in the Marine Corps Reserve. The work ethic I learned in the Marine Corps has served me well, especially since I run my own business. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Bloc Consulting and Design was established specifically to work on remodels and additions but in a direction of creating spaces for families that are customized to their needs. Your lifestyle dictates what you need from a space, not the other way around. What really sets us apart is our ability to see all the possibilities and to bring them to life for our clients. I see options others wouldn’t because of my past structural experience. Floor plans are great for builders, but our customers need to see the space as it will be. That’s where we come in with our 3D renders and enable the customer to get a preview of what they will be getting. Having had experience building, designing, and managing the construction side of things makes me help clients know what is and isn’t possible in a space. 

We’d love to hear what you think about risk-taking.
I don’t really see myself as a risk taker but as someone that is will to bet on themselves. I left a stable paycheck without any client base when I started Bloc, but I did it with the full support of my wife. We made a bet that we could create something from nothing but our own knowledge and experience, and it’s paid off. 

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