– Monday November 22, 2004
Sweet Home Jobs
A.J. Carter - Staff Writer
once in a while, it’s nice when the little guy wins
one, and Chris Schlesinger is one of those winners.
Over the past seven years (since moving here from Colorado),
Schlesinger’s one-man Huntington-based construction
management business has undertaken about 20 projects, all
in the luxury market, ranging from new construction to whole
house remodeling, mostly on the North Shore straddling the
These are extensive projects that take an average of 18 months.
“It’s a long, long process, very time consuming,”
he said. “There’s a lot of risk that an owner
takes in hiring a construction manager like myself to trust
them, that they will serve their best interests emotionally
and financially…That I am able to put that package together
and end up with a good friendship at the end of the project…I
think that’s the part that’s most satisfying to
Although Schlesinger is proud of all of his jobs, one stood
out: a $1.1 million remodeling of a Lloyd Harbor house that
Schlesinger gutted. He added more than 1,000 square feet and
put in custom touches such as an unusual wood roof shingle
and a veneer exterior using stone from a quarry in Connecticut.
“I thought that job deserved recognition, not just recognition
for myself, but for all the participants,” he said,
citing 120 separate subcontractors. So Schlesinger entered
the job in this year’s annual Long Island Builders Institute
competition, and walked away with a Diamond Award, LIBI’s
highest level of recognition. That a small contractor could
win the award (based on judging of several criteria by a panel
of outside judges) is relatively rare, according to LIBI executive
vice president Bob Wieboldt. “It just shows that this
is a quality builder doing a quality job,” Wieboldt
said. “It’s a unique thing for a small builder
to win an award like this.”
What will the award get for Schlesinger? “The name recognition
is important and this award helps with that,” he said.
“It’s just one more item that I can show other
than my portfolio and my references.” And maybe he’ll
gain a few more friends.
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