Resume' of James A. McMillan, "The Housewright®":
began my career in "Building Technology" at about the age of
4 under the tutelage of my grandfather, WWII Naval Hero, Commander
David E. Irwin. Commander Irwin was a brilliant engineer, leader of men
and a great believer in the American Tradition of Craftsmanship.
His knowledge, patience, pride in his work, and uncompromising
standards of quality are the fundamental principles that underpin
all of our work today.
first project with the Commander was the complete renovation
of his 1830's country home and outbuildings in Northern Ohio,
a project that grew and continued between his work for many
satisfied and sometimes wildly eccentric clients in the years
before his death.
that span of time my work with my grandfather grew from "gopherin'
tools" and trying not to be in the way to a comprehensive involvement
with all aspects of building:
- how to build a Home right from
the foundation up,
- what happens when it's built wrong,
- how to fix other's mistakes, permanently
- how to identify fatal flaws in
a Building that really can't be fixed at a sensible price,
- the importance of routine building
- how to design, build and repair
for low maintenance, comfort & energy savings.
experience as well as an outstanding academic education and
many years of additional hands-on renovation, remodeling and
problem-solving in Building Technology and the contribution of our outstanding
crews allow us to offer some of the best and most comprehensive
talent available to assist our clients in the Building, Repair,
Renovation, Remodeling and Evaluation of their Homes and other Real Estate