As part of
our ongoing "Getting to Know Your Local Businesses" series, this week we
sat down with Bruce Ashworth Sommers, founder and president of Ashworth
Design & Remodeling, LLC.
Tell us a bit about your business: What does your business offer, and how long have you been around?
concept to completion, we offer Residential and Commercial Building
Design, Design-Build and Construction Services, including Remodeling,
Renovation and Custom Homes.
our office in Kingwood, we serve the Greater Houston Metropolitan area
with primary emphasis on the Kingwood, Humble and Atascocita
Ashworth is a local Kingwood family and veteran
owned business. Two of my three sons and a daughter in-law work with me.
We are all cross-trained and involved with each and every project and
are readily available to meet and respond to our client’s needs.
Design & Remodeling, LLC was established in 2011. We were formerly
known as Ashworth Associates Inc. from 1983 to 2000 and Ashworth
Construction, Inc. from 2000 to the end of 2010.
How did you decide to get involved in this line of work?
I was in elementary school, I assisted my grandfather working on
remodeling projects on several of his properties. I took Architectural
Drawing classes during high school and won Best of School in a Plan
Drawing Contest sponsored by a local Building Contractor Association
back in 1964.
I served in the United States Army during
Vietnam after which I continued my college education and graduated with
an Architectural Associates Arts degree in 1971.
In 1972, I married
my wife Nan and started our family while working full-time at several
architectural, construction and development companies and attending
University full time at night and finally graduating with a B.S. Degree
in Urban Studies: Urban Management in 1975.
We moved to Kingwood,
Texas in 1976 and I worked for several Commercial Development companies
and at an architectural firm completing over $7,600,000 of residential
and light commercial Design Build projects.
In 1983, I started
the first of my Ashworth Companies providing commercial design and
construction services and also provided in-house project and or
corporate management for several other companies.
In the mid 90’s,
commercial construction became less profitable so we started looking for
Residential Design and Design Build projects. In the beginning Jason,
my eldest son and I strapped on our tool belts and actually started
doing the work ourselves. Then, as we developed relations with several
residential subcontractors, we gradually phased out of doing the work
Tell us a couple things you are proud of about your business. What are you known for? What separates you from the competition?
are a local family and veteran-owned company and we work well together.
We have been recognized by local, state and national industry groups
for outstanding accomplishments and awards.
From concept to
completion, our unique blend of talent and experience, and patient
attention to detail in all phases of both design and construction,
provides a quality project within budget and on time. Through every
phase of every project, large or small, we make it our business to meet
or exceed your expectations.
What is your favorite part of running this business?
I love working with my family and, through the art of Design, helping our clients realize their dreams.
Who is your ideal customer/client? Who do you serve best?
ideal customer is looking for an experienced, reliable and
straightforward company that can provide a creatively inspired design,
remodel or renovation project or that can design and build a new home
from concept to completion.
Is there any other information you'd like your potential customers/clients to know about your business?
Visit our website
to view a sampling of project photos, to identify the organizations
that we are involved with and the professional certifications that we
have earned and to read helpful articles about the design and build
process from concept to completion.
We provide accurate pricing while
maintaining quality control, timely completion and a safe working
environment on each of our projects.
How do you see your business growing and improving over the next couple of years?
sustain growth in these turbulent times, we will be improving our
response time with prospects within 12 hours from receipt of the initial
We will also continue to provide our customers with quality
workmanship and timely completed projects within the agreed price. This
approach has, and we hope, will continue to result in satisfied repeat
customers and referrals.
Maintaining our excellent relations and
prompt payments to our subcontractors and suppliers is another must to
sustaining our growth.