He didn’t know it at the time, but during his days in the Army, Tom Albrecht was laying a foundation for a career that would last a lifetime. “I was a combat engineer, so you do carpentry and masonry,” he explained.
He took those skills and started his own business, Albrecht Properties & Home Improvements. Thirty years later, Tom and his son, Alec Albrecht, are catering to the needs of Maryland customers who have a broad range of needs, from kitchen and bathroom design and remodeling to deck installations. They also buy rehab houses and renovate them to sell.
“We’ve been doing a lot of kitchens, baths and sun rooms lately,” Tom said. “Everybody wants that bathtub-to-shower conversion.”
Regardless of the project, the focus is always customer service. The company has an A+ bond rating with the Better Business Bureau because Tom and Alec take pride in being reliable and efficient. They aspire to honor each customer’s timeline and budget.
“When we start a job, we finish the job,” Tom said.
That’s just one of the many lessons Tom has taught Alec over the years. “I think I got involved when I was 14, basically as a helper, cleaning up and learning how to get tools from the van,” Alec said. “I found it interesting.”
Alec studied carpentry and masonry at Center for Applied Technology North (CAT North) in Severn and now he’s pursuing an associate’s degree in architectural design and construction management from Anne Arundel Community College.
“Education has helped me communicate with people better and also learn to work with computers so I can combine my ideas with the ideas in their mind,” Alec said. “Giving people what they want is one of the best feelings. If a customer asks for something I can’t do, I try to learn how to do it. I like the challenge.”
Tom couldn’t stay in business for three decades without the support of the local community. He’s also had great subcontractors and partners over the years, including Brenda Garver of Permit Services, Nathan Foster of Foster Enterprises, Greg Currence with GreenDena, and Dick Brown with Brown Plumbing and Heating.
He hopes to one day give control of the business to Alec, who will continue improving the business as technology changes. “Soon, it will be time to pass the hammer, not the torch,” Tom said with a smile.
Albrecht Properties & Home Improvements gives free estimates. The company is located at 1215 Harbour Court in Pasadena. Hours are 7:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday, but people are encouraged to call the business anytime at 410-360-7703. For more information, visit www.albrechthomeimprovements.com.