Referring to me as ‘the writer’ might be a bit misleading as most of this information is readily available via the Internet. Perhaps a better description might be that of a compiler and story teller.
My name is Mark Frauman and like several thousand others, I am a licensed general contractor in the state of California. I received my license in 1981 (“B” #404777). In over three decades as a licensed general contractor, I’ve certainly seen, heard or read about most of the pitfalls that plague the relationship between consumer and contractor and which form both the incentive and content of many of the articles.
My qualifications for this undertaking are not unique, but certainly rare. Unlike a number of my compatriots, in over 30 years of licensed contracting experience, I’ve never had a complaint filed against me. That doesn’t mean I haven’t had my share of problems – just that I’ve found less stressful and more constructive means of resolving those issues.
While I have completed a large number of residential projects, I’ve also founded several commercial construction endeavors. My first construction related experience came about soon after my service in the Air Force when I founded what became the largest solar micro-utility company in the state (and yes, I was a bit too far ahead of the game on that one). We specialized in large commercial applications like funding and constructing a solar energy system for the dormitories at UCLA that was used as the Olympic Village during the 1984 LA Olympics. When that industry went into what would become a two-decade hiatus, my investor partners and I purchased and renovated over 1200 rental units until the real estate recession of the early 1990’s made that a non-profit endeavor. During this same period, I also contracted with the then-fledgling cell phone industry to install equipment at cell phone sites throughout the region.
Licensed General Contractor
After a stint in land development and new home construction in Arizona, I began HB Contracting in Orange County California which focuses on residential and commercial improvements and remodels and is named for my granddaughter; Haley Beth (affectionately nicknamed ‘Bean’). Bean is also the name of our apprentice who will provide a visual aid or opinion on the subject of our articles.
I do wish to stress that much of what is contained in the articles is simply my personal opinion or analysis of the subject matter. While I can definitely back up anything I write, I am not a lawyer and there is no intention of giving out anything resembling legal advice.
As to content, I currently have over 100 subjects I’ll be posting shortly so the odds are most issues will be covered. But I’m always looking for new ideas and great war stories to write about so please feel free to send me a note.