Tailored Living keeps Northern Virginia homeowners organized
by Nick McLain
When her teenage son's closet suddenly collapsed, June Norden of Great Falls needed a company to respond quickly. Tailored Living owner Todd Carter did just that, sending an installer to her home in a couple days. "They did an awesome job maximizing the space and providing just what I was looking for," she says. "Todd's a very good listener, but also provides excellent input on what would work the best."
"I love being able to do something that clients can enjoy every day," says Carter.
A former owner of an educational software firm, Carter started his business in 2007 because he wanted to see a concrete, visual manifestation of his work.
"I love being able to do something that clients can enjoy every day and makes their lives easier," he says.
Kevin Neels of Alexandria marvels at the improvements Tailored Living made in his closets, kitchen pantry and laundry room. "The kitchen pantry has made a huge impact on my day-to-day happiness level," he says in one of the company's five Page of Happiness nominations this year. "They thought of things I would've never thought of, such as high shelving for out-of-season items. I love my very organized home even more than I thought I would."
Carter originally worked alone, but the staff has grown to 12 employees, including his wife, Juliana, who handles office operations that include human resources and community outreach. Among the charitable endeavors they participate in are Soles for Souls, a shoe donation charity, and Tailored Living Cares, which donates and recycles high-quality items that clients throw out. The company also uses environmentally friendly products that contribute to LEED credits for remodeling projects.
Carter remains enthusiastic about his work. "I love seeing clients and their excitement when a project comes to life after you've spent the time collaborating with them - that's fun," he says.
Founded in 2007, Tailored Living of Northern Virginia earned the Super Service Award in 2009 and 2010. It is eligible for the 2011 SSA.