The “handyman special”

by | May 15, 2020

Handyman Special

After 15+ years in the business, Mike has just about seen it all when it comes to renovations. Rot, termite damage, carpenter ants, bees, asbestos and lead… all common finds when starting demolition. Mike’s favorite renovation find is the “handyman special”, as he refers to it. This is the result of a non-licensed individual doing work that he/she has no business doing, often taking short-cuts and not following code. Carolina Custom Homes and Renovations’ most recent renovation on Highview Road in Charlotte has been the poster child for the “handyman special”. No permit was pulled on the initial renovation, which explains a lot! Mike found non-insulated can lights exposed to insulation (fire hazard), hidden junction boxes and open junction boxes in the walls and ceiling (fire hazard), undersized electrical wiring (yet another fire hazard), over-cut ceiling joists, and a beam in the middle of the house that was not supporting the ceiling joists. He even found a hidden closet! Well, take a look for yourself…

I’m sure this won’t be the last “handyman special” that Carolina Custom Homes and Renovations takes on, but it sure has been an interesting one!

Mike Goubran

Mike Goubran

Mike Goubran, owner of Carolina Development and Properties, LLC, and its affiliate, Carolina Custom Homes and Renovations, LLC, has been building homes in the Charlotte area for over 20 years. Mike graduated with a degree in Construction Management from East Carolina University and went on to receive a Master of Business Administration from Queens University in Charlotte. He has been a Licensed General Contractor since 1999 and currently holds this designation in both North and South Carolina. Mike is also a Certified Green Professional and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders. Carolina Custom Homes and Renovations is also an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau.

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