HATTIE: (Voiceover) Eric launched EM Rose in 1992 with the goal to be a general contracting firm specializing in high-end architect-designed homes. EM Rose has been called the best by its peers over and over again:
Best Remodeled Home
Remodelling Project of the Year
Best residential remodeled home, over $2 million
Best Kitchen over $150,000
Best custom home 5,000 to 6,000 square feet
Best remodeling project over $500,000.
ERIC: (talking to a contractor) I want to know where each one of the these pages applies.
HATTIE: (Voiceover) Eric and the EM Rose team of nearly 50 employees will handle three to four multimillion-dollar projects a time. Supported by a group of trusted subcontractors, artisans and tradesmen, one happy home owner after another forms a durable referral network that keeps good work in the pipeline. Each year this small company strengthens to positively impact the way we all live. And so how big is the house?
ERIC: It's about 7,700 square feet. We're walking through the breakfast room into the dining room.
ERIC: And this -- this room has extraordinary views of the sound. And the flooring is chestnut oak which is a type of oak that isn't even harvestable anymore. It's really just a salvage product that we use.
I consider myself a project manager, not the CEO or the president. You know, for us it's all about the projects. And so I stop taking on work when I can't manage that project effectively.
And we're walking up what will become an absolutely gorgeous Georgian Staircase.
We won't work on a project where there isn't an architect but I take a lot of pride in the fact that we can even open an architect's eyes to ideas and ways to skin the cat that they might not have thought of which ultimately enables their goal. But it's -- it's how we put our stamp on the project. E. M. Rose.
We have an office facility where there are six people working. That's all purchasing, estimating, IT, and accounting. That's where my office is.
We also have a custom cabinet shop that basically does architectural woodwork, custom cabinets, whatever an architect or designer can design we fabricate in any species of wood that you can imagine.
DONALD BOTTICELLI: As they're stacked is as they came out of the tree.
ERIC: OK. And there are 10 people there, and then the balance are in the field in the trades, including rough and finish carpentry and plaster and paint. What's up with everybody's schedule?
BOB TERPIN: John and James, Andy and Evan are trimming in the great room.
HATTIE: (Voiceover) It will take the work of 300 people to complete anyone EM Rose project. Michael Douglas heads up one project. He uses his laptop and digital camera to communicate to the office.
ERIC: You got digital photographs of the work?
MICHAEL DOUGLAS: I got photographs.
HATTIE: (Voiceover) Eric stops by to see the work with his own eyes.
MICHAEL: I recorded on the plan where the pipe is now.
ERIC: And you'll make sure you attach them to the daily report.
MICHAEL: Oh yeah.
ERIC: Okay that's great. Thank you, I appreciate it.
ERIC: In real architecture, in really good design there are no trends, you know. There's inspiration from the past and there's, you know, wonderful ideas, but there are no trends to have big rooms and high ceilings and things like that. It's the architects job ultimately to interpret what the client wants, but in a home like this there's just so much detail that every space makes you feel different and the detail makes you want to go there.
HATTIE: Why when people walk in this house will it be so different?
ERIC: We have work going on in 13 countries that is getting accumulated into this house. And that's typical of the projects that we do. There isn't anything we can't find, any problem we can't solve, any look we can't achieve, anything we can't imitate because there's no limit any more to where to go to get it.
It's sitting down, a few mouse clicks -- in a little while you could discover -- it's just incredible what you could discover. It's really wild. This isn't just building. This is about understanding the science and technology of building. It's about understanding the history of architecture. It's about understanding how to do something a certain way so that it turns out a certain way, so it lasts a certain period of time, and it works a certain way.
You have to -- you have to be committed to knowing what you're doing. It's really a special process.