When you welcome Hudson Remodeling into your home for a renovation, you’re making a big commitment. A lot of trust and faith in our Hudson team is involved. Recognizing that, we would like to give you a chance to meet our crew members so that when we do begin working together, it’ll feel comfy.
With that in mind, we’ve been rolling out crew bios so you can get to know each person who may work in your home.
The next person in the spotlight is Andrey Skripachev, a talented carpenter who’s been with Hudson for years.
Name: Andrey Skripachev
Role: Lead carpenter
First year at Hudson: 2006
Favorite power tool: That would have to be the chop saw. I use that tool the most – trim is mostly what I do, so I use it primarily for that, but I also use it for cutting framing and decking.
Your favorite thing to tear out during a remodel: Kitchen cabinets. They’re easy to tear down, and if they’re in good shape, you can save them. A lot of that stuff can get reused.
One thing most people don’t know about you: I speak three different languages, and often all at once. I’m Russian, but I was born in Estonia. I grew up speaking Estonian, which I learned from the kids at school, and even my mom couldn’t understand me. I don’t really speak Estonian anymore, but now I speak English, Russian and Ukrainian. When I’m talking with Russian friends, we’ll switch back and forth among languages a lot, choosing the easiest words, whichever ones make the most sense for what we’re talking about. It probably sounds kind of funny, but it works.
If time and money were no object, what would you remodel at your own home? If I had all the time and money? I’d probably tear down the whole house and rebuild it. Something with a different layout. It’s not like I don’t like the layout we have, but… I’d start with the siding, because I don’t like the current siding. I’d put in new windows, new trim, get the outside all redone. On the inside, I’d open up some walls, put in new hardwood floors, and go from there.
One thing you think every homeowner should know before starting a remodel project: Find the right company to work with. At Hudson, we run into a lot of customers who went with another company because they were cheaper, or because they’d done some work for someone they knew. My advice would be to hire the right person once and get it done right. Then you don’t have to hire someone else to come in later and do the job all over again. We pay attention to all of the little details.
First thing you remember building: I remember working with my dad, when I was maybe 10 or 11. He used to do remodeling and bricklaying, and I remember helping him on a brick barn for cows. This was back in Estonia, and for the time, this barn was really fancy.
First car: A yellow 1988 Honda CRX Si. I was working at a body shop at the time, and I bought it off a coworker. Later, I ended up selling the car back to the guy I bought it from. My favorite car, though, has probably been the 2006 Dodge Charger I owned. I’ve since sold that one, too.
Favorite candy: I would have to say Tupla, from when I was back in Estonia. You can’t get it around here. The last time I had one was in 2008. My mom had gone back to Estonia to visit, and she brought me a whole box. I don’t even remember what was in a Tupla bar, but I know it was good.