Interviewed by Checkatrade
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My name is Marcin Kawalek. My area of expertise is interior design and refurbishments, kitchen and bathroom fitting and improvements in particular.
During 22 years of my professional career I have learned and mastered various aspects of the general building trade, which as an interdisciplinary discipline requires comprehensive knowledge. I studied construction engineering in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture of Szczecin University of Technology, Poland and followed it with a year an apprenticeship in an architectural design studio. Both provided me with the theoretical background in structural engineering and skills such as the ability to determine the load-bearing walls while demolishing and redesigning the interior walls and look at the buildings in wider spectrum etc. Thereafter, I was improving my practical skills working for 2 years on renovating historic buildings and with traditional crafts for The Polish Ateliers for Conservation of Cultural Property. After moving to Scotland, I have continued with similar projects: I have worked on renovating a number of A-listed and UNESCO listed buildings in Edinburgh. This allowed me to gain the detailed knowledge about materials used in historic buildings and how to use them and combine with modern ones.
As a self-employed tradesman I have worked in 5 different countries (Poland, Sweden, Norway, Germany and UK), which influenced my approach to the trade from the perspective of weather and climate differences as well as habits and cultural requirements of different nations. It taught me to be flexible and creative in what I do.
While working in the United Kingdom for the past 10 years I have been incorporating the knowledge and experience I had previously gained into running a successful business (on self-employed basis) and developing a portfolio of many satisfied clients with different needs. I have created a network of fellow tradesmen from different professions, so that where my own expertise is not applicable or sufficient, I can still offer my customers complex service to accomplish their project in full. Thanks to my drive to enhance my skills and experience furthermore, I like challenging and technically difficult projects, where I can combine my knowledge with creativity. Thus I can fulfil customers' needs and significantly improve the quality of their living space, so they can feel comfortable and relaxed in it, while enjoying the stylish finishing of my craftsmanship.
If you’re currently considering improving your home, why not become one of my satisfied customers? I’ll be more than happy to be of assistance every step of the way to improving your living space and can guarantee excellent service.