Tomco Company President Tom Schiebout is among Minnesota’s most experienced and highly credentialed remodeling contractors. He has operated a successful design-build general contracting and remodeling company since 1979 and has earned many special certifications through his active memberships in the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the Builder Association of the Twin Cities (BATC).
Tomco is best known for large, complex remodeling projects such as additions, whole-house makeovers and custom kitchens. It is especially skilled at incorporating the best universal design practices, which makes spaces convenient, accessible and safe for people of all ages and abilities while enhancing aesthetic and resale appeal. And you can count on Tomco to think green and health when considering energy and water conservation and indoor air quality.
After homeowners and businesses choose Tom Schiebout for a project he usually becomes their Contractor for Life. He’s the first remodeler past customers call for in-law suites, basement upgrades, replacement windows, or a Minnesota-worthy entries or decks.
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Carol is Tomco Company’s interior designer of choice. While Tom develops floor plans and pricing, Carol helps clients specify fixtures, surfaces and colors.
“Many remodeling clients can be overwhelmed by all of the choices. I get to know them and their homes and simplify the process by guiding them toward safe selections that will suit their design styles, homes and budgets,” she said.
Carol started her own interior design business in 1984, just one year after getting her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from University of Wisconsin-Stout. As a recent empty nester, she says she finally feels she can balance a dozen projects and her passion for hiking, skiing and gardening.
The Circle Pines designer has two tips for Tomco clients:
"Clients not only need to make a lot of choices, they must approach them in the right sequence,“ she added.
She reminds Tomco customers to remember the big picture. “When friends come to see your new kitchen, make sure the guest powder room also makes the grade. Changing the light fixture and sink and removing old wallpaper when the electrician, plumber and painter are already there won’t add much to the cost of the project, but it will have a big impact on the overall impression you make,” she said.
Carol charges Tomco clients by the hour. Her services range from offering a professional take on the homeowners’ choices to meeting couples at showrooms and shopping for items on her own.
Carol sees herself as a bridge. “The sales person at the showroom may want to sell people top of the line everything, even if it is not appropriate for their budgets or the rest of their homes. I’m interested closing the gap and making everything work together.” she said.
Tom calls Carol an important, trusted resource on the Tomco Company team. “We often work in the background to discuss selections and budgets. Most often I sit in on the initial meeting to answer questions that may arise about particular products. Then I trust Carol go it on her own,” he said.
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Minnesota Chapter recognized Tomco President Tom Schiebout last night for marking 40 years in business this month.
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