Luke Holcomb started his entrepreneurial endeavors in the the midst of the recession, and now he's looking forward to what his new business can do in a more stable economy.
His new company Stream Line provides unique designs, construction and repairs for outdoor decks.
He currently has five employees, but is looking to hire more, and he does his office work out of a new downtown workspace, called Society of Work.
He has done a range of carpentry work from basic framing to furniture building, and with his new venture he decided to whittle down his focus to unique outdoor decks.
"We focus on very high-quality and we use the best practices that are available to the industry," he said.
Although, he and his team can do traditional rectangle decks, they like to create unique designs using arches and curves.
He's finishing up a job now that has a design of diagonal boards that make up the deck, he said.
"To be able to do things like that—that's our ideal customers, [someone who is] going to care for quality and have an appreciation for design," he said.
The length and cost of projects his company does vary. He's been working for three months on a 2,000-square-foot deck that is four different levels.
But, the team also did a 700-square-foot square deck that took about a week.
The cost is about $20 per square foot, depending on the type of materials used.
Holcomb came to Chattanooga for the outdoors. He used to spend time kayaking. Now, work prevents him from doing that as much, but he's also found a solid, supportive entrepreneurial community here, he said.
He's found a place around other creative people at the Society of Work, he said.
"Before the Society of Work, to be able to hang out in coffee shops and talk to other people who are starting businesses, get feedback from them and also communicate about growing pains—I've been really fortunate."
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