Emmet Kitchen & Bath is owned and operated by Stephen Hayes, a Licensed Builder and Home Improvement Contractor since 1989. His customer list has over 600 unique names on it!
A true Petoskey native, Steve knows this area well and has a deep appreciation for its beauty and history.
Background and History
Son of long time Petoskey dentist, Hubert Hayes - retired, Steve grew up in the family home on Mitchell Street, which shared space with the dental office. "My dad was a perfect example of how to run your own business. To him it wasn't really a business, it was a way of life, helping friends, neighbors, and strangers solve their dental problems.”
Steve began his home improvement career in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan while attending CMU. While there he worked part time at the House of Cabinets. The partners, who designed and installed all their own kitchens, were second generation German immigrants. Their craftsmanship skills were amazing and their professional integrity always uncompromising.
Later in Mt. Pleasant Steve worked on a framing crew for new construction. However layoffs and the 80’s recession prompted a move to the then booming Washington DC area. By then, Steve knew he would much rather be involved in remodeling than new construction. He took a job as a lead carpenter with Courthouse Kitchens and Baths in Fairfax County, Virginia. After two years of installing their high end kitchens and bathrooms all over Northern Virginia he started his own remodeling company based in Manassas.
After five long years in Northern Virginia, the opportunity came to relocate back to Petoskey. Business was picked back up in Petoskey as Steve Hayes Remodeling and Tile in 1993. That same business is still operating today under the trade name Emmet Kitchen and Bath.
As you can see, Steve has loads of field experience. Now in more of a design role, this experience is very helpful when solving design or installation problems.
How does Steve account for this long run of business success? “I would say that treating my customers like family is probably number one. I also have an intense desire to deliver jobs on time as promised and with the highest level of workmanship possible. I don’t know, it’s a personal thing.”
Steve does business the old fashion way, with old fashion values. It's like, as Steve’s father would say, “a breath of fresh air".
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