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INTERIOR DESIGNER/CONTRACTOR: Using Art & Building Skills To Rehab An Old Diner

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Mike, whose most recent project was helping with the redesign and rehab of an old diner, describes his educational career path from studying architecture and sculpture, to opening his own business doing metal work, to teaching welding.

Job Title: Designer/Contractor

Job Summary: Interior Designers

Job Description

Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful for almost every type of building: offices, homes, airport terminals, shopping malls, and restaurants. They select and specify colors, finishes, fabrics, furniture, flooring and wallcoverings, lighting, and other materials to create useful and stylish interiors for buildings.

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Licensure requirements vary by state. Many states have laws that restrict the use of the title “interior designer.” For example, in these states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may do interior design work. But only those who pass their state-approved exam, most commonly the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, may call themselves registered interior designers.

The NCIDQ exam is the nationally recognized exam required for licensure. (California requires a different exam, administered by the California Council for Interior Design Certification.) Qualification to take the exam include a combination of education and experience. Typically, applicants have at least a bachelor’s degree in interior design plus 2 years of experience.

Certification Requirement
Voluntary certification in an interior design specialty, such as kitchens and baths, allows interior designers to demonstrate their expertise in a particular area of interior design.

Quick Facts

Average salary
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$25,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
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10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
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Part-time, Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
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Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Artistic, People skills, Organizational skills

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Grease Box ?]</span> <span m='3580'>in</span> <span m='3620'>Oakland,</span> <span m='4730'>and</span> <span m='5130'>the</span> <span m='5650'>place</span> <span m='5870'>has been</span> <span m='6230'>open</span> <span m='6370'>for about</span> <span m='6460'>four</span> <span m='6640'>months.</span> <span m='7200'>A</span> <span m='7410'>lot</span> <span m='7610'>of</span> <span m='7680'>it</span> <span m='7760'>is</span> <span m='7890'>rehabbing</span> <span m='8320'>the</span> <span m='8400'>building.</span> <span m='8880'>It's</span> <span m='9350'>a</span> <span m='9680'>very</span> <span m='9950'>old</span> <span m='10150'>building.</span> <span m='10650'>It used to be a</span> <span m='10910'>train</span> <span m='11360'>depot,</span> <span m='12220'>or</span> <span m='12370'>a</span> <span m='13410'>streetcar</span> <span m='13580'>depot.</span> <span m='15710'>And</span> <span m='16280'>then,</span> <span m='16640'>it was</span> <span m='16940'>built</span> <span m='17200'>into</span> <span m='17430'>a</span> <span m='17500'>restaurant</span> <span m='17970'>in</span> <span m='18270'>the</span> <span m='18550'>'70s.</span> <span m='20340'>And</span> <span m='21240'>one</span> <span m='21430'>of</span> <span m='21530'>the</span> <span m='21600'>first</span> <span m='21860'>things</span> <span m='22320'>I</span> <span m='22420'>did</span> <span m='22890'>was</span> <span m='23120'>start</span> <span m='23620'>to</span> <span m='23780'>rehab</span> <span m='24070'>the</span> <span m='24200'>original</span> <span m='24550'>sign</span> <span m='25320'>for</span> <span m='25500'>the</span> <span m='25580'>building,</span> <span m='25850'>which</span> <span m='26010'>was</span> <span m='26100'>actually,</span> <span m='27700'>I</span> <span m='27960'>figured</span> <span m='28270'>out,</span> <span m='28400'>was</span> <span m='28680'>built</span> <span m='28990'>for</span> <span m='29200'>another</span> <span m='29510'>restaurant</span> <span m='30310'>somewhere,</span> <span m='30920'>or</span> <span m='31030'>another</span> <span m='31200'>business</span> <span m='33800'>in</span> <span m='34160'>1960.</span> <span m='35030'>And</span> <span m='35400'>so</span> <span m='35770'>I've</span> <span m='36250'>now</span> <span m='36400'>rebuilt</span> <span m='36550'>it.</span> <span m='37250'>It's</span> <span m='37690'>kind</span> <span m='37830'>of</span> <span m='38130'>one of</span> <span m='38180'>the last</span> <span m='38370'>things I</span> <span m='38812'>did</span> <span m='39254'>here,</span> <span m='39696'>so now it's</span> <span m='40140'>functional,</span> <span m='40490'>and</span> <span m='40840'>it's</span> <span m='41278'>happening.</span> </p><p><span m='43468'>So</span> <span m='43906'>I've done</span> <span m='44350'>a lot</span> <span m='44630'>of</span> <span m='47160'>lighting</span> <span m='47680'>projects.</span> <span m='48320'>I</span> <span m='48420'>headed</span> <span m='48740'>my</span> <span m='48880'>own</span> <span m='49030'>company</span> <span m='49340'>for</span> <span m='49480'>years,</span> <span m='49930'>and I did</span> <span m='50190'>a lot</span> <span m='50670'>of</span> <span m='52080'>light</span> <span m='52380'>fixtures,</span> <span m='52970'>chandeliers,</span> <span m='54314'>you</span> <span m='54758'>know,</span> <span m='56090'>for</span> <span m='56170'>restaurants</span> <span m='56820'>all</span> <span m='57260'>over</span> <span m='57420'>the</span> <span m='57520'>country.</span> <span m='60470'>And</span> <span m='60750'>I've</span> <span m='60820'>made</span> <span m='61160'>a</span> <span m='61270'>lot</span> <span m='61490'>of</span> <span m='61580'>signs</span> <span m='62080'>for</span> <span m='62340'>people</span> <span m='63020'>locally,</span> <span m='63450'>and</span> <span m='63940'>all</span> <span m='64220'>over</span> <span m='64430'>the</span> <span m='64739'>place.</span> <span m='66880'>So</span> <span m='67400'>that</span> <span m='67580'>was</span> <span m='67920'>one</span> <span m='68320'>thing</span> <span m='68490'>that</span> <span m='68835'>was</span> <span m='69740'>fun,</span> <span m='70130'>straightforward,</span> <span m='70710'>satisfying</span> <span m='71470'>to</span> <span m='71780'>see</span> <span m='71960'>that.</span> <span m='72940'>To</span> <span m='73300'>be</span> <span m='73380'>able</span> <span m='73540'>to</span> <span m='73660'>recycle</span> <span m='74240'>an</span> <span m='74390'>old</span> <span m='74700'>fixture</span> <span m='75160'>and</span> <span m='75250'>make</span> <span m='75460'>it</span> <span m='75680'>viable</span> <span m='77790'>50</span> <span m='78040'>years</span> <span m='78460'>later.</span> <span m='79160'>Kind of</span> <span m='79440'>cool.</span> </p><p><span m='81990'>And</span> <span m='83190'>just</span> <span m='83580'>all</span> <span m='83800'>kinds</span> <span m='84010'>of</span> <span m='84120'>development</span> <span m='84590'>on</span> <span m='84700'>the</span> <span m='84780'>place.</span> <span m='85355'>it's been</span> <span m='85640'>a</span> <span m='85990'>kind of</span> <span m='86390'>a</span> <span m='86470'>low</span> <span m='86730'>budget,</span> <span m='87065'>a</span> <span m='87400'>lot</span> <span m='87650'>of</span> <span m='87700'>recycling,</span> <span m='90120'>just</span> <span m='90440'>getting</span> <span m='90770'>fixtures</span> <span m='90970'>going.</span> <span m='92980'>I</span> <span m='93100'>hooked</span> <span m='93370'>up</span> <span m='93730'>the--</span> <span m='93930'>cleaned</span> <span m='94510'>and</span> <span m='94990'>revamped</span> <span m='95255'>the</span> <span m='95520'>fryer,</span> <span m='96380'>got</span> <span m='96610'>it</span> <span m='96730'>hooked</span> <span m='96900'>up.</span> <span m='97170'>And</span> <span m='97260'>that</span> <span m='97410'>was</span> <span m='98010'>a</span> <span m='98100'>big</span> <span m='98550'>step</span> <span m='99010'>in</span> <span m='99370'>the</span> <span m='99480'>development</span> <span m='99860'>of</span> <span m='99950'>the</span> <span m='100040'>menu</span> <span m='100360'>here,</span> <span m='101040'>and</span> <span m='101295'>just</span> <span m='101550'>getting</span> <span m='102020'>things</span> <span m='102480'>greasy.</span> </p><p><span m='103890'>I</span> <span m='104860'>came</span> <span m='105070'>here</span> <span m='105190'>to</span> <span m='105280'>study</span> <span m='105820'>architecture</span> <span m='106520'>in</span> <span m='106760'>1991.</span> <span m='109140'>Did</span> <span m='109290'>that</span> <span m='109500'>for</span> <span m='109590'>a</span> <span m='109630'>few</span> <span m='109790'>years,</span> <span m='110390'>and</span> <span m='110560'>then</span> <span m='110870'>realized</span> <span m='112180'>that</span> <span m='112330'>wasn't</span> <span m='112690'>my</span> <span m='112880'>career</span> <span m='113190'>path.</span> <span m='115030'>And</span> <span m='115890'>I</span> <span m='116040'>switched</span> <span m='116460'>to</span> <span m='116960'>sculpture</span> <span m='117420'>and</span> <span m='117960'>immediately</span> <span m='118410'>found</span> <span m='119530'>some</span> <span m='119670'>really,</span> <span m='119990'>really</span> <span m='120760'>satisfying</span> <span m='121450'>success</span> <span m='121900'>for</span> <span m='122020'>me,</span> <span m='123560'>especially</span> <span m='124360'>because</span> <span m='124990'>of</span> <span m='126910'>the</span> <span m='127050'>location.</span> <span m='127700'>I</span> <span m='127770'>grew</span> <span m='128050'>up</span> <span m='128210'>nearby,</span> <span m='128880'>but</span> <span m='130229'>I</span> <span m='130380'>didn't</span> <span m='130639'>know</span> <span m='131140'>a</span> <span m='131230'>lot</span> <span m='131480'>about</span> <span m='132070'>the</span> <span m='132360'>art</span> <span m='132650'>scene</span> <span m='133190'>in</span> <span m='133790'>the</span> <span m='133880'>Bay</span> <span m='134000'>area,</span> <span m='134800'>specifically.</span> <span m='136330'>I</span> <span m='136610'>traveled</span> <span m='138560'>and</span> <span m='139150'>seen</span> <span m='139370'>a</span> <span m='139440'>lot</span> <span m='139600'>of</span> <span m='139690'>art,</span> <span m='139930'>and</span> <span m='140240'>experienced</span> <span m='140700'>a</span> <span m='140750'>lot</span> <span m='140950'>of</span> <span m='141010'>things,</span> <span m='141280'>but</span> <span m='143290'>I</span> <span m='143390'>wasn't</span> <span m='143650'>aware of</span> <span m='143920'>just</span> <span m='144120'>the</span> <span m='144210'>local</span> <span m='144740'>scene,</span> <span m='145060'>and</span> <span m='145170'>found</span> <span m='145420'>out</span> <span m='145550'>that</span> <span m='145660'>I</span> <span m='146110'>really</span> <span m='146410'>fit</span> <span m='146610'>into</span> <span m='146830'>that.</span> <span m='147510'>I was</span> <span m='147720'>really</span> <span m='148010'>inspired</span> <span m='148440'>by</span> <span m='148580'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='150100'>So</span> <span m='150370'>then,</span> <span m='150740'>when</span> <span m='150890'>I</span> <span m='150930'>got</span> <span m='151210'>out of</span> <span m='151260'>school,</span> <span m='152500'>through</span> <span m='153380'>my</span> <span m='153490'>best</span> <span m='153710'>friend</span> <span m='153910'>from</span> <span m='154090'>architecture</span> <span m='154870'>school,</span> <span m='155650'>I</span> <span m='155750'>started</span> <span m='156060'>my</span> <span m='156180'>own</span> <span m='156290'>business</span> <span m='157070'>doing</span> <span m='157600'>metal</span> <span m='157850'>work.</span> <span m='159660'>And</span> <span m='160400'>his</span> <span m='160840'>father</span> <span m='161570'>was</span> <span m='162140'>a</span> <span m='162210'>designer</span> <span m='162575'>of</span> <span m='163680'>brew</span> <span m='164110'>pubs</span> <span m='164650'>and</span> <span m='165010'>restaurants</span> <span m='165480'>around</span> <span m='165690'>the</span> <span m='165760'>country.</span> <span m='166100'>So</span> <span m='166530'>I</span> <span m='166620'>did</span> <span m='166750'>a</span> <span m='166790'>lot</span> <span m='166960'>of</span> <span m='167010'>work</span> <span m='167580'>developing</span> <span m='167990'>that</span> <span m='168250'>stuff,</span> <span m='168580'>and</span> <span m='169190'>sending</span> <span m='169590'>things</span> <span m='169860'>away</span> <span m='171860'>to</span> <span m='172200'>open</span> <span m='172540'>restaurants.</span> <span m='173330'>And</span> <span m='174990'>I</span> <span m='175160'>had a</span> <span m='175430'>really</span> <span m='175620'>good time with</span> <span m='175930'>that.</span> <span m='177060'>I'd</span> <span m='177340'>learned</span> <span m='177720'>a</span> <span m='177780'>lot,</span> <span m='178780'>and</span> <span m='179590'>then</span> <span m='179710'>eventually</span> <span m='180130'>just</span> <span m='180320'>got</span> <span m='181020'>tired</span> <span m='181360'>of</span> <span m='181460'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='183476'>Well,</span> <span m='183870'>during</span> <span m='184100'>that</span> <span m='184190'>time</span> <span m='184390'>I</span> <span m='184430'>was</span> <span m='184550'>doing</span> <span m='184690'>that,</span> <span m='184850'>I</span> <span m='184890'>started</span> <span m='185270'>teaching</span> <span m='186340'>welding</span> <span m='186635'>and</span> <span m='186930'>sculpture.</span> <span m='187900'>Just</span> <span m='188080'>kind</span> <span m='188250'>of</span> <span m='188480'>really</span> <span m='188750'>realized</span> <span m='189160'>that</span> <span m='189290'>I</span> <span m='189370'>enjoy</span> <span m='190030'>spreading</span> <span m='190450'>out</span> <span m='190640'>my</span> <span m='190980'>talents</span> <span m='193630'>and</span> <span m='194130'>expertise</span> <span m='194740'>on</span> <span m='194890'>things,</span> <span m='195260'>I</span> <span m='195320'>guess,</span> <span m='195710'>and</span> <span m='195780'>just</span> <span m='196000'>really</span> <span m='196190'>like</span> <span m='196390'>helping</span> <span m='196680'>people.</span> <span m='197120'>And</span> <span m='198760'>I'm</span> <span m='199430'>playing</span> <span m='199650'>with</span> <span m='199950'>that.</span> </p>","file":{"id":317173,"video_id":"2887384936001","name":"1593-Mike-DesignContractor","duration":200992,"thumbnail_url":null}});