Seattle's Model Remodel turns to 'green' for growth

Jason Legat of Model Remodel said working on ultra-green projects has sustained his business.
BUSINESS JOURNAL PHOTO | Anthony Bolante

Jason Legat of Model Remodel said working on ultra-green projects has sustained his business.

Jason Legat has followed an unusual career path. He has traveled around the world as a model and he is a contractor with a home remodeling business. He also hired his former boss, who has been his mentor since he was a teen, for his new business, Model Remodel.

Legat said he started “swinging a hammer” when he was 14, working for Rick Newell, a family friend with a contracting business on Whidbey Island. Legat worked with Newell all through junior high and high school. He liked remodeling old houses.

“He is a great teacher,” Legat said. “He passed on to me that we are not just building houses, but long-lasting relationships.”

For example, Newell and his father built a house on Whidbey in the ’70s, that Newell remodeled in the ’80s. Newell and Legat worked on a third remodel in the ’90s and Model Remodel completed a fourth remodel in 2010.

“It’s the same house. We’ve worked on it four times and it’s changed hands once or twice,” Legat said. “It’s the value of what you do and the consistency.”

Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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