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Meet Robert Pellegrino, owner of Robart Construction. Click here to see a photo gallery of their work.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself and your business.
A: I got started in construction when I was 19 years old. After working for several companies offering different specialties, I took on a partner with a goal of rebuilding the world. Although the partnership dissolved after 2 years, I continued on and built a successful construction/contracting company with 36 years of experience.
Q: What geographic area(s) does your company serve?
A: We serve customers in Queens and parts of Brooklyn. Most of our jobs are in the local areas of Middle Village, Glendale, Forest Hills, Maspeth and surrounding area.
Q: What type of jobs does Robart Construction specialize in?
A: We are specialists in kitchen and bathroom renovations and do a lot of tiling work. We are very happy to complete all interior projects. We even built a few new homes in the Maspeth area back in the day.
Q: How did you get started in the contracting/tiling business?
A: We’ve been installing tile for quite some time. When we started doing the tile aspect of our projects, it was pretty much installing 4×4 tiles you see in many of the homes and apartments in Queens. Times has sure changed. Today we install tiles with a wide variety of looks (wood, marble, stone) and the size of the tiles has increased dramatically. A few short years ago, a 12″tile was considered large-format. Today, we regularly install tiles that are 24″, 36″ and even 48″.
Q: How long have you been a Tiles Unlimited client?
A:We’ve been a client since 2005 and before that, we used Glendale Tile, the predecessor to Tiles Unlimited. We always recommend Tiles Unlimited due to our long standing relationship and the excellent service we receive.
Q: Why do you recommend that your clients shop at Tiles Unlimited?
A: We recommend our customers make their purchases at Tiles Unlimited because of the helpfulness of the staff, fair pricing and accurate delivery time of materials.
Q: What should a homeowner consider when they are in the process of selecting an installer/contractor?
A: We believe that recommendations from satisfied clients is the best way to find a reliable contractor/tile installer. Most of our jobs are referrals from satisfied clients.
Q: What are some of the current product and installation trends you are seeing?
A: The most popular tiles right now are porcelain wood-looks and the 12 x 24 large format tiles. Of course subway tiles are classic and contemporary and continue to be a favorite as well. Much like floor and wall tiles, we see the trend of larger-format subway tiles in an array of colors.
Q: Describe one of your favorite tile and stone installation projects and why you liked it so much.
A: One of our favorite tile jobs was a bathroom in the Glendale (Queens) area. It was a combination of a typical 5 x 8 bathroom and an adjacent bedroom. It was a huge room with room for a shower with a seat and pebble floor custom glass enclosure , A drop in tub with a tiled surround, vanity and a dressing/make-up area. Not to mention plenty of closet space to complete the room.
Q: As you know, Tiles Unlimited’s mission is “Making a difference one square foot at a time” under which they perform many charitable and philanthropic activities. Does Robart Construction do anything similar?
A: We enthusiastically support the Queensboro chapter of UNICO. They are a private non-profit organization, comprised of individuals of Italian ancestry committed to providing a better quality of life for those in need on a community and national level. They do a lot of charitable work including providing college scholarships to deserving students and helping returning war veterans.
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