The Story of The Baker

A story we often tell when we get asked what Project House is all about, is one about a Baker who loves to bake pies.  We’ll call him The Baker.  The Baker made pies all of the time.  His pies were well-loved by his family, who demanded pies for every conceivable occasion.  His pies were delicious and better than anything available in a shop.  Over time,  The Baker started making pies for his kids’ fundraising events, for his friends and their friends, and before he knew it, his pies were in such high demand that he had a business on his hands and he needed to hire some helpers and find a community kitchen space several days a week just to keep up with the orders.

 

Fast forward a few years and The Baker is in a bit of a pickle. His business has grown exponentially, which is wonderful, and he is proud of his success.  He has long outgrown his space, and he now needs a commercial sized kitchen with a huge warehouse space for manufacturing, storage, and delivery. He has a huge team, his online sales are growing, and his customers and family are suggesting that he open up a small storefront with a café. The Baker is feeling overwhelmed.  He needs a new website because the one his niece built for him originally, while lovely, does not give him the flexibility that he needs for his online sales business.  His logo could use a refresh as the pies are now shipping across the country and he really needs a more polished brand.  He is having some issues with a few of his employees, and he doesn’t know how to uncover the problems.  He suspects that he may need additional managers, and would really like to promote and train some of his current staff. He is doing his payroll manually and it’s giving him night sweats. He never had any formal training in anything to do with running a business, and as his company grows, he is feeling pulled in a million different directions.  He needs help in a variety of areas, but he doesn’t know where to start or who to reach out to for help.

 

Enter Project House…and we can help with all of The Baker’s headaches.  He doesn’t need to call multiple companies or consultants to come in and work in silos in all of these challenging areas, because Project House is a one-stop solution. We can work with The Baker to discover all of his many pain points, prioritize them, and break them into bite-sized pieces.  The Baker will have an achievable plan to work through all of his various business areas in a strategic and holistic way that will fit his needs and his budget. At Project House our goal is to help improve and align The Baker’s business, find efficiencies wherever possible, and leave things better and easier, so he can spend time on the right things and enjoy his work! 

 

Does The Baker’s story sound familiar to you?  We would love for you to get in touch with us to see how we can help!

Project Spotlight: Steadyhand Investment Funds

Steadyhand Investment Funds came to us for design assistance with their office space.  They were nearing the end of their lease term and had the opportunity to make some tenant improvements and give the space a bit of a facelift.  They wanted to brighten their space through new paint and lighting, showcase their artwork in a more thoughtful way, create a more inviting foyer area, and find ways to increase privacy in some work areas.  They didn’t want to make too big a change, but they wanted to renew their workspace as much as possible.

We worked within their existing carpet and furniture finishes and the overall design aesthetic of the space to select a new main wall colour and accent wall colours. These fresh walls have really brightened up the space, and the accent wall colours really showcase their artwork and subtly tie back to their beautiful and bold branding colours.  We assisted with the procurement of new reception area furniture and new light fixtures, and we were able to increase privacy in the boardroom and other work areas by designing custom vinyl window film that also serves to showcase their brand.

Thanks Steadyhand for the opportunity to make your workplace sing!

Project House delivered exactly what we were looking for. Our goal was to spruce up our reception and boardroom area and incorporate our corporate branding. They used our corporate messaging, branding colours and company logo, in a simple, fresh, and fun way that’s consistent with our online presence. We are constantly getting compliments on our office space and would recommend the team at Project House.

~ Sherileen Gray, Client Service/Executive Assistant

Project Spotlight: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House

LMNH is an active community hub that provides inclusive programming for children, families, youth, immigrants, and seniors living in and around the Little Mountain/Riley Park neighbourhood of Vancouver.  Their diverse clientele and community members include refugees and immigrants, seniors, single parents, families with young children, and children and youth.

Project House is committed to providing expertise, energy, and time to organizations in our community.  Our team has partnered with LMNH on a variety of projects on a volunteer basis, including performance review and feedback materials, an orientation manual update, paperless office training, and ongoing general HR and operational support. Heidi is a volunteer LMNH Board member and HR Committee Chair.  We just finished a huge office revamp project for them in February which included rallying a crew of volunteers to help paint, put together new furniture, dispose of old furniture and overall just make the space more visually pleasing, functional and organized.  It was a lot of hard work but with our amazing crew of volunteers we were able to achieve an amazing result in just a few short days.