Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicholas Paolucci.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. I took drafting in high school and succeeded in math and art classes. I decided I wanted to be an architect and went to college at Auburn University in Alabama, which was ranked top ten architectural schools in the country. After five years, I graduated and moved home to RI in 2010. It was tough finding a job back then so it took me about six months to find an internship in Bristol, RI. After calling every firm in RI and Boston in alphabetical order looking for a full time job, I got to “W” before finding a firm that would interview me in Quincy, MA. I took the job and moved to Quincy for 2 years working at a mid-sized firm specializing in historic restoration and roof replacement. Wanting to expand my horizons in the field, I took a job with a Boston architect looking to branch out from his larger firm and start his own business. I was his draftsman and right-hand man for 3 years. During that time, I studied for the 7 tests I had to pass to obtain my professional license. Once I had my license to practice architecture, I started my own business and it has been the best decision I ever made.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not always been smooth. In the beginning, I struggled with how to be confident around clients who were twice my age and did not trust my level of experience. There was a time where I would take on any project that came to me know matter if I knew what I was doing or not. Now I know what I can handle and what is over my head. I also struggled with how much to charge people. I did not know how to run a small business, so there were a lot of growing pains with taxes, contracts, and paperwork.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the MASS Architect story. Tell us more about the business.
I work with contractors and homeowners who are interested in building an addition, renovation, or custom house. I help them with the design and construction drawings needed for permit so they can build their dream home on time and under budget. I specialize in residential construction but have worked on small commercial spaces including restaurants, banks, and stores. I am best known for additions to existing houses in the Boston area but am most proud of the strong relationships I have built with contractors around the state. I believe in the design-build process for construction, where the architect works hand in hand with the contractor from the start of the project, to build the addition of new home successfully. I work with a handful of contractors but there is one project I am particularly proud of. I partnered with SouthShoreLittleHouses.com, a new business looking to hop on the little house bandwagon. I am the architect and designer of the homes, and partnered with a local South Shore contractor who will build the houses for an affordable price. I think the thing that sets me apart from other architects is my ability to work with any client’s budget for architectural drawings. No one really knows how much architectural fees are, nor do they want to spend money on them. Since I am a sole proprietor, I have little overhead and can make my fee affordable for every client. I also listen to their wants in the design, instead of designing what I want and think is best for the project, which is what I believe most architects do.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think I have been lucky and unlucky. I believe more that I made the decisions that led me to this point in my life, not luck. But those life changing mistakes helped me grow and learn and be a better person. I met my fiancé in Boston and consider that good luck since she has been nothing but a good influence on my life. I bought my first home in Revere and think I lucked out on a condo right on the water that was in my price range.
- $10/sq ft
- Address: 71 Revere Beach Blvd Unit 8
- Website: www.massarchitect.com
- Phone: 4013163525
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/massarchitect
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/massarchitect
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/massarchitect
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/mass-architect-revere
- Other: https://www.houzz.com/pro/massarchitect/mass-architect-llc