An Introduction to Pro-Following (aka Shadowing) and the Professional Contractors We Follow

November 29, 2011 | by Ethan (email) |

A big part of what we do here at One Project Closer is following professional contractors to the job site. We detail the steps the contractor takes to tackle a tough home improvement project, building DIY How-To guides based on their work.

We team with licensed contractors who bring a strong reputation for honesty, competency, timeliness, and respect. We generally work with contractors who are local to our workshop in Baltimore County, Maryland.

You’ll notice that our articles generally do not disclose the names or locations of the homeowner’s we work with. It is our privilege to follow a contractor into a homeowner’s house, and most homeowners choose to remain anonymous. We work with the contractor to introduce the “following” concept to homeowners, obtaining their permission before writing articles about a project in their house. To date, we’ve never had a homeowner refuse our request to allow us to follow a contractor, and we’ve never had any complaints.

If you’re a licensed professional contractor in the Baltimore, MD area and are interested in working with us, email me @

The Professionals We Recommend

Joe Bianco
  • SDG Home Solutions
  • 410-852-8663
  • MHIC #124080
  • Serving the Baltimore metropolitan area.
  • Specializing in custom remodeling for kitchens, bathrooms and basements, and custom woodworking like built-in cabinets and bookshelves.
Recent Projects: Build a Concrete Patio | Install Pre-Hung Doors | Complete Basement Remodel | Basement Egress Window |
Steve Wartman
  • Wartman Home Improvements
  • 443-364-8040
  • MHIC #39886
  • Serving the Catonsville, Ellicott City and Columbia, Maryland triad area.
Recent Projects: Build a Shed | Build a Deck | Total Bathroom Remodel | Beadboard Wainscoting | Install a Window
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  1. […] I spent some time at a job site with pro contractor Steve Wartman and his crew as they built a new deck using composite materials. Adding a deck to your home is an […]

  2. […] Posted by Ethan Hagan – 03 October 2012 TweetShadowing professional contractors is a big part of what we do at One Project Closer, and we call these articles Pro-Follows. Every Pro-Follow is the result of documenting the work of a pro on an actual job site. To get an idea of what that means, check out our series on sheds, covering everything from laying the foundation to building a shed and more. For now take a look at this bathroom remodel. Ethan Hagan is the primary editor at One Project Closer. He spends most of his days with real contractors on actual job sites and most of his nights writing about the experience. This Pro-Follow was made possible by partnering with general contractor Steve Wartman and his crew. If you enjoy learning from and interacting with pros, become an OPC email or RSS subscriber. For anyone looking to hire a contractor in the Baltimore, Maryland area, I highly recommend you give Steve a call. Here’s his info. […]

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