Larry Murr (standing, left) is a survivor. His remodeling career goes back nearly 30 years, and in that time the former schoolteacher and basketball coach did finish carpentry, ran a framing crew, and designed and built new houses, before plunging into remodeling exclusively. He survived the construction crash of 1989-91, a six-month back injury, and a partnership that dissolved two weeks after it was launched.

“We’ve learned from our mistakes,” Murr says. Apparently so. Volume for the company—mainly coming from kitchens, baths, and additions—jumped about 50 percent in a year.

During the past 10 years, Murr’s been heavily involved in getting the local Remodelors Council up and running. He’s also been active in the Council at the national level.

A display completed for the Museum of Science and Industry in Jacksonville was among the dozen projects his company has received awards for recently.