Alive & Unedited: Dominic Giordano
For this year's Parade of Homes, Dominic Giordano really got to strut his stuff. In six months, he transformed a vacant plot in Dublin into a beautiful new home that will appear in the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio's annual showcase. From the fully furnished living room, he spoke about family, football and working with his hands.
I came to Columbus right after college to work for Gossing. I've been here for 11 years. My wife, who's the co-owner, is Klaus Gossing's daughter. We both went to Penn State, but she's from the Columbus area.
I've been interested in building since I was a kid. My grandfather built houses. He was a lifelong carpenter. That was probably a necessity back in the '20s and '30s. You worked with your hands.
In college, I was going to major in architecture until I went to orientation. They actually showed that if you're an architect, you might be drawing a bolt to a half-inch scale. I said, "I don't want to draw a bolt. I want to draw the house."
Eventually, I majored in chemistry and got a secondary-education degree. I ditched student-teaching to start this job early.
My wife and I built our house. My wife was always out there in coveralls cleaning up after us, hauling trash. She and I put the roof on. We framed it. She and I did the electrical work. We were young. Nothing hurt back then.
When you live in a house you built, you get attached to it. I probably can never leave.
Building for the parade, the biggest challenge is the time constraint. I think every builder would echo that. We don't get to start until November. It's a rapid pace from day one. A lot of quick decisions - and they better be good decisions.
My strong suit is ultimately my ability to work with people - whether it's 30 adolescents in a classroom or a doctor client or a guy with a shovel in his hand out in the yard.
Someone I admire is Mike Tomlin, coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I like his ability as a young man to come in and take over a group of men a lot older than him and yet communicate and identify with such a diverse group of personalities. He basically pulled that team together in two and half years and took them to the ultimate goal.
In spare time, I'm with my kids mostly. I coach Little League baseball. I like going trout fishing in Pennsylvania. I've got a '66 Mustang convertible that I like to tinker on. I've had it now for about five years. White outside, red interior. It's pretty fast.
The best advice I've ever received is that if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
My favorite thing about Central Ohio is the sunrises and sunsets. I'm from the mountains. You don't get to see them like you do out here.