Wade had always been interested in older homes and their histories. In 1994, he finally was in the position to purchase a home of his own. The 1906 fixer became not only Wade’s first experience with home-ownership, but as a general contractor as well. Frustrated with the quality of work and poor communication he encountered, Wade fired his contractor and assumed the role himself. Realizing his passion, temperament and skills for the work, Wade switched careers, leaving behind his job as a department head at an exhibit design firm, and setting up shop in his home attic in 1996.