Business Showcase: Karl Lewis – LeTrucco Design

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Karl left school with the ambition to become an architect and now runs LeTrucco Design, an architectural design business. They are part of the whole process until it’s all completed on the site. LeTrucco are there from start to finish. 

 

 

How did LeTrucco start?

We started 3 years ago. My business partner Kate and I worked for a construction company together and both got made redundant. That was on a Friday. So we had the weekend off and we started the company on the Monday! I had a string of clients that I bought along with me and it just snowballed after that.

Why did you start your own business?

I’ve always wanted to start my own business and that was the right time. I was in the previous company for 4 years. If I had tried to start the company before that, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. In the end, being redundant was the best thing to happen to me! There is a reason things happen.

What is your favourite part of the job?

The design and the sketches are the bit that I love. I have always liked art and being able to put what’s in my head onto a piece of paper. I also like being able to see how things are built. I have several projects coming to conclusion now and it’s nice to see the development from the original drawings.

Where do you see LeTrucco in 10 years?

I have no intention of growing the business too big. The good thing at the moment is people come through the phone directly to me. If we make the business too big, there is no control. I’m happy with how it is right now.

What achievement are you most proud of?

I’d say I’m probably a building opposite the millennium stadium, it’s a block of luxury flats. Its’ a great feeling to be able to point it out when I am out with clients. There is also a one-of-a-kind project we are doing in Cwmbran with for those with disabilities. We have made it a safe and welcoming place for people of disabilities and special needs.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I wanted to be an architect. I have always wanted to be an architect. I did also at one point want to be an archaeologist…but architecture is what I love.

What are some of the greatest challenges?

Every job is a challenge. No two jobs are the same! You could do a batch of McDonalds and stamp them around the country, but I have a different building on very different sites every day. Every job is just as hard or challenging.

What is one piece of advice you would give to other young entrepreneurs starting out?

With your own business, you have to work hard. If you want to do architecture you have to love it. The love of getting something that you have in your head onto paper. You need ambition and determination.

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