Imagine this: A beautiful four-story staircase with glass landings. You’re at the top floor, awestruck, as you glance down at the transparent tier and see the basement at the bottom of the house.
Xtreme-EffeX, Custom Design and Fabrication, has been making projects like this a reality for residential and commercial properties in Vancouver and throughout North America since 2007. In fact, they designed and built the swanky residential glass staircase mentioned in the first paragraph.
The brainchild of Ryan Ramsdale, Owner/ General Manager, who built Xtreme-EffeX out of his garage, has evolved into a flourishing retail and fabrication hub that connects businesses, homeowners and developers to the most cutting-edge design trends and products.
With Xtreme-EffeX inventive design-build process, the in-house design team creates unique, functional and durable products that FIT.
Their motto? “Customize rather than compromise. Because custom fits!”
It’s design with impact. With passion, precision and hands-on approach, it’s high-end work that exceeds expectations, going above and beyond with their out-of-the-box approach to realize your vision no matter how seemingly far-fetched or impossible.
Surely, it is no surprise the 10-year-old business has a five-star presence in the industry with access to the best products and materials on the market and the most skilled fabricators.
Whether it’s your outdoor living space that needs sprucing up or you are looking for a special installation project, or security solutions, Xtreme-EffeX is there to save the day, and make it a lot more awesome!
With no signs of slowing down, you’ve probably seen their eye-grabbing work at upscale restaurants, lottery show homes, and designer retail stores.
As part of our “Client of the Month” series, we caught up with Ramsdale on everything from life as a business owner to advice for new startups:
What motivated you to start your own business?
“The experience I gained through the industry and the drive to want to continually create custom products that my team and I can be proud of.”
What do you enjoy most about being a business owner?
“Through hard work, the freedom and ability to create a schedule that benefits me, and especially my family.”
What’s your favourite part about the fabrication industry?
“The ability to take raw materials and create functional items, using different processes and practices, to achieve what most people don’t see as possible.”
What’s your #1 motivator?
“My #1 motivator would definitely be my family. Working hard and developing a business that allows me the time to be there for and with my family.”
Describe your ‘a-ha’ moment
“Being able to confidently rely on my team to carry out the tasks that I would typically feel to be my responsibility. Releasing the control and being pleased with the results.”
What’s your vision for the business?
“To have self-sufficient business with a dedicated team of motivated fabricators and designers that consistently exceed the expectations of our customers and clients in every aspect.”
What advice do you have for other people who would like to start their own business?
“‘With dedication to your dream, you can spend a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.'”
How do you achieve a work/ life balance?
“With the technology of today, it makes it very difficult to be able to turn work ‘off’. But it’s planning for tomorrow, today, then actually turning work OFF and enjoying what it is that we work so hard for.”
Who could benefit from your services?
“Home builders, home owners, architects, developers, or anyone with a design idea or concept that needs to be brought to life through our design/build process.”
Find Xtreme-EffeX online here and check out all the neat things they do on the daily to make living and work spaces way cooler!