Robert (Bob) Hynes was introduced to the building trades at a very early age. His family lived next door to a custom window door manufacturing business just outside of town and young Bob spent many days watching and learning as hundreds of windows and doors were manufactured and delivered to local construction sites. He grew interested in construction and, for many years, dreamed of becoming an architect.
High school brought new ideas with fast cars and pretty girls, and life, as it often does, took young Bob in a different direction. He spent his high school years working co-op at a local auto body shop. Following that, he became a licensed auto body technician and worked in the auto body business for nine years.
In 1982, Bob returned to the building construction business in his spare time, first by building a home for his family and then various projects for other clients.
In 1985 Bob was hired as a firefighter by the Peterborough Fire Department, thereby fulfilling another dream as he followed in the footsteps of his father who retired a few years earlier as Deputy Fire Chief. In his spare time, Bob expanded his reputation as a reliable building contractor, specializing in custom renovations.
In 1994 Bob added to his construction skills when he trained to be a house designer in the burgeoning CAD (Computer Aided Design) field and during that year Your Own Design was born. He studied part time in a program called SoftPlan, the program he uses to this day. The business took off and Bob found himself very busy, drawing 6 homes during that first year. Since then, he has drawn hundreds of plans.
He is a certified installer
for Nudura, an I.C.F. (Insulated Concrete Forming) product. He has worked
with timber frame contractors to include timber framing as a product for
design and has used many types of construction techniques, some of which
require an engineering review. An example of this is the engineered and
pre-stressed concrete slab floor of a second floor garage.