J. Patrick Homes is celebrating 30 years of exceptional homebuilding this year, and many of the people who worked with the company in its early days are still there today. Here’s a look at one who was there early on and is still there today — Rob Wethington and Network Tile
Rob Wethington freely admits Network Tile wouldn’t be here without J. Patrick Homes.
Wethington first met the J. Patrick team when he was working for another tile installer 27 years ago. When that company started venturing into other areas, Wethington decided to open his own business.
“I reached out to J. Patrick Homes and they were very supportive and really instrumental in Network Tile being here today,” he said.
That was 24 years ago.
Drawn by the artistry of tile and with a passion for quality work, Network Tile did well and Wethington found himself working with some of the biggest residential builders in the Houston area. But about 10 years ago, he decided to focus on just one — J. Patrick Homes.
“They were experiencing terrific growth, and despite the speed of growth, they still operated the same — diligent, fair and confirmed with a handshake,” he said. “You come to appreciate that integrity in this business.”
J. Patrick also taps into their contractors’ expert advice on how to stay in the forefront of new building practices and trends — another trait he admires.
“Always looking to improve their product, J. Patrick agreed to spend a little more on the front end of the tile installation process, with an upgraded bonding material,” Wethington said. “This secures the tile to the foundation to the betterment of their buyers.”
Wethington also has met with many J. Patrick homeowners to help them make decisions about what tile to pick and options for installation.
“Tile is a durable, decorative, hard surface material that won’t fade, warp or stretch over time like other products,” he said. “Installed properly, it can withstand the longevity of the home.”
Wethington said he hopes his relationship with J. Patrick Homes continues for years to come.
“They are a small, privately owned residential home builder in the fourth largest city in America,” he said. “They have successfully positioned themselves and competed very well with larger publicly traded builders for 30 years, and I have been fortunate enough to grow alongside them. I’d like to congratulate them and hope we can continue to work together for many years to come!”