TULA's Creative Director, Luis Saga, spent his earlier days in pharmaceutical labs. White coat, pens in his pocket, calculators, the whole thing.  Educated as a chemist, and driven like a pioneer, Luis ran the numbers and worked the formulas for the medicines and the cures we've come to accept as life saving. For twenty years he spent growing attached to Seattle, a far cry from his native Mexico, and as the pharmaceutical industry changed and left the Pacific Northwest for browner pastures, Luis had established himself and his family in the Emerald City.

But before he'd fully given up his lab coat, he'd realized the value of the Seattle house. They were everywhere - losing their luster, hidden behind overgrown yards, neglected and even abused. He saw them not as the permanent scars of an aging city, but as some kind of hope for the future if only someone would put in the effort.

He bought one of them, and then another, and another and for each of them he breathed new life into it, and learned quite a bit about what's involved when taking a house from old and run down to good, and from good to great, great to awesome. He'd saved them from the end stages of urban decay, and brought them back to life.

When jumping in to the restoration industry, you rub elbows with a lot of people, from counter guards in government offices, to tile setters, and from random workers wielding shovels, to angry neighbor's wielding really bad attitudes. Like a boiling pot of soup, it's pretty mixed up. But over time certain people find success and start gravitation toward each other, and in late 1997, Luis Saga met Antonio Lazo.

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