Ralph Slaske is the owner and founder of Ralph Slaske Builders, a custom homebuilding firm serving clients throughout the Northwest Ohio area and beyond. Mr. Slaske, with prior experience as a project manager, an engineer and a construction professional, brings a rare degree of insight and expertise to his clients and goes to great lengths to ensure each project meets each client’s unique specifications from start to finish. A longtime advocate for a comprehensive approach to custom homebuilding, Mr. Slaske is able to offer exceptional custom services that include everything from the initial concept design to the interior decorating.
A graduate of the University of Toledo, Mr. Slaske began his professional career as an engineer before being elevated to a position as a project manager with a widely respected corporate firm. Though he earned the respect and admiration of his peers in each of these corporate roles, Mr. Slaske was inspired to pursue an entrepreneurial endeavor focusing on custom homebuilding after designing and building the home in which he currently resides. While the prospect of beginning an endeavor for which he felt a great deal of passion was certainly a motivating factor, Mr. Slaske also felt it necessary to make it possible for prospective homebuyers to have an option available to them that truly offered custom design and high-quality construction.
In founding Ralph Slaske Builders, Mr. Slaske sought to adopt an approach in which clients would not have to coordinate among several different contractors and subcontractors during the homebuilding process. The result has been of significant benefit for custom homebuilding clients, especially since Mr. Slaske has incorporated every aspect of the construction process from beginning to end into his operations. Clients often note that Mr. Slaske’s ability to streamline this homebuilding process achieves the rarest of all construction outcomes: an exceptionally constructed, cost-efficient home built in a short period of time.
What is your favorite thing about traveling?
It’s the architecture that inspires me to travel, but it’s often the people I meet along the way that proves to be most memorable.
Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?
It’s a lifestyle that began out of the desire to see the architecture of ancient Rome.
What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?
Rome, Italy, and Athens, Greece, are certainly close in terms of sheer architectural beauty.
Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?
I think I’ll be heading down to Peru to see Machu Picchu within the next year or so.
What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?
While traveling, try to avoid that which seems familiar. In my view, traveling should always be a novel experience.
Where would you like to go?
I’ve been interested in seeing the Canadian Rockies as well as different parts of the Andean mountain range in South America.
Where would you like to revisit?
As someone who is absolutely fascinated by ancient architecture, Rome and Athens are places I could return to again and again.
Do you travel alone? Why?
It depends on where I am headed and for how long, but I enjoy traveling alone or with company.
If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?
Rome, Italy, and Athens, Greece, should go without saying, and I would add the island of Java as well.
Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?
I try to pack very little if possible, but there have been several instances in which I have both over- and under-packed.