San Francisco native Konrad Derheim opens painting business in Ardmore
Last fall, Konrad Derheim left his hometown of San Francisco and moved to Ardmore to look for new opportunities and a better quality of life. Within months of arriving in town, he had opened his own business, Derheim Painting, and has been employed since it opened in April.
Derheim said he chose to come to Ardmore because the cost of living is affordable and family members already live in the area. Most of all, he saw opportunity.
“I really think there are a lot of opportunities here in my industry, in construction,” he said. “I came here to visit and I’ve seen so many construction projects. Then I spoke to some people who told me that there was always something going on that caught my attention. “
Derheim said he has been painting homes and businesses in the Bay Area since graduating from high school in 2010. However, the numerous regulations in California made it increasingly difficult to get through.
“I’m from California, where there are so many regulations for everything,” said Derheim. “It’s almost like they’re trying to hold you back and limit you. Oklahoma has fewer tires and I think it’s easier to succeed. Everything is so much more dated too and a handshake actually means something. That really touches me. “
Derheim said he got his first paint job in Ardmore from the Nextdoor app, and things have improved from there. In addition to painting several houses, he has worked on a number of commercial projects including Grandy’s, the front of the Sparklight building, and some offices in the First United Methodist Church.
Of all the projects he’s done since moving to the area, he said his favorite is a house in an area outside of Lone Grove.
“The job was really satisfying because it was a big change,” said Derheim. “It was a dark brick with dark green wood, and everything turned white. The transformation was amazing and I really liked the landscape. It was several mornings and they had cows and donkeys. I’m from San Francisco and I still deal a bit with culture shock, but I love it. “
While he mostly works alone at the moment, Derheim hopes to expand his business in the future and would like to hire a crew one day.
“I am very excited to be growing and I am delighted to be part of this community,” he said. “I look forward to making Ardmore beautiful and meeting people along the way.”