Why a Woman Fantasizes About Her Contractor
Your contractor works with his hands and is eager to please. Is it any wonder that the lady of the house often develops a little crush?
Whether you're gutting a fixer-upper, adding on a master suite, or updating a blast-from-the-past kitchen, your contractor is the go-to guy. He's in charge. He's attentive. He works with his hands. He's eager to please. Is it any wonder that the lady of the house often develops a little crush? Here, 9 reasons a Tool Belt Tony can make any woman weak in the knees.
A couple may hire a contractor together, but most of the time, it's the woman of the house who gets into the details with him as the weeks roll by. He's constantly asking her opinion about stuff large and small—where to put the outlets, say, or whether she really wants a wood floor in the bath. And he listens to her answers. He consults with her; he's interested in what she thinks. And, you know ladies, he actually makes eye contact when he talks, and works hard to communicate, instead of grunting and shrugging while punching buttons on the TV remote. Having a man around the house who hangs on her every word makes a woman feel all warm inside.
The average man may not want to debate the aesthetic merits of stainless-steel versus satin-nickel hardware in the kitchen, but a contractor has to if he wants the best possible outcome for the job. He'll answer a female homeowner's questions in complete sentences, and even ask follow-up questions. And sometimes, if she's lucky, he'll even go shopping with her, taking her to the stoneyard to look at slabs for the countertop, say, or guiding her through the aisles at the plumbing-supply store to find just the right farmhouse sink.
Consider it a primal response to a man providing shelter; kind of like the males of some bird species who make a nest in order to attract a female. Some wiring in a woman's brain may help her see the physical labor involved in the remodel as a kind of unspoken mating ritual. She loves her house, and he knows how to take care of it, which feels like taking care of her. He's at home in the physical world of furnaces and hot-water heaters, which makes her feel protected and safe.
Listen up guys: He's not stuck behind a desk all day, barely able to squeeze in a workout. He gets physical on a daily basis, which makes him look good in his T-shirt and jeans, and maybe nets him a tan, too. So he can hoist four boxes of tile to clear a path through the kitchen for her without breaking a sweat—with a smile on his face, even—which makes him seem gallant to boot.
Clanging pipes, squeaky stairs, leaking roof…whatever goes wrong with the house, the contractor can swoop in to fix it. He arrives early ready to dig in, and he's got the tools to get the job done. He's confident; maybe he's even got a crew to order around. And a woman in distress who still secretly hopes for a knight in shining armor to come to her aid is putty in the hands of a man who knows the ins and outs of her house's plumbing, heating, and other systems. Just swap the white steed for a white Ford F series, and her dreams come true.
Even if crunching the numbers on delivery delays and out-of-pocket expenditures is keeping the contractor up at night, the lady of the house will never know. As far as she can see, his work is impressively straightforward: hit nail on head with hammer; keep doing it; pretty soon he's framed out a wall and Sheetrocked it, too. No corporate bosses for him to complain about, no back-stabbing coworkers trying to do him in, no impromptu meetings to make him late for dinner.
Crushing on the shirtless kid who skims the water—or the fresh-faced boy who pushes the mower one afternoon a week—is just a little too Cougar Town for most women's taste. The contractor, on the other hand, has mysterious (to her) knowledge and skills. He's a craftsman practicing a time-honored trade. And he's a licensed professional, after all, so she doesn't feel quite so silly having designs on him.
Maybe you've heard that a pregnant woman often develops a crush on her OB/GYN, since he's the one taking care of her and calming her fears during a vulnerable time. Renovating creates a lot of stress and uncertainty, too, and as with giving birth, a woman's never entirely sure how the process is going to go. The contractor knows how to safeguard and improve the workings of the house; he's seen it all, he's capable and calm, and he can talk her through the endless procedures being performed on her home. He can assure her everything will be all right.
A lot. If she works out of the house or is there taking care of the kids, a woman's relationship with the contractor can get very cozy. Maybe they share coffee in the morning. She makes sure he and his guys have cool drinks on a hot day. And sometimes he's still there when she's pouring herself a glass of wine at the end of the day. He becomes part of her domestic routine, all the while discussing plans for how she wants to live in the future, down to the last intimate detail. He's probably been in her bedroom—lots of times. Not that you should worry too much, guys: It will all go south when he stops returning her phone calls. And that's one turn of events you can count on.