Where It All Began
My love for building and working with wood started when I first started shop class in grade 7. It was the first time that I got to build something out of wood with my own two hands. I loved the fact that if you would spend time on a project and put some thought into it you would end up with a product at the end, something you could use in your daily life.
High School Projects
As the years progressed the school projects got more involved and more elaborate. It started with a pepper crusher on a lathe. To a puzzle on a scroll saw. Then to a box. Eventually getting to grade 11 where the construction process was then taught. After miniature scale mock ups and small scale projects we were then given a play house to build.
In Grande Prairie there is a charity that auctions off these playhouses and the proceeds go towards the charity. We had to design and build a playhouse before the end of school year. Of course because I didn’t want a square, boring playhouse, I wanted something grand and fun! So we designed a castle playhouse. It had two turrets, one with a spiral staircase, and one with a fire pole and a bridge connecting the two. I was so over my head but with the help from my teacher we were able to pull this off. I learned so much about building and geometry and to this day I’m so glad we went above and beyond.
When I got to grade twelve my dad was building his own home. So on evenings and weekends I would help him with odd jobs and got to learn more about the building process. At the time my dad hired a carpenter to do the framing and help with other projects around the house. Around this same time I learned about the rap program, “Registered Apprenticeship Program.” It’s an amazing program that supports the trades and young kids who want to be in the trades. I joined this program and became an apprentice carpenter under the carpenter that built our house. I would go to school in the mornings. Then at lunch I would go to work framing houses for the rest of the day. To me it was great. I was making money, spending less time at school, and receiving credits for working.
Why Custom Homes and Renovations Are My Passion
After graduating I stayed with him for the next 5 years building houses. We built 100s of homes together, mostly spec homes and a few custom homes. Building custom homes is where I found the most passion. It was always something new and challenging. At the end of a custom home project I would look back at the house and find it hard to believe that only two people built this massive structure.
Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter
During these five years, I also went to trade school. Two months at school and then so many hours worked were required to move up a year. Trade school is where I fell in love with woodworking. With unlimited supply of wood and the best machines available, my options were endless. I looked forward to spending the morning in the shop using hand tools and making a block of wood into a piece of furniture. My teacher was amazing. He was such a good woodworker. I picked his brain so much that I’m sure he is still irritated from it.
At the end of every year we were required to build a piece of furniture within an allotted time frame. Usually a cabinet or a computer desk. It had to have walnut inlays, perfect stile and rails, hand planed tops…etc. I loved it and I always had the most drive in the class to build these pieces perfectly.
Every year for 4 years I had the highest mark on my furniture. It was always something I strived for. I was and still am very proud of achieving this. Then after the four years of apprenticing I became a red seal journeyman carpenter at the age of 21.
Starting My Own Construction Business
Shortly after that, I pursued my dreams of owning my own construction business. I love all aspects of building. However, finish carpentry is my forte. So that’s why I created a business around Renovations and Custom Home Building. This way I get to do everything I love. I get to design, build, and educate on better building practices.
How We Treat Each Customer
I take great pride in my business and the quality of work. I am a perfectionist when it comes to my projects. I also believe that the customer should always be involved with the project, with every step. I feel it is my duty to educate the homeowner of the entire process.
Fast forward to today, we are as passionate about building as the day we started.
When you begin your renovation or home build journey, you can rest assured that we take it as if it’s our own home.
I look forward to hearing your story, and helping you with your home.