I have been working in the building trade for 40 years. Born in Washington DC, in 1952, I moved to Colorado in 1960, and began working as a carpenter during summers in high school. I went on to study mechanical engineering in college but realized I would only design things, not build them. And I love to build things. In 1987 I moved to Suttons Bay, restored an abandoned 100 year old farm house, and have been doing remodeling, restoration, and designing and building new construction ever since.
My philosophy starts with conscious use of materials. Growing up in Colorado I gained a deep appreciation for nature and the conservation of resources. In my early years here my trash hauler remarked, “Randy, you make the least amount of trash of any builder I know.” I stay away from materials which may harm your health, and I use materials with an eye to the health of the planet.
I enjoy solving problems. Finding solutions to problems in design, mechanics, structure and aesthetics keeps me interested and motivated to expand my knowledge and skills. I rarely say “I’m sorry, that can’t be done.” I figure out how what you want can be done, and I give you solutions.
I consider myself an artist first and foremost. My art is practical art, but art none the less. My job is to understand your desires and then create it in a way that will function, please you for years to come, and do it all on a budget. This is done with the ability to communicate and duplicate you, and to understand how you live and what the project is trying to achieve. Some designs are pretty to look at but uncomfortable to live with. I think a project can be both beautiful and comfortable.