Chris’s love of working on things began when he was little and watched “This Old House” for fun – eager to start his own building projects. It started with a bookcase he built for himself, and it only grew from there. While working on our own home, I was constantly challenging Chris to push himself as a builder – building on one project after another Chris developed his skills further and further. What had begun as a hobby had turned into something he loved doing, and something he feels lucky to call his career.
For me, I grew up always creating things. Whether it was helping my dad around the house or making art projects, I loved working with my hands. These interests manifested themselves in a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Mills College. My senior thesis won the Welhausen Family Award for excellence in the Senior Show and I graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
We bought a diamond in the rough in Oakland in 2008 and started ripping down walls the first day we owned it. Along the way our friends and family began asking us for help on their own houses. Soon, we found we loved working on both our own house and the houses of others. After a couple of years, we decided to formally start our business.
It has been an adventure together, and we are happy to share all we have learned with our clients. We believe we have a strong advantage being a husband/wife, builder/designer team – we are able to bring together elements of design and function very quickly. Having worked together for 11 years, we have an established working relationship with each other and can anticipate the needs of each other throughout the building process. And that teamwork continues through to the next generation – our daughters, 6 year old Zoe and 4 year old Merritt, have been known to make an appearance on jobsites, eager to help mom and dad.