Blending the Past with the Present
I started working in construction when I was fifteen as a laborer during the summers. By the time I graduated from Haverford College, I had spent five summers working on renovations and custom houses in Loudoun County, Virginia, where I grew up. After college, I started working in offices, but missed being outside and seeing the physical manifestation of my day’s work. With that in mind, I spent two years in Boston at North Bennet Street School in their Preservation Carpentry program. There, I learned how to reproduce historic architectural elements and worked on historic buildings like the Old Massachusetts State House. After those two years immersed in everything from timber framing to historic sash reproduction, I moved to the Princeton area and started working on historic houses in Mercer, Bucks, and Montgomery County.
While living near Princeton, I noticed a couple of Pinneo Construction projects and was struck by the blending of historical elements with modern higher performance building methods, particularly the Cranbury Barn project. I contacted Tom and Chris wanting to talk to them about their experience and they offered me a job as a carpenter. In April of 2014, I started working for Pinneo Construction as a full-time carpenter. Since then I have moved into project management and enjoy collaborating with architects, clients, and subcontractors to create beautiful and high-performing renovations and custom homes.