We know it can be confusing for homeowners who are thinking of a home remodel to understand who all the people are who’ll be working on their project. At Synergy, we want you to have as stress-free a home remodel as possible and that starts with knowing exactly who’ll be working in your home when it comes to the construction phase of your project. That’s why we have an in-house team of expert carpenters who are all Synergy employees. We assign a Lead Carpenter on every home remodel we work on. The Lead Carpenter is responsible not only for the install of cabinetry, moulding and fine finishes, but is also the on-site coordinator who manages any speciality trades (think mechanical, electrical and plumbing) and ensures the project stays on track so you don’t have to!
Becoming a skilled carpenter takes time. Our carpentry team brings years of experience with them and because we only work on a select number of home remodels per year, they focus on one project at a time to ensure it’s done right. So, let’s meet one of our Lead Carpenters, David, and find out more about him and his role in helping our clients renovate happy!
1. What was your path to working in the home remodeling industry and your role as Lead Carpenter?
My path started straight out of high school when I got a job installing hardwood flooring. I soon found myself wanting to learn more and gain other skills, so I took a job as an Apprentice Carpenter. I quickly found it was a perfect fit and was soon fast-tracked through the system to become a Carpenter and then, after a few more years and a lot of experience later, became a Lead Carpenter.
2. Tell us more about what your day-to-day looks like.
Planning, planning, planning! I always try to stay ahead to free up time in case something comes up that requires additional attention. I try to get to the client’s home early to ensure I’m ready for any trades coming to the site and be prepared for any milestones coming up. I like to be set up early so our trade partners are in the best position to succeed at whatever task they are there to do – from ensuring there is a clear path to the area they need to work in to ensuring instructions are clear. I like to meet with my client at the beginning of the day to let them know what the plan for the day is and also again at the end of the day so they know what has been accomplished. I am a big believer in being organized before you start to ensure you have room to manage change.
David’s skilled craftsmanship at work!
3. What skills are important to have to work in your role?
Planning and being able to communicate and relate to everyone on the project from administration to clients to trades. To succeed in this role, you’ve got to have good relationships.There are several different ways to do anything in this job, so you need to choose the path that works for you but own it and be responsible for it, from every piece of wood you cut to the finished product. You have to be the one who makes it a success and takes the home remodel to the finish line.
4. What do you love the most about your job?
Hands down, taking the vision for a home remodel and turning it into reality. On paper, it’s just a vision, but making it come to life using raw materials and giving people a space to enjoy for the years to come is the best aspect of the job.
5. What are the most challenging aspects?
Even with the best planning, there are sometimes situations that arise during a home remodel that require critical thinking and problem solving to come up with a viable solution that works.
6. Tell us more about your favorite project and why it resonated with you.
I enjoy all the projects I work on, but one of my favorites is a recent home remodel in Sterling. Not only were they great clients, I got to build a custom island table that was something unique and it really got the creative carpentry juices flowing! Doing something out of the ordinary like that is always fun. I feel I also grew as a person during it. Not only was it a big project on two levels of the home, it was during the COVID-19 pandemic and I really worked hard to gain the client’s trust and ensure they were comfortable at every step of the way during the project.
One of David’s Favorite Home Remodels
7. What advice would you give for anyone thinking of a career in carpentry/residential home remodeling?
My advice would be not to learn how you do it, but WHY you do it. Always take pride in your work. You are leaving people with a product that changes their lives and how they feel about their home and that’s important. Own it. Every piece of trim is a representation of you so do it well. Your last job should always be the best job you did – always seek to improve, listen and learn.