Introducing the Fine Homebuilding Ambassadors
Experts offer tool reviews, tips and techniques, and a window into the the craft and business of building projects.
Close on the heels of launching the redesigned finehomebuilding.com, we’re proud to introduce our Fine Homebuilding Ambassador program. The four builders chosen for this position are talented craftsmen who embody the FHB ethos and core values. They don’t just do beautiful work‑-they take pride in their craft, hold quality and durability above all else, and tirelessly up their game with new tools, materials, and techniques. In short, they are out in the field every day practicing what we can only preach.
Meet the team:
Director of Operations
RiverStone Custom Builders, Wellesley, MA
Specialty: New construction, custom homes
I grew up watching The New Yankee Workshop and reading issue of Fine Homebuilding and landed my first job as a laborer as soon as I could drive. After earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, I started my own building company where I was a boots-on-the-ground style general contractor. If we were pouring a foundation, I was lumping forms. If we had 11 framers onsite, I made 12. When I joined RiverStone, I traded my tool belt for a phone and laptop, and now I manage projects with the same mentality: quality, efficiency, and always pushing the envelope with new ideas and techniques.
NS Builders, Boston, MA
Specialty: Interior renovations
I’ve been a carpenter my whole life. My grandmother would always tell me about the trips to the hardware store to buy new tools and boxes of nails, just to sit me down on her kitchen floor (soon to be re-done) and let me hammer nails into the floor until I was content. My specialty is definitely interior renovations, I sincerely enjoy the attention to detail and efforts its takes to execute specialty trim details. Everything I do is so methodical. I like to picture what I’m doing and how it relates to other details in the space. Not everyone will notice these details, but I believe they will unknowingly appreciate them.
TRG Home Concepts, Haddon Heights, NJ
Specialty: Kitchens, baths, finish carpentry
I got my start in the trades working every summer for my father at his small remodeling business. A lot of what I learned early on was how not to do things. After graduating from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, I was crazy (or naive) enough to start my own company. I had no debt, didn’t own a house, was not married, and had no children. I figured there was no better time to lay it all on the line. From that day on I have spent a lot of time reading, researching, and practicing the trades in order to hone my skills.
365 Construction, Toronto, Ontario
Specialty: Tool testing, rough and finish carpentry
I’ve been interested in building ever since I was a kid, which is funny because no one else in my family is a contractor. I was the kid who opened up things to see how they worked. I spent years honing my techniques and doing countless hours of research on building methods and new products. I worked for a few larger contracting firms, which allowed me to be involved in some amazing projects, and I now have an extensive background in both residential and commercial interior finishing. My obsession with tools was a byproduct of the job. I was always looking for the fastest and most efficient ways of working, so investing in the latest quality tools was natural. My reviews started because I wanted to share my findings with others.
Be sure to follow the boys on social media, and stay tuned to www.finehomebuilding.com/blogs to get regular updates from each Ambassador, including tool reviews, tips and techniques, and a window into the the craft and business of their daily building projects.