What I do . . .

I’ve been building houses, garages, and out-buildings all my adult life.  I have helped build multi-million dollar homes in the Boston area and Lake Placid.  I have roofed many homes and other such buildings, including several garages on Clay Street.

For the past 5 years, I have worked as an independent contractor for Dr. Calvin Luther Martin and his wife, Dr. Nina Pierpont.  Retired Rutgers University professor and author, Dr. Martin is well-known as a community leader and publisher of RiverCityMalone.com.  Dr. Pierpont is respected throughout the North Country as a brilliant and compassionate physician.  You are welcome to call  (518-651-2019) or email them to confirm my credentials and skill.  (I continue to work for them, though on a more part-time basis.)

Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD

If you have driven down Clay Street, Malone, in spring or summer, you no doubt noticed all the flowerbeds and hanging baskets.  That’s my doing.  (I’m also the Martin/Pierpont’s gardener and groundskeeper.)


Drive by 14 Clay (white house on left, coming from Main St.) and notice the work underway:  I’m the foreman on renovating that 3-unit apartment building (owned by Martin/Pierpont).  We took an 1830s farmhouse which had been added onto over the centuries, and are making it into what will be showpiece rentals.  (We’re taking our time on this project, to fit Dr. Martin’s budget.)  The building had good bones — amazing bones, in fact.  Hand-hewn beams and boards.  It’s been a joy working on this and managing a crew of tradesmen.

… hand-hewn, like these

I’d be happy to take you through 14 Clay, to view the results, to date.

My latest project was renovating the large upstairs apartment in Mrs. Soh Chan’s lovely old federalist home at 18 Clay — the old nursing home I used to play in as a child.  (Click on 18 Clay photos, in menu bar, above.)  No, I didn’t do this all on my own.  The majority of painting was done by either Chuck Allen or his nephew Shane Allen, and wiring done by Dave Pond.  I was project foreman.

In the case of the Chan home, we took a shabby, bleak apartment that looked “beat up” by decades of tenants, and made it glorious. Continue reading