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Jesse is one of our hardest workers and handles just about everything including carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical and driving equipment. He started in construction framing at age sixteen.

Jesse lives and works in the county where he was born but he looks forward to our next project far beyond the Madison County line.

Meet Jesse's coworkers at our Team page.

Bill Fowler enjoyed his childhood in Indiana, PA but wanted to see more of the world so he joined the Marines. What he didn't enjoy as much was Parris Island where he got to experience both freezing cold and blazing heat (and no-see-ums) because he reported in November, but his scenery improved dramatically after basic training.

Meet more of our All-Stars at our Team page.

George Childs leads our carpentry division and is a master woodworker. While enough to keep busy, George also golfs, bowls and plays volleyball and softball. He’s our resident tour pro maintaining a 5.5 handicap that’s been as low as two.

Meet our other fine folks at our Team page.

Estate Project Manager, Scott Mullins is from southwest Virginia, the son of a coal miner, and learned construction to avoid mining.
Scott is a registered guide in Montana and every fall leads trips in Big Sky Country, but he recently took up another hobby hunting birdies.

Meet Scott's coworkers at our Team page.

Our carpenters can make fine furniture; our heavy equipment operators can pick up an egg with a spoon while chewing gum; and our executive coordinator can run the company by herself without Jonathan or me. (Wait, strike that last part :>)

Point is we have great people working for us so we would like you to know them. Visit our Team page to meet our fine folks.

Groin Arch Ceiling

Tricky carpentry before plaster, a groin vault ceiling, also known as a double barrel or cross vault. Appears like two barrels cut in half, all right angles at the intersections. This technique dates back to the Romans.

Our adherence to building science requires more than simply designing and constructing to a climate zone. We also study the local environment, including wildlife. For example, most weep holes in brick or stone walls are traditionally round or rectangular; however, blindly following standard practice in Central Virginia and the DC Metro would cause a major problem because of one type of wasp.

BuilderFish CEO Jonathan Fishbeck explains how a waffled piece of plastic makes all the difference. (If you're wondering, we cut flush to the wall so you won't see plastic jutting out.)

Slowly dripping water can eat a hole through rock, so what hope does plywood have? Water and water vapor penetrate even stone walls and must be managed. BuilderFish CEO Jonathan Fishbeck explains how our wall assemblies permit air flow for a literally dry wall.