Housewright's collaborative approach with clients, architects and subcontractors is an extension of the team dynamic within the company. Our employees are not only chosen for their expertise, but also for their abilities to take initiative and to think ahead. It is a team of strong individuals, as is evident by how many key Housewright people have been self-employed and/or owned their own small companies. Strong individuals working together make a strong team.
Our project managers are charged with the responsibilities of keeping the job within budget and on schedule while providing the best value to the client. They work within the collaborative culture that is Housewright, with a constant flow of information and interaction from the field with office staff, clients, architects, interior designers and subcontractors.
When Craig envisioned the kind of construction company he wanted to create, the values and work ethics of his farming background were carried into that vision. After a few years of honing carpentry skills with employers, Craig founded Housewright in 1985. Of the company he says ~~
"The foundation of the business is our dedication to be honest and fair with everyone, no matter what. And no matter what challenges or problems come up, we hang in there until it's solved."
"Above all, I insist on quality. I want all the crew to be conscientious in the execution of their work … and they are. The strength of Housewright is the sum total of all the people working in it."
"We provide a simplified communication process for the client in the complex context of design and construction, with centralized oversight and quality control."
"Housewright offers clients creative, artistic, unique options within the context of the client's vision and budget. From the very first project assessment, we show you what's possible and practical – and what isn't – based on our experience with a wide range of projects."
These were the key principles in Craig's founding vision and they continue to be Housewright's guiding principles today.
Lisa oversees the business aspects of running Housewright and its marketing initiatives. She also engages in outreach activities involving industry-related associations and civic organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Cohase Regional Chamber of Commerce and twice has completed three-year terms as its President. She is currently serving a term as a Trustee of Newbury Village.
Tom especially enjoys working closely with clients, architects and interior designers to ensure that their design intent is carried out. He collaborates with architects to produce shop drawings prior to fabrication. In the design phase with clients, he employs 3-D modeling to help them visualize their projects.
In addition to design and drafting of cabinetry and millwork elements, Tom's responsibilities include pricing, scheduling projects, directing shop personnel in fabrication techniques and installation oversight, including coordinating associated trades. Housewright often makes use of Tom’s extensive design and field experience in ways too numerous to mention.
Tom has been with Housewright since 1994. His prior experience included 10 years as a self-employed carpenter/builder and another 10 years running his own cabinetry shop. His shop clients included Ben & Jerry's and a company that produced synthesizers. Sting, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa and the late Michael Jackson have owned the synthesizers with cabinetry crafted by Tom.
Our architect associates rely on Tom and the shop to produce some of their most challenging designs.
Jodi is a key link in our client communication network. In addition to her general office management duties, she handles oversight of all insurance matters, is our Safety Officer and oversees maintenance of OSHA standards. In her HR role, she is responsible for the coordination and administration of our employee benefit programs. Transparency of all aspects of our business, from project processes to billing, is a high priority at Housewright and Jodi executes that priority.
Jodi came to Housewright in 2005 with 7 years administrative experience in industry-related jobs, including managing in-house construction and maintenance divisions for a property management company. She has an A.A. in Social Work & Human Services from Hesser College. She also has a home-based business providing consulting services to small companies.
With Jodi's oversight, clients can rest assured that our employees and subcontractors are properly insured and that job sites operate according to essential safety guidelines.
Norm has been with Housewright since 1994. His 20 years’ prior experience included working his way up from being a general construction laborer to becoming a general carpenter. After a self-employment stint in lawn maintenance and landscaping, Norm went into business for himself in carpentry/building after taking a break to construct his own house.
When asked to describe what a project manager does, Norm replied, "From start to finish, our job is to create and maintain a competent flow of work that keeps the job on its intended target."
Jeff came to Housewright in 2005 with 8 years of carpentry experience. He was promoted to project manager in 2008. Also experienced with logging, he owns a skidder for lot clearing. Jeff served in the United States Marine Corps, supervising quality control for shop mechanics working on Humvees and 5-ton trucks. The observation has been frequently made that Jeff runs a job site with the precision of a military operation.
Steve was hired as Housewright's third employee in 1987 and it is safe to say that he was a "jack of all trades" back then. He worked in the field on the construction crew, built cabinetry, and did the millworking. It was Steve who started our now renowned woodworking and millwork shop and added CAD drawing capabilities to our services. He performed crucial business management functions, including estimating and invoicing, and he was responsible for setting up Housewright's first computer systems. Once the company entered the digital age and our financials and project management activities became computerized, Steve added IT management to his many duties - and discovered that he really enjoyed that aspect of business. In 1997 Steve was offered a position in the IT department of Health & Human Services at the State of Vermont and he was ready for the challenge. In December of 2015 Steve retired from his job, having risen to IT Manager. Retired but not ready to sit on a beach somewhere, Steve rejoined Housewright as our Cost Estimator.
Tom joined Housewright in 1989, bringing the total number of Craig Hervey’s employees up to 2. Back then, Tom swung a hammer as well as a brush, bringing 15 years' interior/exterior painting experience with him. In the ensuing years, Tom has explored the world of finishes, adding such techniques as wood graining, marbling, and clay plastering to his repertoire for the benefit of our clients. He also has stayed abreast of developments in the industry, testing and employing natural products such as shellac, vinegar or ammonia based stains and natural oil finishes as well as newer, environmentally friendly products such as low VOC paints, water-based lacquers and stains. From faux finishes to old world finishes such as milk paint, from tinting to troweling hay into plaster for a 3-D surface, Tom delivers the special effects requested by architects, interior designers and clients.