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Paul Derksen

Paul Derksen, native of Hanover, ON, Canada, received a BA in biology from Eastern Mennonite University in 1994. He began working in the construction trades at a young age in retail lumber, road construction, and general home repairs.  After extensively renovating his first house on nights and weekends, he followed his passion for building and began a renovation and fine carpentry business in Vermont in 2002.  Paul has also worked as a millwork purchaser and retail lumber salesman, and teaches carpentry and cabinetry classes at Yestermorrow Design/Build School.  Paul resides in Norwich, VT and enjoys hiking, photography, drawing, mountain biking, skiing, and camping with his wife, 2 children, and dog.    

We have worked with Paul on a number of renovation and improvement projects. Most recently we had a devastating flood that required immediate remediation as well as what became a very advanced, architecturally-led remodel of the main floor of our home, including the addition of a fireplace, a new floor plan, and decorative, structural steel.  Working with an out-of-state specialty architect, Paul went above and beyond in responsiveness, quality of work, attention to detail, and sensitivity to budget.  His reliability, communication, and technical skill are far above other general contractors I have worked with, both in the Upper Valley and in the Pacific Northwest and at no time did we worry about the success of this complicated project.  He has great grasp of cost, value-based decisions, and listens to the input of both homeowner and architect.


-Hanover, NH homeowner

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